As a mom of four kids, I know that indoor activities are a lifesaver on days when the weather is not cooperating and you are stuck indoors. That’s why I’ve come up with a list of 10 indoor activities for kids that every mom will love. From crafts to baking to simple games, these activities will keep your kids entertained for hours.
A few days ago we had planned a fun family outing, because it was a school holiday and both kids would be home. But as fate would have it, it suddenly began to rain, and we had to cancel our plans. Needless to say, the kids were terribly disappointed – and so was I!
If you’re a mom of little kids, you know what happens when things don’t go as planned. I did too! So, before hell broke loose, I dug out some old puzzles and we had hours of fun working on them until the rain let up and we could finally go outdoors. In the end the kids were actually happy that it had rained because they got ‘bonus special family time’! (My son’s words!)
If you’re looking for some fun indoor activities to keep your kiddos entertained, look no further! Here are some super-fun indoor activities that you and your kids will love. And the best part? Every single one of these activities is Mom-approved. 😉
10 indoor activities for kids that every mom will love
1. Make homemade pizzas
My kids love helping in the kitchen. And although it can get a bit messy when there are smaller kids involved, I try to involve them in the cooking whenever possible. Learning to cook is not only a valuable skill, it also teaches kids a bit of math and science!
Let your kids get creative with their own personal pizzas! All you need is some pizza dough, tomato sauce, and shredded cheese. Add in any other toppings they want and let them go to town. Bonus points if they help you clean up afterwards!
2. Build a fort
Kids love forts! And you can build them from everyday items such as boxes, blankets, chairs, couch cushions. Let them get creative! Grab whatever you can find and let them build their own secret hideout. You can even check Pinterest for some really awesome ideas.
Just make sure you supervise so things don’t get too out of hand.
3. Have a dance party
A dance party is a great way to help kids get their dose of physical activity even when they are stuck indoors. If you have a little dancer, he/she will love this! Put on their favorite tunes and let them boogie down! This is a great way to wear them out before naptime or bedtime.
4. Do a science experiment
Children love science, whether they realize it or not. They’re always experimenting with something or the other. Encourage the little scientists by performing some fun, simple science activities at home.
You can do some pretty mind-blowing, hands-on science experiments at home using stuff you probably have lying around the house. Look online for age-appropriate experiments that are safe and fun.
5. Bake some cookies
This one is always a hit and is a fun learning experience too. Not only do your kids get to experience the joys of baking but they also learn a bit of science and math and, in case of little kids, shapes and counting and colors too!
Let them help you measure the ingredients, mix everything together, and then enjoy the delicious results afterwards. Yum!
6. Play board games
Get out the Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, Checkers and have some old-fashioned family fun! Not only will they love spending time with you, but they’ll also learn how to lose gracefully (or not so gracefully, in some cases). 😉 and it get their brains buzzing and sharpen their focus.
7. Have a art and craft session
Kids love art and crafts. Have a fun session drawing, coloring or doing simple paper crafts. My kids love origami and the internet is full of ideas that are quick, easy and a lot of fun. Get out those supplies and get ready to have hours of fun together!
If (like mine) your kids also love activity sheets, get out those activity books and have fun doing different activities like mazes, word puzzles, etc.
8. Read books
This one’s a favorite in our household! Cuddle up with a few of their favorite stories and spend some quality time together. This is a great activity for when they’re feeling calm and sleepy.
If you have older kids who know how to read, this is a great time to sneak in some reading practice! 😉
9. Put on a play
Act out one of their favorite stories or make up your own adventure! They’ll have a blast using their imagination and spending time with their favorite people in the world – you! 🙂 This activity will also help them improve their communication skills, overcome shyness and gain confidence.
10. Have a picnic:
Although the weather outside is terrible, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice indoor picnic. Prepare a simple picnic basket and turn your living room into a nice picnic spot. Spread out a blanket on the floor and enjoy some yummy snacks together! Bon Appetit!
So next time it’s raining cats and dogs outside and your kiddos are bouncing off the walls, try one of these fun indoor activities instead! From cooking and baking to playing dress-up and putting on shows, there’s something here for everyone. And like I said before, they’re all Mom-approved so you know they’re good clean fun. 😉
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