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There’s a point over summer where outdoor activities just aren’t worth the sweat, so when ya’ll asked for some easy indoor toddler activities of course I had to hop on it!
The secret to toddler activities
What secret could I possibly have up my sleeve about toddler activities?
We all know they are essential for working those little brains and bodies so they actually go to bed at a decent hour, but what else?
I’ll let you in. If you’re new here, you probably wouldn’t know it but I am the WORST Pinterest mom. I used to come up with so many cutesy Pinterest-worthy activities and ya know what?
Every single toddler activity blew up in my face. Some literally BLEW UP.
So when it comes to keeping my twin toddlers entertained with activities nowadays, I like to keep it simple, minimal, and easy. And that is the secret.
The secret to toddler activities is not going all out. We’re already burnt the F out. Why add more on our plates just to try and tire them out? Just don’t.
Keep it simple with a handful of regular easy indoor toddler activities, or outdoor, but today we’re focusing on indoor. I’m talking with things you already have at home, things that take minimal prep time, and things that stimulate those little minds without much effort.
Trust me. You’ll love this.
Easy indoor toddler activities
1. Color matching
This can be done with ANYTHING but something I’ve found to be easy (including an easy way to tidy up the toys) is plopping down colored construction paper around the living room, toy room, bedroom (where ever you have their toys) and encourage them to match the colors.
This works well with blocks, legos, puzzle pieces, hell ever garbage on the floor! So simple and best of all you can get some work done or kick your feet up in the mean time.
2. Toddler Yoga
I’m working on a solid post featuring a handful of my favorite toddler yoga YouTube channels, but hear me when I say they are a GODSEND! Type in “toddler yoga” on YouTube and let your tots pick a video to watch. My twin toddlers love dancing around to the music and trying out the poses. Not to mention it’s a simple way to work on some stretching myself while the videos play.
3. Easy Obstacle Course
Have an obsession with buying crap from Amazon? You’re in luck!
All of those boxes, especially the large ones, are ideal for a quick and easy indoor obstacle course.
My favorite part about easy indoor activities for toddlers is that you don’t have to put in ANY effort (okay, hardly any) and the kiddos will have a blast. In this case, place the boxes around the house as things to run around, jump over, or get inside of. Combine with some colored construction paper for hopscotch, pompoms to toss into boxes as “hoops”, pillows for jumping onto, and put something like a bag of goldfish at the end and you’re set. Let them go at it. Keep sticking random snacks at the ends to keep them cycling through and you’re good to go!
4. building towers
This easy indoor toddler activity can be done with so many things. Essentially, give them random household items or toys and encourage them to build towers and castles. My twins enjoy stacking cups, blocks, and boxes. Take a quick look around your home and I’m sure there is something to stack!
5. Sticker Shapes
This easy indoor toddler activity takes a TINY bit more effort than the above, but it’s still good. Take some construction paper and draw simple shapes or letters. Even lines. And hand your kiddos some of those circle stickers usually used for garage sales (ya’ll know what I’m talking about here) and encourage them to draw the shapes with their stickers. Or trace. However you want to put it. Just don’t leave them alone too long with the stickers. I speak from experience.
What do you think? Think your kiddos will like any of these ideas? What are you going to start with?
Tag me on Instagram @twinsandcoffeepnw when you do! I’d love to see!
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