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.
4. Make your own play dough. Nurture Store has a wonderful selection of play dough recipes and ideas in their free e-book!)
(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.
(photo via Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
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?
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