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50 Engaging Toddler Indoor Activities

Toddler Indoor Activities

Are you on the lookout for some exciting and educational toddler indoor activities to keep your curious little ones engaged?

 

Well, you’ve landed in the right place!

 

As a former preschool teacher with a passion for early childhood development, I’m thrilled to share a wide variety of toddler indoor activities that will captivate your kids.

 

From sensory play that tickles their senses to hands-on crafts that foster creativity, we’ll dive into activities designed to keep those tiny hands busy and those growing minds engaged.

 

These indoor activities will also strengthen the bond between you and your toddler, providing opportunities for laughter, learning, and love.

 

Embrace the mess, savor the smiles, and relish in the joy of watching your toddler explore the world, one indoor adventure at a time.

 

So, grab your aprons, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to embark on a whirlwind of creativity and fun!

 

Related Article: 25+ Fun and Educational Board Games for Two-Year-Olds

 

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Arts and Crafts

Unleash your toddler’s creativity with some arts and crafts. Finger painting, drawing with chalk, or making colorful collages can be so much fun. Plus, it’s an opportunity to display your child’s budding artistic talents on the fridge.

 

Toddler Indoor Activities Art

1. Marble Roll Painting

Supplies needed:

Marbles, paper, paint, box

How-to guide:

Have your child select their favorite colored piece of paper and place it in a wide, shallow box or container. Squirt some paint into the box. Drop several marbles into the box and let your child roll the marbles around through the paint along their paper! You can add a lid or cover to the box and let your child shake the marbles around in the box. 

 

2. Butterfly Symmetry Painting

Toddler Indoor Activities Butterfly Symmetry Painting

Supplies needed:

Paper, pencil, paint

How-to guide:

Print out a butterfly outline on a piece of paper or draw one yourself. Carefully fold the paper in half along the butterfly’s body, making sure to have a wing on each side of the fold and in line with each other. Unfold the paper and have your child paint one side! After they have finished painting, fold the paper with the wet paint on the inside. Press the folded sides lightly together and then carefully unfold them to reveal your symmetrical painted butterfly!

 

3. Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils 

Supplies Needed:

Salt, flour, warm water, circle cookie cutter, baking paper, cookie sheet, dinosaur toys, oven

How-to Guide:

Make the salt dough with your child by combining ½ cup of salt and 1 cup of flour. Add in ½ cup of warm water and mix until it is a dough-like consistency. Roll out the dough to be about an inch thick. Use a circle cookie cutter to cut out circles in the dough. You could also just have your child roll some dough into a ball and flatten it with their hands. Press the side of a small dinosaur toy into the dough, making sure you rock the toy in different directions to make sure the imprint is clear.

Place baking paper onto a cookie sheet and place your fossils on top. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees F for an hour. Thicker fossils will take longer to dry. You may want to flip the fossils every so often to help them dry out more evenly. Feel free to decorate or paint your fossils after they have cooled! 

 

4. Butcher Paper Painting

Supplies Needed:

Butcher paper, paint, painter’s tape

How-to Guide:

Roll out several feet of your child’s favorite colored butcher paper. Use several strips of painter’s tape and apply it in several different crossing directions across the butcher paper. Your child can then paint, color, or design each section in a different way. When they are finished, carefully peel off the tape to reveal your child’s design.

 

5. Rain Sticks

Toddler Indoor Activities DIY Rain Sticks

Supplies needed:

Tin foil, wood spoon, paper towel roll, paper, tape, rice/dry beans

How-to guide:

Start by crumpling and rolling some tin foil around a wooden spoon. Take the coiled tin foil and insert it into a toilet paper or paper towel roll. You can have your child color and decorate a piece of paper that you can wrap around the toilet paper roll, or directly decorate the roll. Make sure to seal the bottom of the roll with some of the decorated paper and some tape. Add your desired amount of rice or dry beans to the roll. Seal the top and you are all done! 

