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Having fun indoors with your toddler

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Kids love to play, and there’s no reason why they can’t be burning up all that energy indoors too. Here are some games you can play in the comfort of your own home when the weather’s a bit rubbish outside, or when you have a little spare time together. You may have tried some of them already, but hopefully you’ll find some new inspiration!

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

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Last updated: 2 Feb, 2021