|Daddy and me on Christmas|
We are officially a one income family for the time being. This poses some limitations on our family. The limitations of the time being? I don't like the cold (although Mother Nature has been quite gentle so far this winter) or having cabin fever. I usually combat these limitations with spending money. It is practically a hobby.
Although our Christmas holidays were busy, Chris and I tried to relish in some family time. Normally, we would love to go to the mall on a wintery day, however, window shopping is not in our vocabulary. We brainstormed a list of activities we could do as a family, while saving our money. I put toddler in brackets because Rylyn isn't quite toddling yet and one could enjoy these activities at any age. The activities are both budget- and toddler-friendly, because right now we have both a budget and a toddler!
Budget-Friendly Winter "Toddler" Activity Ideas
|Rylyn at her 1st Birthday Party|
Entertain me and I will applaud
2. Go for a walk. Cost? Free. Unless you like to have a destination in mind, like Tim Horton's. If that is the case, I suggest maximizing any Gift Cards received over Christmas. Benefits...the exercise and fresh air is good for the body, mind and spirit. Your toddler will enjoy the change of scenery, especially if the majority of your house is painted beige, like ours.
3. Play in the snow or toboggan (on a very little hill with helmets). Cost? Car fuel and a toboggan. We have not seen much of the white stuff this year...yet... Benefits...exercise and change of scenery again.
4. Visit a pet store with aquariums. Cost? Car fuel. Not recommended for parents with a soft heart for furry friends or for their older children's big pouty lips...it could end up costing you more. If you live in the Hamilton Area, try Big Al's on Centennial Parkway. Benefits...watching fish is supposed to be relaxing. Your children will love looking at the different animals and you will love their reactions.
5. Swimming. Cost? Car fuel and usually around $8 for a family. If you choose to swim in your tub, it is a little cramped, but free. Benefits...low impact exercise and a new environment for your toddler to explore.
|I love playing with new toys, especially the drum|
Uncle AJ and Auntie Bekah bought me for Christmas
7. Go to an Early Years Centre. Cost? Car fuel. Once again, if you live in the Hamilton Area, the OEYC at Limeridge Mall is open on Saturday, unlike the others which are only open Mon. - Fri. However, if you go to the mall and window shopping is not part of your vocabulary... Benefits...different toys with which your children may play and information and advice for parents if wanted.
Feel free to add your own ideas in the comment section below!
"So he humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but that man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord." -Deuteronomy 8:3 NKJV
-Jesus quotes these words when being tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread. No matter what our vice, we cannot live on it alone. Without the Breadgiver, we would not have bread to eat or enjoy. Sometimes we need to be encouraged to give thanks for the simpler things in life.
|Rylyn eating her 1st Birthday Cake|
Living on bread alone, not wise, on cake alone,