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As summer is coming closer to an end, days are getting shorter and much more cooler days are just around the corner. For many of us that means more time in the house. It’s time to get creative! I decided before it gets too yucky out, I would put together some ideas of some creative indoor activities to try out for this winter.  They all look very easy and fun!!


1.Moon Sand

Using two ingredients, you can whip this up in minutes. This one’s a messy play, but will sure keep them engaged. Well worth the clean up.


Found From || Lessons LearnT Journal



2.Bath Art Station

Messy play is fun for toddlers. For parents, not so much. Confine the mess to the bath and everyone’s a winner.

Found From || Growing A Jeweled Rose




3.Balloon Tennis

Try balloon tennis. All you’ll are some balloons, paper plates and plastic spoons.


Found From || Toddler Approved



4.Edible Slime

I just looooove slime as much as my kids love it. But this isn’t just slime. It’s edible slime! Go check out the recipe for this gooey, edible slime.


Found From || Fun At Home With Kids


5.Ring Toss

I remember as a kid loving to play ring toss. You’ll need some paper plates, paint and a cardboard tube.


Found From || A Little Learning For Two



6.Cardboard Box Slide

This one needs a lot of parental supervision, obviously.

Found From || The Contemplative Creative




Who doesn’t love a good ‘ole fashion game of hopscotch?


Found From  || Gro Nick Tales




8.Indoor Ball Toss

Indoor ball toss is always a hit with little ones.

Found From || Catch My Party


9.Target Golf

This is such a fun and easy idea to pull off!


10.Under The Table Fort

Reading, playing, napping is so much better in a fort.


Found From || Mama Papa Bubba


11.Obstacle Course

This is a fun activity for the restless kids. Tie some strings across a pathway and let them try to cross to the other side without touching the strings.

Found From || Ellis Benus



12.Turn UNO Into Moving Game

Assign movements to a few different cards to burn off some energy and test their memory.

Found From || Still Playing School 


13. Pass The Balloon

Pass a balloon around with questions written on it. Whoever catches the balloon has to answer the question closest to their left thumb.

Found From || Kiki Comin


14.Masking Tape Race Track

Who knew tape could be so much fun!



15. Pom Poms through a tube

Toddlers will drop the pom-poms into the bowl over and over, and develop their fine motor skills in the process.

Found From || Teaching Mama


16. Sticky Spider Web

Painters tape and balled up  newspaper is all you need for this sticky spider web.

Found From || Hands On As We Grow


17. Cardboard Tunnel

Make a sensory crawl through tunnel for babies and toddlers to explore together! Great indoor fun for everyone!

Found From || The Imagination Tree



18. A Coloring Box

Genius right?

Found From || Berry Sweet Baby

If you have any fun indoor activities, PLEASE let me know!!

What Do You Think?


About Jenny

Hello! I'm Jenny. I'm a mom to two wonderful boys. I'm a born and raised Clevelander.

21 thoughts on “18 Cheap Ways To Keep Your Toddler Busy On Rainy Days”

  1. I really love all of these ideas! A few of them were go to’s for me when my son was little. But, the sticky spider web and the ball toss sound like they would be an easy and fun way to keep him and his sister entertained. I’m going to test them out soon, for sure!

  2. These are some great ideas! I definitely want to try the bathtub art station. I love doing art with my son, but hate the messy cleanup afterwards!

  3. That’s one of my favorites! Art is fun, it’s the cleaning up after that is not-so-great. Glad you’ll be enjoying doing more art with your son 🙂

  4. These are such great ideas! I’ve babysat for many toddlers and I’m always amazed at how the littlest or simplest things entertain them for hours. 🙂
    Cheers, Sarah Camille //

  5. It sure is amazing that it’s usually the simplest things that we have rolling around the house that keeps kids entertained!

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