 

6. Fly Swatter Splat 

Supplies needed:

Fly swatter, paint, paper

How-to guide:

Dip a clean fly swatter into some paint. Hit the fly swatter against some paper several times for a fun-looking art display!

  

7. Name Art

Supplies Needed:

Paper, painters tape, paint

How-to Guide:

Have your child select their favorite colored piece of paper. Using painter’s tape, apply strips to the paper that spell out your child’s name. Let your child paint the paper, being sure to cover up all the tape. Carefully remove the tape to reveal your child’s name!

 

8. Animal Silhouettes

Supplies Needed:

Animal outline, painters tape, paper, paint

How-to Guide

Print out your child’s favorite animal outline and cut it out. Loop painter’s tape and stick it to the back of the animal, and then stick it to a piece of paper. Let your child paint the paper making sure to paint over the animal. When they are finished, carefully peel off the animal to reveal the animal’s silhouette! 

 

9. Rainy Windows

Supplies Needed:

White paper, blue water color paint, straw

How-to Guide

Lay a white piece of paper on a flat surface. (You can draw a “window” outline on the paper to add effect if you would like). Carefully pour a little bit of blue water color paint onto the paper. Let your child use a straw to blow the paint in different directions to create the rainy look! 

 

10. Frozen Paint

Supplies needed:

Muffin tin/ice cube tray, water, food coloring, craft sticks, paper

How-to guide:

Fill a muffin tin or ice cube tray with water. Drop some food coloring into each spot. Put a craft stick into each spot and then freeze. Once frozen, have your child use the frozen paint to paint on a piece of paper! 

 

11. Color Mix-Up

Toddler Indoor Activities Color Mix-Up

Supplies needed:

Shaving cream, storage bag, paint, tape

How-to guide:

Spray some shaving cream into a Ziploc bag. Have your child pick out a couple of paint colors and pour some into the bag. Properly seal the bag (you can use masking tape to ensure it is sealed) and watch your child squish the bag to make new colors! Alternatively, you can let your child squish and smear the shaving cream and paint on a table or other surface with their hands and fingers for a fun sensory activity. 

 

12. Coffee Filter Butterflies  

Supplies needed:

Washable markers, coffee filters, spray bottle, pipe cleaners

How-to guide:

Using washable markers, have your child color several coffee filters. (This activity specifically works if your child colors on two coffee filters that are layered on top of each other.) Lay the colored coffee filters on a washable surface. Using a spray bottle, mist them with water. The more the filters are sprayed, the more the design runs and bleeds; the choice is yours!

After the coffee filters are dry, accordion fold the filters back and forth. Stack two folded filters (either two identical filters that were colored together or two different filters) on top of each other. Fold a pipe cleaner in half, and put the filters in between the folded pipe cleaner, having the middle of the filters secured against the pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner and curl the two open ends to look like butterfly antennas. Fan out the accordion pipe cleaners to reveal your beautiful watercolor butterfly!

 

13. Marbled Art

Supplies Needed:

Shaving cream, tray, food coloring, paint, toothpick, paper

How-to Guide:

Spray a bunch of shaving cream onto a tray. Drop a few drops of food coloring or paint onto the shaving cream. Use a toothpick to swirl the colored drops around in the shaving cream. The more you swirl and mix the less marbled look you will get, the choice is yours! Get a piece of paper and gently lay it over the shaving cream. Remove the paper from the shaving cream and carefully remove any access shaving cream from the paper. 

 

14. Pinwheels 

Supplies Needed:

Paper, scissors, hot glue, craft stick

How-to Guide:

Cut a piece of paper so it is square. Cut each corner towards the middle of the paper, stopping an ½ inch – 1 inch before you reach the middle. Fold each of the diagonal cuts over itself, lining up the edges. Put a dab of hot glue on the back, in the middle of your pinwheel. Stick a straw or craft stick to the hot glue. Blow on the pinwheel and watch it spin! 

