After experiencing snow in Utah, my 18-month-old daughter can’t stop talking about snow. She would say “snow baaaalll” while forming her imaginary ball and then throw the imaginary ball to my face! She would laugh uncontrollably. It’s stinking so cute. So, I thought… ah I gotta do something. We live in Texas. Texas=no snow. I got to be creative here. The inspiration came to me after we visited her doctor for her 18-month appointment. Her doctor said the best activity to improve her fine motor skills is raking. She explains that you have your toddler rake in something like Cheerios with a spoon. Well, that’s pretty simple! I used cotton balls to relieve my daughter’s snow craving and a spaghetti claw spoon thingy (can’t remember the special name for that??) There are many different plays you can do with these two simple things.
3 Different Snow Play
Here are the few things you can have on hand.
- spoon, cradle, or spaghetti spoon thing (still struggling remembering the name)
- cotton balls
- bowls or tupperware
3. Have a Snowball Fight!
This is a fun part. When your child is tired of raking and transferring the “snow”, have a snowball fight! Make a snowball with bunch of cotton balls in your hand and throw it to your child. Gently, of course! Encourage him to throw the cotton balls. Make a mess! Have fun!!
Toddler skills this activity covers:
- Plays a simple pretend
- Explores alone but with parent close by
- Says several single words
- Can follow 1-step verbal commands
- Throw a small ball
**Tips: Make sure that you talk about snow with your child. Talk about the color white and how fluffy it is. Let your imagination juice run! 🙂 And don’t worry if your child doesn’t do what you wanted to do. (Like eating, ha!) Let her or him explore!
Here is another great activity you can do with cotton balls that your toddler will love.