This weekend I noticed myself and my kids just moping around, sick of watching the same movies, coloring pictures, doing puzzles etc, etc. So we brainstormed some things we could do at home, which led to this post. Most of these things are no brainers, most are things that we do, or want to do. So hopefully it will just refresh you on some fun ideas to do indoors!
This is my criteria for my list
- Does not require I buy any special items.
- It is a project the kids can do, and does not take excessive time on my part to set up or clean.
- It is fun, of course:)
1. Build Forts
Yup that is right, get out the blankets the clothes pins, your tables etc, and let the kids have at it! This is guaranteed to keep your kids occupied for more than 15 minutes. Sometimes your kiddos might need some ideas, get out the card table, make different rooms, etc. When you are all done give your kids some flashlights and picture books, and you will be all set!
2. Sort Things
3. Art Fun,
Make picture collages take old magazines etc, and let your kids make collages of things they like, or things that start with the letter P, or things that are blue, or places they want to go, etc., etc., etc,
Jello Art, let kids make a design out of elmers glue, then put magic dust (jello) over the design, and see it take color.
Play Dough: Make some salt dough, then become sculptures! Easy cheap entertainment.
4. Scavenger Hunts
5. Games, the obvious, and not so obvious ones
Uno, Animal Game (act out an animal and we have to guess), Duck, Duck, Goose, Indoor crawling Tag, Hide and Seek, Twister, Indoor hop scotch.
6. Play with your Food
This past weekend my lunch options of hot dogs, sandwiches, or mac and cheese, seemed pretty grim, and unexciting. My oldest daughter whos favorite phrase is 'What are we going to do next?', was not impressed. So I simply put the options for the main course, a side dish (carrots with dip, grapes, or oranges), and our drink options in three separate bowls. Each of my kids got to pick one of the items that we would all have for lunch, and all of the sudden lunch was fun.
Growing up my sister and I would come up with elaborate funky coded menus. We would have clever (or so we thought) false names for each course, main dish, meal, drink, and even a utensil. Everyone would then pick there meal, not knowing what they would get or with what utensil they would eat it with. So if you chose the 'Fish bate, Yellow Mush, Witches Brew, to eat with a rake, you might be eating Spaghetti, apple sauce, and chocolate milk to eat with a fork. We had a lot of fun doing this!
Have an indoor picnic, enough said!
7. Make Music
8. Mad Scientist
9 . Internet Games
I do not let my kids play on the computer much, so if they get to, it is a big deal. For my younger kids we stick to Starfall.com, for my grade schooler we play pbs.org! Or if we are in the mood for an adventure we can all crowd around the table and see what the latest 'Cake Wrecks' are.
10. Snail Mail
I like to Link to these great parties!