 

15. Fingerprint Bugs

Toddler Indoor Activities Fingerprint bugs

Supplies needed:

Paint, paper, marker

How-to guide:

Have your child dip their finger into different washable paint colors or a stamp pad and then dot their finger across a piece of paper. After the paint has dried, draw little eyes, legs, wings, antennae, etc on the fingerprints to resemble little bugs! Draw a large jar outline on your paper and fingerpaint your little bugs inside the jar for added fun! 

 

16. Painted Rice

Supplies needed:

Rice, gallon storage bag, paint.

How-to guide: 

Pour some rice into a gallon Ziploc bag. Have your child pick out a couple of different colors of paint to squirt into the bag, along with the rice. After sealing the bag (you can reinforce the opening with masking tape if needed) let your child squish the rice and paint to create different colors! Afterwards, use your finger and draw different shapes, letters, or pictures in the rice. Pour out the dried rice for a fun sensory activity! 

 

Resources For More Fun:

Paint Set

Toddler Indoor Activities Paint set

 

Paper Roll Dispenser

Toddler Indoor Activities Paper roll dispenser

 

Dot Markers

Toddler Indoor Activities Dot markers

 

Science Experiments

Introduce your toddler to simple science experiments using household items. For example, mix baking soda and vinegar for a fizzy eruption, or create a rainbow with a glass of water and a flashlight.

Toddler Indoor Toys Science

 

1. Volcano

Supplies Needed:

Plastic bottle/tall cup, dish soap, baking soda, warm water, food coloring, vinegar

How-to Guide:

In a tall cup or plastic bottle, add 1 tablespoon of dish soap. Fill the container halfway with baking soda then mix in ¼ cup of warm water. Add several drops of food coloring. Pour vinegar into the top of the volcano to watch it erupt! You can follow the recipe for play dough to sculpt a volcano around the plastic bottle.

 

2. Making Snow

Supplies Needed:

Baking soda, water, glitter, freezer

How-to Guide:

Mix together 2 cups of baking soda, a ½ cup of water, and glitter together. Put the bowl in the freezer briefly so the “snow” feels cold. Enjoy playing with your snow!

 

3. Snow Storm in a Jar

Supplies Needed:

Clear glass, water, white paint, baby oil, glitter, food coloring, Alka-Seltzer tablet

How-to Guide:

Fill a small jar or clear glass ¼ of the way with some water. Mix about a teaspoon of white paint into the water to resemble milk. Fill the rest of the jar with baby oil and let it all settle. You can add glitter and food coloring to the mixture if desired. Break up an Alka-Seltzer tablet into a few pieces and drop them into the jar one at a time. Enjoy your snowstorm! 

 

4. Fizzy Moon Rocks

Supplies Needed:

Baking soda, water, glitter, food coloring, bowl, saran wrap, freezer, pipette, vinegar

How-to Guide:

Add a few scoops of baking soda into a bowl (the amount of baking soda varies on how many moon rocks you want to make). Combine water and your desired color in a separate bowl (glitter is a fun addition as well!). Add the colored water slowly to the baking soda to get a crumbly mixture that can make a snowball. Pack the mixture into balls to resemble moon rocks. Wrap in saran wrap to maintain the shape and place in the freezer for at least a half hour. Remove your moon rocks and place them in a large dish or container. Have your child use a pipette or something similar to squirt some vinegar onto the moon rock to make them fizz! 

 

Resources For More Fun:

Science Kit

Toddler Indoor Activities Science Kit

 

Volcano Science Kit

Toddler Indoor Activities Volcano

 

Jumbo Eyedroppers

Toddler Indoor Activities eyedoppers

 

Sensory Play Sensation

Sensory play is a fantastic way to engage your toddler’s senses while keeping them occupied. Create a sensory bin filled with materials like rice, pasta, or even colored water. Add in some toys, and watch your child explore different textures and colors. It’s a sensory sensation that’s both entertaining and educational.

Toddler Indoor Activities Sensory Play

 

1. Sensory Bins 

Supplies needed:

Bin, rice, sand, lentils, beans, water

How-to guide:

Fill a bin with rice or beans. Add scoops and small toys and watch your kids have fun digging around!

