No one ever said parenting was easy, but with a bit of creativity, it can be fun too! If you’re looking for some indoor games to keep your kids entertained, look no further.
We’ve put together a list of over 80 games that are sure to keep everyone busy and happy. So get ready to have some fun with these easy games for kids!
Are you looking for easy & fun indoor games for kids? I had so much fun researching and writing this post. I identified dozens and dozens of unique indoor games kids would love.
Even the most creative and energetic person in the universe has those moments when they run out of games to play. Some days, especially when stuck indoors for a variety of reasons, such as a rainy day, identifying fun activities for kids to play at home can be difficult and frustrating!
Let’s be honest; there will come a day when desperation calls during colder months over the winter and school breaks, especially if you have a strict technology rule. These games are perfect for younger and older kids.
I love my kids to pieces. I work hard to make space for them to be creative and to be able to freely use their imaginations. I take the time to think carefully about how to structure our environment in a way that is conducive to this creativity.
But let’s be honest…on a crappy weather-related day…I often feel like this image below…
Fun Indoor Games for Kids
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. I suggest preparing ahead of time. Your goal is to be proactive rather than reactive.
Don’t be afraid to give your child the chance to lead his learning and development by creating a safe and prosperous environment.
Does that make sense?
Now, don’t let me talk you into staying indoors on a less than an appealing day – rain, snow, hail, whatever. I have loads of ideas for getting outside on those sorts of days, too. With that out of the way, allow me to be your muse. Here is my ultimate list of great ideas for indoor games for older and younger kids!
The goal of these activities is to keep them simple and to keep it inexpensive. Oh, yes, and, of course, having loads of indoor fun! These activities are perfect for kids of all ages, even toddlers!
Easy & Fun Indoor Activities for Kids
- 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
- Play Dominoes
- Cardboard Box Invention
- Write a story together
- Illustrate the story
- Built a fort using pillows
- Build a fort using blankets & chairs
- Build a path of pillows
- Create and explore sensory tubs
- Have a pillow fight
- Walk the Line
- Create a blindfolded indoor obstacle course
- Build a spaceship from cardboard boxes
- Design and then build a car ramp
- Create cool perler bead designs & patterns
- Build a reading nook with chairs, blankets, baskets of books, stuffed animals, and flashlights
- Put on a play with stuffed animals
- Listen to music
- Make your own music
- Bake a dessert for your neighbor
- Cook dinner for your family
- Pretend play
Easy Indoor Activity Ideas for Kids
- Pretend you’re at the movie theater & go to the movies (popcorn and all)
- Workbooks but Not Really Workbooks (we LOVE these summer Brain Quest books all year round!)
- Drawing Center
- Install a trapeze bar (okay, this one is not so simple but totally worth it!)
- Challenging Puzzle
- 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!)
- Indoor color hunt
- Shape hunt
- 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 or masking 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 or masking tape
- Make a masking 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
- Build paper airplanes
- Do origami (this origami kit is our favorite)
Indoor Activities for Toddlers
- Cook with your toddlers
- 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
- Create a maze with tape
- Make a web and try to make your way through it
- 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 (ok, technically an outdoor activity)
- Throw hot water in the below-freezing water (ok, another outdoor activity)
- 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