Indoor Preschool Activities- Let’s Bounce!

by Alissa Marquess on January 11, 2011

inside toys for active play A list of inside toys for bouncing and movement.

It’s been COLD and Not Hospitable outside and we’ve been needing activities to keep two busy preschoolers active whilst cooped up  inside.  Here’s a list of our favorite preschool gross motor toys that can be used inside:


Rody Pony- Rody Ponies are super strong, and fun for many ages.  We’ve got two ponies and all three kids from ages 1 to 7 play with them.  Aside from their bouncing capabilities they’ve been central to countless pretend scenarios.

Mini Trampoline-Great for days when your child seems to have an endless need to crash around the house.  I do not have one of these yet, but  likely we’ll be purchasing one soon.  We just need something else to help burn off energy


Bilibo- After finding my three year old spinning on the floor in a mixing bowl, I knew we needed a couple of these instead.  Bilibos are 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 boys room. Leland loves to swing (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  (silly mommy).  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 movement activity.   Ours 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.)

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 toys that can be used inside for gross motor play? I would love to know about them!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

katepickle January 12, 2011 at 12:35 am

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.


Christie-Childhood 101 January 17, 2011 at 4:44 am

I love your list of ideas. I have never seen a Rody Pony before, it looks soooo cool!


Christine Horvath September 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

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!


Kory February 21, 2012 at 1:12 am

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 ;)

Reply February 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm

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


Jessica Wright November 20, 2013 at 3:29 pm

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?


Alissa Marquess November 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Have fixed the social share buttons Jessica. Thanks!


Angie December 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm

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.


Alissa Marquess December 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Thanks Angie those do look like fun active toys!


Angie December 4, 2013 at 11:08 pm

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


Melissa I. February 9, 2014 at 5:31 pm

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!


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