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Having fun indoors with your toddler

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Toddlers are full of energy – it can sometimes seem like they’ll never tire out! So if you're stuck indoors, here are some tried and tested ideas to help your wee one burn off some energy, and keep fit and active.

What the parents say

What the professionals say

"Many busy families find it hard to set aside even half an hour each day to play, but you can make everyday activities playful. Let them push the vacuum cleaner, give them a duster to polish alongside you, play peek-a-boo under the duvet as you make the beds, let them help to make the sandwiches for lunch, wash up any plastic dishes, or set the table. It does take twice as long but they’ll love it – and does it really matter if the sandwiches are lop-sided?"

Christine Puckering, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Glasgow University

Last updated: 17 Oct, 2021