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.
Little kids love to climb — so give them a safe place to do it with this Soft Climb and Crawl Foam Playset from ECR4Kids. This indoor playground includes five foam shapes: a ramp, two blocks, a half-cylinder, and a cylinder. The dense foam structure of each lightweight piece keeps kids safe and cozy as they play, while the soft yet colorful covers are durable, easy to clean, and phthalate free. Plus, the bottoms of each piece have a non-slip surface, so you know they'll stay put as she plays. For more soft stacking fun, check out ECR4Kids' Soft Building Blocks too.
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.
Celebrate a love of sports with this interactive sports center that lets toddlers shoot, score, and learn! Toss the basketball into the hoop or kick the soccer ball in the net to score points and hear fun sounds. Buttons, gears, and pages help kids learn about numbers, letters, and more. Not only does it build fine and gross motor skills, it's a great way to start the habit of active living early.
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!
With the Bounce and Spin Puppy from Fisher-Price, she can burn off energy and learn as she plays! This ride-on toy features a sturdy base that can spin 360 degrees. Easy-grip handles help kids feel secure, while the interactive buttons let kids trigger songs and sounds that teach letters, numbers, and more. As kids bounce and spin, they can easy press buttons, twirl the light-up rattle roller, and more, all while the sturdy base keeps them firmly on solid ground!
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's 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.
Enjoy some rocking and rolling fun — or some climbing adventures — with this combination teeter totter and climbing bridge from Simplay3! As a teeter totter, up to four riders can play with seat levels that accommodate both toddlers and young kids. Side rail grips give kids a sense of security and stability. Then, flip it over for a 5-step bridge with textured stairs! Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, this flexible toy is sure to be a hit.
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.
Give kids a fun way to wobble, balance, rock, and more with this balance board from Little Dove! This 33" long, gently curved board is made from natural beechwood; it's sturdy enough to hold up to lots of enthusiastic play. It can be a wobble board, a rocker, or a bridge for active play; or, you can use it as a prop tunnel, mountain, or road for imaginative play. Felt on one side adds a little stability while protecting floors. You'll be amazed at all the creative ways she'll use it!
Bounce some energy out with this 3-foot trampoline! The balance bar helps younger kids stay upright and older kids stay stable as they start to bounce higher. The spring cover encircles the entire trampoline, ensuring that fingers and toes stay safe from getting pinched. Kids up to 55 pounds will love bouncing away.
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. For a fixed low-height beam for advancing gymnasts, check out the Addie Beam for ages 3 and up.
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.
Move, laugh, and learn with this charming little robot from Fisher-Price! Teach 'n Tag Movi has 360 degrees of mobility that encourage kids to get active indoors as they play games, follow Movi's directions, and show off their moves on the dance floor. With three exciting game modes and a cheerful interactive personality, Movi is sure to be a hit!
Decorate your own castle with this playhouse from Box Creations! This cardboard structure is easy to assemble but sturdy enough to stand up to serious play. At 52" long, 43" wide, and 40" wide, it's big enough for multiple kids to play and decorate together — while providing hours of active pretend play opportunities! Four markers are included, but you can also bring in your own craft supplies to make the castle whatever you imagine.
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.
Jump into coding with this game from MindWare! Each of the 12 two-sided mats in this game direct kids to execute a program by hopping along the path they create. First, they learn sequencing, following the directions on the mats in order to get themselves to the end. Then, they'll learn about Conditionals with Yes and No mats that branch off to show how the program changes. She'll also discover how computers can repeat a program identically each time by repeating her path along the mats. This clever screen-free coding game will keep their brains and their bodies busy!
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.
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.
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.
Can you hop like a frog while clucking like a chicken? Have a blast trying with this delightfully silly game from ThinkFun! Lay down the stack of body tiles and try to flip over a head tile that matches. If you don't have a match, everyone in the circle has to walk like the body while making a noise like the head! With no reading skills required, this game is perfect for preschoolers — but even adults will enjoy the hilarious results!
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.
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 another option made of lightweight, soft foam, check out the Balance Stepping Stones for ages 3 and up; or, for a similar set that takes kids to even higher heights, check out the Hilltops set for ages 3 to 7.
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.
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.
Got a budding young lumberjack or Viking at home? They'll love the Zax from Zing! This 12" axe-throwing toy has soft foam suction cups, so it's safe to use indoors and out, but sticks to most flat surfaces. It's lightweight, easy to throw, and accurate, but it's small enough for even younger kids to give it a try. For a set of toy throwing axes that comes with a target, check out the Warrior's Mark Axe Throwing Set for ages 6 and up.
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!
Duck, dodge, and grab with this game from Fat Brain Toys! In Ribbon Ninja, your goal is to snatch the colorful ribbons off your opponents' wrists — without losing your own. Speed and dexterity count as you keep your ribbons out of danger. Kids will work up a sweat as they try to be the last ninja standing! It's great for both indoor and outdoor active play. This set includes everything you need for 2 to 6 players, including wristbands and color-coded ribbons.
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.