Indoor Toys and Games for Active Play

Keep young kids busy inside with these indoor toys that encourage movement.

Don't let bad weather or other barriers to outdoor play keep your kids slumped on the sofa. Try one of these active, indoor toys designed to get children moving, learning, and laughing. These toys are best for kids ages 3 to 8.

Mini Trampoline with Handlebar

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Keep things hopping in your home with a kid-sized trampoline—perfect for preventing that bouncing-off-the-walls feeling! Always enforce a one-jumper-only rule to keep kids safer, and encourage them to hold onto the handle too.

Fort Construction Kit

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 Take fort-building up a notch from clothespins and sofa cushions with a construction kit. These come with rods and connectors to allow kids to build a structural masterpiece that's a clubhouse, pirate ship, airplane, or anything they can dream up.

Wobble Deck

Indoor toys - Diggin Active Wobble Deck
Diggin Active, Inc.
Kids can challenge their balance and improve their coordination and reflexes with three different electronic games, each with multiple levels. Choose from Memory Match, Speed Play, and Freestyle.

Dr. Seuss's Super Stretchy ABC Game

Dr. Seuss Super Stretchy ABC game for kids
Wonder Forge
Spread out the oversize alphabet mat, spin the Thing 1 and Thing 2 Tornado Tube, and get stretchy! The tube deals out letter-to-body-part tasks, challenging kids to put their hand on the letter P, and their foot on the letter G, and their nose on the letter A, and so on. Think Twister, with an ABC-learning twist.

Sklz Pro Mini Soccer

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Build soccer skills off-season with this sporty toy recommended for ages 4 and up. Both the ball and goal are mini-sized and the ball is made of soft material for indoor use. The goal is durable, if a little difficult to assemble initially.

Melissa & Doug Monster Bowling

Melissa and Doug Monster Bowling
Melissa & Doug

This indoor bowling set is fun, funky, and furry! Set up the pins for a game that's not only active, but also quiet—well, except for the giggles. Suitable for ages 2 and up, and comes in a sturdy zippered bag.

Jungle Jive

Indoor toys - board game - Jungle Jive
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This game is less about getting your boogie on (as the name might imply) and more about balance, flexibility, and coordination. Kids must hold the plastic "amazing egg" and perform moves directed by the cute monkey on a series of playing cards. But if they tip or drop the egg, they'll wake the giggly baby bird inside!

Sunny Patch Bella Butterfly Hopscotch

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No chalk required for this charming game of hopscotch from Melissa & Doug's Sunny Patch line. Lay out the sturdy, interlocking foam pieces on the floor instead. The set also includes two markers, game instructions, and a carrying case. What kinds of courses can you create?

The Cat in the Hat - I Can Do That! Game

The Cat in the Hat - I Can Do That Game
I Can Do That Games
This innovative game brings a classic book to life in an active new way. It's not your typical roll the dice, move your pawn board game. It requires some simple reading, but no batteries. The activity is all kid-powered. This game is recommended for kids ages 4 to 8.

Limbo Hop

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Jump over or under the sweeper to score points in this game that's good for solo, two-player, or team play. The scoring system is included, but batteries aren't—you don't need them! Best for ages 6 and up.

Hippity Hop

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 Yes! This kids' classic is still available and still tons of fun for little kids (ages 3 to 6). Today's version is made of kid-safe materials (no phthalates) and comes with a foot pump for inflation.

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