Carnival games

Bring the carnival into your living room with games that build muscles and coordination.

You'll Need

  • Stuffed animals
  • Balls
  • Beanbags
  • Plastic bottles
  • Cups
  • Cans
  • Blocks
  • Hula hoop


10 minutes

Learning Stages

By Tina O'Shea
Managing Editor at LeapFrog

Tina O’Shea is LeapFrog’s Managing Editor and the voice of @LeapFrog on Twitter, but to her kids, she’s the Freeze Dance DJ.

One of a toddler's biggest milestones is learning to throw a ball. When you can't get outside to play, plan a day of indoor carnival games! These games will keep your little guy active while he builds muscles and coordination. Practice each game a few times, and then move the targets farther away as he improves his motor skills. Make up a few games of your own!

Down the Clown

Place three stuffed animals in a row. Challenge your child to knock down the animals with balls or beanbags.


Set empty bottles into a triangle formation like bowling pins, and see if your toddler can roll a ball to knock them down.

Topple the Cans

Stack empty cans, cups or blocks in a pyramid. Give your child balls or beanbags to try to knock them down.

Ring Toss

We all know how hard it is to toss the ring around the bottle. This time, toss the bottle (or ball, or animal, or can) into the ring. Place a hula hoop on the floor in front of your toddler and see if he can toss or roll an object into it.