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The Best Indoor Toys to Burn Off Some Energy

Got a wild case of the wiggles and about to bounce off the walls? We can help.

Sarah Burns · about 2 months ago

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Having too much energy isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but misdirected it can lead to a huge mess, or worse, a boo-boo. Focus that energy with toys designed for creative play, developing coordination and motor skills, and good old fashioned teamwork — without even having to leave the house.

The Floor Is Lava

Hey now, watch your step! This classic game of imagination and occasional extreme-furniture-climbing is the answer to keeping your furniture — and the kids — from getting broken. Give the spinner a go, and leap from rock to colorful rock; don’t worry, it’s not hard, it’s foam! Test your balance and dexterity by choosing an action card, and perform it from your lava-surrounded stage. And whatever you do, don’t step on the floor!

Little Tikes Go Green Jr. Play Slide

Slides are the best, and this one is a little piece of the playground you can take indoors with you. For little kids, sliding is a different kind of playtime, because it’s one of the first times they can feel the wind in their hair all on their own! The 2-step ladder design is built to nurture this adventurous spirit, and give those gross motor skills a workout. The durable, recycled plastic design helps reduce the impact on the environment, and the clever, no-tools-needed fold-and-play set-up helps reduce the impact on your living space when not in use.

Franklin Pro Hoops Basketball

Wherever you have a door, you have the chance to get in some practice! Do layups in the living room, dunks in the dining room, or free throws in the foyer. Set includes a lightweight, pvc ball that won’t break your stuff while you’re keeping your skills fresh for March Madness. 

LAZY BUDDY Climbing Triangle with 2-in-1 Ladder Set

LAZY BUDDY Climbing Triangle with 2-in-1 Ladder Set

LAZY BUDDY Climbing Triangle with 2-in-1 Ladder Set

You’ll find them in trees, on the backs of couches, and in the most extreme cases, trying to climb on top of the swing set. Some kids are just natural born climbers. You can try to fight against this sometimes dangerous instinct, or you can work with that energy, and give your future alpinist a safe outlet to work out all that vertical momentum. A climbing triangle might be just what you need for the adventurous toddler who’s always trying to reach for the highest height! Its solid wood construction is strong and easy to clean, and the whole set folds up so you can reclaim your floors when it’s not being used. 

Milliard DIY Rock Climbing Holds Set With 8-Foot Knotted Rope

Milliard DIY Rock Climbing Holds Set With 8-Foot Knotted Rope

Milliard DIY Rock Climbing Holds Set With 8-Foot Knotted Rope

The climbing bug doesn’t always go away just because you get older! When your little climbers are ready for something more challenging, consider creating an indoor rock wall — it’s not as hard as you think! This kit comes with 25 grips in a variety of shapes and sizes that can hold up to 225lbs, an 8-foot knotted rope for scaling up or down, and instructions on how to make it all come together.

We Sell Mats 4 ft x 6 ft x 2 ft Personal Fitness & Exercise Mat

We Sell Mats 4 ft x 6 ft x 2 ft Personal Fitness & Exercise Mat

We Sell Mats 4 ft x 6 ft x 2 ft Personal Fitness & Exercise Mat

And because accidents do happen (it’s OK, it’s how we learn!), soften the landing with a thick cushioned vinyl folding mat. If you have a large area to cover, you can get a few and velcro them into whatever configuration works best for your space. Also for yoga, tumbling, gymnastics, and similar activities that can be hard to practice indoors.

Little Tikes 3' Trampoline

Little Tikes 3' Trampoline

Little Tikes 3' Trampoline

Jumping is one of the most effective ways to burn off some extra energy, and getting all your wiggles out. Specifically designed for indoor use, this little trampoline has rubberized feet to grip your floors without damage and a balance bar for your trampolinist in training to hold onto as they soar to new heights! Lightweight, sturdy, and super durable, this boppin’ bouncer for one is a fantastic choice for little jumping beans up to 55lbs. 

Franklin Sports Kids Inflatable Dart Ball

Bringing target practice indoors has never been easier. The board inflates, revealing the numbered target areas sewn onto the front. Includes three velcro-clad tennis balls designed to stick to the targets. Take turns with a friend, or challenge yourself to beat your previous high score. Just hang the target, grab a ball, and take aim!

