Fun Indoor Rainy Day Activities

It’s raining outside. The kids have more energy than usual. You glance at the clock. It’s going to be a long day unless you can get them moving. How about some fun indoor rainy day activities?

I’ve put together some activities we’ve done, as well as activities from my favorite kid bloggers. Keep this post bookmarked for those days when you know you can’t get outdoors.

I’ve also created an rainy day indoor activities cheat sheet. Scroll towards the bottom of this page to find it!

Indoor Rainy Day Activities for Preschoolers

 

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Fun Indoor Rainy Day Activities

Recently Melissa & Doug sent me some of their favorite large motor toys to try with our toddlers and preschoolers. We live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, where we get a fair amount of rain. While we try to get outside whenever we can, there are days when it’s just too cold and wet to be out there.

I am a firm believer in balancing quiet and active time, no matter what the weather is like outside. Children need to move. Because of this, and our unpredictable weather, I make sure to have active indoor ideas on hand. It has saved us so many times! When I feel that energy level soar, we stop what we are doing and start moving!

Here are some of our favorites:

Ball Activities

Indoor Rainy Day Activities for Preschoolers

One of our favorite indoor large motor toys are balls. Seriously, there are so many fun ways to use balls that get the whole body moving!

We are fortunate to have a large indoor gym where we can use balls to toss into our basketball hoop, to kick, and to throw to friends.

 

Here are some other fun ways to use balls indoors:

Kick the Cup:  This ball theme alphabet activity is fun way to practice identifying letter sounds while kicking a ball. (Mom Inspired Life)

Skee Ball: Let your little one get busy trying to get each colored ball into the appropriate basket! (I Can Teach My Child)

Indoor Counting Croquet: Hit the ball through the hoop in numerical order. (Toddler Approved)

Toss the Ball into the Basket: Grab an empty basket and toss balls (or bean bags) into it. (FSPDT)

 

Bean Bag Activities

Indoor Rainy Day Activities for Preschoolers

Bean bags are another favorite fine motor toy, especially if you have less space. They can’t (usually) travel as far, for one thing. But they are also easy to handle and use in a variety of ways.

 

Here are some fun ideas to use with bean bags:

Tic-Tac-Toss: You only need tape and bean bags for this fun indoor activity. (Adventures in Wunderland)

Bean Bag Toss on the Stairs: Add some climbing to this fun counting activity. (How Wee Learn)

Shape Toss: Make shapes on the floor with tape and identify them as bean bags are tossed. (Learn, Play, Imagine)

Bean Bag Knock Down Game: Create your own targets using foam board. (Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls)

Paper Plate Color Toss Game: Keep track of what color the bean bag lands on! (Buggy and Buddy)

Bean Bag Stop and Catch: Stomp on the board to make the bean bag fly! (I Can Teach My Child)

Paper Plate Bean Bag Activity: Focus your aim so that the bean bag lands on the plate. (J Daniel 4s Mom)

Indoor Rainy Day Activities for Preschoolers

I couldn’t stop there! I’ve included some other fun ways to burn energy indoors using different materials:

Walkin’ in the Jungle: Make big motor movements such as walking, stomping, jumping, and skipping to the song “Walking in the Jungle”.  (Preschool Toolbox)

Balloon Tennis: Keep balloons and fly swatters on hand when your kids have some extra energy to burn! (Little Bins for Little Hands)

Leaping Over Logs: Count how many blocks that need to be stacked and then the children leap over them. (Fun-a-Day)

Giant Alphabet Activity: Draw very large letters to get the whole body moving! (Lalymom)

Ring Toss: This game makes an excellent form of gross motor practice as well as helps with hand-eye coordination. (From ABCs to ACTs)

Animal Charades: Act out the animal card you draw from the pile! (Buggy and Buddy)

 

Indoor Rainy Day Activities for Preschoolers

Melissa & Doug materials we used:

Dilly Dally Kickball

Giddy Buggy Kickball

Giddy Buggy Bowling Set

Dilly Dally Turtle Target

 

 

Free printable for you!

Rainy Day Activities Printable

 

Get your pdf download here: What Can You Do on a Rainy Day with Preschoolers?

 

Indoor Rainy Day Activities for Preschoolers

 

More fun ideas:

Preschool Dramatic Play     Learn how to Count    toddler counting with race cars

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds




Gross Motor Activities for Indoors

Oh my goodness, toddlers and preschoolers have a lot of energy, and sometimes we just cannot get outside. Or, we’ve been outside already and they still have a lot of energy! Yep, this is why I have a list of go-to gross motor activities for indoors. And I am thankful for it!

We recently had a morning where the preschoolers arrived with enough energy to run a 5K race. Okay, maybe a half-marathon. Those are mornings we open the doors to go outside as quickly as possible. However, because we share that area with 2 other classes, we cannot stay out there all morning. (Believe me, on those high-energy days, I would gladly do it if we could.)

