Easy and Fun Indoor Activities for KidsFebruary 12, 2020 // Posted in:
Winter weather can give anyone cabin fever, especially if you have little ones at home. Be honest. How many times can you hear, “I’m bored,” before you’re ready to snap?
This month, Granite and TREND Transformations shares some easy and fun indoor activities for kids to keep them entertained during the winter. We’ve even found some out-of-the-box ideas to give back to your community and to nature. Some may require a little help from you, but once you’re set up, it will be time to find yourself a quiet corner (wishful thinking) to enjoy some rest and relaxation.
Make a birdfeeder
This fun project is an easy and caring way to teach children about nature while keeping them busy indoors. The best part is after it’s placed outside, everyone can enjoy some birdwatching as the feathered friends feast from your winter gift to them.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- One pinecone (the bigger the better)
- Peanut butter
- Metal screw
- Bird seed
- String or twine
- Spread peanut butter onto the pinecone
- Pour birdseed into a bowl
- Coat pinecone with birdseed until it’s completely covered.
- Insert small screw into bottom of pinecone and secure twine
- Hang pinecone (now a birdfeeder) outside on your favorite tree
Want to get the kids off the couch and off their phones? Try cranking up the music and have a karaoke and dance contest. Music and dancing are great indoor activities to keep kids active while giving them the opportunity to express themselves. If you don’t have a karaoke machine, lip-syncing to your favorite songs can be just as fun. Set the “stage” with toy microphones (hairbrush handles work just as well), put on some fun outfits and clear an area for a dance-off. Think of it as a modern-day version of musical chairs – without the chairs. They’ll need refreshments during and after their show, so be sure to keep water and snacks nearby.
Build a Fort
Kids love to build forts. And parents love homemade forts because they are a budget-friendly indoor activity to keep kids busy for hours. We say “budget-friendly” because you can build forts from items found around the house. All you need to do is gather any blankets that you’re not too attached to (they might get soiled along the way) along with all the pillows you can find. If you have any large boxes (like some carry-overs from the holidays), take them out, too. Boxes make great retreats. Give the kids some flashlights for extra fun and they’re ready to go. Either clear a space or allow the kids to find their own niche and let them build away.
Make Greeting Cards for Nursing Homes or the Homebound
Kids love to color as a way of expressing themselves. Making handmade greeting cards is a heart-touching and thoughtful indoor activity to spread kindness to those who may be lonely or need their spirits lifted. Plus, it carves out family time while demonstrating the goodness of giving back to the community.
Have an Indoor Picnic
It may be too cold outside for a picnic. But you can still keep the fun going inside by having an indoor picnic. Lay a blanket on the floor and place pillows all around. Prepare your kids’ favorite finger foods, snacks and drinks (maybe some cocoa) and you’ll have a picnic setting within the comfort and warmth of your home. To warm things up even more, turn on the oven, but be sure to teach your kids the safety of staying away from hot surfaces. Once the oven is preheated, bake some cookies for a sweet treat. It’s a great way to keep little hands busy while warming up the house a little more.
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