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Winter is approaching rapidly. Long days spent indoors will be here before you know it!
Prepare for time cooped up indoors with this free list of 35 indoor activities for toddlers! Keep your toddlers entertained all day long with these fun ideas.
These activities don’t involve any screen time and are relatively inexpensive or free!
Winter days can seem endless, so download a printable version of this list to keep with you any time you’re in need of new activities.
Indoor Activities for Toddlers
Set Up a Pretend Grocery Store
Grab either pretend food or real items and set up a pretend grocery store. Take turns being the store clerk and the customer. Pretend to go shopping for new food.
Sensory Bin with Beans
Place dry beans or rice in a large Tupperware container. Provide your toddler different utensils to practice scooping and digging through the bin.
Medical Kit and Practice Check-ups
Check-ups can be intimidating for toddlers. Prepare for your little one’s well-visits and play Nurse Practitioner or Doctor together.
Perform a checkup on each other and take turns being the patient.
Coloring is such an easy activity to keep little ones entertained for at least a few minutes at a time.
We love these Mess-free coloring books so we don’t have to worry about markers getting all over.
You can also try these toddler-friendly crayons to help their hands grasp the crayons and color.
Insert Cards into an Oatmeal Container
Take an empty oatmeal container and clean it out. Cut a slit on the top of the container.
Provide your toddler with a deck of cards and have them drop cards 1 at a time through the hole in the container. This simple activity keeps my little one entertained for ages.
Match Tupperware Lids to Containers
Save your old cheap Tupperware for the easiest toddler activity. Toddlers love sorting items and practicing matching lids, taking them off, and putting them back on.
Use a pipe cleaner or a string and round cereal such as Cheerios. Have your little one practice stringing the cereal one at a time.
This is a great activity to develop fine motor skills.
Playdough is one of our favorite indoor activities. For younger toddlers, I recommend making your own Playdough instead of using store-bought just in case any ends up in their mouths.
Masking Tape Race Track
Place masking tape on the floor and create your own race track. Use toy cars and race along the floor.
Have your little one practice following the car, or just drive around freely.
Access the full list of 35 indoor activities below.
What are your favorite ways to keep your little one entertained indoors?
If you’re lucky enough to travel somewhere warm during the winter, make sure to check out this post on traveling with toddlers.