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Toys to Burn Off Toddler Energy onn Rainy Days
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Toys to Burn Off Toddler Energy on Rainy Days

Rainy days and toddlers. Together, they make me go crazy. With two under four, I’m constantly trying to find ways to get their energy out.

If your little rascals are bouncing off the walls and the weather is less than delightful, I’ve got a bucket full of activities to help get that energy out. Here’s my magic list, each item handpicked to keep the fun flowing indoors:

The Floor is Lava with Toddler Steppingstones: Get creative and challenge your kiddos to move from one side of the room to the other without touching the floor. Toddler steppingstones are a hit in our house. They can be arranged in countless ways, ensuring a new challenge every time! These ones are our favorite because they stack for easy cleanup: Balance Stepping Stones.

    Little Tikes Indoor Trampoline: Okay, this was a game-changer for us. Perfectly sized for toddlers, it’s their very own jumping paradise. Safety barriers ensure they can bounce away to their heart’s content.

    Blow Up Tents: My boys are obsessed with this one. Their grandfather got them one and all you need is a box fan. Yes, we have the barn one, its our favorite. And it can be put up and down in seconds. Throw a few books inside or ball pit balls, and its loads of fun. This is the one we have: AirFort Blow Up Barn.

    Dance Parties: Throw on some catchy tunes and let loose! Not only is this a great way to get moving, but it’s also a surefire way to get some giggles out. Plus, it’s FREE. We usually luse tunes from the Laurie Berkner Band. “We are the Dinosaurs” is always a hit!

    Keepy Uppy: Blow up some balloons and use them for a gentle game of catch or volleyball. The slower motion of a balloon versus a ball gives those tiny arms and legs a good workout. Anyone Bluey fans?

    DIY Bowling: Set up some empty water bottles in a hallway and use a soft ball to knock them down.

    Bubble Wrap Stomp: If you’ve got some leftover bubble wrap, lay it out on the floor and let them jump and stomp on it. It’s strangely satisfying.

    Rainy days don’t mean fun’s canceled. With a bit of creativity and the right gear, your house can be a hub of giggles, jumps, and delightful memories. Happy indoor adventuring!

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    Halloween Toddler Books for a Spooky Storytime
    Life With Kids, Toddlers

    Halloween Toddler Books for a Spooky Storytime

    Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to get your little ones into the spirit than with some enchanting Halloween-themed books? This month, we’re diving into the world of witches, pumpkins, and friendly ghosts. If you’re looking to add a touch of spooky fun to your toddler’s reading routine, here are our top 10 Halloween picks:

    1. Spooky Pookie (Little Pookie): I love this quick read. It’s so cute and is a great way to talk through making decisions.

    2. You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie: The illustrations alone area adorable, but this is a great Halloween book for snuggling with your little.

    3. Little Blue Truck’s Halloween: My boys are obsessed with cars and truck, plus is a lift the flap book and filled with fun characters and playful rhymes that toddlers will adore. Cannot go wrong here.

    4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Creepy-Crawly Halloween: Another lift the flap book, but this time with a classic character. Really cute and fun to search through the book with your little.

    5. The Hallo-Wiener: This one is really sweet and tackles bullying. I found it by accident at the library and picked it up because we love dachshunds. It’s a heartwarming story of a dachshund who overcomes teasing and discovers that being different can be a superpower during Halloween.

    6. Room on the Broom: This one is just silly and we love reading it over and over again. It’s a whimsical tale of friendship and adventure. We follow a kind witch, her cat, and some unexpected friends they meet along the way.

    Let me know what you guys think of these picks. Each of these books offers a unique take on Halloween, ensuring that your little one’s story time is filled with magic, wonder, and a touch of spooky fun. Happy reading!

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