Looking for some super easy indoor activities to keep your toddlers busy and entertained!
Here are some ideas of simple yet fun things to do with your toddlers when you are stuck indoors!
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Make a Crib Fort
Forts are a go-to favorite of mine and we make so many forts, mainly in the living room with pillows, blankets and cushions.
However, my two year old is fazing out the nap (wahh) and I needed the break during the afternoon stretch so a Crib Fort was invented.
I took a large comforter and threw it over the crib and my 2 and 4 year old LOVED it.
The Crib Fort was a hit.
They played in the crib under the blankets for over an hour.
I sat my butt in the rocker and rested. It was seriously the best and my kids had so much fun!
Make sure the blanket you pick is a big one because throw blankets may be a tad small and consistently fall off.
I did a full comforter and it was great. Depending on the blanket, it may get dark so you can add some flashlights or glow sticks to add to the activity as well!
Forts are great, but the crib fort was a new twist and a big hit with my boys!
Make and Play with Snow
The winter (or anytime really) can be long with little ones, especially when you can’t get outside.
When my youngest was really little is was so hard to get outside when it snowed when it was just me, and my older toddler was so anxious to play in it.
Sometimes it’s too cold to go out, it takes too long to get ready, or just too hard in general, that I’ve brought the snow inside.
I’ve scooped up snow from my deck, put it in a big container, and threw down some towels underneath. Viola— instant easy activity!
If you don’t have snow currently, or never get snow, you can totally make it.
I’ve made this recipe with my boys. Warning– it’s totally messy, but a big hit! Who needs real snow right?
Water Play in the Bath Tub
Getting an impromtu bath and water play can be a fun and easy way to break up the day.
I feel like my kids love getting in the bath when they don’t have to get clean, ha.
Sometimes I’ll even throw real toys (like legos) in the tub for them to play with. That’s so silly mom.
PLUS, throwing toys in the bath tub with the kids gets the toys clean so it’s a win win during flu season. And Ex
Big Box Play
Boxes are always a hit in my house. It’s like an extra perk of getting all those online orders 😉
There’s SO much to do with a box! I usually just put it down and see where the imagination goes!
When my son was really little, I would just put him in there with crayons and he was contained and having fun!
Sometimes I’ll participate or grab supplies, but usually I’ll have my kids lead the way when it comes to box play!
Playdough is one of those activities that I always pull out when I need an extra few minutes to cook dinner, wash dinner, or just need a minute of quietness.
I usually opt for the easy option of store-bought play-doh with some tools to go with it, however, you can also make play dough too.
I’ve had a few Pinterest fails when it came to homemade playdough, but I know many people make it with no problems! Even better, you get an activity making it and then an activity with playing with it!
I just hope you have a little more luck with finding a great homemade play dough recipe– mine always comes out too sticky and messy! (I’ll link when I find a good one though!)
Play dough is such a fun and easy activity for indoor play. Make sure to tuck it away and use it on days you really need it to make play dough more fun.
Fun with Magnets
There’s so many different things you can do with magnets!
We have so much fun experimenting with them! We will use our fridge or baking pan as a base and see what will stick to it!
We use magnetic tiles a lot and it’s such a fun toy because it’s a magnet and a block!
My kids can play with Magnetic tiles for hours. It is probably the best investment toy in my house. They are a little pricey, but we’ve gotten soo may hours of play out of our magnetic tiles!
The best part is that the kids will usually play with these with little help from mom. Sometimes I’ll play and make things with them, but other times, they can play for quite awhile with them by themselves!
Magna-tiles can get a little pricey, we actually don’t have any of the original brand, but we do have a few knocks that work just as well!
The different brands also work fine together, I think as long as they look like they will work together, they will.
Magnetic tiles are also great to experiment with other magnetic to see what sticks to what!
Have a Picnic Indoors!
Can’t get outside? Have a picnic indoors!
My boys love to throw the blanket down in the kitchen and eat our snacks and/or lunch on it!
It such a great way to combine mealtime and playtime!
My boys love playing picnic and will usually initiate it too! They’ll grab a blanket and start thinking of ideas for food and things for our picnic!
It’s a super cute activity– and practical too!
Who needs to go outside when you have a picnic anywhere!
There’s no better way to get all that energy out with a Dance Party!
My kids love when I turn on the music and just dance! It’s such a simple activity too and a great way to burn some energy!
Just turn on some music of your choice and have fun! You can also add some balloons, glow sticks, dance mats, etc. to make it extra fun!
Silly Obstacle Course
On days that you can’t simply get outside and there’s A LOT of energy to get out and a dance party won’t cut it, try making an indoor obstacle course.
Lay some pillows on the ground for them to jump over, a tunnel to go through, silly rope to go under, etc.
Some times I’ll tape construction paper shapes to the ground that they need to jump to and from, and it’s a hit with my 2.5 year old.
It’s great to get energy out when we can’t get outside!
I hope you find a few ideas to keep your kids busy while stuck inside! Enjoy!
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