Outdoor exercise is great for toddlers, but sometimes you have to take the fun inside. Whether it’s too chilly to go to the playground or you’re expecting snow, there are still plenty of fun and healthy activities you and your little one can do in the home. The following indoor activities for kids are tried and true favorites for the entire family. Some of them get the body moving, while others are creative outlets and boosters for the brain. Find the right ones to fit your child’s play style and personality. Once you discover the types of play you like, you can enjoy these activities year round!
Toddlers love to dance—and the exercise is good for parents, too. You can start an instant dance party by clearing some space in your living room or your child’s bedroom. Turn on a playlist of holiday tunes, kids’ songs or uplifting instrumental beats. Make it more exciting by incorporating scarves, hats and other costume props.
If you plan on being indoors for much of the winter, you can plan family dance parties with interesting themes. Boogie to the different decades or explore a variety of genres. The goal is to get the body moving and enjoy a few laughs together!
Next time you’re at your grocery store or drugstore, grab a few bottles of unscented shaving cream. This unassuming men’s product is one of the best tools for indoor toddler play. When you’re ready to have some fun, place a beach towel, old blanket or stack of newspapers flat on the ground. Put your toddler in their highchair or let them sit directly on the towel.
Squirt several dollops of shaving cream onto their highchair tray or a rounded cookie sheet. Let them use their hands to spread the cream around. They can even use their fingers to draw on the surface. Incorporate some color by mixing the shaving cream with food coloring. Choose your child’s favorite shade or a few different options.
When it’s too cold to go to the pool, your toddler can still enjoy the water inside. Pick a few toy animals you don’t mind getting wet. The best kinds are made of waterproof materials like plastic. Fill a baby bathtub or storage container with room temperature or lukewarm water and then help your little one place them safely inside.
Squirt some of your child’s bath soap into the basin while you’re filling it up to make a fun bubble bath. Let the toy animals swim and encourage your toddler to use their imagination. Join in with them by playing pretend with the different animals. When the water gets cold, dry the toys off and drain the basin until next time.