Each season brings new traditions and activities. This Winter bucket list for one-year-olds will ensure that you and your family make the most of the season and celebrate every little second. These activities can be done at any age but are especially great for one-year-olds.
Winter Bucket List and Reading
When you search “Winter bucket list” on Pinterest, there are a ton of options but I noticed that almost all of them focus on movie watching. While I enjoy watching movies, it’s also extremely important to put the focus on reading! You can make reading books just as fun as watching a movie – you just need to devote some time and focus to it, and, most importantly, enjoy it yourself.
Make reading fun
Host a reading day and pull together some themed stacks of books. Some stacks could be holiday-themed, body themed, animal-themed, weather-themed, etc! You can tell your child the theme or see if they can guess it! By forming these stacks, it’ll help them explore different books around your home. Place the stacks around the house, grab a blanket, some pillows, and your comfiest clothes, and sit together and read them aloud or independently (depending on your child’s age). Read more about how to read to children.
Have a “Snowball Fight”
Included on this winter bucket list is “have a paper snowball fight.” The easiest way to do it is to just crumple up some sheets of paper and pretend they’re ice-cold snowballs. But you can also add some learning to this activity!
My Farm Animal learning activity snowball fight for One-Year-Olds is a great way to play with your child while teaching them something important. You can pick up a “snowball,” open it up and show your child the animal inside. Say the animal’s name and make the animal noise. For example, you can say “This is a cow.” or “The cow says ‘moooo.’” or “The cow is black and white.” Then crumple it back up and throw it across the room. Continue throwing and opening these snowballs as long as your child is interested! This game taught our son to “moooo” and it’s the sweetest thing!
Get some writing involved
While writing is definitely not geared towards one-year-olds, it’s important to model for them. One of the bucket list items is “look through a recipe book together, choose a dinner, make a grocery list, go shopping, and make dinner together.” If you have older kiddos, get them involved! I can’t begin to emphasize this enough. Let your kids write lists. Let them see writing as fun AND functional. They can write down drink orders, put tallies next to pictures of drinks, list their favorite snacks, gift list for Santa, etc! One-year-olds can “write” with large/easy to hold crayons on a piece of paper. They love to watch you and try to do whatever you’re doing, so this is a great “teaching” moment.
What are you waiting for?
Go snag your copy of the Winter Bucket List. Print it out, hang it up, and be sure to share how you cross off each item! Cheers!