Hey friends! It’s freezing in the Midwest and so we’ve been staying indoors almost every day. We make the occasional run to the library and to our weekly tumbling class, but other than that, we’ve been living the “indoor life”. Also, I’ve been a little nervous about going anywhere too crowded – I love play cafes – but the flu is giving me all the fears!
So, raise your hand if you’re a mom that has cabin fever. Me!!! I’m looking forward to those warmer winter days where we can play outside, but in the meantime, I’ve been coming up with indoor activities that I can do with P inside our home. It helps keep her entertained, seems to help with my “cabin fever” and keeps us out of the cold! I figured that many of you could benefit from this list as well – so here are my favorite indoor activities for toddlers 🙂
Indoor Activities for your Toddler
Make a ball pit
This is so easy! You need two things – a space for the balls and the balls. To make our ball pit, we used a small inflatable pool – we have this one – and about 300 plastic balls. Just inflate the pool and add the balls. P loves to lay on her back and kick as many balls as she can out of the pit!
Create homemade play dough
Homemade play dough is the best kind there is! You know all of the ingredients and it’s non-toxic, just in case it winds up in anyone’s mouth. You can color the dough using food coloring (I like to use plant based) and if you’re feeling extra fancy can add glitter to the dough. Store the dough in a plastic bag or tupperware container because it can get dry if it’s left out too long.
Break out the paint
You’ll need non-toxic paint and paper. Let your little Picasso go wild touching the paint and making a new creation. I like to strap my kiddo in the high chair for this one because I can see her putting her hand prints on our walls!
Have a mess-free paint session
If the idea of letting your little one paint isn’t on your radar, then try mess free painting. It’s so easy. First, take a piece of paper and cut it to fit the inside of a large ziplock bag. Then, add different colors of paint to the inside of the bag. Seal the bag tightly – tape it shut with packing tape if you’re really nervous – then let your little one go to town. They can “paint” through the bag, eliminating any mess!
Have a dance party
Turn on your toddlers favorite jams and let everyone burn off their energy my having a dance party. There are so many great stations on spotify, pandora and sirius XM. We love Toddler Radio and Disney Children’s Radio on Pandora.
Break out the cookie sheets and let’s get baking. Who doesn’t love cookies when it’s cold? Here are a few recipe ideas: sea salt chocolate chip cookies, no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies and one bowl vegan chocolate cookies. Don’t feel like going through all the work of making dough? No worries, because I didn’t either and purchased the break -n-bake dough!
Have an indoor picnic
Lay a picnic blanket on the floor and have a picnic lunch. Think easy, simple foods that won’t make a huge mess if they get all over the floor. Our favorite menu is cheese and crackers, cucumbers and strawberries!
A classic stand bye. Time to break out the crayons and the coloring books! You can find larger sized crayons at the store now – I like these – that are easier for little hands to grip. My daughter LOVES coloring – it’s one of her favorite activities. I just pop her in the high chair and it gives me a few extra minutes to clean up the kitchen!
Play dress up
Oh yes! What little doesn’t love doing this? Find old costume jewelry that’s hidden in the back of your closet or those old bridesmaid dresses that you’ll never wear again. Let your little ones run wild with their imagination. Bonus – the pictures you’ll get will be priceless!
The perfect winter activity! Cut out hearts out of construction paper and break out the crayons. If you have older toddlers, you can use glue sticks and doilies to add to your creation. I’ve seen lots of cute Valentine’s Day stickers and more in the dollar bins at Target, so check those out too!
What are your favorite indoor activities for toddlers?