It’s that time of year again when the kids are at home, and you have to figure out what kind of indoor activities for kids you can think of. This is a tough task because it seems like these days nothing interests them anymore! But don’t worry; we’ve got your back with some creative ideas from our bloggers:
You may not be able to just take a break from your family, but there are plenty of ways you can keep all the members interested and occupied.
Remote work is great, but sometimes it can be difficult to keep a toddler entertained. This post will give you some ideas on how best to do that!
You and your children are sitting at home on a Friday night, bored out of your minds. What do you do? You don’t need to spend money in the toy store because there is tons of fun activities right under foot that can be enjoyed as a family!
Mega List of Indoor fun Activities for Kids
1. Cardboard Dollhouse
The cardboard dollhouse is a fun and creative project to do with your kids. You can make the pieces from scratch, or use something like cereal boxes as their base. And you’ll be able to watch them enjoy hours of playtime!
Imagine the possibilities! Recycling cardboard boxes is a great way to save money and it’s very easy. Check out this medieval fort on Easy Craft for Kids that was made entirely from recycled materials like old newspapers, scrap paper, dryer lint, and even toothpicks. It looks super cute with its high towers perfect for knights in shining armor defending their kingdom against those pesky dragons!
Not only is recycling an easy thing you can do (especially if your kids are helping) but it also benefits our environment by using fewer resources while saving money too since many people don’t know how we’re able to recycle so much of what they throw away without having new trees cut down or land cleared up just yet again. one of the best Indoor Activities.
2. Indoor Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a great way to take advantage of the indoors on cold or rainy days. All you need are some items that have been hidden throughout your house, each with its own point value depending on how difficult they were to find. The first person who finds all the items and makes it back home without getting caught wins! Trinity Owen came up with this idea for Moms Collab so if you’re looking for more information go check out her blog post here:
Ever want to make your own Star Wars toys? Well, now you can! Sam of Simple Everyday Mom came up with this brilliant idea that I couldn’t help but share. Do your kids love Mandalorian fans? Then they will love making this easy paper baby Yoda! Full instructions and templates included. Kids will love this easy paper baby Yoda project!
4. Easy Slime Recipes
Slime is one of those things that kids just seem to love. Whether they’re testing out different colors or running their hands through this gooey, squishy stuff it’s always fun and new for them! It might even keep your child entertained for hours on end with these easy slime recipes – guaranteed not boring!
Slime has been a long-standing favorite among children everywhere but I’m still guessing you were looking for something more interesting than the “easy” part right? Right off the bat, we have some creative ways in which young ones can get down and dirty as far as slimes are concerned including two awesome varieties: One being an instant foam recipe (think shaving cream) while another includes cool sensory play components like glitter glue powder,
5. Cloud Dough
This simple recipe for cloud dough is a must-have when you’re stuck indoors with the kids and are looking to keep them entertained! All it takes is 2 ingredients that we usually have in our homes, but if not they are easy enough to find at your local grocery store or pharmacy. You can identify these as baking soda and cornstarch – so what’s stopping you? Go grab them now and give these fun cloud dough recipes a try.
6. Sensory Activities
Sensory play is a great way for your toddler to explore their environment and learn new skills. Rough textures, different colors, toys with interesting shapes – whatever you can find in the house! The possibilities are endless when it comes to sensory play.
You won’t need to do much more than find a few things around the house and be careful with what you’re using inside! And if that’s not enough, it sometimes doesn’t even make too big of a mess.
A perfect way to get out in nature without having to go anywhere is by participating in indoor activities during bad weather or when outside conditions are unfavorable for outdoor playtime like rain, snowfall etcetera. Lots of items can be found at home including kitchenware which kids will have fun exploring while cooking up something delicious together as well as household furniture from couch pillows to window curtains just begging for creative decoration ideas (and maybe some experiments).
7. Let’s Pretend Cheap Ideas
One of the quickest and cheapest ways to keep kids entertained is by using a cardboard box. You can quickly turn it into anything, from a bear cave to an elephant’s trunk with your imagination! They’re so versatile for all ages as well- adults have just been too outgrown that their creativity has left them sitting on boxes waiting for someone else’s idea.
What’s more stimulating than screen time? Recreational activities. Watch this video to learn how using your imagination can help you out of a boredom slump!
Some children love to draw and color but that can be boring. Why not let them use their imagination and create a masterpiece using household items? They don’t need expensive markers or fancy art supplies to do so – just grab up some paper, label a few boxes to get your child started and then see what they come up with! You can even use old cardboard boxes as well – those are usually the best for this particular activity because they’re easy to cut and great for drawing on.
