Have you ever had one of those days when you have to wonder if your toddler guzzled the rest of the coffee when you weren’t looking? You’re still half asleep and they’re bouncing off the walls, fully capable of running a marathon’s worth of mileage around the living room.

We’ve been there and it’s exhausting.

Best case scenario you toss them into the backyard for some outdoor play. But when it’s cold or rainy, sometimes indoors is the only option. Thankfully there are tons of toys for active toddlers that get them moving and using that energy for something safer than scaling the refrigerator. From toys that bounce to Montessori-approved climbing structures, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to entertain the wild ones no matter how much space you have—and hopefully, they left you some coffee to enjoy a bit of peace while they play.

Shop our top active toys for toddlers below!

Think Fun Yoga Spinner Game

Think Fun


Yoga Spinner Game

For some focused movement, this Yoga Spinner Game introduces little ones to 54 basic postures that can help them build strength and concentration while having fun! Roll your mat down alongside them (they’ll need some guidance) and you may find it’s your favorite part of the day.

play rings toss



Meadow Ring Toss

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, ring toss games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when older kids get in on the action. With their low-profile and rope rings, they’re a great option for safe indoor play.

flybar pogo stick



My First Foam Pogo Jumper

Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord “stick” is sturdy enough to withstand tons of use and makes a super fun addition to obstacle courses and races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don’t let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.

kid with bilibo


Ok, so your first question might be what is it? However, a better question is what isn’t it? Designed in Sweden, Bilibo is an open-ended toy that can be used for all kinds of games and solo play. From balancing and jumping on top of it to rolling and spinning around inside of it, it’s a great way to develop strength and coordination. At quieter times it’s a fun place to sit and read or incorporate into imaginative play.




Magnetic Pillow Fort

This fort has transformed playtime! The cool shapes make my toddler’s imagination run wild as she’s figured out different ways to build a house, fort, or castle, or just some random mish-mash. The magnets are the most clutch part about it, keeping her build together, but not being too strong for when she’s ready to inevitably destroy it. Each set comes with 12 waterproof and wipeable shapes that can be reconfigured endlessly!

Piccalio Mini Climber Pikler Triangle Set



Climber | Pikler Triangle Set

Pikler triangles are a staple in Montessori classrooms and have subsequently gained popularity at home as well. Developed as a tool to help improve motor development skills, to forge independent activity, and to allow freedom of movement, they’re endlessly entertaining for toddlers and bigger kids alike. This foldable version comes with detachable ramp that features a rock wall on one side and a flat surface for sliding on the other.

stepping stones

Special Supplies


Stepping Stones

Simple, open-ended toys are always on the top of our list. These colorful stepping stones are an engaging addition to indoor play, challenging kiddos to jump from one to the next. The non-slip rubber edge helps them stay put on pretty much any surface, but we especially love them for obstacle courses!

Smol Bounce House



Bounce House

Listen, we know erecting a legit bounce house in the living room isn’t for everyone. But what if it’s pretty? We’d be remiss not to mention that such a thing actually exists! Designed by two moms who wanted something they could live with which was still fun for their kiddos, the SMOL bounce houses can be used inside and out. They’re ridiculously attractive and fun (and come with a price tag to match) but when winter is long, it may be well worth the investment. And don’t worry. It comes in pink, too.

tunnel foam climber



SoftZone Lincoln Tunnel Foam Play Climber

This indoor climbing structure is designed to begin use as young as six months and can be configured to grow with your child from there. Nine foam pieces can be arranged into stairs, a tunnel, and a slide, allowing your child to practice motor and balance skills and burn off all that extra energy. The pieces are easy to clean and Green Guard (gold) certified.

hop scoth rug

Melissa & Doug


Hop and Count Hopscotch

Bring the sidewalk chalk classic inside with this colorful hopscotch rug! At over six and a half feet long, it can turn any hallway or playroom into a hopping good time.

sit n spin



Sit ‘n Spin

Since 1973, kids have been getting their wiggles out (and their dizziness on) with the Playskool Sit n’ Spin. (Honestly, I’m a little queasy just thinking about it.) It’s designed for little ones ages 18 months to six years and even though they’re sitting down, it does take some muscle to get it going. The faster they can turn the wheel, the faster they’ll go!

floor piano



Floor Piano Mat

Ok, so you might not want to leave this one out all the time, but desperate times call for desperate measures, right? This six foot long touch sensitive keyboard mat lets kids make music with their hops, jumps and stomps. With eight different sounds and ten built-in songs, it might not always be music to your ears, but hey, they’re having fun right?



You know that toddler who seems to be perpetually bouncing off the walls? (So, um, every toddler?) Rody is the perfect way to harness that energy in a fun and safe way. Not only does it promote balance and a fun workout for little wiggle worms, and bouncing is totally encouraged.

play tunnel

Hide N Side


5-Piece Ball Pit + Tunnels

Go big or go home, right? This five-piece tunnel and ball pit provides hours of crawling, jumping and ball-tossing fun for kids age 1-6. Each piece collapses for easy storage, but be advised that the balls are sold separately!

balance board

Gentle Monster


Wooden Balance Board

Balance boards are one of the most simple toys with an endless amount of use. They can help your child develop their equilibrium while making for a fun exercise routine, then flip it over and it becomes a ramp for cars or even a small slide. It can even become a prop for imaginative play. This balance board is made of curved plywood and can support up to 480 (!) pounds.

toddler trampoline

Little Tikes


Toddler Trampoline

​This trampoline is perfect for kids to burn off a little energy without having to purchase a massive one for the backyard. At 3-foot tall, it won’t take up too much space, and the handlebar helps them bounce away…safely. Plus, it has nearly 21,000 top reviews.

Cassaro Rocker

Cassaro Kids



It’s safe to say we’re a bit obsessed with the gorgeous grow-with-me rockers from Cassarokids. At once a place to play, relax and imagine, they can be used from age one all the way through childhood. When used as a rocker they can be outfitted with one of Cassarokids gorgeous tufted pillows to become the coziest place to read or snooze. Flip it over and it’s a super fun play structure that can support up to 200 pounds! And if you really want to create a space that’s made for play, it pairs perfectly with their equally stunning collection of pikler triangles and ramps.

A version of this story was published August 11, 2021. It has been updated.