The winter blues have already started to hit our house. I think January and February are the hardest months to get through living in the midwest. Luckily we have a few birthday’s the next few months that help us get by. January is my birth month, February is Reed’s and March is Ryne’s. By March I feel like spring is in reach! We also have spring break to look forward to and then the itch for summer break kicks in hardcore.
To help us get through these cold months, I’ve compiled a list the boys’ favorite indoor activities that help the days go by a little quicker.
Ticket to Ride First Journey: Ryne is REALLY into board games right now. I actually just gave my mom this idea for a birthday present because he is obsessed with trains. The game is based off of the original Ticket to Ride game found here. Some of our other favorites are Guess Who, Clue Jr., and Raccoon Rumpus. Clue Jr. is solving the mystery of who ate the last piece of cake..I CAN’T EVEN! So cute.
Small Foot: My boys love watching a movie during the evening and once they find one they like, we watch it over and over again. This one I think is so cute and one of the newer releases!
Magna-Tiles: These have received hours upon hours of playing time. They build robots, presents (that they fill with little toys), trains, houses, etc. Easily the number one played with toy in our house.
Legos: Ryne has blown me away with how great he is at building legos and following directions. He got an “expert” level Lego train for Christmas and still was able to put it together by himself. Reed loves taking all the Lego people apart and changing their heads and legs. He even pulls out their arms which I didn’t know was even possible until he did it. I’m not sure if I should be concerned or if maybe he’ll just be a surgeon someday?!
Kinetic Sand: One of the boys’ favorites. I love it because you can just sweep it right up! We have little sand toys and dinosaurs that they play with in it!
Sand Box: The perfect little container for the kinetic sand. I wish I could tell you that it contains all the sand, but there’s a reason that I love that you can sweep it up! These are nice to contain MOST of it though like an actual little sand box!
What Should Danny Do?: One of the cutest books! You get to choose which way the story goes, will you have Danny make the right choice or the wrong choice with consequences? I love the pictures in the book. They also just released a new book, What Should Danny Do? School Days. I just added it to my cart for the boys!
Color Wonder: I love Color Wonder because there’s no mess from it. If the kids want to do a project and the house is already a disaster, I usually lean towards the Color Wonder book. They’re also great in the car and I have them in our going-out-to-eat bag too!
The Lego Ideas Book: With a three-year old and a one-year old, Ryne’s Lego creations are never safe and usually end up back to their original state. My mom snagged this book for Ryne for Christmas and he LOVES it. It gives you ideas for different Lego things to build and tells you what pieces you need! Our Legos are organized by color (most the time) so it’s easy to look for the pieces they need.
I’m so sad Christmas break is over but also excited to be working our way towards spring! I’m loving the days getting “longer” too with more light. Let me know if you have any other favorites to do during the winter months!