Keep your kids entertained while they’re stuck inside with these easy indoor kids activities that are perfect for children of any age.
Being stuck indoors is hard for kids of any age. So, finding ways to keep them entertained while you’re inside is essential.
Luckily, you don’t need a ton of time or money to keep your kids happy while they’re stuck inside. You just have to get a little bit creative!
These 14 easy indoor kids activities are perfect for your kids when they’re stuck inside.
Play With Balloons
The simple act of blowing up a balloon or two can provide tons of fun for your kids when they’re stuck inside, making the one of the easiest indoor activities for kids.
Blow up a few balloons and let your kids have some fun catching, chasing, kicking, and hitting the balloons while they play inside.
Just make sure to have enough balloons for each of your kids so they can all have fun without fighting over a balloon.
Make Crafts Together
Crafts are a great way to get your kids to think creatively and improve their fine motor skills. Crafts will also keep them busy for a long time while they’re stuck inside.
That makes crafting one of the best indoor kids activities you can find! Keep a few kids craft supplies on hand at home so you’re always ready to pull them out when your kids get bored.
Then, let your kids get creative with the supplies you have at home. You could also do a quick search online to find kids craft ideas if your kids need some inspiration for their next project.
Play Board Games
For some screen-free fun for your kids, there’s no better choice than board games! Games are a great way to get your kids playing together as a family.
Let your kids pick the game to ensure they get excited about playing. You could even host a board game tournament and let each of your kids pick the game they want to play.
If you need some ideas for kid-friendly board games, try:
- Connect Four
- Guess Who
- Chutes and Ladders
- Candy Land
Enjoy A Good Book
Reading is another simple way to keep your kids entertained throughout the day. Your kids can each pick a book for them to read quietly alone.
Or gather up the family and read aloud to share some family time together while you read.
You could also make things easier on yourself and find a family-friendly audiobook to enjoy as you spend time together indoors.
Have A Dance Party
Get your kids up and moving while they’re stuck inside with this fun indoor kids activity! Turn up the music and start dancing to let loose and relax for a little while you’re inside.
Pick some of your kids’ favorite songs to make the dance party even more fun for the little ones.
Have Fun in the Kitchen
Teaching your kids to cook is a skill they can use throughout their lives. But getting your kids in the kitchen can also be so much fun! Baking sweet treats together is a tried-and-true activity everyone in the family will love – especially when you get to enjoy your baked snacks after you’re finished cooking.
But letting your kids help make dinner is another fun way to pass the time while you’re stuck inside. Make interactive dinners, like homemade pizza, to really get the kids involved in creating dinner for the family.
Watch A Movie
While avoiding screens as much as possible is a good idea for your kids, sometimes you just need a quiet activity for your kids to enjoy while you’re stuck inside.
Family-friendly movies are a great way to get your kids to settle down and relax, while also having a little fun. Pop some popcorn and set out some snacks your kids like to eat, then let them pick a kid-friendly movie to watch while you’re inside.
Have Some Active Fun
When your kids are stuck inside, it’s difficult to get them up and moving sometimes. Make exercise more fun by turning it into a game. There are a variety of great indoor games and activities your kids can play that will help them stay active, even when they’re indoors.
Try one of these activities to keep your kids moving, even when they’re forced to stay inside:
- Obstacle course
- Wheelbarrow, bear-walk, or crab-walk races
- Freeze dance
- Jump rope
- Jumping jacks
- Pillow fight
Learn A Card Game
Card games have always been a classic way to stay entertained while you’re stuck inside. There are a variety of fun ways to play with cards as a family or alone. Teach your kids some classic card games to help them stay occupied while they’re indoors.
These easy card games are great for families:
- Slap Jack
Making your own jewelry at home is another simple way for your kids to stay busy indoors. Since there are so many great ways to make jewelry, you can simply grab some items you already have at home for your kids to get started.
While beads and string are perfect for at-home jewelry making, they’re not the only supplies your kids can use to make necklaces and bracelets.
You can also give the pasta, like macaroni or rigatoni noodles, and yarn to use to create their own jewelry designs. Paint, glitter, and glue are also useful for decorating the pasta for their jewelry.
Build a Fort
If you ask a kid, building a fort is one of the best indoor kids activities you can do while you’re at home. All you need are some blankets and pillows to create an amazing fort for your kids.
Use the furniture in the room to create a structure for your kid’s fort, then drape blankets and sheets over to make a roof. Finish by adding some pillows on the floor for comfort and let your kids have fun playing inside their homemade structure.
Let your kids use their imagination by playing dress-up while they’re stuck inside. You can get out old Halloween costumes for them to play with or grab some of your old clothes to let them use as costumes.
Then, let your kids have fun creating their own characters and enjoying imaginative playtime inside.
Learn a New Skill
Being stuck inside will give your family plenty of free time, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to learn something new. And thanks to the internet, you can find instructions and videos for just about anything you want to learn.
From learning how to code to learning a new magic trick, there are a variety of great skills your kids could learn while they’re stuck inside. Ask your kids what they want to learn how to do, then search the internet to find instructions for them to practice their new skill.
Write a Story
Kids are great at being creative! That means they’re sure to have fun writing their own stories. Give your kids some paper and a pencil and let them sit down and create a story using their imagination.
If your kids need a little bit of inspiration, try using an online story starter to help them get their creative juices flowing. After they’re finished writing their stories, let them take turns reading their story to the family so everyone can hear their tale.
That’s really all that I have to share today. Hopefully you now have several ideas of some super fun and super cheap activities to do at home to keep those little ones busy busy busy!
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