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12 boredom-busting indoor toys + activities for children

If weather or illness means that you'll be spending hours upon hours inside with your kids, of course you're worried about health and safety—but you're probably also thinking about how in the world to entertain your little one for an extended period of time.

The good news is that kids think everything is magical, and they can find fun in just about any situation—cardboard boxes become forts, wooden spoons and pots turn into a drum set, and socks become instant puppets (just add googly eyes). If you've already used all these tricks, you may be in the market for a few products to help you out.

Luckily, we've rounded up 12 of our favorite toys + activities to help keep the boredom at bay when kids (and their parent) are stuck inside.

Bath bombs

bath bombs

Toss the kiddos in the bath any time of day to shake up the routine and pass the time! These plant-based bath bombs are fizzy, fun and fantastic. They smell great, and because they're made of all natural ingredients and plant-based colors, they won't irritate skin or stain your tub.

$25

Boon building bath pipes toys

bath toys

One of our all-time favorite bath toys, we love how these brightly colored pipes can be used separately or arranged together to form one continuous water flow.

$12.15

Yookidoo submarine spray station

spray station

Sooooo we can't promise you won't get wet with this one, but we can promise it's worth it for the amount of time it will entertain your little one. This battery-operated water pumping station suctions to the tub and is truly so much fun for toddlers; they'll love being in charge of squirting the water. (And the tub... and their toys... and you.)

$31.99

Melissa & Doug cleaning set

toy cleaning

Never underestimate the joy your little ones will find in pretend play. Nope, we are totally not above tricking our toddlers into thinking they are "playing" when in reality, they are dusting our shelves.

$26.99

Sensory4u owl sensory board

sensory board

Sensory play—anything that stimulates your child's senses—is a great way to combine fun and learning. Busy boards are a toddler's dream come true—they offer free reign to flip all the switches, unlock all the locks and spin all the wheels. What more could your little one ask for, really?

$49.95

Rody horse

rody horse

Just because you're stuck inside doesn't mean you can't burn off some energy! This iconic bouncing toy has been around for over three decades, and for good reason. Kids are immediately drawn to it and love to hop on and bounce. You'll love how it livens up any play space and helps build coordination and muscle control.

$54.95

Rainbow silk streamer

rainbow streamer

Our indoor-approved favorites for when your little one just can't seem to sit still. Calling all children of the 1980s... newsflash: Ribbon wands are just as fun now as they were back then! This 9-foot-long rainbow ribbon is so much fun to twist, twirl, and swing.

$12.95

Play tunnel

play tunnel

Bring the playground indoors with this pop-up tunnel that's easy to store and won't take up a lot of space. Set up an obstacle course, play peek-a-boo, or just let your little one loose for some free play.

$12.98

Yoga pretzels cards

yoga cards

If you're feeling like you also want to get in on the action, these mommy-and-me yoga cards are perfect for some yoga fun. Practice bending, twisting, and breathing with your favorite little yogi with these easy-to-follow card prompts.

$13.29

Paper dolls fashion kit

paper dolls

These fashion-forward friends come with stylish outfits and fun hairstyles you can mix and match for hours of fun. Kit includes pre-cut shapes and glue dots to create 12 fashionistas and 12 furry friends.

$16.95

Darice 80-piece deluxe art set

art set

This Darice 80-piece deluxe art set includes a wide variety of art supplies for drawing, painting and more—it's a great choice for beginners and more serious artists and crafters.

$15.99

Alex discover my giant busy box craft kit

busy box

There's 16 great projects in one giant box of fun! Mold dough animals, collage a farm and sticker art. Decorate paper bag puppets and tissue art pictures, then frame them! Includes plastic frames, animal punch outs, bright dough colors, peel and stick tissue art pictures, tons of tissue paper, glue and easy to follow instructions.

$24.97

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