Do you know what cabin fever is? It is a condition resulting in being cooped up in the house for a long period of time. It causes depression, sadness, lack of focus, and hopelessness. That’s scary, especially while the pandemic is going on and we are all cooped up in the house because of quarantine restrictions. Especially if you have kids that is full of raw energy and keeps bugging you 24/7 to be released outside. But do you know that there are ways to keep them busy without going insane yourself? That’s right! All you need are indoor active toys and you’re all set.
Here are some of the best indoor active toys for your kids.
Ride-On toys are just perfect for indoor active activities especially if you have kids’ ages 1 to 6 years old. According to research, ride-on toys promotes balance and gross motor skills for your little ones. These toys also enhances their imagination as they role play while riding them. Ride-on toys most of the time resemble cars, bikes, motorcycle, horse and many others. Since toddlers are naturally mimicking what they see on their parents, they would of course want to try to “drive” these vehicles or animals themselves. And thus, ride-on toys are just the perfect way to do that. Not only that, it is also a great way to release their energy while being cooped up in the house. Here are some of the best ride-on toys out there today.
EVERICH TOY Dinosaur Bouncy Horse
Why settle for just riding a horse when your kids can ride a cool dinosaur. It is designed for kids’ ages 3 to 7 years old. This toy is made of a very strong rubber and a balanced four legged design so you won’t have to worry about your baby falling off while bouncing. This toy is great for both boys and girls.
This toy does not contain chemicals that can be harmful to your kids. It also promotes stamina growth, balance and coordination. I would recommend getting this for your kids and watch them play around with them for hours.
Ride on Wiggle Car by Lil’ Rider
This ride on toy is designed for kids’ ages 2 years to 6 years old. This wiggle car is very fun and can be easily operated by kids by “wiggling” their bodies from left to right. Made out of strong and safe rubber, you can be sure that this toy will last a long time. It is also very easy to clean and no battery required for operation.
It promotes balance and coordination to your kids. It also allows your kids to imagine or do role-play while riding them so it also promotes intellectual growth. A very nice toy if you ask me.
Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug
This amazing wheely bugs are designed for kids’ ages 1 year old to 3 years old. Small size is for 1 year old to 2 and the large ones are for kids’ ages 2 to 3 years old. This toy is made out of durable and high quality materials and the parts is also replaceable so you can store them for future use if you are planning to have another baby in the future. It has a padded seat for more comfortable riding experience and a very easy to grip handle that is good for your little one’s hands. This toy promotes motor skills, balance, and imagination with its multi-directional caster design. A very good way to start your little ones journey. They can also be played for a long period of time so they won’t get bored inside the house.
Bike for 1 Year Old Boy and Girl
This toy is suited for your kids’ ages 1 to 2 years old. Watch how they develop their gross motor skills and balance with this toy. It has a 3 wheel to make sure your kids are safe. It also has no pedal since it is designed for babies to improve their hand and feet coordination and balance as well.
This toy is made out of high quality material, no BPA, and non-toxic paint. Another great way to spend time and energy for your kids while having fun.
Indoor Scooter Board with Safety Handles
The toy is suitable for both girls and boys ages 6 to 12 years old. The scooter board is made out of sturdy non-toxic plastic. Your kids can glide, scoot, and roll around the house with it. It greatly improves your kids balance and motor skills. Watch your kids go from one place to another around the house with this toy.
Classic Walker Wagon
This is a very classic walker wagon style. Kids can be a handful sometimes like their toys. They are always trying to move things from places to places. With this classic walker wagon, they can put their things inside the wagon, move, put them out and put them back in again. This toy is designed as a walker for babies 1 year old and older. But your kids can also use it still even if they are already walking. This toy helps babies to stand and walk on their own. Build gross motor skills and stamina as well.
Active toys using mats and Floor
Studies says that daily physical activities actually help our bodies become stronger, healthier, and enhances our reaction time. Well, more so for our little ones. Physical activities are very important in your child’s development and well-being. As their bodies grow, they need physical activities to be healthy and to grow their developing body well. And indoor active toys can help your kids do that. By using a lot of things like mats and even your floor for physical activities for your kids are a great way to do just that. Not only that, it also enhances their mental capabilities and self-esteem. 
