12 Indoor Activities For Cold Winter Days

Too cold to take the kids outside? Simple indoor activities keep the fun indoors and help banish cabin fever. “Baby it’s cold outside” was our theme song for the past few weeks. Like most of Canada we have been enduring really cold weather. When you start hearing ominous phrases like “Arctic vortexes” and “Extreme wind chill” you know it’s time for some indoor activities.

Banish the Winter Blues With Some Fun Indoor Activities

These cold snaps can be challenging for families. You can’t take the children outside to burn off some energy and it is almost too cold to bundle up into the car and go anywhere interesting. To help you beat the cold weather blues I have found some fun indoor activities to help banish cabin fever.

Many of these activities will help keep your children amused, but I am hoping that you will take this opportunity to enjoy them together. Playing with your children is one of the best ways to build good relationships and build memories.

Spark the Imagination

  1. Get out some blankets and cushions and create a blanket fort in your living room. Once constructed invite your children to join you in some imaginative play. What will your fort become? Will it be a pirate’s lair, secret agent headquarters, or will you go exploring the jungle? Let your children take the lead and follow their imaginations into wondrous lands. When you are done it can simply become a place to snuggle and read together.
  2. Make some puppets and create a show. Visit Crafts ‘n Coffee for some creative puppet making ideas.  Alternatively challenge family members to make puppets out of household items. If you want to go one step further head over to P is For Preschooler to find out how to make a puppet theater from an old cardboard box.
Too cold to take the kids outside? Simple indoor activities keep the fun indoors where it's warm and help banish cabin fever.

My son in the midst of a cold snap. Yup it’s -35C!

Burn Off Some Energy

  1. If you want to burn some energy turn on some lively music and have a crazy dance party. Move the furniture back to create a large open space.  Raid the kitchen cupboards to create some impromptu musical instruments and have a parade.  Perhaps you could even learn how to dance the Charleston
  2. Make a bean bag toss and challenge your children to a game. Amanda over at Dirt and Boogers provides some instructions for making one from a cardboard box.
  3. If you have older children and are looking for something a little more challenging try some indoor foot volleyball. All you need is a balloon and a piece of yarn.
  4. Have a dirty-sock fight. Take the socks right off your feet, ball them up and challenge your kids to a throwing battle. This activity is almost guaranteed to get everyone laughing. Raid your laundry hampers for extra ammunition. Make up teams to help out younger children.

Get Creative

  1. If you feel like something creative head over to  Eric Carle’s website to find out how he makes his pictures. Now bring out the art supplies and make some of your own. What pictures will you create?
  2. Rachelle from Tinkerlab shares some pictures from a collaborative sketchbook that she and her daughter are working on. In the post Rachelle describes how she and her daughter work together to produce the art. This is family connection at its best. I loved the conversation and bonding that occurs during the process.
  3. Introduce your children to Picasso by creating Picasso style portraits. Create a gallery by mounting the picture on the wall.


  1. Older kids might enjoy making these adorable tin can robots. This activity requires a little more planning, but it would be super fun to do.
  2. We librarians love it when our patrons use bookmarks. These monster bookmarks are very creative and little different
  3. Raid your recycling box and create a cardboard city for your children to play with. Dayna over at Lemon and Lime Adventures provides great instructions. This should get the creativity going.

So there you go cold weather doesn’t have to be boring. In fact those frigid temperatures provide you with a perfect excuse to stay home and enjoy some extra family time together.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” Edith Sitwell

Now It’s Your Turn

What are your favorite indoor activities? Is there anything you would add to the list?  Please share your ideas in the comments below, links welcome!

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