9 Indoor Activities To Do With A 16 Month-Old

My son is pretty active. He’s exceptionally ‘climby’ – I know that’s not a word, but he is! I find myself looking for activities that will keep him occupied for longer than 1 minute, and steer him away from chairs, stairs and steps! Keeping a toddler occupied inside can be challenging, but there are several simple ideas that should keep them busy. This is why today I want to share with you 9 indoor activities to do with a 16 month-old, as I suspect many of us are struggling with this one!

Entertaining toddlers with indoor activities

Keeping toddlers entertained indoors can be tricky as they tend to want to flit from one thing to the next. They also tend to want to do things that you don’t necessarily want them doing!

The key here is to be prepared. To have a list of go-to toddler activities that can keep them occupied indoors and you can have ready for them within minutes. 

Toddlers rarely give you much warning of when they will tire of an activity, which is why I am sharing a variety of different ideas. This way you should be all set and have something to hand whatever their mood or interests. 

These are my suggestions for you, 9 indoor activities to do with a 16 month-old.

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9 Indoor Activities to do with a 16 Month Old

It can be tricky to find things that will hold a toddler’s attention span, this I know, and if you’re reading this I am guessing that you know too!

These are the indoor activities that actually do manage to occupy my son for longer than a couple of minutes, and the great thing about them is that most of them are fast to set up and cheap to arrange. 

I find that as most of them are super simple to do, we can easily fill an afternoon with these ideas, just dotting from one activity to another. 

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Indoor Activities To Do With A 16 Month-Old

1. Drawing

OK, so he’s not actually ‘drawing’, but scribbling. It’s fantastic for improving his fine motor skills, and he holds a crayon pretty well now. These easy grip crayons are perfect for toddlers. He delights in choosing different colours and making his marks all over the paper.

Indoor toddler activity

2. Bubble-blowing

Indoor or outdoor, and for our indoor play, just watch the floor to make sure it doesn’t get too slippy. This one can keep him engrossed for quite some time! I tend to blow them for him to catch them or we use a bubble machine, but he likes trying to blow them himself, too.

3. Music-making (or noise-making to be more accurate!)

We do actually have a few musical instruments, but anything will do. He loves getting the saucepans out with a wooden spoon, too, and making a right racket with those!

4. Hide and Seek

Oh, he loves this! We play it with his sister, so he likes to be carried around while I do all of the hiding/seeking work!

We also like to play hide the dog. We have a little Happyland dog, that has become key to this game, but any object will do! Simply hide it from him, and tell him to find it. He squeals with delight when he finds it and likes to hide him, too.

5. Story time

My favourite. Depending on his mood, we may read 1, or it could be 3 or 4, in one sitting. He likes to choose them and bring them over to me (these are some of our favourite picture books). A trip to the library goes down very well, too.

16-month old activity

6. Stickering

So simple, sedate and relatively mess free. (though he ‘might’ try to eat them sometimes). These sticker books are great for little ones.

7. Play Doh

As long as you’re away from carpet, Play Doh is easy and mess-free, too!

8. Tea parties

He loves his tea sets and kitchen play, and likes to offer me a cup to sip from.

9. Tickling and general man-handling!

The tickle monster, throwing and bouncing him on the bed, carrying him upside down will all elicit excited shouts!

There we have it, 9 indoor activities to do with a 16-month old. I think there should be something there for everyone?

Hoping this helps out someone else with an equally active toddler! What else would be on your list of indoor activities for a 16 month old?


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45 thoughts on “9 Indoor Activities To Do With A 16 Month-Old”

  1. Great little list! I have a 14-month-old, and it is nice to remind yourself of simple, fun activities to do with them! Just linked your post to my Pinterest account to share with friends who also have toddlers. Mel

  2. Lovely little list and all firm favourites with the monkey too – especially stickers, I always have stickers available as he gets so engrossed in them… we do find stickers in the oddest places though! I would add to the list playing with a cardboard box – they can draw on it, crawl through it, hide behind it, put things though it like a tunnel… 🙂

    1. Thank you. Oh, the hiding games are great, and really do hold his attention for quite a while. Can’t go wrong with Play Doh! x

  3. Such great ideas. I have a climber too…so terrifying. My son loves hide and seek too although he thinks by covering his eyes that means we can’t see him anymore! Ah well. Thanks so much for sharing with the Monday Pin It Party x

  4. Beautiful post with so many fab ways to play. My son Alexander turns 16 months towards the end of the month and we love the above although not brave enough to play with playdoh with all the mess it makes! He loves sport and could kick from 10 months old so we kick a lot of balls in and outdoors! He loves dressing up too and bashing on biscuit tins. He’s obsessed with the moon too which we watch before bedtime through the window!

  5. Mine is nearly 14 months and he loves hide and seek too and tiggling!! he loves feeding me and giving me drinks so I think he’ll love making tea! and I thought he was a bit young for colouring or play-doh but I will give them a try now! great #mumslist

  6. hi just after advice i have a very active 16mth old and need suggestions for indoor and outdoor play that are safe

    1. These ideas are great and easy to do indoors, and I’d say outdoors, supervised water play is always a hit and you can get messier outside, too, so perhaps chalking and painting out there, and bubbles never fail!

  7. Wow, this is just so amazing. I have always been wondering how I can spend some quality time with my daughter when we are all alone in the house. She keeps doing her activities all alone as I do mine as well. I didn’t have an idea on how to join her but thanks to your blog, now I will always be involved in everything she does. I would like to take our bond to a whole new level. Do you think playing hide and seek with go down well with girls as well? Or is it just a boy child things? Cheers!

  8. Awesome Article .You made me laugh at the eating the stickers part because that is what my son does .Thanks for keeping it real from one mommy to another .

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