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25 Indoor Activities to Keep Your Toddler Occupied This Winter

By Jean Van't Hul |

Jell-O Excavation at TinkerLab

When cold weather sets in, we spend more and more time indoors. Sure, we aim to get outside for at least a bit each day—maybe for a walk or for some snow play if there’s some new snow, but for the most part we’re in the house. My indoor standbys are reading stories, baking, and getting out the art supplies. Those are all great ways to spend time together indoors, but in preparation for this winter, I’ve been compiling a longer list of ideas to do with my toddler. Some of these I’ve done in the past with my older daughter when she was younger; most I found around the web.

Now I feel prepared. Bring on the winter!

25 indoor activities to try with toddlers:

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25 Indoor Toddler Activities

Make a Face Magnetic Tin

Kids can have fun mixing and matching magnetic noses, eyes, and mouths for funny faces.
On a girl and a glue gun


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How about cooking with your toddler? You can make mini fruit gelatin molds together.

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About Jean Van't Hul


Jean Van't Hul

Jean Van't Hul is a writer at Artful Parent, and author of The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity. She has contributed DIY and children's arts crafts ideas for Babble, and continues to do so on her website. She resides in North Carolina with her husband and two children.

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8 thoughts on “25 Indoor Activities to Keep Your Toddler Occupied This Winter

  1. Misty says:

    I thought a lot of these were really cute ideas and wanted to try them with my kids. However, I gave up looking through because none of the links back to the blogs they came from work. :(

  2. Jean Van't Hul says:

    I fixed the links! So sorry about that. There was a minor html error. But I just checked each one and they should be working fine now.

  3. Celestine Tato says:

    Have you seen Play at Home Mom blog? They have some AWESOME ideas!!

  4. Stef says:

    Could you make these pages run together instead of having to click on a new picture for every page? It’s annoying on a phone to do that.

  5. Jill @ a mom with a lesson plan says:

    Thank you for the link!!! I love the list.. great ideas!

  6. jane says:

    FYI, I never read these articles because of the need to click through to each item. I’m always interested in the topic, but when I come and see that I’ll need to click 25 times, I leave. I thought the webmaster might want to know! Love the site otherwise!

  7. lori_p says:

    Thank you for the link!!! I love the list.. great ideas! I would also suggest Rice Krispies Holiday treats. Teaching your kids to ‘play’ with food.

  8. booboo monster says:

    wow ..that is the new level of lazy …need to click more then once ….anyway ..thanks for great Ideas …My toddler will love the excavating activity trying tomorrow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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