 

2. Sensory Bottles 

Supplies needed:

Sturdy plastic bottle, rice, glitter, beads, marbles, beans, etc.

How-to guide:

Use any empty disposable bottle for this activity (preferably something made from sturdier plastic). You can fill the bottles with all sorts of different materials: toys, dirt, water, oil, rice, glitter, marbles, sequins, beads, etc. Make sure to secure the lid of the bottle well by using hot glue. 

 

3. Sensory Spaghetti

Supplies Needed:

Cooked spaghetti, vinegar, neon food coloring, gallon storage bag,

How-to guide:

Place some spaghetti into a pot and cook al dente. While the spaghetti is cooking, mix 4 tablespoons of vinegar with half a bottle of neon food coloring and pour it into a gallon storage bag. After the spaghetti is cooked, drain it and rinse with cool water, and then add to the bag. Make sure the bag is well sealed and then mix the spaghetti with the dye! Let this sit for about two hours. After two hours rinse the spaghetti in cold water. Now it is ready to enjoy! Pour the spaghetti into a bin and add small toys, tongs, scoops.

 

4. Texture Exploration

Supplies needed:

Various textured materials (e.g., soft fabrics, sandpaper, feathers)

How-to guide:

Set up a sensory station for hands-on exploration. Collect different materials with varying textures and place them in a box. Let your one-year-old dig around and explore the different textures! 

 

Resources For More Fun:

Sensory Table

Sensory Bin

 

Sensory Scoops

Toddler Sensory Scoops

 

Tool Set

Toddler Activities Tool set

 

DIY Sensory Recipes

DIY recipes are classic indoor activities for toddlers that never gets old. The squishy texture and vibrant colors are irresistible to little hands. Encourage your child to sculpt, mold, and create their own mini masterpieces.

Toddler Indoor Activities Play Dough

 

1. Playdough

Supplies needed:

Flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar, hot water, food coloring

How-to guide: 

Have your child help you measure out 3 cups of flour, 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of salt, 3-4 tablespoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 3 cups of hot water, and your favorite food coloring. Mix together and enjoy playing with your own homemade playdough! 

 

2. Homemade Moon Sand

Supplies needed:

Baby Oil, flour 

How-to guide:

Combine ¼ cup of baby oil for every 2 cups of four. Mix well and break up any clumps. This is a fun, easy activity that will keep your child quite engaged! Add shovels, playdough molds, or other toys to add to the fun! 

 

3. Slime

Toddler Indoor Activities Slime

Supplies needed:

White glue, water, baking soda, saline solution, food coloring, cup, spoon

How-to guide:

Follow my recipe here to make your slime!

 

4. Cloud Dough

Supplies needed:

Cornstarch, conditioner

How-to guide:

Have your child help you measure out 1 cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of conditioner. Mix together and you have some fluffy cloud dough!

 

5. Sea Foam

Supplies needed:

Warm water, dish soap, cornstarch, food coloring, blender

How-to guide:

Add ¼ cup of warm water, 2 tablespoons of dish soap, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, and blue food coloring into a blender. Blend on high until there are stiff peaks. Pour out the foam into a bin and add different toys, whisks, scoops, etc.

 

Resources For More Fun:

Play Dough Kit

 play dough kit

 

Texture Rollers

Texture Rollers

 

Modeling Kit

Toddler Modeling kit

 

Energy Burners

Gross motor movement isn’t just about physical activity. It’s a cornerstone of your toddler’s development, promoting physical health, cognitive growth, confidence, social skills, and a break from screens. So, even if you are stuck inside, here are some ways to get your little one moving and to get out some pent up energy!