The first thing we do on these days is get moving with our collection of favorite active songs. If the wiggles are still there, it’s time for some gross motor activities for indoors. Some can be done in our classroom, and others need a bit more space so we go to our indoor gym. And believe me, I am thankful for a variety of ways to burn that energy!

16 Large Motor Activities for Kids that Are Perfect for Indoors - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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Gross Motor Activities for Indoors

 

Follow the Line: Grab a roll of painter’s tape, push your furniture out of the way, and invite your child to push heavy objects. (Little Bins for Little Hands)

Tic-Tac-Toss: You only need 2 items for this gross motor activity, and it can be done right in your living room. (Adventures in Wunderland)

Simple Straw Javelin Throw: Launch a drinking straw through the air and see how far it can go. (Toddler Approved)

Skee Ball: Empty those laundry baskets, because they will be needed for this fun indoor tossing activity! (Frugal Fun 4 Boys)

Bean Bag Stomp and Catch: Stomp on the board and watch the bean bag fly while you try to catch it! This is a fun DIY project and works hand-eye coordination. (I Can Teach My Child)

Wheelbarrow Walk Puzzle Fun: This is a great activity for working on coordination and arm strength. I love how it involves picking up puzzle pieces along the way! (Stir the Wonder)

Popcorn Game: One of our favorites that involves a parachute. (Teach Preschool)

Noodle Jumping: Here is a super easy activity that encourages motor planning skills, coordination and body awareness. (Pedia Staff)

Throwing Skills Game: Make your own rings and use the dining room chair! (Learning 4 Kids)

Color and Movement Game: Download the free color action cards and invite your child to recognize colors while moving! (Learn, Play, Imagine)

Animal Yoga: Choose a pose that represents an animal and hold the pose for as long as you can. (Mother Natured)

Arrow Jumping Game: Download the free printable and place arrows around the room for a fun jumping game. (And Next Comes L)

Paper Plate Ring Toss: Let the kids help you make this fun indoor activity! (A Little Learning for Two)

Box Jumping: All you need is some painter’s tape. Then, let the jumping begin! (Mama, Papa, Bubba)

Walk the Line: Practice balancing while also developing eye/foot coordination. (Moving Smart)



16 Large Motor Activities for Kids that Are Perfect for Indoors - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

You can find even more ideas on my large motor pin board.

 

More fun ideas for young children:

Learning the Alphabet - Activities for Preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds      Preschool Math Activities      toddler play activities

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 




Music for Energetic Kids When You Are Stuck Indoors

You are cooped up indoors and need to get those kids moving. You might not even have a lot of space. This is when you could turn on the perfect music for energetic kids.
 

Our preschool resides in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It rains. Okay, it rains A LOT. And while we do take the children outside as much as possible, we still need more activities indoors to let them release that energy. I keep our favorite songs in our classroom, but also take them to the gym for even more movement.
 

These get-up-and-move songs are also handy when you have to wait in between transitions. You know, those times when a child needs to use the restroom just as you are about to line up to go outside. Young children do not like to wait, and don’t normally do it well. Why not try singing and moving to one of these songs instead?

 

17 Action Songs - Gets Toddlers and Preschoolers Moving! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

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Music for Energetic Kids

 

  1. Shake My Sillies Out

  2. Hokey Pokey

  3. If You’re Happy and You Know It

  4. The Farmer in the Dell

  5. Bunny Hop

  6. We’ll All Join in the Circle

  7. Do Your Ears Hang Low

  8. The Mulberry Bush

  9. Punchinello

  10. I’m a Little Teapot

  11. Everybody Dance

  12. Wiggle and Freeze

  13.  Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

  14. Ring Around the Rosy

  15. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around

  16. Jack in the Box

  17. Doctor Knickerbocker

 

 What action songs do your preschoolers love? Please let  me know in the comments section!

 

More ideas for busy kids:

 

Ideas for Busy Toddlers  

Art Ideas for Busy Kids

Action Art  

 

More music ideas your children will love:

 

Favorite Songs for 2 Year Olds

Preschool Fingerplay Favorites

Best Books to Sing With

Music and Movement Activities

 

17 action songs for toddlers and preschoolers - perfect for rainy days when you have high-energy kids who need to get the wiggles out! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
 

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16 Large Motor Activities for Christmas

There are a lot of Christmas ideas out there that require sitting at a table, or with little movement. But what about when the kids need to release some energy? I found 16 large motor activities for Christmas that are perfect for home, school, parties – anytime you want to get moving! Invite the children to enjoy a Christmas snack, and then get moving to a few of these large motor activities. Once the energy burns off, they can sit and have fun putting together your choice of simple art activities.

 

16 Large Motor Christmas Activities

 

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16 Large Motor Activities for Christmas

 

The activities are numbered to match the numbered photos below them. Enjoy!

