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45 Indoor Activities for High-Energy Toddlers and Kids

45 Indoor Activities

I don’t know about you, but I have seen quite a few lists online of ideas of things to do with your high-energy kiddos when you are stuck inside all day. So why am I bothering making another online list? Because anything to do with families is not a “one-size-fits-all” scenario.

Due to many variables there may be things that you can realistically try at home with your own families and things that just will never work for you. So here is my list of things that work for me and my family. It is my hope that you can find something in this list that may work for you as well.

That all being said, here is my list of energy-burning activities to do with your little ones when you are stuck inside:

  1. Simon Says
  2. Wii physical activity games or Nintendo Switch physical activity games
  3. Road Rally! (I have both of my toddlers scoot around the kitchen and living room on their ride on toys)
  4. Red Light Green Light (obviously space is a factor for this one)
  5. Dance Mat
  6. Play music and have the kiddos dance while you blow bubbles (babies and toddlers LOVE this one!)
  7. Sit and roll a ball back and fourth
  8. Inside bowling (there are kid bowling kits and some good DIY ones you can make)
  9. Make a fort
  10. Put up pop-up tents and let the kids play around in them
  11. Indoor obstacle course
  12. Pretend play (T likes to pretend to be a dinosaur)
  13. Movement Songs (You can Google a whole ton of these. YouTube is especially great for this, because you can see the lyrics and see how to do the movements.)
  14. Scavenger Hunt
  15. Yoga
  16. Exercise video
  17. Brain Breaks (Again, YouTube has a lot of options for this one.)
  18. Clean the house
  19. Hide-and-Seek
  20. Mother May I?
  21. Push a Tonka Truck (or large toy car) around the house
  22. Balloon Volley Ball
  23. Ring Around the Rosie
  24. Pretend to be an animal
  25. Juggle
  26. Mommy’s Helper (they basically follow you around and help with chores or whatever you can come up with)
  27. Marching Band
  28. Give them a big box to play with
  29. Indoor balance beam or have them practice walking across the room on pillows
  30. Race pull back toys across hard floors
  31. Bouncy balls
  32. Baby Godzilla! (Build up blocks as high as you can and as quickly as you can before your baby knocks them over.)
  33. Jumping jacks contest- See how many they can do without stopping
  34. Jump rope
  35. Practice a life skill (changing clothes, tying shoes, buttoning a shirt, etc.)
  36. Make something big!
  37. Play with trains
  38. Indoor hopscotch made with masking or painters tape
  39. Jump on a bed or mattress
  40. Pillow fight
  41. Nerf guns
  42. Color hunt
  43. Do a dance like the Mocarena or Gangnam Style
  44. Make a play
  45. Puppet show


I am a middle school teacher and a mother of two. I have always had a passion for education. As an educator, I know that the children who are the most successful students are those who have families who support their education at home.

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