Indoor Treasure Hunt Of Fun And Games
When the weather outside is frightful, it can be tough to keep kids busy and entertained. Mama, it’s boring.”... This is what most mothers hears today. But never fear! There are plenty of fun things and kids' indoor activities that can be done on cold or rainy days, like building an obstacle course, creating a scavenger hunt, or making friendship bracelets!
Keep reading for plenty of ideas for indoor activities and fun games for kids while they're cooped up inside - or have a family movie night!
Table of Contents
- Ideas For Younger Kids
- Hopping Or Jumping Balls Are Great For Indoor Use As Well
- Build An Indoor Obstacle Course
- Dot-to-Dot Coloring Worksheets To Keep Kids Entertained
- Different Board Games Ideas When You're Stuck Indoors On A Rainy Day
- Paper Airplane Challenge
- Ideas For Kids' Crafts At Home
Ideas For Younger Kids
Here are a few ideas for indoor activities and fun things for younger kids (or the whole family!) to get you started:
- Have an indoor picnic - Spread a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch in your living room. Don't forget to include some favorite snacks and drinks.
- Make homemade pizzas - Get the whole family involved in making their own personal pizzas. Use store-bought dough or make your own from scratch. Then let everyone top their pies with their favorite toppings.
- Hold a bake-off - See who in the family can make the best batch of cookies, cakes, or cupcakes. Set out all the ingredients and let everyone get creative. All can enjoy the final product.
- Put on a play - Write a short play or skit and put on a show for the family. Let everyone take turns playing different roles and use props to help set the scene.
- Have a dance party - Turn up the music and let loose! Dance around the living room or make up your own choreographed routine. Just have fun and enjoy moving your bodies.
- Make homemade instruments - Use everyday items around the house to create your own band. pots and pans can become drums, while spoons can be used as makeshift cymbals. Get creative and see what else you can come up with for instruments for this fun activity.
- Build a fort - Grab some blankets and pillows and build your own indoor fort. Then have fun decorating it with lights, stuffed animals, or whatever else you can find.
- Have a treasure or scavenger hunt - Hide small objects around the house and create a clue for each one. Whoever finds the most treasures wins a prize!
- Make some art - Get the craft supplies and let your kids get their hands dirty. They can make paintings, sculptures, collages, or anything else they can imagine.
- Do some puzzles - Work on a jigsaw puzzle together or see who can put together a complicated one the fastest. You can also get a large puzzle and work on it together.
- Play board games (Lots of ideas further down for older kids!) - Dust off those old board games and have a family tournament. See who can come out on top in Monopoly, Scrabble, or any other game you love.
- Have a pillow fight - This classic indoor activity is always fun. Just make sure to clean up the feathers afterward!
- Make paper airplanes - See who can design the best flying machine and then race them across the room to see whose flies the farthest. More details further down.
- Put on a fashion show - Model your old clothes or put together some new outfits from items you have around the house. Walk the runway and strike a pose at the end.
- A hula hoop is another toy that works well for both outdoor and indoor activities for kids. Get your kids moving with a little friendly competition to see who can keep the hoop going the longest.
Hula hoops are also great for stretching exercises if you have older kids.
- 10-minute Lego Challenge - Hand out an assortment of Legos to each kid. Then, let the child make an item from the Lego blocks in 10 minutes. It's great that they have something to produce so quickly.
- Doing a science experiment like making slime. You get easy recipes online with ingredients you already have at home for a fun science experiment.
These indoor games and ideas should give you something to get going with but keep reading because we've got more coming!
Hopping Or Jumping Balls Are Great For Indoor Use As Well
Don’t forget that you can also use winter weather as an excuse to bring some of your child’s favorite outdoor toys indoors. Hopping or jumping balls are great for indoors as well, just make sure there is enough space and no breakable items in the way. Keep the kids away from the stairs.
Jumping balls are great for indoor activities because they help improve coordination and motor skills while also providing a fun way to burn off energy.