 

  1. The whole family can enjoy a snowman slam game! (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
  2. Play Pin the Nose on the Reindeer. (Living on the Crafty Side of Life)
  3. Have fun with these Christmas workouts with your kids. (Toddler Approved)
  4. Shoot pom poms through a cardboard snowman. (Leafy Treetops)

Large Motor Activities for Christmas

5.  Go on a candy cane hunt. (Dirt and Boogers)

6.  Download these Christmas action cards and get your kids moving! (Oopsy Daisy)

7.  Run and dance with jingle bell streamers. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

8.  Do the gingerbread number hop! (Toddler Approved)

Large Motor Activities for Christmas

9.  Learn about arctic animals while doing yoga during Christmas break. (Kids Yoga Stories)

10. Put a ball between your knees for a penguin waddle race. (Brilliant Beginnings Preschool)

11. Playing marshmallow hockey is always fun when stuck indoors. (Lovely Commotion)

12. Create a snowman out of multiple tissue boxes for some Christmas and winter bowling fun.     (Craftaholics Anonymous)

Large Motor Activities for Christmas

13. Take a break from the Christmas rush and invite your children to go paper plate ice skating. (The Inspired Treehouse)

14. Use Christmas lights for a colorful obstacle course. (The Golden Gleam)

15. Add jingle bells to a Christmas obstacle course, but DON’T ring them! (Childhood 101)

16. Shovel snow under the Christmas tree … well, pretend, anyways. (STA Classroom)

Large Motor Activities for Christmas

 


More Christmas ideas for young children:

Easy Christmas Ideas for Little Kids     Christmas Painting Activities      Christmas Sensory Play Activities

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds




10+ Music and Movement Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

In our toddler and preschool classrooms we make sure to balance quiet and active times. Young children’s attention spans are shorter and their bodies just want to move. In addition to recess, we make sure to provide music and movement activities for our preschoolers. As I’ve shared in my preschool schedule post, our designated music and movement time is after snack. However, we’ve also used instruments in the gym during indoor recess and at other times in the day when we could see that the children just wanted to move.

The good thing about music and movement activities? You don’t need to be able to play an instrument or have a stunning voice. It can be as easy as popping in a CD and dancing! But there are some other fun and easy ideas, too, and that is what I am sharing today.

 

Music and Movement Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

 

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Music and Movement Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Here are 10+ ideas that can work well during circle time or any time there is that extra level of energy that needs to be burned.

 

Play movement games using a parachute. We love our parachute to practice different movement activities while also learning new songs.

Dance with ribbon rings. Buggy and Buddy have a simple tutorial on how to make your own with ribbon and rings.

Play a harmonica. Your preschoolers can make their own! Housing a Forest created easy harmonicas using craft sticks and rubber bands.

Move egg shakers. This DIY version from Mama Smiles uses clear plastic eggs and colored sand for visual fun.

Wear bells while you dance. Play Learn Love found a fun way to tie bells on your choice of body part to stimulate the sense of sound.

Strengthen speech and language development. In the Playroom gives a variety of ways to make music shakers along with activities that build verbal skills.

Work on jumping skills. The Inspired Treehouse has created a movement game for kids called Jumping Animals.

Get up and move! Growing a Jeweled rose shares a fun homemade action game that works on action and direction.

Move like ocean animals. Toddler Approved created printables for you to download and use in this fun movement game.

Have fun doing the plate dance. Childhood 101 uses two paper plates as cymbal-like percussion instruments. This dance reinforces fast, slow, softly, loudly, behind our backs, under our legs, above our heads, and you can also rub them together to produce a totally different sound.

Watch your balance doing the tissue dance. True Aim shows how all you need is a piece of tissue to teach posture, body control, balance, and concentration.

Focus on following directions to music. This fun song by Nancy Kopman gets the body walking, bouncing, swaying, turning … to a fun beat!

Slowly move to classical music. Let’s Play Music shares how a different approach is needed when using softer, gentle music. This type of music is perfect for silk scarves, streamers and ribbons.

Have a collection of music on hand. We love action songs for those get up and move moments. Having a collection makes it easy to stop and move any time!

 

If you have younger children, check out our collection of songs for 2 year olds.

More ideas for young children:

preschool color activities    Preschool Name Recognition Ideas   Preschool Math Activities

 

Music and Movement Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds




Parachute Games for Toddlers

We love music and movement with our toddlers! We all know how energetic these little people can be. Parachute games for toddlers channels that energy in creative ways. They are focusing on the rhythm, they are learning how to move with a group of children, and they are learning how to listen.

Have you noticed as soon as you take out the parachute you are surrounded by happy children? Yep, so have we!

parachute play for toddlers

 

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Parachute Games for Toddlers

 

Benefits of parachute play:

  • Builds social interaction
  • Develops a sense of rhythm
  • Builds language skills
  • Encourages taking turns
  • Strengthens the upper torso

 

Parachute Games for Toddlers

Parachute Games for Toddlers

 

 

Parachute Games for Toddlers

 

More parachute play resources:

 

 

Parachute Games for Toddlers

More ways to get young children to move:

16 Large Motor Activities for Kids that Are Perfect for Indoors - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds      17 Action Songs - Gets Toddlers and Preschoolers Moving! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

 


parachute play for toddlers

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Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds