A Mighty Girl's top picks of indoor toys and games to keep Mighty Girls active even when it's cold outside!
When it's cold outside, kids are often stuck inside for much of the day — but that doesn't mean they can't stay active! It only takes a few fun toys and games to get kids moving and keep bodies healthy and brains busy. If you're a parent or educator looking for ways to burn off kids' extra energy indoors, we've highlighted our favorite indoor active play toys and games in this blog post. From ride-ons to balance boards to relay games, the featured toys will get hearts pumping and kids laughing! It's the perfect way to keep kids of all ages active until they can get outside again!
If you're eager to stay active outdoors all year round, you can also find many active outdoor toys in our Outdoor Play section.
Indoor Active Play Games and Toys
Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will love exploring these sensory balls from Edushape! Four 4" balls in bright colors — either solid or translucent — have a surface texture that makes them easy to grip and encourages interaction with older children and adults. The nubbed texture is also perfect for massage stimulation. You'll be amazed at all of the ways you think of to use these seemingly simple sensory balls.
Why settle for a rocking horse when you could have a dragon? This fun rocker has hidden squeakers and plays four fun, educational songs that teach numbers, letters, colors, and more. The curve of this dragon's tail helps keep even little rockers secure as they learn to dragon ride.
The classic Fisher Price corn popper has been a hit with generations of kids! Push this toy and the colorful balls pop and fly, providing encouragement for new walkers. The new version also includes electronic lights and sounds for a little extra fun! Toddlers are sure to love this perennial favorite.
Get your little one toddling with this classic walker wagon from Radio Flyer! It's stable enough to support new walkers, and the front bumper helps protect furniture once your toddler starts roaring around. Most toddlers love fill and spill play, and the large capacity of this walker wagon will let them move their favorite toys wherever they want to go. Plus, parents will love the nostalgic solid wood and bright red paint job.
Learning to walk is extra fun with these chompy alligators! With every step, the alligators take turns chomping, making a satisfying clack when your little one moves; non-skid wheels ensure she won't take a tumble. When she's not on the go, the handle also features spinning beads to catch her attention. Plus, parents will love the colorful, non-toxic finishes.
This cheerful gator clicks, clacks, and bounces up and down as it gets pulled around the house! The fun motion and sounds make it the perfect companion for all her indoor adventures, while parents will appreciate the renewable materials and non-toxic finishes. For another fun option, check out the Pull-Along Snail, also for ages 1 to 3. Kids will love watching how its movement changes when they speed up or slow down.
Let your little one scoot around on a friendly, brightly colored bug! The Wheely Bug as a sturdy wooden base and multidirectional casters so it's easy for kids to maneuver. It's also available in two sizes to suit either new walkers or preschoolers. The outer sponge layer adds comfort and makes for easier cleaning, and comes in a variety of designs, including a ladybug, a tiger, a cow, and a hedgehog. It's the perfect pick for a first ride-on toy!
You can have tons of twirling fun with this Girafalaff sit 'n' spin from Playskool! The classic toy has been redesigned so it's easier to spin and sturdy enough to hold up to plenty of playtime. Kids can spin fast or slow; it's all controlled by them! And parents will love that they're building balance and coordination — and burning off energy — as they do it.
Move your body and learn with this fun musical mat from LeapFrog! This 4 foot mat offers three different play modes: Explore mode lets kids learn numbers, animals, and instrument names; Music mode lets kids make musical sounds by steppin on different parts of the mat; and Game mode gets kids to fly, waddle, and more, building coordination and balance. It's the perfect choice for any active toddler or preschooler.
Combine a ball hopper with a rocking horse and you get Rody! This inflatable vinyl bouncing horse, available in a wide range of colors, helps kids build balance and coordination — and of course it's a rare kid who doesn't enjoy bouncing around the house. Parents will love that you can inflate it to different saddle heights — up to 12" — to accommodate different ages, and that the plastic is guaranteed phthalate and latex free.
She may not be ready for loops, but she'll love this mini roller coaster! Three pieces clip together securely to form the ten foot track; the top piece has two non-slip steps and a retaining well for the car to ensure safety while boarding. The bright yellow car can also be used separately as a ride-on, but we're betting it'll be hard to convince her to use it alone!
What a Bilibo? Anything your Mighty Girl can imagine! The unique shell-like shape encourages kids to experiment, turning it into a rocking chair, a rock to perch on, a helmet, a doll bed, and more. The sturdy plastic allows you to use it inside and out; it can even be a shovel or scoop for sand, water, and snow. Kids will also love the rainbow of available colors.
Bowling gets a fuzzy twist with this colorful bowling set! Six monster "pins" feature plenty of color, texture, and personality — and even the ball has a face. Rack them up, bowl them down, and repeat, then tuck everything away into the included storage bag. Kids will love these soft, cuddly monsters.
Jump, twirl, and spin and watch this gorgeous rainbow streamer from Sarah's Silks move! With 9 feet of colorful silk firmly attached to a wooden wand, kids can get hours of play with this streamer. It's also terrific for pretend play: it can be a fishing rod, a magic wand, or anything else her imagination creates. Fans of Sarah's Silks can also check out their 35" square playsilk for ages 3 to 9.
Young gymnasts can practice their beam skills anywhere with this low beam that folds for easy storage! This 9 foot beam is only 2 inches high, making it safe to practice cartwheels, dance jumps, and other new skills. It's 4 inches wide at the top, so it matches a traditional beam's size, but 6 inches wide at the bottom to give additional stability. It's perfect for both experienced or budding gymnasts.
Play pretend in an instant with this pop-up play house from GreEco, which is perfect for indoor or outdoor spaces! At 4 by 3.5 by 3.5 feet, it's just the right size for several preschoolers to play, and the spring frame and removable roof makes it easy to put up and take down. Parents will appreciate the handy storage and carrying case, and the fact that it's lead and phthalate free, while kids will love the colorful graphics that inspire imaginary adventures.
Give your little climber a fun place to play with this set of monkey bars! This dome assembles easily, and its small size — the top of the tower is four feet form the ground — allows you to fit it indoors. You can also take it outside since it's light enough to move easily. Kids are sure to get hours of fun out of this set.
This award-winning riding toy harnesses kid power! No pedals, gears, or batteries required; just turn the "steering wheel" left and right to get rolling. Parents will also love how quiet the vehicle is — although the kids riding it might not be! Sturdy ABS plastic ensures this is a toy kids can play with for years, inside and out.
Blast off into outer space with this incredible detailed tent and tunnel combo from Pacific Play Tents! The four foot square space station tent easily accommodates 3 to 4 kids at a time, while the four "docking tunnels" provide a fun way to get in and out. Best of all, all of the pieces collapse easily for storage or transportation in the included carry bag. If you'd prefer the tent alone, check out the Space Module Tent which is suitable for ages 3 to 10.
With this round seesaw from Gonge, kids can enjoy wobbling sensory play alone or in pairs! This seesaw has a wide platform suitable for one or two children to ride, and two durable handles with foam padding for added safety. The rounded bottom makes it easy to rock but is stable enough that it's almost impossible to tip. It's a fun way to improve balance, build core muscles, and enjoy some active play!
Practice kips and back hip circles any time with this handy practice kip bar from Tumbl Trak! This junior kip bar features a 1 1/2" diameter solid maple bar, which adjusts from 38" to 59" in height to accommodate many ages of gymnasts. Three cross supports allow superior stability, and the 48" width allows for a standard 4 foot mat to be used underneath.
It's hard for kids to resist a bouncy castle! This study castle blows up in seconds, accommodates up to three bouncing kids at once, and has extra-high walls and netting for safety — but the spires are still short enough to fit underneath standard ceilings. Reinforced seams and a durable vinyl floor will allow kids to get plenty of use out of this fun bouncer.
Set up a play tunnel with a flick of the wrist thanks to this collapsible tunnel's easy-to-use ties! This tunnel has a sturdy steel frame covered with tough nylon in bright colors, perfect for plenty of adventurous fun. At six feet long and 19 inches wide, there's plenty of room for kids to hide, explore, and imagine.
There's something about stones peeking out of a river that makes it nearly irresistible to try to cross them. These plastic "stones" are inspired by the shapes of real river stones, providing a fun balancing challenge. Rubber studs on the bases prevent slipping and protect floors, so you can set them up anywhere. The set includes three large and three small stones, each in a unique color. For a similar set that takes kids to even higher heights, check out the Hilltops set for ages 3 to 7.
A few kids and a parachute make for hours of fun! This colorful parachute has handles around the outside to make it easier for little hands to hold, and it comes in its own storage / carrying bag. At ten feet in diameter, it's big enough for plenty of favorite parachute games. Plus, parents and educators alike will appreciate that its sturdy nylon is machine washable.
Bring hopscotch indoors with this colorful, comfortable foam mat that comes apart for easy storage! Ten number tiles snap together like a puzzle so that kids can easily start up a game any time. When they're done, it all tucks away in the including carrying bag. For another option, check out Learning Carpets' Hopscotch Carpet, also for age 3 to 10.
She'll have loads of fun with these EZ Steppers — they're the first step towards stilts! The 4" platforms feature adjustable rope hand cords so kids of different heights can enjoy getting a lift. Kids will have so much fun they won't realize they're also improving their balance and coordination.
This scooter might look familiar to some — it's been around since the 1970s! A retired Boeing engineer combined an old tractor seat with bike handlebars, and a terrific ride-on toy was born. By pivoting the handlebars back and forth, kids can skate forward at a pretty good clip, but since it's so low to the ground, it's one of the safest rides around. It's suitable for use inside and out, and parents will also love that it's still proudly US-made.
