Indoor activities!

I’m needing some ideas for indoor activities with a 22 month old! We do lots of painting and crafts and songs! It’s just to cold to go to the park now so I’m hoping I keep him from being to bored!

  • Bridgett
    Nov 12

    Cardboard boxes are great for so many things. Cut out a door and windows and then decorate it with whatever you have..crayons, markers, stickers, paint if you so choose. Not only is it a fun craft but when it's done he now has a clubhouse. Throw a pillow in there with some books and it's a reading nook. An empty box can also be turned into a car. Here's a link for the car. https://pin.it/ky5yiqthqaqyy6 Here's for the house https://pin.it/4qwaze2gwofnu6

  • Steve
    Nov 12

    big cardboard box, markers and stickers

  • Steve
    Nov 12

    different size Tupperware with little water maybe rice in another and let them pour and mix.

  • Ivy
    Nov 12

    I love using time indoors for teaching. Sometimes we will watch Katie's Classroom (Super Simple Songs) from YouTube and do crafts along with her. There are other "teaching" videos online I browse through with my kids and sometimes I can use outdoor materiels like leaves, rocks, or plants, to teach and craft with. I try to have my kids do chores with me as well (doesn't turn out to helpful most the times!) and it keeps them busy. Put masking tape on the floor in a square or circle, and have your kid try to sweep stuff into there. Give them a spray bottle with water and a rag to clean windows.

  • Jessica
    Nov 12

    On Instagram #sensoryplay has a ton of cool ideas. I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of bins/toys/rice/beans and we have made lots of different games out of them!

  • Carly
    Nov 12

    I moved our water table inside for the winter and we're using it for sensory bins. Check Pinterest and Instagram for sensory bins ideas. I also try to have a theme every week, and we do projects, play games and read books that relate to the theme.

  • Bailey
    Nov 12

    You need a gross motor activity. Build a fort or an obstacle course. He will need the climbing and things he is missing out on from not going outside!

  • Michelle
    Nov 12

    Cornstarch slime, bring the bikes inside, make car ramps, pull them around on a blanket, paint in the bathtub, pipe cleaner or Pom Pom crafts/play, hide n seek, bang on pots and pans...

  • Manisha
    Nov 12

    Love all of these ideas!! Gross motor - obstacle courses, stacking pillows - you can even set up a challenge and time them to see if they can ‘beat the clock’. Fine motor - shaving cream painting, playdoh play with making shapes, talking about colors, etc. You can play with threading Cheerios onto pipe cleaners or pieces of spaghetti, cutting with child scissors, involving them in cooking. Cognitive/language - You can do activities with sorting by color and simple shape. Helping with cleanup, folding laundry and putting things back where they belong are fun games if you’re also trying to get stuff done at home. You can also check out the Playfully app for more ideas of fun and easy things to do at home.

  • molly
    Nov 12

    chores around the house! my 19 mnth loads and unloads dishwasher, laundry and helps swiffering the house. best way to spend time pre lunch. then we play hockey with swiffer and tennis balls to burn energy. he naps for 3 hrs after this schedule!

  • Monse
    Nov 12

    I have a 20mo. She loves painting, coloring, playing with stickers. I put a big piece of paper in a wall and let her do whatever she feels like. Play dough is a must as well. She loves helping me cook dinner so she helps me with basic things like mixing, pouring, handing the veggies to chop them, etc. Dancing, listening to music, reading. That’s pretty much what we do; hope it helps!

  • Jacqui
    Nov 12

    I love painting pictures and luckily my kids do too.

  • Samantha
    Nov 12

    Thank you all so much! I’m excited to try all these out!

  • ACK
    Nov 12

    My 26 month old loves to help me bake and cook. He gets to dump things in the mixing bowl and help me stir. Loves it. Also loves helping me unload the dishwasher...trying to trick him into thinking household chores are fun 😉

  • ACK
    Nov 12

    And the possibilities are endless with a cardboard box for sure. ☺️

  • Jenya
    Nov 13

    mommy and me yoga, i get on my mat and my 7 months old is excited to join me, we do some exercises together and it strengthens your bond with your child !

  • Elizabeth
    Nov 13

    I ordered boxes of diapers on amazon and they are shipped in a huge box that works well for this type of indoor play...and it’s a perk for the parents as you don’t have to leave the house to get diapers!!

  • Lesley
    Nov 13

    You can also do a lemon volcano! I work as a nanny and the 2-3 year olds absolutely love it. Look up science experiments for 2 year olds on YouTube, lots of fun and creative ideas.

  • Arod
    Nov 13

    Yup - cardboard boxes! They can sit right inside to color/ decorate etc (and keeps mess contained) - we love making big playhouses cutting doors / windows - tape a few boxes together. Def cooking together, anything music / dancing. Playing "house" - kid kitchen sets / dolls / chores - anything they see u do they like to imitate/ play. Dress up! Ourselves and our dogs 😂 small indoor trampoline- my toddler is nuts and it's awesome to help her burn energy. Blow up pool - originally got it as a big "play pen" for the younger babe but she still didn't want to be in it alone. So we threw a bunch of pillows / blankets / stuffed animals and they love playing in it together. Train sets - IKEA is great for these- also great cheap way to periodically add to to keep it new and fun. Also an activity just putting it together.

  • Denise
    Nov 19

    Busy boxes are great! I live in AZ, so we need indoor activities in the summer! Ha! (1)Anyway, fill a small storage box with rice and hide magnetic alphabet letters in it. Use an old baking pan and sharpie the alphabet letters on the pan. When your child finds the letters in the rice, he/she can match it on the pan. (2)You can also fill a box with dried beans and hide little dinosaurs in it and do a Dino dig. (3) Cotton balls and tiny rubber ducks. (4) dried noodles and color bears, for colors matching activities. The possibilities are endless.