LEARNING ADVANTAGE Crocodile Activity Wall Panel

LEARNING ADVANTAGE Crocodile Activity Wall Panel

LEARNING ADVANTAGE Crocodile Activity Wall Panel

Turn any wall into an indoor playground with this wall-mounted activity panel! Over six feet of activities like bead mazes, instruments, and gears that turn. Each play moment featured on this functional piece of wall art has been designed to enhance motor skills and improve coordination, spatial awareness, and reasoning skills. Not only does it build all these wonderful life skills, but it’s an ideal toy for a group of littles to share, because there’s so much to play with! 

Franklin Sports Table Tennis To Go

Table tennis is great! Table tennis tables, however, aren’t always the most convenient thing to have around, especially if you’re already tight on space. With their endless supply of ingenious, sports-related wisdom, the folks at Franklin Sports devised this nifty set that’s ready to play whenever and wherever you are. Expandable/retractable net clips damage-free to the side of whatever table you have at your disposal, and the whole shebang fits neatly inside the included netted bag, to save you from looking for lost paddles when you’re ready to play.

Ka-Blocks Blast

The concept is simple: Build it, then blow it up! The lightweight foam blocks come in a variety of interesting shapes and bright colors, so you can get creative and build the skyscrapers of your dreams. Stomp on the launch lever to propel your creation as high as six feet in the air! The silicone launch pad and easy-to-use step launcher are designed for durability, so you can have a blast over and over again.

Little Tikes Big Waffle Block Set

These durable waffle-shaped blocks are a construction toy that’s hard to put down! They’re brightly colored, lightweight, and chonky, making them perfect for little hands with some mighty big contraction goals. The differently shaped pieces all fit together satisfyingly, and their unique shapes help teach pattern recognition right alongside building techniques, dexterity, and coordination skills. Plus they’re easy to clean, they’ll last for years, and making the interlocking teeth “snap” together is super satisfying!

Melissa & Doug Let's Play House! Dust, Sweep & Mop

As an adult, housework isn’t so much fun. But for little kids, watching adults clean is part of modeling positive behavior because mimicking what adults do is a big part of playtime! If you have a little helper who desperately tries to grab the mop when you’re just trying to clean up their latest spill, this set is exactly what you need.They look and feel just like the ones adults use, but they’re kid-sized, right down to the wooden stand that holds all the cleaning tools in one place. 

So the next time your helper wants to pitch in, you can wholeheartedly encourage their efforts, with a set made just for them. They can have the satisfaction of helping out, and you can (maybe) get some actual cleaning done too!

Mindware Superkid in Training

An award-winning, action packed game for ages four and up, ready to save the world from mediocre playtimes. Play as a challenge for one small hero, or train up to five Superkids at a time with tests of strength, dexterity, balance — and even learn some secret powers! Worried about aggressive competition or sibling rivalry? Well, we’re not training supervillains here! Gameplay includes challenges kids of various skill levels can complete and encourages them to cheer one another on as they power through an obstacle course to complete their super training. Change the obstacles each time you play, and never play the same way twice!

Waddles the Waddle Duck

Toddlers can’t resist this charming, bright yellow fowl fellow, waddling about in a dapper bow tie! Waddles is easy to grip and helps teach balance and confidence for those new to walking. He’s cute, he’s made from durable materials, and his handle can be popped off by an adult for easy cleaning. No D Cells for this duck; push him along, and he quacks as his webbed feet waddle around. Works on low pile carpeting too, so your resident avian handler can roam with relative ease with their bird bard leading the way.

Little Tikes Rocking Horse

Is it a children’s toy, or a conceptual artist's vision of what a children’s toy could be? The answer is yes; Little Tikes turns the classic rocking horse into a modern art marvel. It’s durable, easy to clean, and sure to be a fast favorite for your toddler still working up to riding the real ones. Hop in the saddle and hone those balancing skills with this horsey’s rockin’ action!

Marble Genius Run Super Set

Marble Genius Run Super Set

Marble Genius Run Super Set

There are so few toys that can really grow with a child, but when they do, it’s usually because they have the perfect combination of skill and imagination to make playtime as simple or complex as the child desires. Marble Run combines a building and construction toy with a real life maze pretty much anyone can build. Set includes projects for four skill levels. Once you play around with the Tubes, Wheel Chutes, and Circle Squigglies and really get the hang of how everything works, it’s all downhill from there!