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Thursday, January 12, 2012

10 Things To Do When You're Stuck Indoors


I don't know about your winters, but where I live it's very likely that we'll be stuck indoors on many winter days due to dangerously cold temperatures and blizzard like conditions. (No, I don't live in the frozen tundra, just the upper-Midwest part of the US.) Or maybe you're in the middle of summer and it's hot and muggy outside. You can't send the kids outside, so what are you going to do?

In case you're stuck indoors and your kids are getting a little stir crazy, here are 10 ideas for some indoor fun:

1. Find a big piece of cardboard and let your little artists get creative like we did with our Mary, Mary Quite Contrary mural.



2. Put on your pajamas, pop in a good movie, and drink hot cocoa.
3. Make masking tape roads and get out all the toy cars. Here's a great example of a masking tape town from Creatively Content.

(photo via NurtureStore)

5. Put glow sticks in the bathtub, turn off the lights and have a glow-in-the-dark bath. Check out how The Chocolate Muffin Tree had fun with glow sticks in the bath!
6. Set up a pretend play invitation like our pet shop. If you don't want a pet shop, you can set up a grocery store, doctor's office, or even a zoo.


7. Get cozy under a pile of blankets and read aloud a classic book like Charlotte's Web or Little House on the Prairie
8. Have fun with simple science experiments using everyday household items. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas recently had a Mad Science Week with several fun ideas to try.


9. Have a competition to see who can build the tallest block tower or who can build a tower the fastest. Challenge each other with building activities.
10. Raid your recycling bin and use cardboard rolls as stamps like we did with our cardboard roll stamping.




*Bonus Activity* Gather the whole family and put together a jigsaw puzzle. It's fun, challenging, and a great way to spend time together!

What is your favorite thing to do when you're stuck indoors?


   

22 comments:

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

awesome ideas & thanks for including our fizzy fun!

Dalton said...

Great ideas on how not to go stir crazy! A few other things we like to do....go through old photo albums, bake something yummy, or family games of hide n seek...

Growing Play said...

Nice ideas. If you need more pretend play ideas you can check out our website for some free printables and suggested activities.

Lindsi B said...

This is great! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-6.html

Nicole said...

Hopping over from Fun Stuff Fridays. Love these ideas! I just put a blog post today lamenting being stuck inside with my crazy boys all winter!

Michelle said...

We did the masking tape roads and my boys loved it! They dragged out all their wooden blocks and built an entire world! Thanks for sharing the other great ideas!

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MiaB said...

What fun activities for the winter time!!! I'm your newest GFC follower and would love it if you could share this here -

http://www.mamamiasheart2heart.com/2012/01/sharing-saturday.html

Have a great weekend.

~MIaB

Natasha said...

would love it if you could share this on my link party
http://serenityyou.blogspot.com/search/label/Serenity%20Saturday

Natasha

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

LOVE these ideas!! I have a big box I've been saving for painting projects! Have also always wanted to try TP painting! :)

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

What a great collection of fun ideas! Something for everyone =-) I have been wanting to do the fizzy fun! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week,
Beth =-)

KP Nuts said...

Nice post - We do indoor olympics when the energy levels are too high for crafts and reading - I set up a course of sofa cushions and we add musical statues or similar for some jumping fun.

Terri Thompson said...

Thank you! Indoor olympics sounds like great fun! I'll have to keep that in mind the next time my girls have a lot of energy and we can't get out.

Terri Thompson said...

Thanks! I'll see you next week!

Terri Thompson said...

Definitely try the TP painting! It's easy and so much fun!

Terri Thompson said...

Thank you! Just linked up!

Kristina said...

Great post! Love love love your pet shop and am excited to feature it in my pretend play post soon. I am bookmarking this post for when it gets cold here!

Partycraft Secrets said...

some great ideas - well done!
http://partycraftsecrets.blogspot.com/

PrairieJenn said...

Great ideas for indoor family fun!

Classified Mom said...

What wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

Natasha said...

great ideas

Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday
Hope you can come and join us this week too

http://serenityyou.blogspot.com/search/label/Serenity%20Saturday

Natasha xx

Sarah said...

Lots of ideas for indoor fun at new website too - gettingstuckin.co.uk .... all tried and tested by me and my kiddies !

john henry said...

These all ideas are very amazing. I like it so much. These playing tips are very good source to spend happy moments in winter school holidays and other free time. Your tips are best indoor playing options and great School holidays activities for all kids and also a perfect way of getting fun and entertainment. I will try these activities in these coming winter holidays.

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