Indoor Fruit Picking- Toddler Activity


This winter, I have been ” Pinteresting” my way through every reasonable toddler activity.  It’s March.  And there is still about a foot of snow on the ground here in Northeast Iowa.  I am feeling hopeful though, because there has to be and end to this soon.  I am feeling very optimistic when I notice the sun still shining close to 5:30 PM.

I have been stuck in the house with my boys.  My 28 month old Boy and my 2 month old boy.  I have done my best to ” Make the Best of Everything”.  And actually, I can say I have not gone insane 🙂

The other week, my two-year old begged me to go outside to he could play on his swing-set and go cherry picking.  Last summer, we went cherry picking while on vacation in Wisconsin.


I keep telling him, ” We can go outside and play when the snow melts”.  But he doesn’t quite understand this yet.   One day, I decided to make some quick felt cherries so he could go Cherry Picking.  In our Kitchen.


I had some felt heart Valentines Day Garland leftover from a toddler Valentines Day party we hosted at our house.  I took it apart and made the hearts into cherries. This took just a few minutes.  You could also make Cherries freehand out of felt.  They don’t need to be perfect either.  Kids can use their imaginations. 🙂


I drew a cherry tree on our Chalkboard wall.  DON’T worry, you do NOT need a chalkboard wall to pull this off!  You can make a felt tree ( this will work best, the fruit will stick).  You can draw a tree on a cardboard box.  You can draw a tree on shipping paper and tape it to the wall.  YOU DON’T really need a tree at all.  You can PRETEND there is a tree.  Kids like to play PRETEND. 🙂  I should know, my 28 month old PRETENDS that he is fighting dragons in his room when he supposed to be taking a nap.

I taped the cherries on the wall.  I didn’t want to go through the effort of making a felt tree unless I knew he would like this activity.  He did. ( one day, when I leave the house, I will have to make a felt tree.)

Since our cherry picking day, We have also picked Limes and Lemons off this tree.  We have also picked felt blueberries off a bush and picked grapes off a vine. ( not pictured).  We have also turned ALL the felt fruit into a fruit salad.


Felt makes great pretend food.  This is also a great way to encourage healthy eating.  My kid had a blast picking fruit indoors.  Maybe we can pick the REAL thing soon. 🙂



  1. Awww, that is a fun idea. I never would have thought to do that with my kids when they were babies.

  2. I love this idea! We have lots of wall space, and Hubs would laugh that we can again skip a trip to the orchard!

  3. I can hardly believe how cute this idea is. I absolutely love it. I want to play!

  4. This is SO cute, I love this idea! I really think my daughter would love this! I’m going to have to make this and try it out with her!

  5. That is a great idea, especially for those rainy days! I’d have to see if my toddler would have the attention span to do this though. =P

  6. What an adorable activity. I remember those days of being cooped up in the house with little ones!

  7. I think felt is fabulous. There is an indoor playground in Orlando that has a wall for felt play with a very similar idea. It has life size pieces of fruit and veggies to plant and pick.

  8. that’s hands down the CUTEST fruit picking I’ve ever seen. love it!

  9. This is such an adorable activity for toddlers. I love the idea of making different fruits to add on. It’s a great way to teach your child about identifying the fruits and even textures.

  10. This is co clever! I need to do this in my basement for my kids.

  11. This is such a cute idea! Bringing nature indoors – love it!

  12. What a cute idea. I love how they can have their own little fruit trees.

  13. That’s adorable! What a great idea!

  14. I love this idea, and really need a chalkboard wall for my kiddos!

  15. What a fun idea! We’re still cooped up here in Indiana too and it’s about to push me over the edge. Three of my kids go to school, but we homeschool our son and he desperately wants to go outside and play too!

  16. What a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing it. I think I will have to pass this idea along to my sister for when my niece gets a little bigger.

  17. What a great way to teach kids how to pick fruits. I wonder if you started putting different fruits if you could teach him earlier how to sort the fruits 🙂

  18. This is GENIUS!! I never would have thought to do that. I know we’re all tired of being stuck indoors. My little guy does NOT enjoy playing in the snow – at all. So, it’s been a very indoorsy winter for us. Can’t wait for summer to get here so we can swim!!

  19. What a great boredom buster for the little ones! I think this is a great way to get them revved up to do some real fruit picking when the weather permits too!

  20. What an adorable idea. Also – LOVE the chalkboard wall.

  21. This is so cute – great idea! Sharing with friends that have young children

  22. Eliz Frank

    That is such an original idea and very creative too. I love the photo of your child in action.

  23. such a really cute activity. I love that you have a chalkboard wall too

  24. What a FUN and creative idea– especially for rainy, snowy days. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea of fruit picking-indoors! Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!

  25. Neat idea. My toddler would love this. I will give it a try!

  26. This is such a cute idea! It would be fun on a felt board too!

  27. I’m going to share this post with my son’s preschool teacher. I think she would love to do this with the kids one day when it’s too cold to go outside. Thanks!


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