We kicked off the month of February by flying to Arizona and California and enjoyed the much needed sunshine. We dipped our toes in the pool, played at a playground, and loved soaking up the warm sunshine. It was a great break from the frozen tundra! We returned home to 15 degree weather and sick kids. Little J came down with pneumonia and an ear infection. A few days later it was back to the pediatrician for Little G. who managed to catch the RSV virus (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). Needless to say, it was a rough week in our home…
With healing little ones we were house bound (for what felt like forever!!) A huge blessing came from all our time stuck a home… one fully potty trained toddler! Last summer I wrote about Little J. being very eager to start potty training. You can read about it here. Unfortunately the thrill of going potty in the toilet wore off quickly. Combined with my pregnancy complications with little G. we ended up pausing on potty training.
Although being cooped up at home for two weeks was trying on my sanity, it was perfect for potty training. We made great progress at home but going potty in public restrooms was still scary for Little J. (and who could blame him? I cringe a little every time I have to use public restrooms too). Last Friday while running errands at Michaels and Target, Little J. told me he had to go potty AND used the public restroom! Can we get an amen! We have been officially diaper free (except for nighttime) for 7 days!
February in the frozen tundra (aka Minnesota) can be a tough month. The snow has lost its luster but spring is still a few cold weeks away. Toddlers everywhere are running around with pent up energy from being contained in a house for weeks on end. It’s time for a few easy boredom busters! Grab a empty tub, bin, or tote….
Activity #1: Paint The Snow
I made homemade “snow paint” by mixing 2 cups of water with approximately 1 tablespoon cornstarch (more or less depending on how thick you like your paint). Heat on low until mixture thickens, divide in 4 cups and add food coloring to each cup. Allow to cool to a safe temperature, but still warm. I found the warm paint mixed easy with the snow. Fill tub with snow and paint away!
Activity #2: Car Wash!!
I used dish soap to make bubbles in my kitchen sink and then added the bubbles to the tub to avoid extra water. Cut up an old sponge and add some cars. This activity is a double bonus as some of our toys were given a good cleaning. I may have thrown in a few dishes, clothes, and dog that needed washing as well (just kidding.)
Activity #3: Snow Box
This activity is so simple and Little J. loved it! Grab those summer sand toys and add some snow to your tub. Snow castles galore! You could also use measuring cups, spoons, or plastic bowls.
Counting down the days until spring arrives and we can get some much needed fresh air and sunshine! Until then…. we will bring the outside, inside.