Indoor Winter Activities

It sure has been a chilly winter so far and with wind chills and runny noses, sometimes it’s best to keep your little ones inside for the day. So while the mittens and boots are tucked away, here are some great indoor activities to do with your kids.

Puppet Show:

CateLeviGiraffeYou can create your own theatre or scope out the best spot behind the couch and create a magnificent puppet show with your children. We have some beautiful puppets from Cate and Levi that are made of cozy reclaimed sweaters and are proudly Canadian. With cute characters to choose from like frogs, moose and even a walrus, your little ones can act out their favourite stories or create their own.

Indoor Concert:

JanodMusicalSetWithGuitarJust like the Brady Bunch, you can start up your very own family band and hold an indoor concert! Whether you have pots and pans or the real deal, music is always a fun way to play. This musical set from Janod has  everything you’ll need to go on tour. It includes a trumpet, harmonica, tambourine, a kid-sized guitar and a fun clapper. The five piece set is made of wood and comes in cool confetti colours.

Youngster Café:

HapeGardenSaladSometimes it’s okay to let them play with their food, especially when it’s in their very own Youngster Café. Your mini chefs can toss up some gourmet fun with the playfully delicious Garden Salad from Hape or serve you up a fresh croissant with a cup of espresso with the Janod Espresso Machine. Once pretend play is over, you can prepare a fun and healthy snack with your kids from our Kid-Friendly Snacks Pinterest board.

Snow Removal:

GreentoysTractorEven though they’re stuck inside all day, you can bring the white fluffy snow inside in the form of cotton balls! The Green Toys dump truck is the perfect vehicle to get the job done. Lay out a bunch of cozy cotton and allow your kids to scoop them up with the truck or even the Green Toys tractor.

However you spend your days, we hope they are filled with quality fun and giggles. Happy winter!

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Hop on Pops!

It’s on everybody’s mind, and I’ll be the millionth person to say it, but my goodness- is it ever HOT out there!

Summertime in the city has always had a special spot in my heart. It’s the time of water balloon fights, splash pads and skipping ropes. I’ve been heartily mourning the loss of my Pogo Ball, as I’m pretty convinced that if I had just kept at it, this would’ve been the year. For surely it is the year that I turn 30 that I would be coordinated enough to excel at bouncing about on a platform surrounding a rubber ball.

In the interest of saving me from scraped knees and heartache, I instead turn to one of my fave recipes. Meant to be had as a shake, but if you pour this baby into the Little Bites Popsicle Molds, you’ve got yourself a tasty, icy treat!

Strawberry-Banana Yogurt Shake

Ingredients

1/2 ripe banana
1 dozen strawberries
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup plain yogurt

Directions

Wash the strawberries, stem them and cut in half. Peel the banana and cut it into slices. Place the fruit in the blending bowl and blend slightly (one to two pulses) Add the yogurt and maple syrup. For an older child you may also want to add some crushed ice. Pour into a cup and serve.

 
It’s a simple recipe, but bananas and strawberries make a great pair! All pureed food tends to freeze nicely, so give it a try with peaches, berries, or apples!