Let’s bounce! Or climb or spin…anything to get in some physical activities if you’ve got active kids stuck indoors, right?
We love outside play, but what do you do when going outside won’t work? You need physical activities to keep kids happy while cooped up inside – especially with an active preschooler or busy toddler, having a few indoor active toys around can make a big difference in everyone’s sanity.
Here’s a list of our very favorite indoor play equipment for active kids. These are the best active toys for burning energy with bouncing, spinning and movement indoors.
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 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.
Bilibo– 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.
Find more fun for preschoolers, 4, 5 and 6 year olds here:
- Delight List for your 4-6 Year Old (All the fun you don’t want to miss at this age).
- The Best Board Games for Toddlers through Grade Schoolers
- Preschooler Games the Whole Family Will Love to Play