It is wet around most of the country these days, so what are you doing to keep those kiddos from going stir crazy? Staying home with kids is a tough job in the first place, and when my kids get a little “cabin fever” from being inside, it can make being at home even tougher!
And that’s why I love it when I can find great indoor activities for kids, especially toddlers who are just little balls of energy! These fun indoor activities for toddlers will give you many days of play to help keep the little ones entertained and learning!
Fun Indoor Activities for Toddlers:
- Military Man – Create an indoor obstacle course or do one of these other 21 fun indoor activities for kids!
- Craft Stick Puppets – Puppets are fascinating to toddlers. Creating their own puppets is easy, and it’s lots of fun. All you really need are some craft or popsicle sticks, construction paper, safety scissors, markers and glue. Help your toddler cut animal shapes out of construction paper. He can draw faces and other details with washable markers. Glue the stick to the back of the shape, let dry, and he’s ready to put on a puppet show. If you want to make more elaborate puppets, try cutting shapes out of foam. Glue on a pom pom for the nose, and add some googly eyes.
- What Made That Footprint – The fun indoor game, what made that footprint, from Kids Activities Blog is a great way to play with your toddler while teaching them about the living things around us!
- Hello Mr. Postman – Let your toddler create a card for someone special. Cards can be made with glitter, with adult supervision of course. Help your toddler spell out what they want the card to say, then have them trace the lines with a glitter marker. Glitter markers are better than actual glitter because the markers already have the glue in them – easy cleanup!
- Homeschool – Toddlers are not too young to learn! In fact, they are at the perfect age for retaining the things we teach them. Here are some fun educational toddler activities for homeschoolers.
- Paint with Pudding – You don’t need different flavors to make different colors. Just use one serving of plain vanilla pudding, divide it up into small portions, and add food coloring to create various shades. Give your child a paper plate to use as a canvas for his masterpiece. When he’s done, he can eat it with no worries.
- Make a Rockin’ Story! – This adorable painted rock storytelling activity from Playtivities combines art and language while letting your littles use their imagination!
- Around The House – This looks like a super fun game that could easily be turned into a file folder game to be used over and over again! Reinforce to your children what belongs where in your home!
- Let’s Read – Introduce your child to reading to set the foundation for a life-long learner!
- Design a T-Shirt – If your toddler sees you sewing or painting clothes with fabric paint, she may want to try her hand at designing clothes. But needles are small and sharp, and fabric paint is messy. What to do? Break out the markers! Kids can have a blast decorating a plain white t-shirt with colorful markers. If you use washable ones, they can create a design, wear it, and start over after you wash the shirt. If a permanent design is desired, however, you’ll have to let him use non-washable markers. You can avoid a mess by covering the work area with newspaper and putting a smock on your toddler.
- A to Z Crafty Fun – Beat boredom and play with letters with these a to z boredom busters from Crystal and Comp! Crafts, recipes, printables, and more alphabet activities for little ones!
- The Alphabet Game – Toddlers are not to young to begin recognizing the alphabet! This fun abc scavenger hunt type game from the Kids Activities Blog can easily be done indoors to avoid the chilly weather!
- Magnetize Me! – LOL! I couldn’t think of a good title for these fun DIY Magnet play ideas from Crystal and Company!
- DIY Placemats – Have your toddler cut shapes out of construction paper and glue them onto a whole piece with a glue stick. He can add detail with markers or embellish with stickers. When he’s done, place the artwork on a piece of contact paper, sticky side up. Place another sheet of contact paper on top, sticky side down. Most toddlers will only have the patience to make one place-mat at a time. But he can make another one tomorrow, continuing until there are enough for the whole table. He’ll be so proud to know that everyone sees his artwork at every meal!
- Don’t String Me Along! – This indoor string scavenger hunt activity from Hands on as We Grow is like a dot-to-dot.. value-sized! I love this idea and can’t wait to put it to use. Since my kids are older, I am thinking it would be a fabulous way to help Tank work on alphabetical order! I could use words instead of letters. Oh so fun!
- Felt Shapes! – The storage idea of this DIY felt shape game from Kids Activities Blog kind of blew my mind! I was like, “OMG! NO way! How did I never think of this??” makes me what to create some other games that can be stored this way. Plus, it looks like loads of fun!
- Sight Word Fun – Dolch Sight Words Flashcards and coloring pages will keep the kids entertained and learning for a good 15 minutes 😉 Repetition is the way of the world, so be sure to laminate these flashcards so you can use them again and again!
- Pasta creations – There are many things that toddlers can create with pasta. Wheels can be used as tires on cars, ziti noodles and some string can be used to create bracelets and necklaces. Use markers to color the pasta before using the noodles to craft, your child will come up with a colorful creation for sure.
- Go Dotty! – This simple activity from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds shows kids how to improve pre-writing skills by using dot markers on a dry erase board.
- How Fun “ART!” Thou – Chalk into water paints, what? Oh man, you would need to put some plastic down to protect your surfaces, but man oh man would any child have a blast with this!
- Get Cooking! – Let the kids help you make this super cute recipe for Mini Apple Pie Monkey Bread from Let’s Lasso the Moon. Then they can eat their creations!
As if the above 21 Fun Indoor Activities for Toddlers isn’t enough, I have an awesome-sauce book that EVERY parent of toddlers should own. Many of these are good for preschoolers and even older children as well! Have fun!
Must Have Toddler Resource:
The Toddler’s Busy Book: Those of us who have gone through toddler stages already with their kids know how busy a time this can be. Keeping them entertained, happy and excited about things isn’t always easy. This is why a book with activity ideas comes in really handy.
The Toddler’s Busy Book is aimed at families with toddlers from about 1.5 to 3 years old. It includes many fun ideas to keep your toddler “organized”. The first section of the book gives you advice on planning activities, how to stock your craft cupboard, and how best to plan your activities around your toddler. There are ideas for rainy days, kids in the kitchen, water play, outdoor adventures, music and movement, arts and crafts, birthday and holiday craft and nursery rhymes.
I am sure your toddlers will enjoy making popcorn pictures, potato stamps, spaghetti mobiles, tissue paper collage, face painting, colored sand, beanbag races, rock painting, pudding cookies and many other activities. You won’t run out of ideas anymore on how to keep you toddler busy and happy.
Also included in the book are helpful recipes for making your own safe glue, baker’s clay, modeling clay and playdough.