42 Easy Indoor Activities for Toddlers

42 Easy Indoor Activities for Toddlers

We live in a small apartment with no yard so I have lots of experience with indoor activities for kids. Every parent knows how hard it is to keep a toddler occupied for even a few minutes, no need to spend 30 minutes designing a complicated activity!  I always felt if I could keep my toddler busy for at least 10 minutes, it was a lucky day. Some of these ideas may even give you a chance to drink a cup of tea. (Note: this post contains affiliate links.) Some of these ideas are self-explanatory, but you can always CLICK on any of the ORANGE LINKS below to find out more. NOTE: Supervision of your child is your responsibility. Not all activities are right for all children. Use common sense and ALWAYS supervise your children, especially if they still put small objects in their mouthes. The under 3 crowd needs lots of active play time. Living in an apartment, I’ve found lots of ways to make active play work. Some may seem a bit unconventional to you, but we don’t have a large (or any) play room so we have to be flexible.
  • Prop up a baking sheet on a stack of books and roll toy cars or round blocks down it.
  • Outline a rectangle on the floor with masking tape and have kids jump in and out of it, bounce balls in it, zoom their toy cars in it, fill it with blocks, etc.  It’s quite surprising how entertaining a simple tape shape can be!
  • Bounce ping pong balls around the house. Really!
  • Play indoor balloon tennis with paper plate paddles.
  • Do you have a piece of styrofoam left over from packaging? Pound in golf tees with a toy hammer, or poke toothpicks into it.
  • Put on some music and dance with scarves.
  • Set up towers of empty plastic containers or cups and bowl them down!
  • Cut a hole in the top of a tall cardboard box and drop blocks or other toys into it.
  • Use plastic yogurt lids as frisbees.  Seriously! My kids loved it when I let them do this. Little kids love to throw things and the lids won’t damage anyone or anything. You can still let your kids do this while teaching them it’s not appropriate to throw whatever they want, whenever they want to!

ART AND CRAFT ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS:

All of these are so easy to set up and don’t require much clean up, either. Clean up, however, is a great way to keep little ones occupied. Toddlers love to help.

FINE MOTOR AND SENSORY ACTIVITIES:

Toddlers love to work on their fine motor skills. It’s so fascinating to see them concentrating so hard. They are learning so much, too!

WATER PLAY ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS:

It seems like my toddlers never got bored of water play! Even now, at the ages of 5 and 9, they still love it. It definitely deserves its own category!
  • Give the toys bubble bath in a shallow bucket. Provide a sponge or a small brush to make it extra fun.
  • Blow drops of water across wax paper with a straw.
  • Sit them down on a towel and let them play with water, cups and spoons. Simple but very effective!
  • Play with baking soda and vinegar. Place a series of cups on the floor filled with a bit of baking soda. Give your toddler a bowl of baking soda and let them spoon it into the cups. Watch their joyous reaction!
  • Scooping! Place a bunch of small toys in a large bucket and give your child a big kitchen spoon to scoop them from one container to another. For added fun, fill the toy bucket with water and use a slotted spoon.
  • If you want to get fancy, check out this awesome collection of sensory sink ideas.

QUIET ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS:

A lot of the above ideas will keep your toddler quietly busy, too. Many of these ideas, and more, can be found on my giant list of indoor activities for kids. How do you entertain your toddlers?
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