Do you have a toddler who runs a thousand miles a second? Are you looking for activities to help creatively spend their energy? These 15 fun activities for high energy toddlers is going to be perfect for you.
I will let you know that I have a toddler who runs from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed. I am left in awe of this child’s energy levels.
(I’m also left exhausted, but that’s another story). This list is full of practical tips and ideas that are doable, easy, and will be a ton of fun for both you and your little one.
We do these activities all the time in my house. The Mom in me gives them two thumbs up and my busy toddler loves them, especially #13.
15 Fun Activities For High Energy Toddlers
1. If you’re enjoying the warmer weather, take your toddler to a nearby stream and throw rocks into the water. Help your little one with finding the rocks and encourage them to throw as far as they can. They will have a blast hearing the “plink” sounds.
2. Play a game of indoor tag. Take turns chasing each other up and down the hallway. Mom and Dad will get their exercise for the day while your little one runs off all their extra energy and wiggles.
3. Throw a foam ball back and forth. This will help encourage motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and you won’t have to worry about anything breaking if the ball bounces and accidentally hits something.
4. Create an indoor or outdoor obstacle course for your high energy toddler to run through. You can do this with random items around the house and yard. Have your little one help you set up the course and take down after playtime is over.
5. Finger paint on a giant poster board. This will give your toddler more room to paint and will help you not worry about paint getting all over the table or floor. If you’re a little anxious about giving your toddler paint, then consider handing them some markers or crayons.
6. Play “pillow hop.” Gather several pillows and lay them on the floor. Have your toddler jump from pillow to pillow. You can encourage your toddler to make new paths for more fun!
7. Have a tickle war. There is nothing quite like getting the giggles out of a wiggly toddler than a good tickling match.
8. If you are enjoying the warmer weather, take your toddler swimming. Grab the floaties, sunscreen, and enjoy the sunshine.
9. If your weather is a bit wet and you don’t mind a little clean-up, take your toddler puddle jumping. I would encourage you to make sure your little one has rain boots to protect his feet.
10. Blow bubbles and have your toddler pop them. If you don’t want to spend a ton of time blowing and worrying about running out of breath, use a fan. Dip the bubble wand into the bubble mixture and place the wand in front of the running fan (at least low to medium speed). The fan will blow the bubbles for you so you can laugh and enjoy your toddler’s excitement.
11. Get outside. There are so many activities you can do outside where your toddler will have a blast and spend a ton of their energy. Just to name a few things they can do:
- Roll down a hill
- Go down the slide
- Fly a kite
- Climb on the playground
- Run or spin in circles
12. Have a dance party. Turn on your favorite kid-friendly CD or turn some fun songs on the YouTube app from your phone and dance. This activity is one I use with my little ones all the time. They love it! And I love the chance I get to dance with them.
13. Pillow fight. This activity is a blast and will give everyone a lot of laughs. I will provide a warning, a pillow fight may quickly get out of hand if someone in your group is very aggressive. Make sure you teach them about “soft touch” and “hard touch” rules of pillow fighting before playing the game.
14. Create a toddler garden. If you don’t have a backyard then have your toddler help you pick out a couple of pots or a lightweight planter to put on your porch. Help them pick their seeds, plant, water, and take responsibility for their plants.
15. Play hide and seek. This game is great for indoor and outdoor playtime.
Please know this list is not inclusive. There are so many other activities you can do with your little one. As long as everyone is having fun and productively getting their energy out then you’re on the right path.
Is there a fun activity you and your toddler play together to help get out their wiggles? Leave a comment below and let us know!