Toddlers have so much energy and love to move around. In addition to toddlers already high energy levels they are also easily overstimulated by their environment, be it a walk outdoors or new people in the house. When your toddler is restless and a bit stir-crazy try these fun indoor activities to calm them down or to help them use up those energy levels:
Hide and Seek – the game involves heavy work and can be rather exhausting. It is a perfect fun activity to help your kids get rid of their excessive energy. Explain the rules, including some safety rules, close your eyes and see how quickly this game will make them tired and sleepy.
Cook together – pick a favorite recipe and engage helpful little hands in making, baking, stirring and dish washing. Even such a routine activity as dinner preparation can be turned into a fun game. You might have to deal with some messy aftermath but you and kids will certainly have fun.
Read a book – a good book can be as engaging as a fun game. Plus it is great way to educate kids and get them use their imagination. Pick a book filled with colorful pictures and interactive elements and sit down together to explore the realms of tenth kingdom and admire courageous knights and beautiful princesses.
Sensory bins have become a popular choice for parents. They can occupy kids for hours and they bear important lessons to learn. But even if you don’t have a sensory bin in the house you can easily create one using sand, shave cream, rice, water and aquarium rock.
Play music and dance – blast those tunes and watch your kids jumping, dancing and having the time of their lives. Alternatively, you can play calmer classical music to get the kids ready for bed.
Building blocks is a simple creative activity that can keep the kids busy for hours. Not only you will be able to run the errands, but the kids will also learn important lessons while playing.
Take a warm bath. A lot of the things that make adults calm down work for kids too. Playing in relaxing warm water and bubbles makes the kids more susceptible to calmness and sleep.
Pool games. The games in the pool is a great way to entertain the kids. Swimming lowers body temperature. After the pool the body needs to warm itself up which expands a lot of energy making children feel tired.
Canvas painting. All kids are creative and embrace painting with enthusiasm. Give them crayons or markers, hang the canvas on the wall or simply put it in the floor and watch them occupy themselves with creating colorful castles and drawing members of the family.
Playdough. Another sensory activity for super active kids, playdough allows toddlers to experience different forms and shapes with their hands. It is a great educational activity and a good way to teach the kids to spend time alone.
Blow bubbles. Bubbles get kids excited but when they try to blow and pop the bubbles they have to take a deep breath which calms the mind and body.
Take a break. A break might be just what your kid needs after a day filled with explorations and simulations. Create a safe place for your toddler to sit down for a bit and spend time on his own. Have some soft toys ready for him to play with and colorful books to look through.
Bubble wrap. Another adult stress-reducing activities that are suitable for children. Write letters on the bubbles and see how quickly the kids can learn the alphabet.
Exercise is the first thing that comes to mind when you have too much. Why not take your toddler to the yoga mat and do some poses together? Or you can simply run together in the park and so exercises at the outdoor playground. For more exercise ideas with kids see the post Exercise While They Play: Kids Activities That Will Get You Into Shape.
Play Charades. The essence of this game is simple. Pick a word or phrase and then pantomime it, while kids try to guess the word. Charades are a great way to test your artistic ability, you will laugh a lot and enjoy some bonding time together.
Twister is another game to stretch muscles and keep children moving. It works wonders for kids’ motor skills and you don’t even have to buy any supplies. Use colored paper to create the grid and start playing!
Visit an indoor playground. Activities places indoor don’t have to be restricted to your home. Get outside and explore what your city has to offer. Particularly, look into kids indoor playgrounds for some social bonding and exploration. There are many state of the art indoor venues where your toddler can run around, climb multiple stairs, jump into balloon pools and meet new friends.
Get a trampoline, put some music on and let the kids have a blast jumping.
Clean the house together. Just like cooking the dinner, cleaning the house bears benefits for both parents and children. You can get the work done and your child gets to be active and helpful.
Purchase a fidget toy and have the child play with it. A stress ball can be a savior when your kid has too much energy and exhibits a lack of attention.
Hyperactive toddlers are hard to deal with but at this age, everything the kids want is relentless exploration and unstoppable adventures, even if he has to stay inside all day, so hyperactivity is a generally accepted behavior for toddlers. You need to distinguish between having too much energy and when your kid is simply overstimulated and tired. In the first case scenario, the best way to deal with high energy levels is to occupy the kid with games and exercises. In a latter case, you need to find calming and relaxing activities that will help ease the stress. If your child is restless show them that you care and guide them to the best course of action. After all, at this age they are acquiring life skills and habits – how they spend their time and energy now will affect how they spend them in future. Recharging and anxiety-reducing activities will help kids realize all the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and show them how easy it is to control the body and the mind.