This toy is created for kids’ ages two years old and up. The logs and stumps are made of durable materials that can withstand an average adult weight so you won’t have to worry about them getting damage while your kids are playing. It also has a rubber edges at the bottom so it won’t slip while your kids are in them.
It promotes balance and movement. You can increase the level of difficulty by arranging the logs and stumps in a wider area and by doing so, it also increases your kids’ confidence and allow them to stretch their legs wider. I would recommend this toy for hyper kids as it really burns their energy.
Dance Mixer Rhythm Step Play Mat
This very entertaining dance mat is designed for kids’ ages 3 years old and above. While kids nowadays spend their time with video games and cellphones, this dancing mat is very eye catching and will have your kids engage in a fun and active activity outside their digital world.
Kids will learn how to move faster, learn eyes, hands and feet coordination, balance and quick thinking skills. This toy is a great way to release energy for your kids. You can also join them in their fun if you want that lasting bonding moment.
The Floor is Lava
This game is ranked top 2 in the floor games by Amazon. And why not? This game will get you and your kids leaping and jumping while imagining that the floor is lava and the only way to safety is by going to the foam pieces and spinning the wheel.
This game is designed for 5 years old and up. You and your kids will surely enjoy playing with this game. This game promotes coordination, conditioning, physical stamina, imagination, and critical thinking.
Special Supplies 12 Stepping Stones for Kids
This stepping stones are designed for kids three to seven years old. It has a non-slip rubber bottom so your kids are safe. It also has 12 different stepping stones that vary in steepness and size. You can use these stepping stones together with other imaginative toys like “The Floor is Lava” for more adventurous experience.
The toy promotes balance, coordination, and imagination. A great way to spend your kids energy when indoors.
Sensory Pathway Floor Decals
This amazing floor decals lets your kids explore and use the floor to be active by skipping and hopping into the number frogs. Not only it boost their motor skills and enhances their bones and muscles in their leg area, it also teaches math by allowing them to recognize the numbers while having fun.
It is a peel and stick toy and is removable and can be moved anytime. A great way to spend your kids’ energy while being cooped up in the house.
Dance Mat for Adults and Kids
Now, this is actually one of my favorite indoor active toy. This is for 3 years olds and above. Not only did it contains a lot of dance games that you and your family can play, it also allows you to play different games like tennis, track and field and even play classic video games.
It is for the whole family and not just for kids. You can also be a fruit ninja if you want to. Compete with your kids or let them compete with each other using this very interactive toy.
The twister game has never been more fun. This toy is for kids ages 6 and above. It promotes balance, coordination, and a hefty fun. You’ll get your pants in a twist in no time. This is a plastic mat that features lots of colorful dots that you can use. With lots of room to twist and tangle, your kids and the whole family will have a lot of fun playing.
It is also easy to carry, assemble and store afterwards. The mat is made up of a sturdy material that does not contain chemicals harmful to you and your kids.
Balancing helps children understand how or world works by means of mechanical principles. It is essential to their development and fine tuning their motor skills. Research shows that balance enhances concentration needed not just for everyday tasks but also for sports. There are many different ways to enhance balance but most of them can be developed at an early stage. With indoor active toys that focuses on balance, your kids can develop the said skill inside your house while having so much fun.
Here are some of the best balancing toys for your children.
Wooden Wobble Balance Board
This balance board is so versatile that your kids can actually do whatever they imagine it to be. It can be a seat, a bridge, a slide, a car, a cabin and well, literally anything your little ones minds will it to be. This board is designed for kids’ ages 18 months and up but I would recommend it for 3 years old and older. The reason is because 1 year old may not appreciate it very much because of its simple design. While 3 year olds can basically imagine a lot already and use it well.
This toy promotes fine motor skills, balance, imagination, and correct posture. It allows your kids imagination to run free while at the same time enhances their physical stamina and coordination. A simple yet very important toy for me.
