Ways to Bring the Outdoors In for 2-5 Year Olds

Ways to Bring the Outdoors In for 2-5 Year Olds

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Carrie McBride
Feb 5, 2010

It seems every day we wake up, check the wintry weather forecast and sigh...what to do, where to go? While we try to make at least one outdoor venture with our son each day, our outings are shorter and less active than the rest of the year. We've been brainstorming about ways to bring some of the outdoor fun inside and help our son burn off some energy.

Our favorite fun indoor activity that doesn't cost a cent is long afternoon baths. We offer him different toys, cups, activities as often as we can to make it feel less like a regular bath and more like an indoor water table. On our weekend list is picking up a $10 collapsible play tent from Ikea (photo 4).

We've rounded up a few other ideas of traditionally outdoor toys that could work inside your home this winter. Below are links to our posts on these particular products, but they really just represent a class of toy so you might do some research and find something cheaper or more suitable for your child.

1 Virre Slide
2 Ikarus Swing
3 My Little Sandbox Playset (worried about a mess - try it in a dry bathtub)
4 Koja Playtent (see more tents here)
5 Felt Playhouse Slipcover (see a non-diy version here)

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