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10 Super Easy Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Discover engaging indoor activities for toddlers to keep them entertained and stimulated. From imaginative play to sensory experiences, explore fun ideas to nurture your little one’s development

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Days when the little ones can’t go outside may seem endless to them, but you can have fun inside at home.
Whether for rainy days, hard snowy days, or days when the kids are sick, we have prepared a list of indoor activities for toddlers that you can enjoy together so they can burn off some of their energy.

Indoor Activities for Toddlers

How do I Entertain My 2-year-old Indoors?

2-year-olds are very curious and ready anytime to explore everything around them. Engage them in the activities below and watch how their faces light up.

This activity stimulates physical activity indoors: Choose a simple exercise for each alphabet letter. For example, A can be for five hops like a frog, B for three exercises of bending the waist and touching the ground, C for 3 minutes playing “Simon Says”, and D for 10 Jumping Jacks.

It is a fantastic toddler activity as it combines a physical workout with learning the letters of the alphabet.

Sensory bin play is one of our favourite indoor activities for toddlers, as it helps develop their sensory skills. Use a large container and fill it with everything a 2-year-old loves, from slime and sand to ice cubes. You can equip the bin with other materials like shredded paper or corn meals and use them to teach your children a little science in a fun way.
Have fun with balloons

This activity is perfect when you don’t have time to prepare a more elaborate one: take two balloons, one for you and one for your toddler and hit them in the air. The only rule of the game is to prevent the balloons from touching the ground. Trust us, your little one will chase the balloon around the house for a long time with a big, happy smile.

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More Indoor Activities for Toddlers

Straw painting is a valuable activity for kids who need to exercise their concentration skills, as it entails calm and focus.

Place a few generous drops of watercolour paint slightly diluted with water on a sheet of paper. Give your toddler a drinking straw and ask him to spread the paint by blowing in the straw. This will require the child to breathe gently, calm down and focus on the painting process without any distractions.

This activity is very entertaining because toddlers are fascinated by the shaving cream’s colour and consistency. Put shaving cream in a large container and invite your little one to dig in. Mix the shaving cream with some toddler-safe food colouring for more fun so your child can create more amazing shapes or objects.

Another easy-to-prepare indoor activity for toddlers is drawing on the windows. Give your children some washable window markers and watch their creativity at work. Hand them some wiping clothes so they can erase and start over.

Whether you buy or make it yourself, playdough is one of the top indoor activities for toddlers. Playdough is a fun and calming activity because your toddler will adore creating different objects with the moulds you give him. Children love the mushy, flexible texture of playdough and will spend hours testing their imagination with it.
Give them a cardboard box and watch what happens

Toddlers can turn anything into a game. Give your little one a cardboard box and watch how he turns it into an endless line of objects, from a train, home for a stuffed toy or a desk to an aeroplane or a piece of art filled with creative drawings. There is no limit to his fun and imagination!

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Indoor Activities for Toddlers Continued

An obstacle course is a toddler activity that helps exercise indoors. Create an obstacle course by combining different movements like rolling an exercise ball across the room, jumping over small piles of clothes or following a line of coloured sheets of paper. Watch them have fun and consume their energy at the same time.

Playing with kinetic sand is one of the most rewarding indoor activities for toddlers because it has several benefits for children:

  • chases away boredom;
  • improves fine motor skills;
  • promotes a sense of calm;
  • help with sensory processing;
  • encourages creative thinking. 

Prepare a big sensory bin by pouring kinetic sand into a large plastic box. Put inside toddler-size letters and numbers, beach toys and any other objects your children would like to play with. Join them for a fun time indoors.

Indoor Activities for Toddlers Outside the Home

Where Can I Take My Kids on a Rainy Day in Auckland?

Auckland has several indoor activities for toddlers to keep them busy and entertained when they can’t play outside. Here is our selection:

The only indoor ski slope in Auckland, this venue has something for everyone: snowboarding, skiing, child-friendly tracks for tobogganing and tubing, separated from skiers and snowboarders. With the indoor temperature set to winter and the snow all around them, your children will have a wonderful experience.

For more details, check the Snowplanet website.

Jumping is on the list of all-time favourite toddler activities, and it seems they can do it for hours without getting tired. Bounce Inc is the right place to be on a rainy day, as this venue offers hundreds of square meters of trampolines, basketball hoops and a mini bounce zone. Here, your child will develop his coordination, balance and agility and express himself in freestyle jumps, a physical activity contributing to his health.

Learn more about Bounce Inc.

Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) is an exciting place to visit as it is the home of fantastic permanent and temporary exhibitions. Here, your little one can see up close the firehouse with all its equipment, including the 1935 Ford V8 fire engine or the Shand-Mason horse-drawn telescopic ladder. 

And that is not all: the Taiwhanga RererangiAviation Hall is another permanent exhibition where toddlers will enjoy watching the collection of commercial, recreational and military aircraft like the giant Sunderland Flying Boat

MOTAT is the proud home of the McLaren Traction Engine, one of the most advanced beam engines in the world, back in 1877 when it started to supply clean water from Western Springs to the residents of Auckland. If your toddler loves engines, he will be fascinated by the sound, smell and heat of this iconic landmark of New Zeeland.