8. Simple Fun Art
We all know that kids love to draw and color. They can never get enough of it! But what if you want something new, but still simple? Well, we have a great craft for those creative little minds who also just so happen to be art lovers: Tree Art with Q-Tips from Imaginative Homeschool. This amazing project is not only easy to make but allows the kiddos creativity room without having them worry about making mistakes; which they will inevitably do anyway as this project does involve painting on paper Afterall – there’s always some spillage here or there no matter how hard one tries (I speak from experience). So let your child create their own sort of “nature” in front of a canvas using vibrant colored Q-Tips and a variety of colors! They can even use the brush function on their electronic tablet to accomplish it faster.
9.Science of Making Mummies
Have you ever wanted to make a mummy of your very own? If so, this is the perfect experiment for budding archeologists. It’s also great STEM activity that will keep them learning while they’re on break from school and it might get some kids interested in pursuing anthropology as their major!
10. Rainbow Toast
Rainbow toast is a fun way for kids to play with breakfast! All they need are some bread slices, food coloring (orange and yellow), grapes cut in half, blueberries washed and dried thoroughly. To make the rainbow pattern on their slice of bread all your child needs to do is dip it into one color at time while rolling around until the whole thing has been colored then move onto the next color. Once done take out grape halves or berries from each section you like best as decoration before serving up that delicious-looking meal!
11. Activity Sheets
Time might not seem like a lot to you, but for little ones who are full of energy and life, it can last an eternity. It’s always good when we have the opportunity to keep them occupied with something that they will actually enjoy doing so here is some inspiration!
12. Sunflower Paper Plate Craft
Sunflowers are a beautiful addition to any garden, so they’re also perfect for your child’s paper plate. This fun craft can be done both inside and outside depending on the season!
This idea from Mom Foodie is kind of a two-in-one or even three in one kids activity. A creative artsy project that doubles as gardening (and eating). Sunflower Paper Plate Crafts will add beauty to anyone’s life – especially yours when you do this with your little ones at home!
13. DIY Galaxy Jar
The DIY Galaxy Jar is a fun project that will keep you entertained and make your space look more creative. You can find the full instructions here at Bizzzz, Giggles! If you have always wanted to make a galaxy jar for your child but didn’t really know how this video is just for you! This idea from The Inspired Apple will give you some creative and fun ideas.
13. Lanterns For Kids
The kids can color in these lanterns with crayons, markers, or paint to make them their own. If they aren’t feeling super creative (or too busy) then it’s okay to color it as is – it still looks pretty awesome as it is right? This simple activity all comes together when the kids add battery-operated tea light candles and project them onto walls, ceilings, or any other flat surface around their house where there might be a lot of natural light coming through that could cast a shadow if they used regular candles.
14. Glow In The Dark Slime
This easy DIY glow-in-the-dark slime is actually easier than it looks and would be great for kids of all ages! This glowing slime looks so cool that you’ll want to make more than just one, but this is the perfect recipe for home summer fun time! There are many different ways to make glow-in-the-dark slime and we’ve had the chance to try a few of them – fortunately, these projects were very simple to do and didn’t take too long either.
15. Fun STEM Ideas
We know that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is literally everywhere these days. But it doesn’t have to be boring–try one of our exciting project ideas with your little ones! and Math) is the foundation for future careers. That’s why we want to share with you these fun and engaging projects that will keep your little ones entertained over the summer!
16. Temporary Tattoos For Kids
Tattoos are the perfect way to show off how confident you are in your own skin – even if it is covered in a combination of Sharpie, glue, rubbing alcohol, and other things that make just about anyone cringe when they hear them. If this sounds like something your kids might be into then check out the instructions at Fun At Home With Kids! It really doesn’t matter which design they choose because they’ll all look awesome on their skin! This temporary tattoo idea from Mom Endeavors allows your kid to have fun with ink but without that awkward feeling of knowing you’re still wearing it.
17. DIY Foam Painted Water Marbles
Water marbles are one of those activities for kids where you really can’t go wrong! All you need is a few supplies–water, food coloring, and some sort of small container to hold them in (you can use an egg carton or even empty toilet paper rolls). Don’t forget the glue gun either! This activity is great because it’s cheap, easy to set up, and super fun for your little ones too! There are many different ways to make water marbles – we’ve had the chance to try a few of them – fortunately, these projects were very simple to do and didn’t take too long either.
18. Story Telling
when I was 8 years old. My Dad was always a great storyteller. I remember when he would tell us about the time his grandfather saved him from being kidnapped by an evil witch and then they both discovered that her headless sister had taken over for them!