Sometimes cold weather can feel so long. Past years I have purchased tickets to our local science museum. This year I forgot to buy them while they were discounted in October, so I guess I’ll just manage the best I can with indoor games here at home. A few days ago I was feeling stuck in a rut and decided to ask for ideas on things to do inside with the kids. I ended up with 21 favorite finds for inside play that I wanted to share with you.
- Craft day – One idea was to make a rectangle and paint or cut shapes for a picture window view. As kids, we used to create underwater scenes with construction paper. We would cut seaweed, rocks, and fish out to create a construction paper view.
- Blanket Fort
- Bake something – we are in love with these cookies right now.
- Indoor Scavenger Hunt – Sometimes we do I Spy to clean up an area.
- Hide and Go Seek
- Kid-Friendly Coffee shops
- A making tape highway – The person who suggested this is my new hero because she does it under tables and upon wall too!!
- Blow up Balloons – Extra points if you use paper plates to play badminton with them.
- Look up DLTKS – this will give you printables for patterns to cut, homemade storybooks, Bible lessons, ABC, and more
- Read Stories – If you’re looking for a good book idea check out a post I wrote here.
- Simple science experiments
- Have a dance party –
And here are a few of my own inside play ideas.
- Obstacle course with string
- Small Trampoline and crib mattress tumbling mats
- Create hopscotch inside with masking tape
- Blow up balloons, but don’t tie them. Let go and see what balloon goes furthest.
- Use toilet paper rolls and a ball to bowl.
If you want to get out for inside play on the cheap.
- Chick-fil-a – Mommy buys a coffee, and the kids play all morning.
- Barnes and Noble has a train track.
- Lots of coffee shops will do a children’s story hour. The one down the street from us is delightful.
If you have more ideas, feel free to drop them in the comments below.