Toddler Balance Board
This very colorful and very engaging wooden balance board is designed for 3 to 7 years old kids. It promotes and boost coordination and balance. The size of the board is exact for your toddler’s feet. The board is very sturdy and can hold older kids as well. I would recommend using this toy under parental supervision until your kids are confident that they can balance and get out of the board themselves.
Sit ‘n Spin
The classic Sit’ n Spin toy that gets you worked up as a kid is back. But as a toy for your little one. This is suitable for kids’ ages 3 to 6 years old. It is made of non-toxic plastic so your little one is safe.
It is proven to improve balance and motor skills not to mention their creativity and imagination. Watch how your little one laugh for a very long time while playing this game.
Walking Cups for Children
Designed for ages 4 years old and up, this toy is suited for both boys and girls. It promotes hand and foot coordination, balance, and self-confidence as they walk taller with this walking cups. The toy is made out of a very durable plastic so it is built to last. Watch your kids move around the house using this toy and have fun for hours. It is very simple, doesn’t need batteries and not messy. A very good buy if you ask me.
Rocking Seesaw Balance Board
Another great balance toys for kids’ ages 3 years old and up. It’s like a mini see-saw with 5 wooden balls for sensory training as well. Put the wooden balls into the circle at the center of the board and watch them spin and go from one end to another as the board switch sides from left to right. This toy not only enhances and fine tune your kid’s motor skills, it also promotes sensory training because of the wooden balls. A great and fun way to boost their concentration.
Let your kids enjoy the classic stilts with this Walkaroo Stilts. This toy is recommended for 6 years old and above. It is so addictive and can be used even by adults. The height is adjustable and the toy has a wide rubber at the bottom for indoor play.
This toy enhances your kid’s equilibrium, balance, and fine tune their motor skills. A very classic but very entertaining indoor active toy for kids and kids at heart.
Carrom Balance Board
Your kids can practice balancing on Carrom balance board. They can never be bored playing this toy as it can catch their attention with its very cool design and very challenging balancing act. This further improves their balance, strength and agility, quick thinking skills and reaction time. This is a fun toy and I am sure your teens will love this. The Carrom balance board is suited for both boys and girls.
Hop Hop Hop
Jumping and hopping are one of the kids’ favorite things to do. According to studies, it not only enhances their balance and equilibrium, it also helps in developing their muscles and bones especially from their feet to hips. With active toys that is designed for these activities, you are making sure your kids’ physical development while having fun. They won’t know that you are letting them excercise with these toys.
WALIKI Hop Ball for Kids
This toy is designed for preschoolers and up ages 3 to 9 years old. Bigger size hop balls can also be played by adults. I wouldn’t mind jumping and hopping into these myself. These hop balls are designed for kids and adults alike. They are made of super sturdy rubber materials. But don’t worry, the plastic used on these balls are not harmful to you or your kids.
Jump and Squeak Pogo Stick
This version of pogo stick is very safe for your kids’ ages 3 and up. They are made out of foam and squeaks every time your kids jump. Watch your kids learn to jump from this safe and effective indoor active toy for hours on end.
This toy promotes balance and coordination for your little ones while entertaining them with its squeaky sound while playing. They are also safe since the bottom is not the typical pogo stick but rather a foam version so it has a good balance on them. Very safe for your little ones that is only learning how to coordinate.
These hop balls promotes balance, imagination and creativity to kids and adults alike. They are primarily designed for exercise use, but is later on manufactured as toys for kids as well because of their versatility. If you want to bond with your kids while on quarantine, these hop balls are a way to go!
Little Tikes Easy Store 3′ Trampoline
Nothing beats trampoline! And this toy from Little Tikes are suitable for 3 to 6 years old kids. The handle of the trampoline lets your kids enjoy jumping up and down while making sure that they are safe from any danger. The size of the trampoline lets you store them in a toy room.
The toy will help your kids’ burn those excess energy and channel them and use it for a fun and safety play. The toy promotes balance, imagination and coordination for your kids.
Skipper balls are suited for kids’ ages 4 to 8 years old. It is derived from the classic skipping rope. Instead of skipping the rope, you need to hook the toy into your ankle, swing the ball and hop on it. The toy promotes coordination, balance, and agility. It is a fun way to exercise.
