It's raining and cold again outside. You don't want to go to the park or an indoor play centre, but how do you keep your toddler engaged and entertained? Well, you've come to the right place! We've collected 19 creative play ideas for toddlers and older children. They're easy to set up, and will keep little ones entertained for hours!
19 Indoor Play Ideas for Kids
Painting Pasta to Thread
Got some tubular pasta in the kitchen? You can turn them into a fun activity for the kids. All you need for this pasta painting activity are watercolour paints, any tubular pasta, and brushes. Simply let your kids paint the pasta in different patterns, dry, thread, and you have yourself a DIY accessory.
Sticky Window Colour Sorting Activity
For this activity, you will need contact paper (sticky side up) and some coloured paper or tissue. This window colour sorting activity is a great way to introduce your kids to colours. Plus, matching and sorting the colours can provide hours of learning and fun.
Colour Toss Ball games are always a big hit with children! This colour toss ball game is great for indoor play and helps develop your child's gross motor skills and colour recognition. It will be fun to see who can shoot more balls in the basket and who gets to match all the colours right.
Alphabet Bingo Game
This activity can help kids learn their letters while having fun. Besides that, it's a game that can amuse not just the children but the whole family. Alphabet Bingo Game is great for family night, or during cold weather.
Marshmallow and Toothpick Building Challenge
Marshmallow and Toothpick Building Challenge is an awesome game that inspires creativity and encourages your children to develop their focus. You will need only two materials for this activity, marshmallows and toothpicks. And that's it!
Moving Colour Targets Game for Toddlers
Here's a creative way to upcycle cardboard boxes and cups. Create a moving colour targets game for your children. As well as upcycling, it's a fun target activity that can help your children practice their motor skills and improve their aim.
DIY Baby Toy Slot Box
Do you have unused shoe boxes around the house? You can turn them into a toy. Recycle your shoe boxes at home by making a DIY Baby Toy Slot Box for your children. It's simple and easy to make and it's perfect for your toddlers or preschoolers.
DIY Colour Sorting Toy
DIY Colour Sorting Toy is fun indoor activity that helps your child develop their fine motor skills. This indoor activity is great for preschoolers and toddlers. They'll love pulling the velcro squares off, dropping them in the container, dumping them out, and sorting the blocks based on colour.
Baby Ball Drop
Keep your one year old busy with this simple indoor activity. The Baby Ball Drop involves only 2 items; an empty wipes container and coloured balls. Hand them over to your baby and then watch their hand-eye coordination improve.
Sticker Sorting Activity
If you need a quick and easy activity for your toddlers, this Sticker Sorting Activity is perfect. It's an engaging activity that teaches colour recognition and helps enhance motor skills. Plus, this activity will keep your child entertained for ages.
Colour Sorting Cups
Another sorting activity that incorporates learning through fun is this colour sorting cups activity. It's a great game, inexpensive, and easy to set up. Perfect for helping to teach toddlers to recognise colours.
Pet Grooming Salon Pretend Play Activity
Grab your children's favourite stuffed animals and set up a grooming station for them in one part of the house. Pet Grooming Salon Pretend Play encourages creativity and imagination. Additionally it is a great activity to keep your kids busy for hours (and let's face it, isn't that the whole point?).
Colour Skee Ball Game
The Colour Skee Ball Game is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Setting up this game is quick and easy. The items you'll need for this fun activity are; baskets, boxes, and coloured balls. Your children will love the challenge of throwing the balls and trying to get them into the baskets.
This window art activity will give your children a new surface to play with. This activity came from Adventures And Play and it's an engaging way to encourage your child's creativity and imagination.
This Rainbow Rice activity will be a huge hit with your children. The colourful rice is super fun to make and very pretty to look at. Your children will love mixing the different colours and it will keep them busy for quite a long time. Vacuuming it all up might keep you busy for a while, too, so make sure to pop a tablecloth or something underneath for easy collection.
Styrofoam and Bamboo Skewers Sculpture
Instead of throwing away that styrofoam that came in with your package, why not use it to build sculptures? Promote creativity and imagination by letting your children make sculptures out of styrofoam and bamboo skewers.
Cereal Box Puzzles
Another fun indoor activity that makes use of things at home that you would usually throw in the garbage. Recycling can be creative, too, with Cereal Box Puzzles. Reuse your cereal boxes, cut them up into different shapes and put some tape at the back and they're ready.
Homemade Button Snake
Making a homemade button snake is an inexpensive activity for fine motor skills development. This activity needs a few basic materials and it teaches your children how to do up buttons.
Masking Tape Speedway
If you have boys who love race cars, then this masking tape speedway activity could be right up their alley! Give your children some masking tape and get their creativity working by creating tracks for their cars and toys. Encourages imagination and creative thinking.
Want to see more fun indoor play ideas for kids? See our blog on 11 Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers.