Best Indoor Active Toys – Lasting and FUN

Looking for indoor physical activities for active toddlers and preschoolers?

These are the best active toys for burning energy with bouncing, spinning and movement indoors!

What do you do when it’s COLD outside and you need physical activities to keep an active preschooler or busy toddler happy while cooped up inside? Here’s a list of our very favorite indoor play equipment for active kids. These toys last too – they have all grown with my kids.

Related: Indoor Active Play Games for Toddlers

The BEST Indoor Active Toys - These have lasted us for years

The Best Indoor Active Toys:

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Rody Pony– Rody Ponies are super strong bouncing toys, and fun for many ages.  We’ve got two ponies and all of the kids from toddler up to age 8 play with them.  Aside from their bouncing capabilities they’ve been central to countless pretend scenarios.

A Doorway “Gym” – This doorway play equipment is a very fun way to let kids climb and swing (which are great physical activities for their bodies and brains). You can try just a simple bar where they can reach up to try doing a pull up, or get something like this Gorilla Gym Kids with Indoor Swing, Plastic Rings, Trapeze Bar, Climbing Ladder, and Swinging Rope.

mini trampolineMini Trampoline-Great indoor play equipment for days when your child seems to have an endless need to crash around the house. Get that kid bouncing instead! Jumping on a trampoline is also a fun physical way to practice spelling or math facts for older kids, so if you get a quality one, a trampoline can really be a lasting toy investment. This toddler trampoline (with a handle) goes up to 55lbs. This mini folding trampoline will handle an adult jumping.

An Indoor Ride on Toy – We have a little truck that just keeps on truckin’. It is similar to these Wheelie Bug toys and a has been a favorite from the time my daughter was a toddler.

Bilibobilibo– After finding my three year old spinning on the floor in a mixing bowl, I knew we needed a couple of these toys instead.  Bilibos are one of the best indoor active toys because they’re so versatile. They’re very durable and encourage spinning, rocking, toy carrying and pretend play.  Ours have been used in the bath, in the fort outside and even as step stools.

Ikea Ekorre Swing– This makes for a cozy snuggling spot, a relaxing swinging place and one of the fastest spinning apparatuses I’ve ever seen.  I take this out only in winter and hang it in the kids’ room. One of my sons loves to swing as it’s calming to him (when he was a baby he’d actually fall asleep in the swings at the park) so this is a big hit.

Couches. These are not furniture (you thought they were?).  From obstacle courses made with the cushions, to the endless forts, my poor couches get A LOT of use as kid entertainment.

Sit – N – Spin– Some kids are calmed by spinning, even if this is not the case for your child, the coordination and strength required to make themselves spin can be a great indoor physical activity.   Our Sit – N – Spin stays interesting because I usually keep it in the closet and just take it down occasionally (the trick to keeping any toy entertaining it seems.)

Balance Board – Kids can step up on the balance board and have fun learning to balance, which improves their core strength while they play, or try the Diggin Wobble Deck for a game to go along with the balancing.

Tumbling Mat– This deceptively simple piece of play equipment is so much fun.  Show your kids how to do somersaults!  Practice hand stands, or even let them impress you with their cartwheels.  A mat makes this a much less nerve wracking play idea.

Do you have any favorite indoor active play toys? I would love to know about more ways to get in physical activity on days when we’re not outside as much.

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21 Comments

  1. says

    what a great list of ideas… my middle boy often needs something physical to do inside for those days when it is too wet or too hot to go out.

  2. Christine Horvath says

    I just have to say your comment about spinning in a salad bowl made me laugh! Also made me think… what a great idea for some in home OT work! LOVE IT!

  3. says

    We have a yoga swing (hooks for it are in the living room ceiling) that the girls LOVE (I do too), a parachute, an exercise ball, a wheely bug, and next on our list is a twister board. We also use the throw pillows as things like stepping stones 😉

  4. says

    Thanks a lot for utilizing some time in order to compose “Indoor Preschool Activities- Let?s Bounce!
    ”. Thank you for a second time ,Krystal

  5. Jessica Wright says

    I wish I could pin this list into Pinterest directly :-) It’s really great, but I can’t find it on your boards, you have so many (awesome, btw). Help a girl out?

  6. Angie says

    I want that swing!! I’d like to add two that I just discovered this year, the Spin Disc (you can buy it at amazon…watch a video of it at youtube, search for “gym spin versus”). Also the Gonge top, also available at amazon, and you can watch a video on youtube. Both look super fun. I’m definitely getting the spin disc for my 7 year old who has outgrown his Whirly Rocket.

  7. Angie says

    I forgot one…we have had a Carrom Balance Board for years and kids of all ages love it!

  8. Melissa I. says

    I have a daughter who will be five in May. I’ve always kept her tricycle in the house. She rides circles around the first floor which I’m thankful for as she has an abundance of energy!

  9. sam-c says

    The link for the ‘balance board’ goes to the prince lionheart ride on little bug thing.
    Can you update the link? I am curious to know what it is – i googled and found a thing like a skateboard with a rolling pin in the middle- is that it? Thanks! (is it good for toddlers?)

    • says

      Oops! Ok, I updated the link now – it goes to this balance board, which is one my niece had that the kids liked: http://amzn.to/1OXfLCu. Honestly I would say that for a toddler the Bilibo may be a more fun toy, and it’ll last. I think a child would need to be preschool aged or so before the balance board becomes fun.

  10. says

    Lovely ideas. Make up a bing-o sheet on large white paper with a picture in each square representing different Christmas items (such as: tree, stockings, fireplace and ornaments). Then call out different pictures or hold them up and the children have the match the picture they see to the paper they have. Little prices can be given when BINGO is achieved.

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