Favorite Products for Indoor Recess

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of looking outside and realizing it’s going to be indoor recess today. EXCEPT for looking at the forecast and realizing you don’t know when you’re going to have outdoor recess again.

I’ll never forget when we had two weeks of indoor recess. I don’t know how any of us survived.

I wanted to share a few things that might make indoor recess a little bit easier. The first 3 you could use during socially distanced recess and the last 3 are great for when students can work and play together.

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Water Wow Tablets

I LOVE these tablets. They are reusable and mess-free. They come in sets of 3 and are very budget friendly since you can use them again and again. I love that there is even a little pocket to keep the brush in. You actually can use any brush, though! On the top flap, there’s a little scavenger hunt for kids to find after they’re finished painting.


In my house, this is 1000% our most used toy. They would be great for the classroom because they are reusable, and open-ended. The sets are pretty large so they could definitely be split between several students. Letting kids lead their play and learning is so importnat, but if you need a more educational spin, there are ton of templates showing kids how to make letters, numbers and shapes. You can also use dry-erase markers on the tiles! A word of caution, the magnets are dangerous by theselves, so just make sure to check them occassionally and make sure your students know to bring them to you if they’re broken. They’re expensive but would be a great thing to ask PTA or admin for if that’s an option. If not, I think this would be money well spent but there are a ton of other less expensive options on this list.

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic Sand is SO cool. It feels like real sound and can be manipulated like real sand but it is so easy to clean up! It doens’t stick to anything and clumps together well so no worries if it gets on the carpet, clothes, etc. It’s super sensory friendly for kids who need extra input and it’s also really soothing to touch and play with. It’s not too expensive and can be used again and again. You would want to get a tub, but a simple Rubbermaid tub would be great!

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