All in all, spending more time with your toddler is really rewarding, but after weeks and weeks of being stuck at home, with home-base work, parents are all starting to run out of ideas.
In addition, with being inside, away from friends, it should be expected that our toddlers are getting a little antsy.
This just means that there is a great opportunity for hands-on attention, activities, and creativity!
Because of this, we have decided to put together a few of our favorite indoor activities for toddlers that you can do during COVID-19.
Most of these activities are relatively easy to set up - and, more importantly, clean up. The beauty of these activities is that they can be done at any time.
So, parents, let’s regroup, put our heads together, and get back out there with some awesome activities!
Here are some of our favorite ideas for activities to do at home with your toddler during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Get Creative with Arts and Crafts
If you are stuck inside long enough, everything becomes a possible art project.
How about those old boxes from the toilet paper delivery last week?
It always amazes us how creative kids can get with something like cardboard.
Not only is it possible to build forts (either for the toddler or their toys), but they can be cut into different shapes.
Especially during COVID-19, we all have a box or two lyings around.
If your toddler has a favorite animal, you can cut and color the cardboard in the form of the animal.
Cutting, coloring, and designing cardboard can be a great tool for exploring:
Plus, these are learned while using and practicing fine motor skills.
Even if there is no cardboard, this can be done with a lot of different materials; old shirts, construction paper, post-its, and more.
Count that as one score for the parents!
Keep Toddlers Active While Inside Your Home During COVID-19
As long as COVID-19 has been locking us down, you might have had enough of your toddler running around the house.
In many cases, organized sports are not currently a possibility, and it’s even tough to bring over friends!
Our solution? An indoor obstacle course!
This is a fun one; but, space-specific.
Anybody can set up an indoor obstacle course. It can be as long or as short as you’d like. Plus, you can use almost anything as a part of the course.
This is a guaranteed hit, whether your obstacle course includes:
Ultimately, an obstacle course is an ideal way to stay active and to keep those motor skills engaged.
By adding new elements or switching the order, they can become a daily facet in the house.
Create a New Version of your Favorite Activity
What did you love to do before COVID-19?
Whether it was cycling, skating, playing soccer, or others, there is always a way to bring it inside.
If there is anything that toddlers love, it is familiarity.
What’s better than a game of newspaper-ball soccer, with makeshift goals?
Or, set up an indoor bowling alley with water bottles and a few balls from the garage?
Realistically, there is no limit to the number of activities you can do inside. Even though we are in a different environment, try to consider those activities that you can bring back in a new way.
Loved singing in the car on road trips? How about a karaoke night?
Home Activities For Toddler During COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to alter our usual routine, take this as an opportunity to spend some quality time with your toddler.
Ultimately, doing activities together is fun for all family members and they create fun memories.
What are some of your favorite indoor activities to do over these times?
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Willowdale Children's Academy is a child care agency located in Chester County, PA, specialized in early learning with schools in Chadds Ford, Kennett Square, Avondale, and West Chester, PA. We offer programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, after school care, and summer camps.