Summer Indoor Activities for Infants and Toddlers


Try some of these fun indoor activities with infants and toddlers when summer heat or showers keep you inside.


baby under a blanket

Active Play

  • Build a fort with sheets or blankets draped over tables. Let the children crawl in and out.
  • Provide cardboard boxes for the children to crawl in and out of or push across the floor.
  • Create a “balance beam” by placing wide masking tape on the floor. Let the children follow the line.
  • Hang beach balls from the ceiling with string until they are about 6 inches above the floor. Place small babies on their backs and let them kick or touch the balls.
  • Go bowling! Stack empty food boxes and let the children roll a beach ball to knock them over.

girl with paint on her hands

Art

  • Cover the underside of a table with a large sheet of plain paper, and let the children color with crayons while lying on their backs.
  • Try new recipes to make homemade play dough.
  • Cut sponges into various sizes and shapes (small enough for the children to grasp but large enough to be safe). Dip the sponges into paint and make prints on large pieces of thick paper or cardboard boxes.

 

 

baby crawling on a rug

Sensory

  • Tape empty egg cartons on the floor for the children to crawl or walk over.
  • Fill shallow baking pans or plastic lids with water and let the babies splash with close adult supervision.
  • Fill empty water bottles with colored water, seashells or pom poms. Tape or glue the tops on for safety. Let the children move the bottles in different ways such as rolling or shaking them.
  • Provide various types and textures of paper for crunching and tearing.


baby playing the bongos

Music

  • Create a baby band by providing wooden spoons, cardboard boxes, metal pans or baking sheets.
  • Create different sizes and shapes of drums from empty food containers and boxes. Encourage the children to use their hands to make rhythms/music.


 

baby with outstretched arms

Science

  • Open the curtains and make shadows with the children.
  • Turn out the lights and close the shades/curtains and let the children use flashlights in the room.
  • Provide empty boxes of various sizes and shapes and encourage the children to see which boxes fit inside other boxes.
  • Hang prisms in the windows and make rainbows.

boy looking through binoculars

Dramatic Play

  • Line up chairs or pillows and go for a “train” ride.
  • Use paper towel tubes as binoculars and go “bird watching” through the windows.
  • Build pretend animal habitats using empty boxes of different shapes/sizes, fabric remnants, pillows, and other items you have available. Encourage the children to create stories about various animals that might live in the habitats.

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