Activities to entertain a toddler with a broken leg

Activities to entertain a toddler with a broken leg

Never a dull moment!

So December and Christmas time has been a bit tough for our little family. On December 8 our little girl had a bad fall and broke her leg! She was helping mommy wash the floors… she loves to help out, bless her little sweet heart! And as unlucky as she was, she slipped and fell on the hard tile floors.

Being the “Bad mommy” that I am, I made her take a little nap to see if it got any better – but after 3 hours she still didn’t want to step on it – so we headed to the E.R. And the X-rays confirmed my suspicion, a 3,5 cm fracture on her mid-tibia. A Christmas-green cast on and 3 weeks off her feet! Yeah… How do you keep a toddler off her feet?!

Activities for your toddler with a broken leg. How do you keep them occupied when they can't walk around? Here are some great ideas to activate them without movement. Visit my blog: for more tips and tricks for your busy family!
Our Lego carousel


At first it wasn’t too hard, because it hurt a lot and she didn’t want to put pressure on the leg; so we watched Disney movies, snuggled on the couch and drew lots and lots of artwork! But as the first week went by, she got more brave and wanted to get up and walk around.

Now it got harder to keep her still and I had to be more inventive with my activities. And it’s all to your benefit!!

20 great activities for a toddler with a broken leg:

  1. Make your own blanket fort.
  2. Read lots of books together.
  3. Visit the Zoo (we pull her in a little cart or her stroller).
  4. Bake bread or let them help you make lunch or dinner.
  5. Visit the park and go on the swings.
  6. Create colorful drawings together (and to give as presents for family members). Or buy one of these Magnetic drawing boards!
  7. Decorate frames for the drawings.
  8. Visit family.
  9. Have a sing-a-long.
  10. Go on a bike-ride.
  11. Play doctor with her dolls and mend their arm/legs with bandages.
  12. Create your own Lego carousel
  13. Play musical instruments – or make your own!
  14. Color rocks with permanent markers and make small animal-figures.
  15. Practice rolling a ball to each other or bouncing (not throwing! Teaches your child precision in their motor functions).
  16. Make necklaces and bracelets from beads and pipe-cleaners.
  17. Have a movie-day, with popcorn and let your toddler chose what you’re watching (we watched Frozen 29 times in a span of 3 weeks!)
  18. Do some Toddler Yoga (it’s good for mommy too!)
  19. Give your dogs a make-over; brush them, paint their “nails” and put bows in their fur.
  20. Have Tickle-time or give your toddler a nice children’s massage.

Not all bad

It has not been the best couple of weeks in our family and the timing couldn’t be worse – right in the smack of Christmas time! (Did anyone notice the blog has been completely still?!)

However I will say our angel has handled it with such grace and patience!

Activities for your toddler with a broken leg. How do you keep them occupied when they can't walk around? Here are some great ideas to activate them without movement. Visit my blog: for more tips and tricks for your busy family!
Serving her auntie and uncle a nice “Cuppa Tea”


Thankfully I had already taken some time off work, between Christmas and New Year’s eve or my colleague’s would not have been happy!  Luckily children’s fractures mend easily and although she’s very careful when she walks now, I have no doubt, she will be right as rain and back to her running in no time!

If you have any other ideas you’d like to add to the list, I’d love to hear from you.  Has your little one ever had a cast on? What was the worst part?

Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!

18 thoughts on “Activities to entertain a toddler with a broken leg”

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  • Thank you for the great post! Just wondering how your daughter is doing now. My daughter has the same cast (fracture is near her knee). I’m so worried about it healing properly and whether she will be up and about after it gets removed.

    • Dear Caroline,
      Coming up 1½ year after the accident – Dianna is doing just fine. She’s always been a clumsy girl (like her mama!), so small accidents happen all the time. I remember, that I was so surprised that she had the cast off after only 3 weeks!! Children heal incredibly fast – thank goodness.
      She’s had some accidents since, but nothing bone-breakning. Actually the one who was most affected, was probably me to be honest. 🙂 So don’t worry, your little girl will be just fine <3

      • Thank you so much for the reply. Glad to hear your daughter is better! It’s hard not to want to wrap my daughter in bubble wrap from now on, but it’s impossible to protect kiddos from everything. Thanks again for the helpful blog post!

      • Thank you so much for the reply. Glad to hear your daughter is better! It’s hard not to want to wrap my daughter in bubble wrap from now on, but it’s impossible to protect kiddos from everything. Thanks again!

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  • Thank goodness for Pinterest and everyones stories and comments! My son turned 2 the 19th and we have a fractured tibia right below the knee from a accident with sisters and a early and now disassembled present( the dreaded my 1st trampoline)yesterday at 5pm. His bday party tomorrow has been postponed and I am heart broken and full of guilt. My little Kolton is a fast paced get into everything scared of nothing ball of energy and seeing him in this splint(cast is to be put on this afternoon) hurts my heart and soul, he wants to run outside and play like yesterday morning and knows this big wrapped bandaid is holding him back, he tries to pull on it and points groaning and saying “mom , off!” I am now in panic mom mode trying to find things to get him busy and finds stories that can relate to my situation to see what the next few weeks or months may have in store for us. I wont know how long he will have it till later today , after reading some of the stories I see light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for the awesome activity ideas and comments showing I am not alone in this kind of situation and accidents happen. Prayers go out to all the little ones with injuries, may they keep smiling and recover quickly.❤

    • My 3 year old daughter just got a buckle fracture on her tibia, just below the knee… from jumping on the trampoline as well. We are getting rid of the trampoline now. I can’t let them on it after this. It was traumatic!
      I am so happy I found this blog! Very helpful ideas! Yay!

      • My 3 year old just got a tibia fracture from a trampoline last night. . Already one our first Frozen viewing of this injury. Four kids and this is our first break. We are waiting on an ortho Appt, but they gave her a soft cast last night. I think the hardest part is she’s being so brave through her tears that it’s hard to watch. Since she’s a bit older, she knows the cast is helping. She actually cried last night bc she thought I was going to take the cast off.

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  • Thanks for having posted these ideas. I’ve just found out my niece had a broken foot and she’s just under 2 years old (this year’s birthday party and Christmas are going to be a little bit different 🙁 ).
    All the best for all the toddler mentioned here.

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