We know that as winter gets into full swing the kids are getting restless, and you are too. It can be hard to keep everyone entertained and out of trouble when shut in the house. So, we started a list of indoor fun & activities to make the winter days speed by until you can get the whole family outside to run around.
1. Make bouncy balls with the kids. (courtesy of Curbly blog) You can use household items and make bouncy balls for the kids to play with. When I was young we would decorate boxes and create little rooms and special boxes to hold our bouncy balls. All you need is cardboard boxes, paint, paintbrushes and some newspaper for the floor. You can also use markers and/or crayons as well.
2. Have scavenger hunts at the library. Think of different things for your child to hunt for at the library. They can be books they collect, things they need to "spot" in the library or information they need to learn from books at the library. This can add a lot of fun to library visits and keep the kiddos busy for a while!
3. Create Indoor Games. The What to Expect Blog has a great post about how to play outdoor games indoors. All you need is masking tape and a few odds and ends from around the house. It looks like great fun!
4. Build a Fort & Play inside. I have the best memories of building forts and houses out of sheets and blankets with my sister and grandma. Simple Mom blog has a great post on how to build a fabulous indoor fort with your family. Get ready for some nostalgic moments!
5. Make a Forest. With toilet paper rolls, construction paper and paint your kids can make a forest fit for action figures, dolls, or fairies. This activity is pretty straightforward so I think it would be easy for kids of most ages. Thanks to The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman for this idea!
6. Paint flowers. This activity is great because it uses stamping, finger painting and paint blowing. These different techniques will make the activity challenging, interesting and fun for your little ones. It also makes it a great activity for any age child. Thanks to Hands On As We Grow for the great idea!
7. Have an indoor snowball fight! Use crumpled up newspaper or other paper. Give everyone equal amounts, and then fire away!
8. Make a Bean Bag game together and then see who can make the most shots. (If you aren't into sewing you can always buy bean bags. The kids can help paint and decorate the bean bag hole to be whatever they want it to be. Thanks to Dirt and Boogers for this great idea!