I don't care how creative you are…
…there comes a time when desperation calls during those colder, seemingly longer months over the winter and school breaks, especially when you have a strict technology rule like we do.
I love my kids dearly and I work hard to make space for them to be creative and use their imaginations but I also think carefully about how to structure our environment in a way that is conducive to this creativity.
Yup, you won't find me a “free range” parent. I believe, as a Montessorian especially, that kids need a lot of liberty within a well-planned environment no matter if at home, in the wilderness, or in the classroom. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to plan out every tiny detail of materials and of time. What I mean is preparing yourself to be proactive rather than reactive and allowing your child to lead his learning and development in a safe and rich environment.
With that out of the way, allow me to be your muse, here is my ultimate list of easy indoor activities for kids!
The goal of these activities is to keep it simple and to keep it inexpensive.
Easy Indoor Activities for Kids to Keep the Brain & the Body Active
- Build a Pulley
- Build a Balloon Rocket
- Experiment with Electricity
- Baking Soda & Vinegar
- Use markers on the windows (gasp!)
- Ooblek or Gak
- Yoga Storytelling
- Soap Souffle
- Friction Experiments
- Brain Breaks such as hopping on one foot while tapping your nose, swinging your arms left to right and back again
- Cardboard Box Invention
- Write a story together
- Built a fort using pillows
- Build a fort using blankets & chairs
- Build a path of Pillows
- Walk the Line
- Build a spaceship from cardboard boxes
- Build a reading nook with chairs, blankets, baskets of books, stuffed animals, and flashlights
- Put on a play with stuffed animals
- Workbooks but Not Really Workbooks (we LOVE these summer Brain Quest books for all year round!)
- Drawing Center
- Install a trapeze bar (okay, this one is not so simple but totally worth it!)
- Challenging Puzzle (we LOVE these puzzles!)
- Read a Book Aloud Together
- Measure pulses & notice body temperatures by having the kids go outside run around the house as fast they can and come back in…
- Mini trampoline (or choose a bed to bounce!)
- Create a family recipe
- Set up an indoor obstacle course
- Set up a timed indoor obstacle course
- Have the kids hop on one foot, jump up and down, spin, etc and then measure heart rates!
- Study xRays
- Fold & put away laundry (gasp!)
- Go on an indoor color hunt
- Go on a shape hunt
- Go on a letter/sound hunt
- Match small calendar images to large calendar images
- Put on a play (write it and then act it out)
- Dance party
- Use a straw to blow a cotton ball across a “finish line”
- Play limbo
- Make an obstacle course or web with painters tape across a doorway
- Create shapes on the floor and challenge kids to jump from one to another
- Play balloon ping pong
- Create a “long jump” with painters tape
- Make a tape road for your vehicle lovers (by the way, this race track tape is SUPER cool!)
- Indoor hopscotch
- Put a balloon under the shirt and see if you and a partner can pop it
- Put a balloon between your thighs and race
- Create a sticky spider web
- Cook with your kids
- Play board games, especially ones like Twister!
- Go on an indoor scavenger hunt
- Army crawl
- Go on an indoor listening walk
- Use a blindfold to lead someone around the house
- Play hide and seek with animal sounds
- Decorate a snowscape window
- Make a mystery bag with objects from around the house
- Create smelling bottles
- Create sound bottles
- Build a Kazoo
- Create a Sound Bag
- Watch a tv show without sound and make up your own words to go along with the story
- Have an indoor snowball fight with extra large pom poms!
- Use paper plates to “skate” or “slide” on the floor
- Use a broken down box to “slide” down the stairs
- Bring the snow indoors with Insta Snow
- Blow bubbles in the below freezing weather
- Throw hot water in the below freezing water
- Have a tropical dress up party
- Go bowling INSIDE
- Take shaving cream in the tub & let the kids go at it
- Play basketball with a trash can or basket and bean bags
- Create a map of your house
Hope you found this list useful!
P.S. Don't forget to join the FREE 7 Day Indoor Activity Challenge!