101 Indoor Activities

Updated: Apr 26, 2020

Rainy Day Activities for Children of All Ages.



Whatever your reason for being stuck in the house, we have activities for your little one! Many parents want to know, aside from playing with a tablet or phone, how can I engage my child on this otherwise gloomy day. Below is a list of many activities for children 12 and younger to play inside. Of course, one activity that transcends all ages is reading a story. You can read to your child or they can read to you. You can take turns. Or, you could make up a story!

Non-Mobile Infants

At this age, toys are unnecessary. Your baby’s favorite toy is your face. Face-to-face activities will be their primary engagement.


1. Peek-a-boo

Always a classic; Hide your face and ask “Where’s baby?” Then, uncover and show your baby how happy you are to have found them.

2. Scarf Peek-a-book

Instead of using your hands, find a light, breathable scarf. Lay your little one flat on the floor and let the scarf float until it gently lands on his or her face.

3. Balloon Bounce

Any left over party balloons? Tie the string of a helium balloon to your baby’s ankle. They will enjoy watching the balloon dancing and soon make the connection that they control it.

4. Mirror Play

Place a mirror on the floor or leaning against the wall during tummy time and talk to your baby about what they see

5. Foot Drumming

Place your baby’s feet up against something hard (e.g. couch, box, pan, etc.) and let them make their own music

6. Make Shadow puppets

7. Sing a Nursery Rhyme

8. Put on a Puppet Show

9. Make a Sensory Bottle

Sensory bottles are easy and can be made quickly out of recycled materials. I would suggest using super glue or hot glue to seal the top and ensure that the content are not accessed.

Mobile Infants (Babies who can crawl)

As babies become mobile, their world is expanded beyond their parent's face and they want to explore it, primarily with their mouth.


10. Musical Band

Grab, or make, an instrument and jam out to your favorite nursery rhyme

11. Sandbox Discovery

Smash graham crackers (approximately 1 box) in a storage bag until it looks like sand. Then transfer the contents to a plastic container. Hide some trinkets that cannot be swallowed in the “sand” and let your little one explore. Be sure to do this activity in a contained space, it can get messy.

12. Make a Tent

13. Make a Sensory Bottle

Sensory bottles are easy and can be made quickly out of recycled materials. I would suggest using super glue or hot glue to seal the top and ensure that the content are not accessed.

14. Play Peek-a-Boo

15. Make Shadow Puppets

16. Put on a Puppet Show

17. Finger Foods

Self-feeding is an adventure in its own right for these little ones. Place them in a high chair with a handful of soft, bite-size, healthy snacks and let them have at it!

Toddlers (Children 2 years and younger who can walk)

The twos don’t have to be terrible with the right activities to engage and empower your little one. A toddler's misbehavior is often their way of exhibiting a need for autonomy. This need, coupled with their often immature communication skills can lead to minor, or major, meltdowns. Thankfully, most children thrive with structure and games are a great way to teach self-control, build language and increase autonomy.


18. Play-doh

Scary, I know, but Play-doh is great for strengthening fine motor skills and content areas. Start with a small amount of one color to introduce the texture and rules. Then, add more as you see your little one is ready.

19. Sticky Tape

20. Pom Pom Challenge

21. Musical Band

Grab, or make, an instrument and jam out to your favorite nursery rhyme

22. Box Art

Recycle a large cardboard Amazon or moving box. Place your one inside with a box of crayons, markers, paints or all three and let their imagination roam

23. Make a Tent

24. Make a Sensory Bottle

Sensory bottles are easy and can be made quickly out of recycled materials. I would suggest using super glue or hot glue to seal the top and ensure that the content are not accessed.

25. Do a Puzzle: 5 pieces or less

26. Color a Picture