10 Great Indoor Activity Ideas For Kids
Rain, rain, go away come again another day. Or maybe it is snow, snow, go away come again another day. Here in the Midwest you never know what the weather will be like in the winter. It could be 60 and sunny on a Monday, and then 20 and snowing Tuesday morning. There is a saying that if you don’t like the weather in the Midwest just wait a few minutes and it will change.
If you have kids in your house what do you do when that rain, rain won’t go away? You could always plop them down in front of some cartoons but where is the imagination in that? How about some indoor activity ideas to keep them busy and entertained? Here are some ideas for some indoor activities for kids that are sure to bring your family together and help pass through those rainy days.
Hide and Seek
This is a staple indoor game for my kids. And is a great one to play along with them. Sometimes I will hide in the most obvious of places but the kids always go check the same spot that they hid in. We have to set boundaries though because often they will try to hide in locations that are just not safe.
Card games are not only a great indoor activity but also a great learning tool. Playing some UNO or go fish can teach your kids some basic math skills and color recognition. Make sure you pick age appropriate games or the fun might be short lived.
Construction Block Building
Using age appropriate LEGO or DUPLO construction blocks you can get those gears working and build something. I would suggest that maybe try to work with them and build something outside the instructions. Coming up with new creations and mixing together sets can be fun and exciting.
Just like card games board games make for a great way to pass the time on a rainy or snowy day. Playing classic board games like Sorry or Life can help entertain all for hours. I would recommend staying away from Monopoly as it has been known to cause family drama.
Need an indoor activity idea that gets them up and moving? Kids always need to burn some energy so playing charades not only keeps them busy it gets them up and moving acting out the charades. If you need help see this charade generator to help with the fun.
Fort building requires no blue print, no extra materials, no game pieces. Just a little imagination and some chairs and some sheets from the beds and bam, instant fun. Last summer there was restrictions on camping in tents so instead of camping out we camped in and made a fort and slept in it. My son was so excited he wanted to do it every weekend.
As long as they are old enough to help cook, cooking with your kids is not only a great indoor activity but also a good bonding experience. Passing on recipes or discovering new ones together can create new memories that will last them a lifetime. Just remember to have fun and don’t worry about the messes you create. In fact if there are messes it is a good experience to learn how to clean the kitchen.
Reading is an indoor activity idea for kids that could be done individually or as a family. If the kids are older maybe everyone can sit in the same room and read whatever book of their choice. But if you have younger kids perhaps you let them pick out some books and you try reading to them or together as a family.
With art time the key is to let them have open imagination. Put on some old clothes and put out some newspaper or protective covering and let them go at it. You can let them finger paint or color with marker (washable of course). You could also build paper mache hats or upcycle some bottles into boats. Just have fun with it and let them experiment.
I was hesitant to add this but I add it with a big caveat. The kids can’t just go play video games by themselves. Pick games that are multiplayer and can be played on the same screen. Something like Mario Kart or Wii Sports. If they can get up and be active that makes it even better. The idea is to spend time together as a family and not just space out playing a video game.
Bonus: Play Outside
If it is safe for your kids it really doesn’t hurt for them to go play out in the rain or the snow. Now obviously we don’t want our kids to play when it is lightning or may temperatures are way below freezing. But my kids have a blast putting on some rain boots and rain jackets and stomping through puddles, or bundling up and sledding through the snow. Technically this isn’t an indoor activity idea but once they are done you can bring them in and have some hot chocolate and snack to warm them up.
Using indoor activities for kids to pass the day on those bad weather afternoons will make your kids look forward staying inside. I know a time or two my kids got upset because the power didn’t go out during a storm because they know as soon as the power goes out we break out the board games. And you don’t even have to wait for bad weather. Just schedule a day of fun indoor activities for your kids and have a blast. If you need some extra ideas check out this link.
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These are great ideas. Sometimes we like to add to the fun by making videos of jumping toy monster trucks through walls we built or other trick moves. Having young kids made me get more creative, although creativity tends to be messy in our house. I had to let that go and be okay with it. Luckily my boys usually loved almost anything that their dad or I did with them when they were younger. Now that we are entering the teen years… not so much!
That sounds like so much fun!
Cooking is one of the big go tos for my son and me for our inside time.Thank you for the additional suggestions.
Excellent ideas! We just got 15 inches of snow here and expecting more. Indoor play will be a must for a bit!
oh wow! We haven’t had that much snow in a while. Definitely will need some indoor activities.
This is a great list of ideas to have family time with children! Your children must be so lucky to have a dad like you 😀
I like how you addressed video games as a great indoor activity for kids (i.e., trying to be active and play as a family)!
This well-explained article is really helpful for the kids.
Especially in this pandemic situation
These are great indoor activities. I have two crazy boys who would live outside if I let them. They have just recently learned how to play hide and seek which is a great indoor and outdoor game. We do a lot of these items to keep them busy throughout the day. Great list.
We definitely need all the creative ideas we can get with our little ones!
Great ideas, especially since we are stuck in the house pretty much all of the time right now!
Thanks. Very much so. With the cold weather and little ones we always have to keep ourselves busy.
Love how you have a cavaet on video games. And also Mario Kart. Loved that game so much. My son is only 2 and not ready for video games. I am both looking forward to and dreading the day he want to play them.
I needed some ideas since it is summer time and I have two very active boys ! Awesome article. Thank you.