6 Indoor Activities for Active Toddlers

Some (most?) toddlers just won’t sit still. These indoor activities for active toddlers will help you keep that little one busy and out of trouble.

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Indoor activities for active toddlers that will keep you sane during the winter or on rainy days! These fun ideas for entertaining toddlers are good for preschoolers as well.

M is an active little munchkin. While some of my friends’ toddlers will sit and do some finger painting, poke and pull at play dough, or sit for storytime, mine just won’t. I had to come up with some solutions to save him from his own boredom…

Whether you want to keep your toddler busy while you fold in a load of laundry, or you just want some fresh ideas to entertain him (or her!), this list will prove to be super helpful!

These six activities are just a drop in the bucket – but it’s a start. If you have any ideas to add this list, feel free to comment below. We love hearing your perspective.

 

6 Indoor Activities for Active Toddlers:

 

 

1. Music and Movement: 

Turn on some music and dance! You can do calisthenic-type songs, or just dance freely to your favorite music. M gets so excited when I switch on the music and absolutely loves dancing with me! HEN Family has a great list of kids’ music that won’t drive you nuts.

Indoor activities for active toddlers that will keep you sane during the winter or on rainy days! These fun ideas for entertaining toddlers are good for preschoolers as well.

 

If you’re looking for more structured activities, here is a huge list to choose from.

 

 

2. Active Book Time: 

If your child won’t sit through a book, choose one that includes some exercise. Our favorite is Eric Carle’s “From Head to Toe. It goes through the motions that different animals make, and encourages you to try it too.

While M is too little to understand, I show him, and he copies. We have a lot of fun, and I get exercise too!

Indoor activities for active toddlers that will keep you sane during the winter or on rainy days! These fun ideas for entertaining toddlers are good for preschoolers as well.

 

 

3. Riding: 

The beauty of toddler riding toys is that they work inside too. You can have one dedicated to the indoors so that you don’t bring the dirt in. M has this bike and loves riding it from one place to the next.

Just make sure that any staircases are blocked off for safety.

 


 

4. Steps: 

Walking is not the final gross motor skill you want your child to master – steps are too! Kill two birds in one stone by practicing the motions of going up and down.

I fold up M’s play mat in halves or thirds so that it forms a small step. If you have a single step somewhere in your house, you can point your child there as well. He counts “two, seven…uppa!” and goes up and down it. He loves doing this – it causes lots of giggles.

Indoor activities for active toddlers that will keep you sane during the winter or on rainy days! These fun ideas for entertaining toddlers are good for preschoolers as well.

 

5. Mini Trampoline or Rebounder:

An indoor trampoline is such a great way to release pent up energy! With a diameter of only 36″, this won’t take up too much room, and the handle bar increases safety and stability for the little ones.

 

 

6. Stomp bubble wrap:

This is such a fun way to reuse bubble wrap without having to store it for long! Whenever I have some, I lay it on the floor and stomp it with M. He loves the pops it makes, plus it crinkles too.

 

 

The toddler stage of parenthood is challenging, for sure. But we all know that in the end, even the never ending mess is worth it. Need a reminder sometimes? Check this out. 

 

What ideas do you have to entertain your active toddler indoors? I’d love to try some new indoor activities for active toddlers!

 

 

 

 

 

8 Comments

  1. I especially love the active book reading. I think a lot of parents assume reading has to be something you sit down and focus on, but for toddlers that’s not always possible!

  2. We bought a mini-trampoline after spending a lot of time & $$ to take our girls to “tot time” every Saturday at the indoor trampoline park. Urban Rebounder has a stability bar that makes it fun and safer for kiddos. Great way to bounce out energy (and parents can use it for a FUN cardio workout too everyday…).

  3. This post is so comforting.. I thought I was the only one dealing with an active toddler who won’t sit still.. Kids all around seem to be more patient than mine.. I make him perform on nursery rhymes. Head shoulders knees and toes, teddy bear teddy bear turn around, twinkle twinkle little star are a few of this favorites. This has also given him alot of vocabulary and recognition of objects and parts of body. He loves making shapes with his fingers too..
    I would definitely try dancing with him.
    Loved your post. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi Menucha, this blog is amazing! I love the the ideas!

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