It’s raining, it’s pouring, and being cooped inside is boring—especially when you’ve got an antsy toddler on your hands. Check out these 10 indoor toddler activities to keep your little one busy until Mr. Sun comes out again.
Indoor toddler activity #1: Fort-building fun
Building indoor tents never gets old. Throw an old sheet over two chairs or a table, like mama Jen from MamaPapaBubba.com did. Toss in some pillows and books to create a reading nook, or some instruments for a DIY music room.
Indoor toddler activity #2: Outdoor mud painting
OK, this one isn’t indoors, but it still makes fun of a rainy day! Give your toddler buckets, shovels, and paint brushes or sponges and let him go to town. Or, try some watercolor paints using rain water to make creations with your child.
Indoor toddler activity #3: Drive-in movie
Turn your living room into an old-fashioned drive-in with these adorable pretend cars from Stacey at notjustahousewife.net. Let your tot build his own, then pop in his favorite flick. Oh, and don’t forget the popcorn!
Indoor toddler activity #4: Playing house
If your tot offers loves to help with chores, then this pretend play activity will keep her entertained for hours. Set up a washing/drying station for socks, doll clothes, and toys as Deborah from LearnWithPlayAtHome.com did for her toddler.
Indoor toddler activity #5: Melted crayon craft
Hot glue crayons to a large canvas and take a hair dryer to them. For added fun, insert your child’s name with masking tape underneath the crayons then peel it off after the colors drip on top.
Indoor toddler activity #6: Shape scavenger hunt
For a game that’s as easy as it is fun, just print or draw some shapes on paper so your child knows which ones to look for. Have your tot search for them around the house and mark off the ones she found —just like one mom from TheMotherHuddle.com did.
Indoor toddler activity #7: Make-your-own pizza party
Your tot will love making (and eating) his own pizza pie. Start by laying out a buffet of ingredients (sauce, cheese, pepperoni—whatever he likes!). Then let him go to town by squishing his own dough and even making funny pizza faces.
Indoor toddler activity #8: Rainbow xylophone
You child will love the music that she’ll make with these colorful water-filled glasses. If you don’t have a mallet for tapping the glasses, use a plastic kitchen utensil.
Indoor toddler activity #9: Marshmallow sculptures
Have your little guy put his sculpting skills to the test. Hand him some marshmallows and toothpicks to create people, shapes and pyramids as pictured below on KiwiCrate.com. Just remember to supervise, since toothpicks can be sharp!
By Nicole Pelletiere