by christine victoria alexander

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Happy February, friends! I think my daffodils must have heard the groundhog predict an early spring because they are all up and blooming this week! The girls brought in handfuls of them yesterday as a surprise for me but little Rosie hasn't figure out that you need to pick them with a stem so half of them were just the blooms with no stem! It's warm and drizzly in Charlotte today and I'm sharing some fun (screen-free) things to do inside with your littles when it rains.

Learn to sew with lacing cards  
My mom brought over lacing cards a few weeks ago and they were a big hit with my girls! Olive likes getting them out during Madeline's nap for a quiet "big girl" activity. There are a bunch available on Amazon, but why buy when you can download and print them for free? Here are two pretty sets of cards I found: cowboy & cowgirl cards, watercolor cards

Read a new book
There's just something wonderful about cozying up under a blanket with a big stack of books on a rainy day. This Atlas of Adventures is one of our favorites right now. Each page takes you on an adventure to a different part of the world - it's loaded with fun facts and illustrations! Some more of our favorite kiddie books are linked here.

Start an indoor garden 
This seed kit is a cool way to introduce kids to gardening! You don't need to have anything on hand because they include everything (even the dirt!) in the kit. Most seeds are best started about 6 weeks before the last frost.

Play a round of bird bingo
Another one my mom introduced us to (thanks Mom!) - traditional bingo but with birds! If birds aren't your thing there's an Ocean Bingo and a Bug Bingo too. 🤓

Make a pine cone bird feeder
Remember making peanut butter covered pine cones when you were little? You may already have everything you need to make them, if not, this bird feeder kit makes it easy to get all the supplies shipped right to your door. How easy is that?

Stretch it out with some yoga
I just found these yoga cards for kids last night and I think they are such a cute idea! You can also find a bunch of great (free!) yoga and ballet classes for kids on YouTube.

Squish, create, repeat
Imagine if play dough were made with non toxic ingredients and scented with essential oils - meet Hello Dough, a Canadian company making all our healthy play dough dreams come true! If you don't want to splurge on one of their fun kits, a trip to the dollar store for some tiny trucks or horses may be all you need to make your own kit at home.

Sew a tiny friend
Cynthia Treen Studio has the most adorable animal kits in her Etsy shop. I shouldn't really be including them on this list because they are for adults or older children who can sew, but I couldn't resist! This little lioness reminds me of my niece Simone!

Cook something delicious
My girls and I cook together every single day and I think it's one of the best things you can do with your littles. Pull up a chair and let them help! If you haven't tried this cookie recipe yet, what are you waiting for?

Hope you picked up some fun ideas! If you try any of these send me a pic or tag me on Instagram!


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