They come in various sizes, colors, and styles, so there is sure to be one that your child will love. Plus, they are relatively inexpensive and can be used repeatedly. Win-win!
- Made from safe and durable materials, the Xino Sports Deluxe Hopper Balls with handles are perfect for anyone looking for a little bit of excitement in their life.
- The 18-inch and 22-inch diameter jumping balls make it perfect for both kids and adults,
- And the handle makes it easy to grip and carry around.
- These balls are made of thicker, stronger vinyl that can hold up to 170 pounds! They are safe to use and have been tested to meet all US safety standards.
- Whole body workout in just a few minutes.
- These cute and reusable gel ice packs and hot compresses are perfect for treating all sorts of injuries as facial ice packs or for bumps, bruises, muscle aches, and pains.
- The gel athletic ice pack comes in a pack of three cute animals that all kids will love.
- Just pop them in the microwave or keep one in the freezer as needed, and you’ll have soothing hot or cold therapy whenever you need it.
- The Xino Sports reusable gel ice bag is a high-quality, leak-proof ice pack that is perfect for soothing little boo-boos.
- Made with thick, medical-grade plastic lining and encasing non-toxic gel beads, the facial ice pack is a safe and effective way to comfort your little one. It has been tested and obtained Children's Products Certificate.
More indoor games for creative kids for a rainy day coming up!
Build An Indoor Obstacle Course
Building an obstacle course is always a fun indoor activity to keep the kids busy - for bigger kids as well!
- Set up a series of cones or other objects to jump over.
- Place a hula hoop on the ground and have your child step through it.
- Set up a series of chairs or other objects to crawl under.
- Place a small object on the ground and have your child pick it up with their teeth.
- Set up a series of small objects to be knocked over with a ball.
Get creative and develop your ideas for an indoor obstacle course! The possibilities are endless. Just supervise your child while they're doing the course, so they don't injure themselves.
Have fun, and stay safe!
Dot-to-Dot Coloring Worksheets To Keep Kids Entertained
Kids can explore worksheets with dots and see what pictures come out. After children connect the dots, the worksheet becomes their own colorful coloring book and reveals a hidden picture.
Dot-to-dot coloring worksheets are a fun and educational activity for kids.
- They can help with number recognition,
- Counting and,
- Problem-solving skills.
- It can also be helpful to practice hand-eye coordination.
- Plus, they're just plain fun to do!
Many different themes are available for dot-to-dot coloring worksheets, so you can find ones your kids will love. There are animals, cartoon characters, nature scenes, and more.
- To find a dot-to-dot coloring worksheet search it online and simply print it out. Then let your child connect the dots using a pencil or crayon.
- Once all the dots are connected, they can color in the picture. This is a great way to encourage creativity and imagination.
So next time you're looking for fun indoor activities for kids, consider using dot-to-dot coloring worksheets. They're sure to love it!
Different Board Games Ideas When You're Stuck Indoors On A Rainy Day
Board games are a great way to spend time with family and friends. They can be educational, make you laugh, or even help you relax. But with so many different games out there, it can be hard to decide which one to play.
That's why we've put together this list of ideas for different games you can try. We've got you covered whether you're looking for something classic or new.
- Monopoly - This classic board game is about buying, selling, and trading property. Players compete to become the richest player on the board.
- Scrabble - Players use letter tiles to spell words on the board in this word game. The player with the highest point total at the end of the game wins.
- Clue - A murder mystery game for sleuths of all ages. Players try to figure out who committed a crime, where it was committed, and what weapon was used.
- Chess - A strategic board game that has been around for centuries. Two players face off, using their different pieces to try and checkmate their opponent's king.
- Checkers - A simple but strategic board game for two players. Players jump their pieces over their opponent's pieces, trying to capture all of them.
- Battleship - A guessing game for two players. Each player hides their ships on a grid and then tries to sink their opponent's ships by guessing where they are located.
- Risk - A strategy game for up to six players. Players try to conquer the world by controlling territories on a map.