Check the MOTAT website to learn more about their exhibitions and events.

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We provide a creative and open ended environment that encourages infinite learning for the children and strong relationships between teachers, children and families.

The day’s routines are flexible. At the same time, care is taken to recognise and respect each child’s needs.

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Tanya Vester
Tanya Vester
Our sons attended Bright beginnings early leaning Centre and absolutely loved it. They attended Manuka and Kowhai rooms, and later also Pohutukawa room. The teachers in all three rooms were just SO lovely, caring, attentive and supported their learning journeys and communicated the children’s achievements with us. We are so thankful for the time our kids were able to spend there, and the kids made great memories for life. We highly recommend BBELC to anyone looking for a child care center. We had to leave due to moving overseas and will miss BBELC so much!!!
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
"I don't think I can express in words the gratitude I feel towards you all. My child, Amrin have learnt so much in your care that will stay with her for life. I believe their fondest memories of childhood will include many of you - I truly hope you are all extremely proud your efforts with our children. Thank you for all the wonderful support and care you have given to my daughter. This Centre is a very special place and she has grown so much in your nurturing, inspiring and challenging environment. You are really helping her to prepare for her school foundation." Actually, this is a second home for Amrin, she started her journey from BBELC, Auckland and will leave for school from here. Thanks to all the teachers, If I start typing the names, the list will be so long. In last especially I should not forget Nikita, who is so understanding and caring towards kids as well as families. Thank you with much love."
Anaru Pui
Anaru Pui
We've had our daughter Waikohu pui in the center for over 1 year now And she has Developed into such a beautiful kind person and has gained some great life skills and experiences thank you to all the teachers for there support and care with our baby girl making life alot easier knowing shes getting great education and Aroha (Love) from all the teachers at her Kura ( school ) thanks again ❤️ from the Pui whanau
Jagroop Kaur
Jagroop Kaur
Teachers are very kind and patient. Also they encourage children to learn in different indoor and outdoor activities. I am so pleased in POHUTUKAWA room the teacher do the school transition program, which is really helpful to the kids enter the primary school in the future. Thanks all teacher who support VIRASAT and other kids there quite well.
anne dela cruz
anne dela cruz
We have been with BBELC Hamilton since 2020 during the peak of pandemic and I never doubted to bring my children here knowing that they are on a safe place and the team are all aware of the best health and safety plan to ensure that everyone in the centre are safe. The centre is the BEST for me in terms of CLEANLINESS (the place os very tidy), SAFETY OF CHILDREN (only parents/caregivers can enter the premises on their pin coded door), FRIENDLY STAFF (you will be greeted by a very friendly receptionist, you can talk to the teachers about your concern with your child), OPEN DOOR POLICY (Manager’s door is open all times for parents for any concern or question), NUTRICIOUS FOOD for our kids, SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM (table activities, book reading, sharing with others, simple literacy), MAT TIME IS THE BEST as the kids learn to socialize, listen to teachers, story telling, yoga, dance time, music time,etc. and they also held PARENTS TIME where we can chat with the teacher about our kids, meet other parents, share experiences and strategies, parents gets treat and gift on special occasion like mother’s day and father’s day that will definitely make your day as a parent. And lastly for few years now, my kids have enjoyed their Christmas party where they get gift and enjoy bouncy castle, it’s simple but the experience and memories will be lifetime. THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF AND TEACHERS OF BBELC Hamilton! KUDOS TO ALL YOUR HARDWORK AND DEDICATION. CHEERS TO MANY MORE YEARS OF SUCCESS! - DELA CRUZ Family ( Robb and Reuben)
I love BBELC and my child love it too. As parents ,my husband and I deeply appreciate the staff being friendly ,kind ,patient ,role models and caring .The educators work well with parents to achieve the children’s developmental goals , the manager Leonie and Teachers Mari, Kathryn, Summer and Emma really care about the children and very welcoming. The childcare is secure and this gives us peace of mind in knowing that our little ones are in good hands and safe . The classrooms are clean and nicely decorated. I highly recommend sending your child to this center. It’s become our second home.
BBELC is an awesome environment for my daughter to learn and grow through different types of activities. All the staffs are friendly, supportive and helpful. Highly recommended to all.
Neda Bolouri
Neda Bolouri
A safe, happy and caring place for our children.
Norvega Bantang
Norvega Bantang
Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre - Hamilton is like a second home to my 2 little girls. They are very supportive of the children’s early learning and individual development. The rooms are spacious, warm and cozy and provide different kinds of resources for the children to explore. My girls are always excited to go to kindy every morning. Since I have also recently become part of this centre, it’s good to know and see for myself how things work in the centre and how very passionate the staff are in looking after every child like they are family. As a parent, it gives me the peace of mind that my children are in good hands and are well taken cared of. Definitely made the right decision to enroll our children here.
Diana Villa-Ignacio
Diana Villa-Ignacio
BBELC is a wonderful centre which caters to quality care and learning of children. We take pride in our relationship with parents , whanau and children having positive environment, open communication, flexibility, catering to children needs and working alongside parent's aspiration for their children. Feel free to come and see our Hamilton centre. We will be happy to show you around and be part of our Bright Beginnings Family.

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