Sometimes, ordinary household furniture can hold the secret to keep our kids entertained and moving indoors. Today’s activity uses the cushions from your couch to get your little ones moving. In my experience, it also does a fantastic job of entertaining them for a period of time. This activity is a part of the Activity of the Day series.

Build, Climb, and Play

All you need for this activity is the cushions from your couch! You can also pull out a few balls, pillows, or cars to extend the fun. The couch cushions are really your main item though.


Pull out the couch cushions and let your kids use them to build different things. They can create climbing structures, tunnels, and more out of the cushions. We have used them as ramps, a stage, and a launching pad for jumping.


Couch cushions can make great climbing opportunities. For younger kids, this is a great way to work on skills and extend their gross motor learning. If your kids are big enough, let them come up with how to place the cushions. If you have little ones, you may need to help with the rearranging. For an extra challenge, set up your own arrangements, take a photo, and then challenge your kids to set it back up again based on the photo.


This activity gives the perfect opportunity to encourage imagination and creativity. You can set up a few arrangements but the magic will happen when you let your kids play and do their own thing. I recommend supervising for safety but give them some freedom to build, climb, and play with the couch cushions.


We use the cushions from our spare couch in the basements. If you don’t have couch cushions to use, you can adjust this activity by using ottomans, pillows, mattresses, and more to create a similar activity.

This activity is a part of our Activity of the Day series. This series was created to help parents with activities to do during school closures due to the coronavirus. Check back every weekday for new activity that you can do with kids of all ages!

Have fun building, climbing, and playing with the couch cushions!