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Doesn’t matter the weather, doesn’t matter the reason, indoor toys for toddlers and preschoolers is a must. have.
And for you, I’ve listed my five favorite toys. I simply put these in proximity to the kids. Within moments the kids look like they sprouted from a cabbage patch and tell me in 12-inch voices that they want to play nicely in their room for the next five hours.
Okay, okay. More like, these are the products that keep my life on a somewhat sane plane of existence. Do you get what I’m throwing down? (Secret head nod, mommy fist bump and finger wiggle.) Got it.
These toys are what expert* moms like me use to make our lives easy, manageable… practically heaven-like. If you’re not looking for toys, check out other resources to help you play with kids.
Indoor Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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Haha, I bet you weren’t surprised to see a Melissa & Doug toy up first. They seriously craft the most gender neutral, sturdy and educational toys out there. Most are made of wood and give each toy that “classic” feel. Great indoor toys for toddlers.
What makes this Melissa & Doug cleaning set special is its function. These miniature supplies make cleaning fun for toddlers and preschool children. As you dust, they pull out their look-a-like duster and clean beside you. As you mop, they pretend to do a stupendous job wiping up over your feet. 😉
Today when I pulled out my cleaning supplies, my two-year-old grabbed a rag and her mop and began to clean with me. At first I wondered if it was going to be another episode of her messing up my piles of swept up dirt.
Before long, she was cleaning right beside me with gentle instruction. She helped unload the utensils in the dishwasher, put wet clothes in the dryer, wipe doors while I wiped toilets, and sweep while I swept. It was a good experience and working together for almost an hour built our relationship.
If you have little girls or bronies at home, then an Imagine Ink book set is a must have! Depending on your child’s attention span, this can be a great part of quiet time or independent play. (Make sure that your child is at an age that they won’t be sucking on the marker or eating the stickers.)
Last summer, my mom and I went to Dallas, Texas to watch my sister-in-law play in a national soccer championship and also visit my aunt and uncle who live nearby. We decided it would be fun to drive even though we would be taking both of my girls.
While it was definitely a fun drive, it was LOOOONG. We survived primarily on Imagine Ink sets, princess stickers, movies, and music. If you count a car as indoors, then yes, this is the one of the best indoor toys for toddlers and preschoolers that there is.
Next time, we fly!
Great for preschoolers and those in elementary school, LEGO Juniors sets help keep little minds occupied when they can’t be running around outside. Just make sure to have all the Legos picked up after they are done playing, otherwise you’ll find all the Lego sets mixed together! (I don’t know this from experience, cough cough.)
At about 4.5, my oldest really showed an interest in Legos. While she had previously been a puzzle addict, she lost interest in piecing together 100-piece Disney princess jigsaws and opted for princess Lego sets.
My two-year-old also became more interested in Legos. She doesn’t care if she puts them in the proper order. She just likes to know that she can make Ariel and Ursula switch heads or that she can make a precariously tall tower.
You might find that your child is interested too. You never know until you try!
My favorite thing about painter’s tape is that it’s not going to pull out your carpet fibers or pull off your paint. It’s probably not going to get stuck in your kid’s hair either. And it’s cheap.
You will be using this tape to create long jump lines, vertical jumping lines, spider web tag, tic tac toe, etc…
On particularly grumpy days, we like to make obstacle courses in our little condo. In the past we’ve used blankets and towels to mark spots, but recently painter’s tape has come in handy. Plus, you can make cool designs, like ladders, streets and roads, grids, webs, pyramids, and more!
I highly recommend storing your nursery trampoline in a place the kids can’t get to all the time. Pull it out in moments where you need to either distract your toddler or you would like them to participate in independent play. This will make the toy extra special!
Both of my girls love going to their Nana’s house because she has a large trampoline they can jump on to their heart’s content. I love sending them out to the backyard for this reason, knowing that in good time they will come back a little tired and hungry… after a good snack and drink, they’re ready to wind down from the day.
*Not an expert.