Dutch and I have spent the last week fighting a cold. 😷 As a result we’ve spent a lot of time indoors, resting and recovering. But who says playing indoors can’t be fun? It’s required some research and creativity on my end, but I’ve come up with 14 awesome activities that Dutch and I can share together in the comfort of our own home. Some of our favorite memories have been made from the simple ideas that follow.
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14 Creative Indoor Activities For Kids
You can use plain paper, or pick up a book. I recently bought a coloring book and crayons from the Dollar Store. And when Dutch started in on a shark phase, I printed some coloring pages online. He enjoys this activity the most when we do it together. We colored this masterpiece for Daddy a few days ago. Dutch carefully carried it to him when he got home and Wes just about cried. 😭 So precious!
2. Play Doh
This is a classic quiet time activity. Even my husband loves sitting down to play. I invested in a Melissa & Doug tool kit that has everything from stamps, rollers and cutters. Dutch sat for about an hour the other day stuffing play doh into an egg. Sometimes it really is the simple things.
There are lots of things around your home that could be used for stacking play. We use everything from red plastic cups, to dipping cups, to measuring cups, to blocks. For Dutch, the best part is knocking the stack down!
Stacking blocks, sorting shapes, and threading chunky beads get your toddler using his ever-more nimble fingers. These activities require great concentration too, helping your toddler to develop his thinking skills. Babycentre.co.uk
4. Pipe Cleaners
Pinterest has some awesome ideas for pipe cleaner activities. I was inspired by Mike Spohr’s article 33 Activities Under $10 That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer. I discovered this simple activity, threading pipe cleaners in a colander.
Dutch loves stickers. I created a Sticker & Stamp Board for him as an ongoing project. We spend a little time each day adding to our board, it’s a highly anticipated event for Dutch. To learn more, read my post Toddler Crafts: Sticker & Stamp Board.
I haven’t met a toddler yet that doesn’t enjoy bubbles. It’s classic and cheap. I keep some in his room, next to the bath tub, in the backyard and in his diaper bag. And if you really want to go all out, purchase a bubble machine.
7. No Mess Finger Painting
Liz Stanley’s article 11 Rainy Day Activities For Kids inspired this creative activity. I printed a shark coloring page online. Just place paper and a dollop of paint in a Ziploc bag and tape it down! 🎨
I try to involve Dutch in the cooking process as much as possible. I even find that he eats more if he helps in the preparation. Oatmeal is a favorite of ours to cook together. We fill the measuring cup with water and pour it into the pan. He scoops butter, oatmeal and granola and pours them each into their respective bowls. He even helps pour a little Agave syrup on top. He enjoys this activity so much, and so do I.
For our favorite oatmeal recipe, read my post Protein Packed Foods For Toddler & Mom.
9. Snack Time
In order to heal, our body demands nutritious foods. Check out my recipe Recovery Smoothie For Toddler & Mom. Dutch and I not only love the taste but it’s hydrating, filling and packed full of healing nutrition.
For more toddler recipes read Toddler Meals: Finger Food & Dip.
10. Felt Lap Board
This is an activity I created for Dutch. I built a felt lap board and some felt scenes. He loves sorting shapes, picking flowers and stacking ice cream. To learn how I made this lap board, read my post DIY Felt Lap Board.
We listen to music a lot in our home. For Dutch, we play The Baby Einstein Pandora station. They have a great selection of basic nursery rhymes and classical music, all great for his learning and development. I made homemade “shakers” with rice, beans and leftover plastic bottles. We dance and shake to the music! 💃🏻
12. Bath Time
The most common reliever of cold symptoms… a warm bath. Dutch has been soaking a lot this week, at least twice a day to relieve his congestion. There is so much fun to be had splashing in the tub. 💦 To learn about 5 ideas for creative bath time play, read my post 5 Creative Bathtime Ideas For Kids.
Not only is it relaxing, reading is also a powerful tool in your toddler’s development. We incorporate reading throughout the day in chunks, usually 3 books at a time. It’s also an important part of our night time ritual as well. In this post, I’ve included 5 toddler book recommendations, 5 Book Suggestions.
Toddlers who have been read to will invite others to read to them. When adults stop and talk about the pictures, label objects on the page, and describe what they see, they are also promoting the child’s language development. As his language develops, your toddler will do these same things when he looks at books. PBS.org
14. Glow Sticks
Dutch loves playing in the dark with glow sticks. It’s a great activity for a restless night, the vibrant colors make for an awesome light show. They’re even fun to bring into the bath tub!
There you have it, 14 Creative Indoor Activities. I hope they offer you and your child some inspiration for indoor play!
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