With all the recent cold, snowy, and icy winter weather, my toddler daughter and I have been hunting for fun activities to do inside the house. During the warmer months, we enjoy walking down to one of our local parks and playing on the playground. Playing outside helps keep my daughter active and healthy. However, getting enough exercise during the winter can prove a bit more difficult. Therefore, the other day, I got out our box of assorted balls and challenged my daughter to a few games in the hallway leading to our bedrooms.
The first indoor winter toddler activity using balls that my daughter and I played allowed her to practice her hand-eye coordination. I sat at one end of the hallway while she sat at the opposite end. She and I then tossed the balls back and forth to each other. I must say that her arm and aim are both pretty good. She tossed almost all of the balls directly at me or pretty close to me.
Another indoor winter toddler activity using balls that my daughter and I played was rolling the balls back and forth to each other down the hallway. Rolling the balls to me also helped my daughter with her eye-hand coordination. She also learned about speed. The faster she rolled the balls, the faster the ball got to me. If she did not roll the ball fast enough, the ball did not even get to me at the other end of the hall.
To help burn off some pent up energy from being stuck inside all day, my daughter and I finally took turns throwing the balls to the opposite end of the hall as fast as possible. As my daughter scrambled to throw the balls down to my end, I kept tossing the balls back at her. She jumped and dove for the balls and then threw each one back to me while I kept sending the balls back to her. We were both quite tuckered out by the end of our game.
What other indoor winter toddler activities using balls have you played with your child?
Indoor Winter Toddler Activities Using Balls © 2014 Heather Johnson
Indoor Winter Toddler Activities Using Balls 1 © 2014 Heather Johnson
Indoor Winter Toddler Activities Using Balls 2 © 2014 Heather Johnson