Kids are naturally obsessed with climbing everything. According to research, it is because they are trying to push their boundaries on what they can and cannot do. Climbing provides them a sense of danger and they would like to know if they can do it or not. And while it is a bit dangerous and we as parents feel a bit protective to our children would feel scared for them, it is necessary for their self-esteem and well-being. With calculated risk by using indoor active toys designed for climbing, we are letting our children experience the adrenaline rush but at the same time feel more safe knowing they won’t get harmed in the process.
SoftScape Toddler Playtime Corner Climber
- EXPLORE AND MORE — infants and toddlers can safely learn to climb, crawl and slide on this beginner playtime corner climber; rearrange and build different configurations to stimulate imaginative playtime; designed for use in a corner; for the crawler, walker and explorer
- IDEAL FOR IN-HOME AND INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING — high-quality, versatile climber incorporates safe indoor active play into any learning environment, from home to classroom, and anywhere in between
- GROSS MOTOR DEVELOPMENT — encourages little ones to develop important growth skills, hand-eye coordination and social skills as they play
This safe and effective fun play set is designed for kids’ ages two to five years of age. It is made up of certified foam materials with no harmful chemicals that maybe dangerous to your child’s health. It also has a soft and very colorful covers that are easy to clean. And it has a non-slip bottom that keeps the pieces where it should be.
This toy promotes motor skills, imagination, coordination, and physical activities that strengthens your child’s stamina and bones. Not to mention channeling their energy and putting it to good use. It also promotes self-confidence as your baby climb up the steps.
Costzon Wooden Climbing Triangle
This climbing triangle is recommended for ages 3 years and up. Perfect for very energetic and curious young hands and feet. It is made out of high quality pine so it is very durable and very stable. Although it is made out of wood, the surface is very smooth and polished so you also do not have to worry about your kids getting hurt.
This toy is for active boys and girls. It boost their gross motor skills, strengthen their stamina and also develops their balance.
This toy is designed for kids’ ages 18 months and up. It has tent, tunnel and ball pit. Your kids can explore and go from one point to another via the tunnel. The balls are not included though. It is made out of thick fabric and has a mesh wall so you can rest easy knowing that your kids can breathe easily when they are inside the tunnels.
It promotes imagination and gross motor skills. This toy is for both boys and girls.
Hide N Side Kids Play Tunnels
Who doesn’t want to crawl into a very colorful tunnel like this one? If I were a kid, I would surely spend time with it crawling inside and hiding my most precious treasures. This is designed for three to 5 years old kids.
It boost their imagination, motor skills and coordination. Trust me when I say they can play with this toy for hours and even try to hide from you within the tunnels. A very fun and good toy for me.
Police Car Pop Up Play Tent
It’s a tent! No, it’s a police car! Well, it is both. This toy is suitable for ages 3 and up. It is very versatile as it can be used as a tent, a play car, and also a ball pit. Let your kids’ imagination run free and fight crime with this police car pop up tent. It boost the kids’ creativity, imagination, and self-confidence. Although it is made for boys, you can buy it for girls if they want to be a police officer when they grow up.
Other great indoor active toys
According to statistics, sales of toys, games and puzzles have had a tremendous increase in the United States by 228 percent, and that is by the end of March 2020. This is because we need to entertain ourselves with toys and games while on quarantine so we won’t go nuts. Here are other great indoor active toys you can check for you and your kids.
Play Slide for Kids
This recycled plastic version of the classic slide are designed for kids’ ages 3 to 4 years of age. It is sustainable since it is made of recycled material. It also requires minimal assembly. You can store them anywhere since it also light.
What can I say, slides are a classic toy for kids. Since this version is designed for toddlers, it is a great way to spend energy and improve your kids’ motor skills.
This very versatile toy is designed for 1 to 7 year old kids. The colorful and weird shape provides more durability to it. It has many colors to choose from and boost your kids’ imagination and creativity. This toy is made up of safe materials and won’t harm your kids. They are designed for up to seven years old but there are kids older than 7 that also enjoy these toys.