Toddler Indoor Activities Dancing

 

1. Dance Party

Supplies Needed:

Music, glowsticks

How-to Guide:

Turn up the music and let loose! Toddlers love to dance, and it’s an excellent way for them to burn off some of that endless energy. Clear a space in your living room, put on their favorite tunes, and join in on the fun. Dancing not only keeps them active but also enhances their coordination and rhythm. Turn on some party lights and add glow sticks to the mix for more fun1 

 

2. Indoor Obstacle Course

Supplies Needed:

Cushions, chairs, tables, couches, tape

How-to Guide:

Transform your living room into an adventure zone by setting up a mini obstacle course. Use cushions, pillows, and furniture to create challenges like crawling under tables, jumping over “lava” (blankets), and balancing on a line of tape. This activity not only entertains but also helps with their motor skills and problem-solving abilities.

 

3. Shape Jump

Supplies Needed:

Masking tape

How-to Guide:

Use masking tape to tape large shapes on the ground. Have your child identify the shapes while they are jumping from shape to shape! 

 

4. Balloon Tennis

Supplies Needed:

Large craft stick, paper plate, balloon

How-to Guide:

Tape a large craft stick or paint stirring stick to a paper plate. You can decorate the paper plate for added fun! Blow up a balloon and take turns bopping up the balloon back and forth to each other.

 

5. Paper Snowball Fight

Supplies Needed:

Paper

How-to Guide:

Have your child crumple several pieces of paper into “snowballs”. Now you can have a snowball fight inside your house! Try making forts to act as home base! 

 

6. Snowball Toss

Supplies Needed:

Paper snowballs, baskets

How-to Guide:

Get several containers out and place them around the room. Now toss your paper snowballs into the different containers! 

 

7. Indoor Bowling

Supplies Needed:

Disposable cups, ball

How-to Guide:

Collect 5 or 10 disposable cups. Arrange the cups like bowling pins. Now let your child roll a ball and try to knock over the cups! 

 

8. Wheelbarrow Tape Walk

Supplies Needed:

Chalk/painter’s tape

How-to Guide:

Tape a line along the floor, or draw a line with chalk outside. It doesn’t have to be straight! Hold your child’s legs so that they are on their hands, and have the “walk” along the line!

 

9. Pompom Poppers

Supplies Needed:

Disposable cup, balloon, ping pong ball

How-to Guide:

Start by cutting the bottom off of a disposable cup. Tie a knot at the neck of a balloon, then trim off the top third of the balloon. Put the balloon onto the bottom of the cup. Now place a pom pom or ping pong ball into the cup. Pull back on the knotted balloon, lightly pull back, and release to pop the ball out of the cup! 

 

Resources For More Fun:

Soft Climber

Toddler Soft climber

 

Lovevery Tunnel

Toddler Indoor Activities Lovevery Tunnel

 

Soft Building Blocks

Toddler Soft Building Blocks

 

Stepping Stones

Toddler Stepping Stones

 

Fine Motor Play

Fine motor skills involve the use of those small muscles in your child’s hands, fingers, and wrists. They are the building blocks for various essential life tasks, from buttoning a shirt to holding a pencil and feeding themselves. Embrace these activities as opportunities for growth and discovery!

Toddler Indoor Activities Fine Motor Play

 

1. Drawing with Cars

Supplies needed:

Tape, marker, toy car, paper

How-to guide:

Tape a vertical, uncapped marker upside down to a toy car so the marker tip is level with the wheels. Get out some paper and have your child drive the car around while making art with the marker! 

 

2. Bubble Play

Supplies Needed:

Dish soap, water, bin, whisk, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Mix dish soap and water in a large container or bin to create lots of bubbles! Give your child a whisk to make even more bubbles!  Add some orange, red, or yellow food coloring to make different colors!

 

3. Frozen Toy Rescue

Supplies Needed:

Ice cube tray, water, small toys, freezer

How-to Guide:

Fill an ice cube tray or muffin tin with water, and place small toys into each spot. Place in the freezer until frozen. Pop out the ice and let your child try to get the toy out of the ice! You can place the ice into some water and watch the toy slowly emerge or let your child use kid friendly tools to try and chip the ice away! 

