These are my top 10 indoor toddler activities for that I’ve done at home when my kids were young.
Since its winter time, I’ve got to have a handful of these up my sleeve.
Indoor activities are great to have on hand for any age this time of year. But toddlers especially seem to get antsy and need some extra hands-on attention.
Every one of these indoor activities for toddlers is easy to do. Easy to set up. And uses materials that you should already have on hand (they’re all pretty common items).
And if you don’t have the items, I’m listing a bunch of other options you could do instead!
Do you have favorite indoor activities for toddlers?
My top 10 indoor activities for toddlers:
1. Cardboard Box Train
Get out the cardboard boxes and create! Let the imaginations flow. A box can be anything: a train, ramps for cars, an airplane, a house.
2. Sticky Spider Web
Tape up the doorway and throw some newspapers (or cotton balls!) at it to see if you can stick them. A great indoor activity for gross motor practice!
3. Shaving Cream Sensory DIY
Shaving cream is a wonderful indoor sensory activity that toddlers love. Squirt some on a pan and just let them have fun. Add food coloring if you like. You might want to put them in an old shirt and maybe put a towel down, too. It does get messy (You can keep messy play clean too, I’ve got 10 ways!)
4. Pop Bottle Bowling Indoor Toddler Activity
Bowl indoors! Grab one of the kids’ balls. Set up a few items for pins. Lots of things will work for these, pop bottles, paper towel tube, or toilet paper works too!
5. Straw Threaded Shoestring Necklace
Create a necklace, toddler style! Use a piece of string (a shoestring works well because of the hard end) and something to thread on it. Big beads would be great. But other items such as straws or large pasta noodles work too. This would be a great fine motor activity.
6. Indoor Energetic Newspaper Throwing
Dig a newspaper out of the recycling bin and have a ball throwing them! You can add a target to the mix with this indoor toddler activity and practice counting too. All great gross motor practice.
7. Slimy Eyes Indoor Activity for Toddlers
Here’s a sensory activity that’s easy and clean! Squirt some hair gel (lotion would work too) into a baggy and zip it up! Add some odds and ends craft items to the mix too for added fun.
8. Lines of Colored Tape
Tape a line on the floor in different ways (zig zag, curvy or straight) and have a toddler walk along it, trying to balance their best. Can they do it forward, how about walking backward? Another fantastic gross motor activity that can be done indoors.
9. Practice Fine Motor Skills with Pom Poms
Have your toddler poke pom poms through an opening in a small bottle, or cut a small hole in a container. Pom poms and other small items can be used for fine motor practice, but always be careful with small kids and watch them closely.
10. Sparkle Cloud Dough
A play dough alternative (although its great, its fun to throw in something else sometimes) is cloud dough. The texture is awesome and the kids will love to explore it.
Need more easy indoor activities for your toddler to do at home?
If you’re itching for more toddler activities, here’s 50 of them to be inspired by. Many of these can be done indoors too!
Get The Toddler’s Busy Book for everyday activities.
Quiet time activities for preschoolers are great indoor activities for these kind of days too!