The 9 Best Indoor Toys and Games for Active Play of 2020

Keep young kids busy inside with these activity toys

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Don't let bad weather or other barriers to outdoor play keep your kids slumped on the sofa. Try one of these active, indoor toys designed to get children moving, learning, and laughing. These toys are best for kids ages 3 to 8.

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Mini Trampoline With Handlebar

Keep things hopping in your home with a kid-sized trampoline—perfect for preventing that bouncing-off-the-walls feeling. Always enforce a one-jumper-only rule to keep kids safer, and encourage them to hold onto the handle.


Franklin 3-in-1 Indoor Sports Set

Build soccer or hockey skills with this sporty toy recommended for ages 6 and up. It includes two goals, a mini soccer ball, hockey ball, foam hockey balls, and adjustable hockey sticks. The goals fold up for easy storage. This set can turn your garage or basement into a playing field.


Melissa & Doug Monster Bowling

This indoor bowling set is fun, funky, and furry. Set up the pins for a game that's not only active, but also quiet—well, except for the giggles. It is suitable for ages 2 and up, and comes in a sturdy zippered bag.


Jungle Jive

This game is less about getting your boogie on (as the name might imply) and more about balance, flexibility, and coordination. Kids must hold the plastic "amazing egg" and perform moves directed by the cute monkey on a series of playing cards. But if they tip or drop the egg, they'll wake the giggly baby bird inside.


The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! Game

This innovative game brings a classic book to life in an active new way. It's not your typical roll the dice, move your pawn board game. It requires some simple reading, but no batteries. The activity is all kid-powered. This game is recommended for kids ages 4 to 8.


Limbo Hop

Jump over or under the sweeper to score points in this game that's good for solo, two-player, or team play. The scoring system is included, but batteries aren't—you don't need them. It is best for ages 6 and up.


Fort Construction Kit

Take fort-building up a notch from clothespins and sofa cushions with a construction kit. These come with rods and connectors to allow kids to build a structural masterpiece that's a clubhouse, pirate ship, airplane, or anything they can dream up.


Hippity Hop

This kids' classic is still available and still tons of fun for little kids (ages 3 to 6). Today's version is made of kid-safe materials (no phthalates) and comes with a foot pump for inflation. If you want in on the fun, they also have adult-size versions.


Disney Junior Super Stretchy Game

Spread out the oversize mat, deal the cards and get stretchy. The cards include colors, shapes, and characters from Disney Junior. It's a fun take on Twister and enhances matching shapes and colors, appropriate for age 3 and up.

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