child development, parenting, toddler games

A List of Simple Toddler Games

It is my son’s summer vacations and I have been dreading this time the most. It is extremely difficult to keep a hyper active toddler entertained throughout the day. Riaan tends to get bored with a particular activity very soon. So, after an entire week of racking my brains and researching online and trying to go back to my childhood, I compiled a list of games which you can play with your energetic toddler at home.

Playtime is a necessity for young children as it boosts their cognitive and motor skill growth. Children absorb information quickly during their formative years. So, it is very important to direct their energies in the right direction to develop their mental skills. While outdoor games are surely a great source of enjoyment for kids, indoor games are also equally important as children spend most of their time at home plus during summers it isn’t recommended to expose your kids to the harsh sun rays for a longer period of time.

So, Here is my list of the best toddler games which can easily be played indoors. Most of them are my favorites as we used to play them as children.

Simon says

This game is a classic and is great to teach your toddler to follow instructions. You could say something like Simon touch your head and your child should touch their head. If you give a command without the words Simon says and the child still performs the action then he is out. A great way to teach parts of the body to your toddler as well. Make the game a little funny by adding a few funny instructions now and then.

Hot and cold

A fun game which teaches your kid the virtues of patience and perseverance. It’s very simple to play too. Just hide your child’s favorite object and ask him to search for it. While searching, if he is moving away from the object, then you shout out cold and if he is getting close then you can shout out warm, warmer, warmest and hot. The name is just an indication. You can use words which your child can easily relate to.

Hokey pokey

This is a song more than a game and by toddler hood most kids become familiar with this song in their pre-schools. This game is apt if your toddler likes to dance. You could play the song or better yet, sing it and enjoy with your child. It is a very popular song so you will easily find it on the Internet if in case you do not know the lyrics.

Treasure hunt

No game is as interesting and engaging like a treasure hunt. Hide your kid’s toys at different places around the house and ask them to locate it. Make it more fun and interesting by making a small map or chart. Your toddler is too young to understand a map but, it will surely spark some curiosity in him.

Hide and seek

We ourselves have played this game as children and is my one of my favorites. You might have already started playing this game with your young one. This game helps in honing problem solving skills in your child. Choose 2 to 3 spots in the house or you could play this game in your compound too. Hide there and wait for a few seconds. If your child doesn’t get close to you then, you could make funny sounds and can call out to him (this is my tweak to the game).


A great game for toddlers to develop their cognitive skills in terms of fitting the puzzle pieces together, creating the whole puzzle and it also teaches them to sit at once place patiently at least for a decent amount of time. A very good activity for kids who refrain from being at one place for a longer time period like my little hulk. It also sharpens their memory.

Odd one out

This is a very simple game but, a very interesting one for sure. It helps your child to differentiate between various objects. Place blocks of a same color in a line and keep one block which is of a different color. Ask your child to observe it well and the ask them to identify the different block. Use various colors and keep changing the objects from time to time to create an element of surprise for your child.

Magical coins

A great game to have your child awestruck. Place 3 cups upside down on a flat surface and place a coin under one of the cups. Shuffle the cups slowly and then increase the speed slightly. Once you are done, ask your child to touch the cup under which the coin is hidden. You toddler will totally love this game. I am sure that after two rounds of the game, your kid will take charge of this interesting game.


This is a hot favorite game among toddlers. Turn on the music and ask your child to dance. This game is even more fun when there are more children. Somewhere in between, ask your child to freeze in the position he is. Just say statue. And see how funny the game turns out.

Shadow play

Pick up a torch and make different shapes with your hands and fingers. Let your child observe the shadows of it and I’m sure he too will be tempted to try them out.

These are the games which I felt are great to keep your kids entertained. I have played each one of it with my kid and he seemed to like all of them though Magical coins is his top pick. These are very simple games and you hardly need any equipment for playing. Feel free to tweak and create your own versions of them to make it more interesting and yes, do drop a line and tell me if you have any more interesting games for toddlers.

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  1. Haha Simple Simon is our favourite too. I’m lucky my daughter is there to play all the above games with my toddler muffin. Will inform her of these games to keep both of them busy and happy! Thanks for the list!

  2. Wow.. that’s a great list for toddlers. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sneha says:

    Great ideas. Summers can be really difficult! But these are such cool ideas to keep your kids engaged while beating the heat!

  4. Thanks for this list. I really liked the hot and cold one.

  5. shreya gautam says:

    Thank you for this.. I now know how to keep my hyper 1.5 years old a little occupied

  6. Kavita Singh says:

    What an awesome list of games you have mentioned here. Few of these we love to play and few I have made a list, I am definitely going to play these with my little one 🙂

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