 

4. Sticky Spider Webs

Supplies needed:

Painter’s tape, toys

How-to guide:

Use painter’s tape to make a large spiderweb on the wall or floor, sticky side out. Now stick different toys, sticks, leaves, etc to the sticky side of the tape. Let your child have fun retrieving the stuck objects!

 

5. Color Sort

Supplies needed:

Cardboard box, markers, box cutter, colored toys

How-to guide: 

Take a cardboard box and cut out several holes that a ball could fit through. Use a marker, and color different colored rings around each hole. Let your child sort their balls, toys, blocks by putting them into the corresponding colored hole! 

 

6. Puzzle Playtime

Supplies Needed:

Puzzles

How-to Guide:

Puzzles are a fantastic way to stimulate your toddler’s problem-solving skills. Choose age-appropriate puzzles with large, colorful pieces. Working on puzzles together provides a sense of accomplishment as they complete each one.

 

7. Suncatchers 

Supplies needed:

Tissue paper, contact paper

How-to guide:

Have your child rip up several sheets of different colored tissue paper (this is a fun activity in and of itself). Then, stick the ripped pieces onto the sticky side of contact paper. You can cut the contact paper out in different shapes, or I like to have a template that the children stick the tissue paper around. After the tissue paper has been applied, you can stick the contact paper to a window to reveal your homemade suncatcher!

 

Resources For More Fun:

Puzzles

Toddler Puzzles

 

Lacing Beads

Toddler Lacing Beads

 

Color Sort

Toddler Color Sort

 

Memory Makers

Bonding time isn’t just about making your toddler smile; it’s about setting the stage for a brighter future. Your investment in these precious moments will yield a lifetime of rewards for both you and your child!

Toddler Indoor Activities Bonding

 

1. Board Games

Supplies Needed:

Board Games 

How-to Guide:

Pull out some of your child’s favorite board games and spend some fun quality time together! Here are some fun options!

 

2. Storytime Adventure 

Supplies Needed:

Books, blankets, pillows

How-to Guide:

Grab a stack of your toddler’s favorite books and create a cozy reading nook. Reading together not only strengthens your bond but also enhances your child’s language skills and imagination. Let them choose the books, and watch their faces light up as you dive into captivating stories.

 

Related Article: Top Picks: Preschool Teacher-Approved Books for One-Year-Olds

 

3. Baking Bonanza

Supplies Needed:

Kitchen and ingredients

How-to Guide:

Get your little one involved in the kitchen with some toddler-friendly baking. Let them help mix ingredients, pour, and decorate cookies or cupcakes. It’s a sweet way to teach them some valuable kitchen skills while satisfying their taste buds.

 

4. Construct a Fort

Supplies Needed:

Blankets, pillows, chairs, lights

How-to Guide:

What’s more magical than creating a cozy fortress of blankets and pillows? Building a blanket fort is not only a fantastic way to unleash your child’s creativity but also an opportunity for some quality bonding time. Let them decide where the entrance should be, and together, design a secret world where imaginative adventures unfold.

 

5. Indoor Picnic  

Supplies Needed:

Blanket, basket, plates and utensils, a meal or snacks

How-to Guide:

Transform mealtime into an indoor picnic adventure. Lay out a blanket on the living room floor, pack a basket of their favorite snacks, and enjoy a cozy meal together. Picnics add an element of novelty to mealtime and create lasting memories.

 

Resources For More Fun:

Toddler Tent

Toddler Tent

 

Toddler Baking Set

Toddler Baking Set

 

Cozy Pillow

Toddler Cozy Pillow

 

 

These toddler indoor activities are not just about keeping your child occupied; they’re about fostering growth, bonding, and a whole lot of smiles.

 

They also offer numerous opportunities for your toddler’s development and bonding time.

 

So, go ahead, try out these ideas, and watch your toddler’s face light up with excitement.

 

After all, these moments are the ones that make parenthood truly special.

 

Happy playing!

 

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