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Monday, 16 April 2012 11:18

Indoor Activities for Kids

Since the bulk of the year in Saskatchewan allows very little outdoor playtime, I've compiled a list of activities to do indoors with kids.  Most of these are for kids between the ages of 4 and 12, but a few can be adapted for younger or older kids...

 

Kitchen Fun

  • Cook/bake something (the obvious)

    • Cookies

    • Bake a rainbow cake

  • Decorate cupcakes or a cake for a special occasion, or just for fun

  • Finger painting - use yogurt coloured with food colouring for really little ones

  • Make a Volcano (will add a link or recipe)

  • Make goop (Cornstarch & water) or flubber (Borax and glue)

  • Make playdough

  • Make your own Sundae/Pizza bar, etc.

  • Play with bubbles – make your own bubble mixture with dish soap, or buy some. Use a straw to blow bubbles into the water.

  • Color Pasta – Add a Tbsp white vinegar to 2-3 drops of food coloring. Mix into dry pasta until colored completely. Allow to dry and use for crafts, or making necklaces, etc.

  • Have a tea party

Quiet Activities

  • Read a book together

  • Card/Board Games or puzzles

  • Watch Movies

  • Go to a museum

  • Go to the Library

  • Have an indoor picnic on the floor

  • Make a 'feely box' - cut a hole in the top or side of a box and place random objects inside to see if your child can guess what's in the box just by feel.
  • Play in the sink - my daughter loves to 'help' me wash dishes, or play with random items in a sink full of warm water. It's a great thing for her to do while I'm working in the kitchen

Creative Activities

  • Decorating the house for holidays - any holiday!

  • Make Friendship Bracelets

  • Crafts

    • Make a collage

    • Make bookmarks/cards/scrapbook

    • Hand/foot tracing (or body tracing if I can find big enough paper...)

  • Live theater

  • Decorate T-shirts

  • Make puppets

  • Potato/apple stamping

Active Activities

  • Make a fort with furniture and blankets

  • Scavenger Hunts

  • Treasure Hunts

  • Charades

  • Go Swimming

  • Hallway 'bowling'

  • Hide and Seek if you have enough space, or hide and seek with toys if you don't.

  • Dance Party

  • Have a photo shoot - take photos of each other dressing up, doing silly things, or take pictures of your toys in various positions. For older kids - make a stop motion video! 

Found a few more great ideas at Parents.com, Today's Parent, Kidspot Australia, Parentmap.com

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