By Rachel Hoeing
Looking for some ideas for indoor fun after the “jumping in puddles” fun is over?
Most of these are not new ideas, but just good reminders. I will give Pinterest a shout out for some of these ideas as well! (TMoM has a Pinterest page you can see here!) If you have some good indoor fun to share, please post your ideas in the comment section below. And remember that if you want to get out of the house, visit our Day Trip category here which includes some indoor fun destinations. You can always get great craft ideas in our CRAFT category as well.
1. Friendship Bracelets
Do you remember these? I spent all summer making these bracelets when I was younger. I think we ran out of friends to actually give them to! This idea is of course better for the older elementary kids, tweens and teens. You can find simple instructions on how to make these bracelets on UTube. One demonstration I found you can see here, but there are plenty more!
2. Make an Obstacle Course
We loved to do this growing up. We would make an obstacle course that would take us through the entire house and then time each other to see how long it would take to complete it. Ideas would be things like: crossing the kitchen without stepping on the floor, crawling through hula hoops that would be propped up on their sides, throwing beanbags into buckets, the ideas are endless!
Fun for all ages! This is a super easy craft that takes minutes to make with little to no mess. It’s a lot like Playdough, but less messy.
Using two separate bowls, combine the following mixes:
3/4 Cup Warm Water
1 Cup Elmers Glue (equal to two 4 oz bottles)
2 teaspoons Borax
1/2 Cup Warm Water
Stir mix 1 together in a bowl. Stir mix 2 together in another bowl. Pour mix 1 into mix 2 and work it with your hands. You’ll notice the flubber concoction beginning to solidify. At first it will be wet and slimy and there will be some water at the bottom of the bowl. But the more you work it with your hands, the water will start to evaporate and become more of a “gummy” consistency. Soon the flubber will get to the point where it doesn’t stick to your hands anymore and that’s when it ready to be played with. It helps to fold the flubber inside out when working it with your hands to make the extra water disappear. After you’re done playing with the flubber, you can store in a Ziploc bag and it will stay pliable and moist.
4. Computer Time
5. Skittles Math
I used this when I taught Elementary School and really liked it because you can adjust the activities to your child’s ability. It’s a great way for kids to have fun while learning, plus they get to eat the Skittles when you are done! 🙂 There is a great blog on this concept here.
6. Cooking & Baking
Rainy days are great times to pull out all the gadgets in the kitchen. We ran this blog previously which includes some fabulous recipes for cooking with kids. I also love this website from Betty Crocker with plenty of ideas for baking with your children.
7. Build A Fort
All you need is some sheets, blankets & towels and somehow the normal den is transformed into an amazing world of tunnels. My kids love building forts and amazingly they will play games inside their fort that normally are not cool enough to do just at the kitchen table. Uno cards are brought out from under the bed, books have dust wiped off of them, and puzzles take on a whole new world of excitement when they are done in a fort! 🙂
8. Be A Chemist
Tap into your inner scientist! I love the ideas on this website. By just using some household items like vinegar, food coloring, dish soap and milk, your kids can have fun for hours! Click on the link to Play At Home Mom, LLC and find out how to do these simple experiments.
9. Printable Activities
Tip Junkie is a website with a plethora of ideas, but I really like this section on printable activities for kids. You can find holiday activities, sewing cards, coloring pages, word searches, journals and much more! Another printable activity I thought was so cute was this Rainbow Village!
10. Make Your Tub Glow!
My friend sent me this idea and said her boys literally sat in the tub until their fingers were like prunes! Simply purchase some glow sticks or glow-in-the-dark bracelets and take them into the tub! It seems so simple, yet your kids will think it is the coolest thing ever. If you don’t want to give your kids a bath, this works just as well in a sink or a tub of water.