Bean Bag Toss Game
Does your kid loves tossing everything within reach? This toy is just what you need. The Bean Bag Toss Game is suited for 3 years old and up, this toy can bring out the sharp shooter in your kids. It has a very colorful dinosaur design that kids will love.
Watch as your kids play with this for hours on end. Suitable for both boys and girls. The toy improves the hand and eye coordination, boost stamina and imagination.
Up & Down Roller Coaster
This is a very fun ride for kid’s ages 2 to 5 years old. A great way to have fun even inside the house. This is a very sturdy to as well, so you can rest assure that your kids will be safe during their rides which I believe would be every minute. Watch how they giggle, take courage, and ride like crazy with this toy.
It enhances physical, motor skills, sensory and also language as they try to express how much they love this toy. A great buy for sure. Not only that, your kids may want to stay indoors for longer than you.
Passback Junior Rubber Football
This amazing rubber football is a great training material for kids’ ages 9 – 13 years of age. They can play with this ball even on their own. They just need to throw the flat end of the ball into a wall or a surface and watch it bounce back at you in random directions. They are also very sturdy so your kid can enjoy it for years to come.
Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers
This toy is suited for 4 to 12 years of age. It includes 2 inflatable body suit with 2 colors. Your kids can bump into each other in a safe and friendly bumping fun for hours. A great way to release that reserved energy. They’ll have fun bumping into each other for hours with this inflatable body suit.
The toy promotes bonding with family, increase stamina and loads of fun for hours.
Inflatable Punching Bag for Kids
This is one of the ultimate energy cracking toys if you ask me. This inflatable punching bag is suitable for boys and girls ages 5 and up. A great stress reliever, anger releasing toy for kids. Not only that, if they are enrolled in a self-defense class previously, they can use this as their opponent as it bounces right back when punched or kicked. A great way to exercise too.
The toy promotes coordination and flexibility. Imagination and stress buster. It is made out of sturdy PVC material that is perfect for physical contact exercise.
Hover Soccer Ball
This is a soccer and a hover ball in one. One of the best invention today when you cannot go outside and play soccer. Watch your kids play and try to put this ball into goal. The ball has a foam around it so it won’t scratch anything inside your house. It can also be played in any smooth surface.
The multi-color LED light attracts the attention of toddlers. They can kick, jump, and run while playing with this toy. And the best part is that they can do it inside the house. This toy is for 3 years old and above. Even you can play with it. It enhances stamina, balance, strategy, and motor skills.
Arcade Basketball Hoop Game
One of the best way to kill time is playing balls. But since the pandemic started, our kids cannot go outside to play. The solution? Buy an arcade basketball hoop game! With this game, you can be sure that your kids will put down their gadgets, pick up the ball and start shooting. A great way to release that energy.
This toy is suited for 3 years old and above. It promotes coordination, self-confidence, stamina, and a loads of fun.
Dart Board for Kids
The review on this board is amazingly great. This to the target. It also has a 2 sided target for more action packed throwing. One side has a regular target and the other side has the “Hungry Billy” monsters with different target points.
This toy improve your kid’s math ability by learning numbers via the target, hand-eye coordination, and stamina. A great way to release energy if you ask me.
With the new normal way of living because of the pandemic, it is essential to know what your kids can do to have fun while being cooped up in the house.
I have a nine year old daughter and I am afraid that she is getting addicted to her gadgets more. I bought the Dance mat for adult and kids and boom! She is hooked. With its interactive game play, not only she became more active and healthy, it also pave way to our new bonding moment. Not only her, but my older daughter as well.
My 12 year old nephew is always complaining that being cooped up in the house is difficult since his parents are restricting him from using his phone often. Since he is into sports, I recommended his mom to buy the ”inflatable and Passback Rubber Football. Now my nephew’s screen time has been reduced to a n average of 1 hour per day. And that is his by his own choice.
Whatever the situation is, we must always be positive and look for a way to embrace the changes we are facing. Yes, the pandemic has brought us countless of failures, heartaches, and sadness. But it also brought us opportunities to value what we have and to use this time to create lasting and binding moments with our families.
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