42 Easy Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Keeping your toddler busy when you are stuck at home can be a challenge. I selected these indoor activities for toddlers specifically because they are simple, easy, and quick to put together. Use them on rainy days, when it’s too cold or hot outside, or even when you are just too tired to get out!

Super 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.

Some of these ideas are self-explanatory, but you can always CLICK on any of the ORANGE LINKS below to find out more.

Active Indoor Activities for Toddlers:

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.

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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Comments

  1. This is such a wonderful list of ideas! Really, many of them are great for preschoolers and elementary kids too.

  2. What great ideas you have Erica! I needed this ten years ago!!

  3. These are great ideas for when baby is having a mega nap and toddler and I end up having an impromptu afternoon indoors. Thankyou!

  4. Great ideas! These will come in handy for our crazy summer days that are too hot to get outside much! thank you!

  5. Searching for these things right now :) We have 8 days still left before going back to school!!!

  6. This is great! One that my son and I do is a dance party. We just put on some music and dance like crazy :)

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