5 Fun and Easy Play Ideas for Toddlers


It's summer in many parts of the world – kids are on break from school, the weather is gorgeous, so outside play is the way to go.

But what if you have to be indoors? Where I live right now, in Asia, the skies have been smoggy due to pollution and we have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible. With a preschooler and a toddler, my kids can go stir crazy if we don't keep busy, so we've been playing a lot. In the event you're not able to play outside, there are still plenty of fun activities to do indoors. The following are five great, indoor play ideas for your toddler.



All you need is a few tubs of non-toxic, washable paint, a few paintbrushes, a piece of used cardboard, and off you go! You can also do without the paintbrushes and get creative with hands and fingers instead.


Peanut butter playdough

Homemade peanut butter playdough is easy to make and there are only three ingredients. We used cookie cutters to make shapes, and tooth picks to “draw” dotted lines into the playdough.


Water play

Under a lot of supervision, water play can occupy toddlers for hours. All we used were a couple of large plastic containers and a toy watering can.


Pretend cleaning

I'm a lucky mother; my son loves to “help” around the house. I gave him a toddler-sized broom, and he “swept” the floor. So much fun!



I've never met a child (or adult) who didn't like bubbles. You can play with bubbles indoors and outdoors. Endlessly fascinating!

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5 Fun and Easy Play Ideas for Toddlers

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, she traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode,On Parenting at The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, andDrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists ... More

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  1. EbyMom says:

    I love the bubbles part. My kid and I used to play with bubbles he loves it and he likes playing with the broom sweeping every where.

  2. Bethany says:

    Thank you for the peanut butter playdough recipe. All of the ingredients are things I already have in the house and I don’t have to worry if my toddler decides to take a bite out of his creation. 🙂


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