10 must-have winter toys and activities for kids

Even though summer is often considered the season for fun, that doesn’t mean winter should be wasted indoors, waiting for warmer weather. Whether you have kids obsessed with snow or toddlers who prefer to stay warm and toasty indoors, there are plenty of activities the whole family can do to make the most of those colder months.

From arts and crafts to inflatable sleds to take outside and roll in the snow, different toys offer new experiences that will keep kids entertained until the temperatures start to rise.

If you need help finding the best toys to get, Toy Insider’s Ali Mierzejewski shared with TODAY with Hoda and Jenna his top picks for indoor and outdoor toys and activities. Keep reading to see her suggestions on how to make this winter one to remember.

Waddle Hip Hopper

If you’re looking for toys to help your little one develop balance and control, this inflatable animal is a great option. Made with soft and durable materials, this toy can be used both indoors and outdoors. Some of the animal models available include unicorn, giraffe, dinosaur, zebra, dragon, and bull, among others.

Fat Brain Toys Snow Lots of fun! Frozen Mega Science Lab

Explore the wonders of snow through science with this frozen mega lab. Perfect for ages 8 and up, experiments are easy to do since just add water to the polymers to create different fake snow creations.

National Geographic Pottery Tower for Kids

For kids with an artistic flair, this potter’s wheel lets them decorate air-dried pottery. The kit comes with two books of air-dry clay, three arm accessories, three sculpting tools, six paint colors, a palette, a brush, an apron and more. The wheel is specially designed for beginners and includes detailed video lessons and helpful tips.

Cra-Z-Art Ultimate 5-in-1 Shimmer ‘n Sparkle Knitting Station

If your little one prefers indoors during the winter, this knitting station is a fun activity to create fashionable items they can actually wear. This station comes with five different knitting loom patterns for creating scarves, hats and more. The kit, which includes four looms, a knitting hook, knitting needles, a pom pom maker, five skeins of yarn and more, is perfect for ages 6 and up.

DC Comics Batman Batmobile Off-Road Remote Control Vehicle

This Batmobile can roll easily on land and water so your little one can catch super villains on all kinds of terrain. The joystick controller can even work up to 100 feet away.

Crayola DIY Winter Crafts

Crayola has a variety of winter-themed crafts that kids and adults can have fun creating. Most activities can be done using household items and Crayola crayons, markers or paints. Some of the crafts include a snowman lantern, paper winter village and more.

Fomalanche Fom Mania

Ideal for birthday parties, backyard foam battles and more, this machine produces piles of light, airy foam that’s fun to play with. The foam is biodegradable, hypoallergenic and is designed not to stain any fabric. The foam also dissolves on its own, so no need to clean up afterwards.

BigMouth Inc. Rocket Two-Person Snow Tube

This inflatable snow tube is 5 feet wide and provides a smooth, smooth ride for two. Made with durable vinyl and welded seams, this tube is built to last season after season. For easy storage, the sled can also be deflated and cleaned.

Funboy – Houndstooth Giant Inflatable Deluxe Alpine Mountain Sled

Inspired by classic winter sled designs, this inflatable option is both stylish and fun. This sled can hold up to two riders or 250 pounds and offers a comfortable, air-cushioned ride. The reinforced rubber base made with directional grooves helps hold the sled downhill and it also has two handles for easy grip.

Funboy Giant Inflatable Deluxe Alpine Mountain Sled

If the above design isn’t really your style, this gondola sled model is also a great choice. The sled is built to be durable and last through the winter season and beyond.

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