20 Fun Toddler Activities and Games
Many parents don’t know the meaning of cabin fever until they’re stuck indoors with a bored toddler. But never fear! These kid-friendly activities and games are guaranteed to keep even the busiest toddler happy on a rainy day.
Toddler activity 1: Paper bag puppet
There’s plenty of fun to be had turning a simple paper bag into a simple puppet that toddlers can get creative with and decorate.
Toddler activity 2: Indoor basketball
This is a fun game for toddlers and boosts their eye/hand coordination. All you have to do is get a bin or bucket and some rolled up balls of newspaper and try and get the ‘balls’ in the bin.
Toddler activity 3: Leaping lily pads
This easy activity turns your lounge room into a fun frog pond. Place cushions around the room and get your toddler to leap like a frog from one to the other.
Toddler activity 5: Cardboard box car
A small cardboard box is all you need to make a fabulous car for a favourite bear or doll. Take a bigger cardboard box and turn it into a car for your toddler!
Toddler activity 6: Balloon bop
All you need is a couple of balloons, then get your toddler to bounce, throw, hit the balloon across the room without it hitting the ground. Fun and great for hand/eye coordination.
Toddler activity 7: Pillow jump
Toddlers love nothing more than jumping on pillows – so why not create a playground full of them?
Toddler activity 8: Treasure hunt
Distract your child while you hide some ‘treasure’ around the room for your child to find. Your toddler will love the game of finding it!
Toddler activity 9: Table tent
A simple table tent will have kids occupied for ages. Create your own campsite indoors and you can pretend to sleep under the stars, sing around a camp fire or just hide out in the ‘tent’.
Toddler activity 10: Musical jars
Spark the inner musician in your toddler with by making these easy musical jars.
Toddler activity 11: Cotton tip painting
Pour out some paints and forget about the brushes, instead use cotton tips to create a different type of artwork. Your toddler will have great fun experimenting with art.
Toddler activity 12: Ringing phone
Toddlers love ‘talking’ on the phone, so with a few ordinary household items make one for your child.
Toddler activity 13: Trail’s end
Take a roll of toilet paper and create a trail for your child to follow. Tie a little surprise at the end for your toddler to find.
Toddler activity 14: Binoculars
Go on safari in your lounge room and create a pair of binoculars for your child. They’re fun to make and then your toddler can create a whole imaginary world to use them in.
Toddler activity 15: Colour collage
Watch your child paste and create his own masterpiece with this fun activity. Great to boost imagination.
Toddler activity 16: Indoor cubby house
A few cushions and a sheet will make the perfect cubby house. A fun place to hide out in and then it can be a base for countless roleplay games, from a hospital to a school.
Toddler activity 17: Pretend cooking
All you need are a few bowls, wooden spoons and saucepans and get pretend cooking. Whip up a feast to whet your toddler’s imaginary appetite.
Toddler activity 18: Rainy day box
A fresh and fun rainy activity for your toddler is to create a rainy day activity box.
Toddler activity 19: Butterfly paintings
Amaze your child by teaching them to make their own beautiful butterfly! All you need is a few bits and pieces to get painting.
Toddler activity 20: Egg carton treasure box
This egg carton treasure box makes the hidey-hole for your toddler to store all those little treasures he loves.
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