It's so hard to keep toddlers occupied when they're cooped up! 10 great ideas for indoor fun.

Indoor Toddler Games for Rainy Days

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It's so hard to keep toddlers occupied when they're cooped up! 10 great ideas for indoor fun. We have all been anxiously awaiting spring and taking every possible chance we get to go outside. That being said there are days, even in the warmer weather, where you can’t or don’t have the energy to tackle the great outdoors, particularly with two or more toddlers as your sidekicks. Here is a list of 10 indoor games and activities (most of which we’ve tried successfully) to enjoy with your toddlers:

  1. Under the table picnic We eat most of our meals at our kitchen table, but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up. Why not make lunch or dinner a little unusual by enjoying some traditional picnic fare (think finger foods) under the table?
  2. Drive-In Movie Park your toy cars in front of a family friendly movie.  Kids can sit in/on their toy cars for the “real” drive in experience.
  3. Take Play Dough to the next level and try making some Cloud Dough for everyone to play with.  I found this recipe for cloud dough online
  4. 1356Play Dress-up and host a tea party in all your favourite old Halloween costumes and silly hats.
  5. Get Cooking or Baking and make something delicious all together!  Toddlers can pour, measure, stir and taste as you go along.
  6. Host an Indoor Car Wash or Animal Hospital to mend and clean toys who have been well-loved This is something that I wrote about a while ago on my personal blog and my kids love this spring cleaning type activity.
  7. Build a fort together using pillows and blankets.
  8. Favourite story marathon.  Have everyone pick out two or three of their favourites and get reading.
  9. Explore a local green house  They are often free to visit (or with nominal donations) and the bright colours will get everyone in a better mood or spend the day planting your own window box.
  10. Get artistic and let them use some of your best art and most cherished craft supplies….even the sparkle stickers, it’ll be worth it!

What are your favourite indoor activities?

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SaraBeth

Sara is a Toronto, Canada based writer and working mom of multiples. Her blog, Multiple Momstrosity was named one on Toronto Mom Now’s 2012 Top 30 Mom Blogs. She is a two time veteran of the Three Day Novel Writing Contest and has written an unpublished novel, This is You Without Me. She lives in “The Junction” with her husband Chris and spontaneous fraternal toddler twins (Molly& Jack).

7 thoughts on “Indoor Toddler Games for Rainy Days”

  1. These are great! Makes me miss my girlies being little!!!

    Another fun one is to take a theme from a book and do something…make a craft, a snack, act something out…my girls used to love that. :)

  2. These are great! I love the idea about spring cleaning the toys with a fun “car wash”. When my teens were young we did a lot of play dough, finger paints, and baking. They loved baking biscuits, cookies, and Christmas ornaments. We are in the process of international adoption so hopefully we will have young ones once again to try out these new ideas on!

  3. This is such a lovely post! I like to do quite a few of these with my boys — have never heard of cloud dough before — that’s a new one on me! :) I particularly like making a den out of blankets and cushions — they absolutely LOVE that! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — so happy you’ll be joining us as a co-host next week!

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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