- Catan - A competitive but cooperative board game for three to four players. Players try to gain the most victory points by building settlements and roads on the island of Catan.
- Ticket to Ride - A railway-themed board game for two to five players. Players try to collect train cards and connect cities on a map by building railways.
- Dominion - A deck-building card game for two to four players. Players start with a small deck of cards and then try to build up their deck by buying new cards from the market.
- Carcassonne - A tile-laying board game for two to five players. Players place tiles on the board to build up the landscape of the fictional town of Carcassonne.
- 7 Wonders - A card drafting board game for three to seven players. Each player tries to build one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
- Puerto Rico - A plantation-building board game for three to five players. Players compete to produce and sell crops and build up the infrastructure of the island of Puerto Rico.
- The Settlers of Catan - A resource-gathering and trading board game for three to four players. Players try to gain the most victory points by building settlements, roads, and cities on the island of Catan.
- Agricola - An agricultural-themed board game for one to five players. Players try to develop their farms by planting crops and raising livestock.
- Power Grid - An electrical power-themed board game for two to six players. Players try to supply power to cities on a map by buying power plants and generating electricity.
- Eclipse - A space-themed board game for two to eight players. Players try to expand their empires by colonizing planets and building up their fleet of spaceships.
- Twilight Imperium - A galaxy-spanning board game for three to six players. Players compete to become the dominant force in the galaxy by controlling planets, building fleets of spaceships, and developing new technologies.
- Cosmic Encounter - An intergalactic board game for three to five players. Players try to conquer alien worlds by using their fleets of spaceships.
- Dune - A science fiction board game for two to seven players. Players compete to control the desert planet Dune by gathering resources, building armies, and forging alliances.
These suggestions should get your brain going on finding suitable and engaging games and indoor activities for kids.
Paper Airplane Challenge
Just take the paper from the printer and get the little kids folding and decorating the aircraft. It can take some time.
- Get a sheet of paper and fold it in half.
- Fold the paper in half again.
- Fold the paper in half one more time.
- Cut along the folds to create eight equal strips of paper.
- Take two paper strips and tape them together at one end. Repeat with the remaining strips of paper until you have four sets of two strips each.
- Tape the middle of each set of two strips together, forming a cross shape.
- Tape the four corners of the cross shape to form a paper airplane.
- Decorate your airplane however you like!
Now it’s time to see how far your airplane can fly. Make a mark on the ground to represent where you will take off from and another mark to represent where you want your airplane to land. Get a running start and see how far your airplane can go!
You can also try different designs for your paper airplanes and see which one flies the farthest. Try folding the paper strips differently or adding weight to the airplane's body by taping a penny or two. There are all sorts of things you can experiment with to see what effect they have on how far your airplane flies.
Have fun and happy flying!
Ideas For Kids' Crafts At Home
There are plenty of crafts that kids can do at home with little to no supervision. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Paper plate animals - Have your child decorate a paper plate with materials on hand, such as markers, paint, or crayons. They can then cut out the shape of an animal from the plate and glue it onto another piece of paper.
- Popsicle stick puppets - Have your child decorate popsicle sticks with faces or other designs. They can then use the sticks to create puppets by attaching them to clothing or other objects.
- Coffee filter butterflies - Help your child with coffee filters and have them draw designs on them with markers. Once they're done, fold the filters in half and glue them together to create butterfly shapes.
- Egg carton flowers - Have your child decorate an egg carton with paint or markers. They can then cut out flower shapes from the carton and glue them onto paper.
- Animals with toilet or paper towel rolls - Help your child decorate toilet paper rolls with whatever materials you have on hand. They can then cut out the shape of an animal from the roll and glue it onto another piece of paper.
With a little imagination, your child can create all sorts of crafts at home using simple and inexpensive materials. So get creative with indoor games on a rainy day and have fun!
These are just a few ideas to get you started. With a little imagination, you can create endless fun activities for kids to do indoors on cold or rainy days. So next time the weather isn't cooperating, don't despair. There's plenty of fun to be had right at home.