Looking for some indoor activities to stop your kids bouncing off the walls this winter? Here are 12 awesome indoor activities for kids that will save your sanity when it’s too cold to go out! This is the fun and easy way to combat 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 Fabulous Indoor Activities
I needed this list of indoor activities when my kids were growing up. On those days when it was frigid outside and complete bedlam inside. I couldn’t take the boys outside to burn off some energy and sometimes it was even too cold to bundle up into the car and go anywhere interesting.
To say that we would all go stir crazy was an understatement!
To put this list together to help you combat the winter blues, because you’re probably going to need it again. … and again.
Spark the Imagination
- 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.
- Make some puppets and create a show. You’ll find some great ideas here and here. 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.
Burn Off Some Energy
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you feel like something creative why not make some art inspired by a favorite book. Meri Cherry shows you how to do that with some Eric Carle inspired mixed up chameleon art. Now bring out the art supplies and make some of your own. What pictures will you create?
- 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.
- Introduce your children to Picasso by creating Picasso style portraits. Create a gallery by mounting the picture on the wall.
- 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.
- We librarians love it when our patrons use bookmarks. These monster bookmarks are very creative and little different
- Raid your recycling box and create a cardboard city for your children to play with. Kids Spot 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.
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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