6 Indoor Activity Ideas for Preschoolers

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Are you the parent of a toddler with screen time issues and looking for ways to keep them busy at home Please note, that many of the following activities can be enjoyed by both child and parent, and it can be a lovely bonding session between them. If your child is watching something, you could try to engage them by saying “look what I have” and play with the objects yourself, describing what you’re doing as you go along. By describing what you’re doing each time, it will look like fun to your small child and something worth doing. Obviously, reading and playing outside is essential, but there are times when you need to be indoors. Many of the ideas below are relatively inexpensive, which is a plus.

6 Low-cost Activities To Keep Your Toddler Busy 

Stickers/ sticker books

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Many children just love stickers, there’s something about only being able to stick colorful pictures on to anything and anyone that fills them with so much joy. Activity books are great, and there is something to keep most small children happy. Apart from stickers, there are coloring to do, puzzles, and games.

Play-doh

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Play-doh is popular among children above the age of 2, but that doesn’t mean every 2 year old is ready for Play-doh; many pre-schoolers still put objects into their mouths, so introduce play-doh carefully and sparingly.

Pipe cleaners

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There is no end to what you and your child can make together. My daughter demands that I make crowns, and I add colorful feathers as well. You can make people, animals, jewelry, flowers, etc.

Make  Doll Houses From Empty Boxes, Plastic Milk Bottles, And Containers

Not my video, it’s from Creative World, well worth a look.

You don’t have to create anything fancy (doing so is probably not a good idea anyway, especially with a toddler) cutting out a window here, and a door there is enough to get your child interested. You could even introduce some of their blocks to make dollhouse furniture, this should hopefully lead to hours ( ok realistically, minutes ) of imaginative play.

Play Some Music And Get Moving

Put on your favorite music, as long as it’s suitable to dance to. Dancing is a great exercise, and if your little one sees you enjoying yourself, he or she will be encouraged to join you. Most children enjoy dancing, any movement in general. This is a fun exercise for parents and children.

Play With Balloons

Balloons are cheerful to look at, their shape and colors are irresistible to any kiddo, but you can play catch with them, throw loads up in the air, draw on them, put stickers on them, bang them on the floor to make music, go crazy with them.

Finally

The most important thing is to enjoy your time with your child /children and not feel under pressure.

Know that you can only try your best, but there is no reason why parents shouldn’t have fun too!

I would love to hear some of your ideas in the comments section, what do you do to keep your children occupied when indoors?

God bless

Lisa

What Children Need To Hear From Their Parents

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Children need to be loved and receive positive affirmations

Children Need To Know That Their Worth Is In Christ

Some children grow up believing that they aren’t good enough, not smart, creative, or confident enough, all of which is a lie as children are so precious to God, they bear God’s image. 

All children need to feel loved and valued to thrive; they need to be getting this from those involved in their childhood like teachers, relatives but especially parents.

Godly parents need to tell their children that Jesus loves them and that while, yes, they are sinners ( we all are), they are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image and likeness and that their worth and identity is in Christ, not in what they do.

They need to be made aware that nobody is superior to anyone else, we all have different abilities – these are gifts given to us by God to bring glory to His kingdom. We do our children a disservice by viewing them as extensions of ourselves.

As parents, our children must see us living out our faith, not being critical of ourselves or others as this can negatively affect their perception of the nature of God. They need to see that we love Jesus, family, friends, and enemies and that we value ourselves in Christ too. 

I believe a good prayer, in regards to living out the Gospel, around children is: “let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight O Lord my strength and my redeemer” ( psalm 19:14)

Teach your children to…

“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established” proverbs 16:3

If you could go back to your childhood, what advice would you give yourself?