Because of this, we have spent most of our days this January safe and cozied up inside. This means I have to be extra intentional about taking time to engage with Emmett and keep him busy with lots of creative play.
I thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite books and toys that are out all day in our house. Hopefully you can discover a few new things to help you and your little ones finish out the winter strong!
Janod Story Box Circus // Emmett's cousins gave this to him for Christmas and I cannot sing the praises of Janod's toys enough!! The painted details, the little clowns, the tiny fire hoop for the tiger to jump through?! We play circus at least once a day and I am already counting down the days until his birthday so we can give him some of the other sets they offer.
Janod Circus Train // This is the other Janod set that Emmett got for Christmas. Again, I cannot tell you how much we adore the details and little pieces. Let's be honest, I probably love it more than the boys ever will and I'm really okay with that. Now excuse me while I go back to playing circus. . .
^^ i mean seriously . . . i can't even!! ^^
Melissa & Doug Vehicles Reusable Sticker Pad // My best friend gave this reusable sticker book to Emmett when we were visiting California last summer and for some reason, it's my go-to item when he's about to melt down during the day. All I have to say is, Buddy, do you want to play with your truck stickers?? and suddenly all is right in the world again.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? // I actually bought this book for super cheap at a thrift store and we gave it to Emmett for Christmas. Just in the last two weeks, it's become his favorite go-to book. I love it because we get to practice colors and animals and watching him point them out is so adorable!!
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z
// Another current favorite of Emmett's. Who doesn't love Banana Cars and Ice Cream trucks with spilled ice cream and a Zipper Car?!
Washable Watercolors // It's been so fun to see Emmett get excited about arts and crafts and this simple paint set is no exception. In less than a month, we are almost completely through his tray of colors. I think every little color tray is a murky gray from all the cross-paint-brushing, but hey! It's abstract art, you guys.
// You know that winter is getting long when you put your little guy in bathtub for a little water recreation in the middle of the day. He just loves coloring all over the bathtub walls with these crayons and it's seriously adorable because he tries to wash it off when he's finish. Such a tidy kid, this one!!
What toys and activities have kept you afloat this winter?!
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