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It’s always been important to me that my son is physically active, but it’s more difficult to find ways to stay active in the colder months. We go outside in short spurts, but it’s not very long before bright red cheeks and noses signal that it’s time to go back in. 

I've come up with indoor activities so we can exercise and stay healthy, and to expend a bit of that toddler energy that can drive me crazy otherwise. 

  • Dance party: Throw on the radio and dance around the room together! 
  • Simon says: Play a short game of Simon Says where you can each dictate different silly ways to move around. 
  • Speedy chores: To keep him active while also being productive, I make a game of chore time. We set a timer and see who can finish chores the fastest. Racing through sorting laundry or clearing up toys gets both of us moving. 
  • Pillow obstacle course: There are some sharp corners and hard edges in my living room, but I pad them with giant pillows and couch cushions, arranging a maze for my son to navigate without bumps or bruises. 
  • Walk around indoors: If the four walls around us are seeming a bit tight, we’ll venture out to someplace that will allow for walking around while staying warm. An educational museum is perfect, but even shopping malls are good for getting out of the house and getting little legs moving. 
  • Join indoor activities: Recreation centers, gyms and community groups often have indoor activities geared just for keeping kids physically active (and sometimes for free!). Look into what’s available in your neighborhood.
Liz Moorhead

Liz Moorhead is an English teacher-turned-writer and illustrator. She paints stationery, writes for a top wedding site, and blogs at Happy Sighs between walks to the park with her two boys.