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Winter Activity Tray Ideas for Toddlers!

When the weather gets THIS COLD... it's tempting to just stay in and not embrace the chill of the outdoors. We get that. So we've compiled a list of the best Winter-themed activity tray ideas to keep your toddlers entertained when you just want to stay in...


Ice Domes
Ice Domes
  1. Ice Domes - One of our most successful activities during our Penguins & Polar Bears event was the Ice Domes tray. We froze a bowl of water with sea creatures in overnight - and put out pippettes and measuring jugs with luke-warm water, and the tots loved to spend time melting away the ice block to free the animals. It's great for concentration, problem solving and fine motor skills. It can also teach them about the elements, how ice turns into water.


Arctic Scene
Arctic Scene

2. Snow Dough - We created our own Snow Dough for our Arctic Animals activity. We were able to mould it to shape ice caps for the animals to live on, with use of polar toys figures! Amazing for role play development and learning about the world.



3. Pretend Snow - We mixed hair conditioner, corn flour and baking soda together to make pretend snow! It's a bit messier than Snow Dough but kids love the cold, powdery texture that can be squished together to make a snowman!



StickMan Scene
StickMan Scene


4. Stickman Snowy Woodland Scene - We set this tray up at a recent birthday party... We used our pretend mud and sensory ocean rice, sprinkled over some pretend snow (flour will do!) to create this beautiful woodland scene... and we popped a Stickman toy in the river for the tots to play out the famous book. We also dotted about some woodland creatures, hidden holes and pine cones.


Woodland Scene
Woodland Scene


5. Fairy Woodland - An alternative to Stickman, create a woodland scene with some pretend mud, and dot some woodland creatures and fairies to create an enchanting woodland scene.

Any hidey-holes, play trees, model wooden cabins you have will help, tots love to explore and hide things and this will be great for their fine motor skills.


Bear Hunt
Bear Hunt

6. Bear Hunt - Recreate your tots favourite page in the Bear Hunt book! The squelchy mud can be made using our Mud Dough (which comes with a wiggly Super-Worm!), or you could recreate the snowy ice scene with crushed ice or pretend snow! Hooo Wooo!


We hope you enjoy these activity tray ideas! If you have any, feel free to share them with us on Facebook or Instagram, or drop us an email at info@foresttots.uk


Also, check out our shop for lots of pre-made kits - it takes the brainwork out of entertaining your tots on a cold day!


Wrap up warm!








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