Beat the Winter Blues: 20 Indoor Activities for Toddlers!

It’s about that time of year I start to feel that winter may never end! It’s been days and days since the sun has shined and my toddler is literally bouncing off the walls. I daydream about the sun, and the warmth, and the green grass. I long for the days when I can just send my toddler outside to burn off all her toddler energy! But alas, I find myself pushing play on the third episode of Sesame Street and it’s not even noon yet! Cue mom guilt. 

The mom guilt is consuming and I try to keep us busy. But finding the energy to get up off the couch is hard, when all I want to do is hide under a blanket until the flowers bloom. With a toddler though, I don’t have much choice so I put my big girl mom pants on and try to get it together.

Beat the Winter Blues: 20 Indoor Activities for Toddlers!

Thankfully, seeing her excited and happy to do something new is about all of the motivation I need. When all these negative feelings start to creep in she brings me back. These cold, grey days are long and hard but I have the power to make them better. I realize these days are hard for her, too. I would move mountains for her and so finding some fun things for us to do inside to make our days a little better, a little easier, is something I can do. 

Here are 20 fun indoor activities to do with toddlers:

  • Have a dance party – turn on the music and get up and dance! 
  • Bake cookies.
  • Build a blanket fort.
  • Explore a sensory bin. Rice, beans, and pasta are all great things to fill the bin with. Add a few toys, scoops, and cups and let them at it!

Beat the Winter Blues: 20 Indoor Activities for Toddlers!

  • Blow up balloons and have fun throwing them around. Take it up a notch and make tennis rackets with paper plates and popsicle sticks!
  • Make necklaces with beads, macaroni, or fruit loops.
  • Explore a treasure box. Fill a box with interesting things from around the house and let them explore some unfamiliar things.
  • Take silly selfies.

Beat the Winter Blues: 20 Indoor Activities for Toddlers!

  • Pop popcorn and watch a movie.
  • Lay a blanket down and have a picnic on the living room floor.
  • Have a fun bath with bath paints, bath crayons or bubbles. 
  • Color, draw, or paint. We love laying out a big piece of paper on the floor and getting crafty!

Beat the Winter Blues: 20 Indoor Activities for Toddlers!

  • Play hide and seek using toys. Have your toddler pick out a toy for you to hide and have them try to find it. 
  • Make smoothies or milkshakes. 
  • Make a sticker book and fill it with stickers.
  • Make hand puppets and shadows using a flashlight.
  • Fill a baby pool or box with balls to make a ball pit

Beat the Winter Blues: 20 Indoor Activities for Toddlers!

  • Paint snow with colored water. Fill a bin with snow from outside and color water with food coloring. Use a paint brush to paint the colored water onto the snow! 
  • Make homemade play dough.
  • Fill empty water bottles with a scoop of rice or water, grab a ball, and go bottle bowling!
  • Line up all the stuffed animals and have an animal parade.

What are your favorite go-to indoor activities? Share them below!

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