You may love sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating, but sometimes it’s just too darn cold to get outside in the winter. That doesn’t mean that your kids don’t have the same energy level, though. They need to move, exercise, and have fun – so we put together this list for those moments when you’re thinking, “What could we do next?” These 18 ingenious indoor activities for cold winter days will have your kids feeling like it’s non-stop fun in your house and you’ll all be toasty warm creating awesome family memories!
Giant Dot to Dot
Lay out a long roll of paper on the floor or tape pieces together to cover the floor. Number dots across the paper imagining a shape, animal, or whatever you want. Your child will then walk and crawl connecting the dots with a marker. When they’re done, they can color it all in making it a giant coloring page. This is great for preschoolers learning their numbers, and you’ll be surprised how much it gets their body moving!
Paint a Stained Glass Window
Take painters tape and put it on a window in your house making simple geometric shapes. Then paint on the glass with washable tempera paint. Make sure to use a lot of different colors so that your new stained glass window will be amazing when it’s finished. When the paint is dry, peel off the tape and paint the glass black where the tape was. Ta-da! A beautiful stained glass window!
Use balloons and pool noodles. Cut the noodles in half for littler kids. Note: This isn’t a good game to play in a room with a lot of breakables. Perfect for a basement! Since we mentioned balloons, the old keep the balloon off the floor game is always fun, too!
Indoor Obstacle Course
Have the kids help you set it up to begin with. Use hula hoops to jump through, inflatable beach balls to jump over, a table you have to crawl under, and broomsticks that you have to limbo under. Create as big of an obstacle course as you can and then watch the kids spend the whole day racing through it.
Wad up newspaper into balls and make a big pile of them in the middle of a room. Say go and watch the kids grab as many snowballs as they can and jump behind the furniture for protection.
Giant Tent Fort
Forts are fun, but we’re thinking bigger on this one. Like spending half a day to build it and then leaving it up for a few days. Making a new space in your home is great entertainment for a kid.
Hide clues around the house that also have instructions on them for activities the kids need to do like twenty jumping jacks. The kids will be getting exercise while trying to find out what the big prize is that you hid.
Throw a Party
Unless your kid has a birthday in the winter months, there’s a long break between holidays that people celebrate together, so invent a reason and have some other restless kids over. A good party can keep a kid happy for a long time, and the other parents will appreciate you giving them a reason to get out of the house.
Put on a Play
Have your kids design a set and find a book they want to act out. They could even write their own script if they want! Making costumes is another fun challenge to this. This activity could get your kids through all of February and will create great family memories.
You can find videos for kids yoga on Youtube, get a book at the library, or just adapt some easier adult poses for the kids. This activity will be good for their bodies and their minds because it combines exercise with relaxation techniques.
Family Dance Party
Crank up the music and shake your bum! Your kids will think you are hilarious with all your old school moves. To make it extra special everyone could get dressed up fancy or wear the silliest outfit that they can find!
Make Superhero Costumes
Turning some old jammies into a simple superhero costume will give your kid hours of imaginative play. They can fly around the house, save a building from falling down, and sleep peacefully at night because they got so much exercise!
DIY Balance Beam
Use masking tape to create a balance beam shape on the floor. Have your kids try to do tricks or walk backward without falling off. Lots of fun from just a few long pieces of tape!
2-liter bottles or smaller water bottles work great for this. Put a small amount of water in the bottles so they don’t fall over too easily. Set it up in a long hallway and let the games begin. Keeping score will make this more exciting.
These really never get boring. The kids can count how many they can pop or see who can blow the biggest bubble!
You could use every kind of box you can find to see who can build the tallest tower. Cardboard, cereal, shoe, and pasta boxes all work well. Painting them fun colors can add to the fun!
Have your kids make volcanoes out of clay. Put baking soda in the volcanoes and add vinegar mixed with some red food coloring. Watch as molten lava pours out of the volcanoes! You can look on the internet for other fascinating science experiments that will teach your kids something new while being fun, too!
Hide and Seek
A classic that never gets old. This game can be played anywhere and by any age group. Kids always love thinking they’re hiding somewhere perfect while you see their feet sticking out from under the bed!
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Do you have any ingenious indoor activities for cold winter days ? Let us know in the comments. We love to hear about how your family has fun!