Practice for your surfboard, skateboard, snowboard, and more — all in the comfort of your own home! The Spooner freestyle board allows you to balance, wobble, spin, and twist in any location and on any surface. Younger kids can build balance and gross motor skills; older kids can start testing out tricks. Plus, it's tough enough that even the grownups can give it a try!
The perfect balance board for your little monkey! This 12" wide balance board, with its cheerful paint job, is the perfect choice for preschoolers and young school-aged kids to build core strength, coordination, and balance. Lightweight but sturdy construction ensures that it'll take years of play, while the quick and easy assembly means you'll be balancing in no time.
She'll go head over heels for this tumbling mat from Soozier! This 4' by 10' mat is perfect for a budding gymnast or martial artist, with 2" thick foam that helps absorb the bumps. The folding design makes it easy to store, while the PU leather surface is non-absorbent and easy to clean. Built-in handles make it easy to carry, so she can tumble any where, any time.
With these colorful illustrated cards, kids can learn the basics of yoga! Yoga Pretzels is a deck of sturdy cards, each of which teaches a move or pose through a series of drawings and easy-to-understand descriptions. The fifty cards are divided into nine sections: breaths, balance, stand, forward bend, twist and stretch, back bend, partner, game, and time in. Kids can try individual poses or put them together into their own series. It's a great way to encourage kids to get moving while exploring their quiet, contemplative sides.
Get your Mighty Girl her own fitness tracker with LeapFrog's LeapBand! As kids complete challenges and stay active, their LeapBand will track their activity and allow them to personalize a pet pal who will be their activity buddy. 50 kid-friendly activity games are available to keep kids interested and moving. This band comes in your choice of three colors: blue, pink, and green.
Get moving and build math skills with this fun mat that provides multiple quiz games! Start out with number identification and counting, then learn addition and subtraction up to the number 20. As her score gets higher, the game gets faster, so she'll always be challenged. It's a great way to get her thinking on her feet.
Stack 'em high, serve 'em up, and don't forget a pat of butter on top! With this fun relay game, kids race to get customers just what they ordered by combining the five different flavors of pancakes. The trick is that you have to carry your pancake to the plate on one of the included spatulas! Since you can play individually or in teams, 2 to 12 kids can play with this hilarious, fast-paced relay.
Kids and adults alike love a ring toss! This easily portable set allows you to play indoors, or carry it along when camping, tailgating, or enjoying a backyard barbecue. The rope rings are comfortable in the hand and easy to throw, while the target pegs easily assemble and disassemble to tuck in the included carrying bag.
Kids can learn early coding skills — and burn off some extra energy! — with this fun game from Learning Resources. Kids hop, step, turn, and jump their way across the squares according to coded directions. They can try one of the sample mazes or come up with their own tricky path. Along the way, they'll practice problem solving and gross motor skills!
Children love yoga, and it's a great way to teach balance, coordination, and calm — so why not get her a yoga mat that's just her size? These yoga mats from Gaiam are 60 inches long and 24 inches wide, just the right size for kids. Bright colors and fun patterns make them appealing to use, and kids will enjoy trying out the free yoga class you can download with the code inside.
Who says hockey is an outdoor game? This set lets you play ball hockey outside when the weather is good, then bring the fun indoors for knee hockey during the winter! The set comes with two Insta-Set goals, adjustable sticks for street hockey and mini sticks for knee hockey, and balls suitable for both indoor and outdoor play.
Ball hoppers don't have to be just for little kids! This superstrong latex, BPA, and phthalate-free vinyl ball hopper inflates to 26" and has a maximum weight of 300 pounds, so everyone can get in on the fun. The patented soft, one-piece grip handle is easy to hold to give bouncers a little extra stability. Use it indoor all winter, then take it outside for summer fun — it's tough enough to handle it all!
Tie yourself up in knots with Twister Ultimate from Hasbro! This game includes the biggest Twister mat ever — a full 64 by 93 inches — with double the number of colored spots, providing more room for players and even more ridiculous positions! Enjoy classic Twister gameplay, or mix it up even further with two game options: Spot Elimination, which removes one row of colored dots from play, and Spinner's Choice, where the person who spins chooses the next move. The last player standing wins!
This is the original Klutz book, and it's taught millions of people how to juggle! The set comes with three aerodynamic beanbags, and provides step-by-step instructions and helpful pictures to get you started on basic juggling techniques. An additional section covers tricks, passing, and juggling other items like scarves and pins. It won't be long before the circus is in town!
Teens and adults get a real challenge — and a workout — with this balance board! With the Revolution 101 balance board, you can balance, spin, and more. Its compact size and durable construction allow you to simulate the same motions you need to excel at board sports, from surfing to snowboarding, and build core strength, balance, and overall coordination. It's easy enough for beginners to use but provides plenty of challenge for those who want to test their skills.