19 Creative Indoor Play Ideas For Toddlers and Preschoolers

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!

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19 Indoor Play Ideas for Kids

Painting Pasta to Thread

 

Painting Pasta to Thread
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

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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

Colour Toss
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

Alphabet Bingo Game
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

play ideas for kids - marshmallow 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

Moving Colour Targets Game for Toddlers
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

DIY Baby Toy Slot Box
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

play ideas for kids - colour sorting activity

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

Baby Ball Drop
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

Sticker Sorting Activity
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

Colour Sorting Cups
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

Pet Grooming Salon Pretend Play Activity
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

play ideas for kids - colour skee ball game
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.

Window Art

Window Art
Window Art

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.

Rainbow Rice

play ideas for kids - rainbow rice
Rainbow Rice

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

Styrofoam and Bamboo Skewers Sculptures
Styrofoam and Bamboo Skewers Sculptures

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

Cereal Box Puzzles
Cereal Box Puzzles

Another fun indoor activity that makes use of things at home that you would usually throw in the garbage. Recycling can 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

Homemade Button Snake
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

Masking Tape Speedway
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.

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Baby Development Skills: Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills require the use of small muscles, such as those in the hands, fingers and thumbs. These are the skills required to grasp small objects, write and fasten clothing.

How can you help baby to develop Fine Motor Skills?

Newborn to Three Months:

Encourage baby to reach and grasp for things like rattles, soft toys or your fingers.

Three to Six Months:

Try giving baby toys that make sounds, and encourage her to shake or rattle them.

Put toys just out of her reach when she’s on her tummy so that she can reach and grasp for them.

Sit her on your lap and give her toys to hold.

Six to Nine Months:

Teach baby to clap her hands and wave bye bye.

Nine to Twelve Months:

In their highchairs, baby can learn to pick up small items such as raisins or small crackers, using the pincher grip.

Try giving baby objects that she can stack.

In the bath, allow baby to use containers to scoop and pour water out of.

Out of the bath, baby can use those same containers in a sandpit, for example.

Look for building blocks that she can try banging together.

Twelve to Eighteen Months:

Let baby have her spoon to feed herself with at mealtimes.

Why not make some playdough for baby to have fun squeezing and rolling?

When dressing or undressing your baby or toddler, allow them to pull off their socks and put them back on again. Allow them to pull their hat on and off.

Stringing beads, or putting large wooden beads onto a wooden post is great for developing fine motor skills.

Have a look for chunky wooden puzzles with knobs on them that are easy for young children to grasp.

Look for stacking toys, shape toys that need to be fitted through holes, pulled or pushed.

Let your child bang saucepan lids together, and stir bowls with wooden spoons.

When you read stories with your little one, let them turn the pages.

Try letting your toddler drawing, using crayons. As they get older, encourage children to colour in the lines to develop control.

Use child safe scissors to cut out shapes for older toddlers.

Two Years:

Encourage your toddler to help get herself dressed.

Let her open boxes, lids and drawers.

Encourage her to wash her hands by herself.

 

 

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