fun indoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers
Great Ideas on Fun Indoor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Keeping preschoolers and toddlers busy and entertained can be very challenging especially during those times when they cannot go out and play. For instance, rainy days will always give you no choice but to stay home and provide your children with activities that they can enjoy even inside the house.
Baking and cooking
These are always fun to do with children especially during rainy days. Let the children work in the kitchen and create a mess while preparing their dishes. These activities can encourage the children to do chores while having fun.
Play or puppet show
This is great especially for those who have a lot of clothes and accessories. Toddlers can use these to make different costumes for their play. You can also let the children use their toys and stuffed animals as puppets – make use of the couch where they can hide and let them perform their own stories.
It is important to encourage children to read even at a very young age. Reading should not be a boring activity. To make reading more interesting and fun, join the children – read the books, illustrate them and write them. While you can just let the children spend the entire day in front of the television, this is not really a healthy way to keep them entertained. What you can do to encourage the toddlers to read is to help them create fantasy or imaginary movies in their mind as you read to them. Furthermore, persuade them to write their own adventures and great stories.
Ask the children to compose letters to anybody – family members, movie or television character, a neighbor, a friend, a teacher, or even a pet. Give specific directions or just let them write on their own. Aside from writing, ask them to decorate the letter as well and have their signature at the end.
Play a musical instrument
It doesn’t matter if the children don’t have their instruments. You can help them make their own tambourine, drum, cymbals, or xylophone. Even the pots and pans in the kitchen can be used as musical instruments. The children will definitely enjoy making the instruments and have fun in playing them.
You have to plan in advance for this treasure hunting activity. First, collect different items – toy cars, ornaments, books, stickers, snacks and coins and hide them in various spots around your house. Then, sketch a map so the children will be able to know the right locations where to find the ‘treasures’. Try your best to make the map colorful and interesting. Include amusing directions such as ‘Take five steps forward and then three steps to the left’, or ‘look in the area where you store all your toys’. Drawing pictures is also a good idea especially if the children cannot read yet. The last instruction should lead them to a prize – it could be a special treat such as pizza or chocolates.
Photographs or a video
These days, even toddlers can take pictures by using digital cameras or cell phones. Let them take pictures in the house and help the children make a scrapbook or a collage. You can also allow them to make their own movie by taking video footage all over the house. The children will surely be delighted to watch their own masterpiece.
Hide and seek
This is probably one of the most popular fun indoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers. The children can hide anywhere – from cupboards, the closets to under the table or even under the bed. Join them on their hide and seek game and be a child once again!
Tea party or picnic
Who says picnics can only be enjoyed outdoors? Children can still enjoy picnics even inside the house. Just put down a cloth on the floor (something that you usually use during picnics) and enjoy! You can prepare special treats for them to make it more exciting. Aside from an indoor picnic, you can also have a little tea party in the house. Brew up their favorite tea and have some sweet bread of crackers.
There are countless indoor activities that can be enjoyed by preschoolers and toddlers. However, it is also important to teach the children that life is not always about fun and entertainment. While keeping the kids entertained is beneficial to their emotional, mental and physical health, you really don’t have to oblige yourself to provide events and options for your children just to keep them happy. There are times when you have to let them left alone – they are smarter than you think and these kids can actually have fun by themselves.