20 indoor activities to keep ‘em busy
It’s winter, and playing in the backyard is akin to running around in a massive freezer. Here’s how to bring the fun indoors where it’s toasty warm and dry.
1. Make paper snowflakes
Create a winter wonderland inside, with these decorative snowflakes. Who knew a plain piece of white paper could turn into something so beautiful? Time to get cutting.
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2. Craft a cute sock monkey
Making a sock monkey is a fun craft project and will get them started on the basics of how to sew. Grab a colourful sock and get started.
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3. Play indoor basketball
Yes, it’s wet and nasty outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t be active. Use newspapers and a bucket to turn a boring afternoon into a competitive shoot-out.
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4. Make your own maraca
Move to the beat of your own music. Make these homemade maracas and get the kids grooving around the sofa.
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5. Make a cardboard cubby house
Take a cardboard box (or two!) and create your very own fortress. Keep it simple or go palatial – it’s up to you.
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6. Create an indoor picnic
Your kids will love preparing their own indoor picnic - choosing the perfect spot as well as all their favourite yummy foods!
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7. Do a winter dot-to-dot
Grab your pencil and start counting. This printable winter-themed dot-to-dot will ensure little brains get a good workout.
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8. Decorate and post a letter
How long has it been since your kids last used the post? Have them decorate a letter and post it off to a loved one.
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9. Make a French knitting machine
Did you have a Knitting Nancy when you were a kid? Now you can make your own loom and show your kids how to weave with wool.
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10. Design an indoor obstacle course
Turn the living room into a challenging obstacle course – can your little one make it across the pillow bridge without being eaten by crocs?! Eeek!
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11. Create a toilet paper trail
A roll of loo paper is all that stands between you and a game of adventure for the kids. Wind the toilet paper up, over and through – from one room to another – and at the end of the trail a surprise awaits!
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12. Marshmallow construction
This activity for kids is super fun and relises on the child's imagination alone. So grab some marshmallows and some toothpicks and get constructing.
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13. Make a woolly polar bear
Rummage around in the craft box and construct this adorable little creature out of simple materials. Welcome to winter kiddies!
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14. Make a paper-plate snowman
If you aren't near the snow in the winter, here's a way to make one out of paper plates. Super cute to hang in your child's bedroom.
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15. Build an indoor teepee
Nothing says ‘let’s get cosy on a cold winter’s day’ like making your own teepee out of blankets and pillows. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and snuggle in for the day.
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16. Bake some butter biscuits
Whip up a batch of simple chocolate chip cookies and let the kids loose! Give them a rolling pin and a set of cookie cutters and that’s an afternoon activity right there!
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17. Let’s go bowling!
Design some kooky character skittles then try and knock them down, in your very own game of hallway bowling. Fun as!
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18. Learn how to make shadow puppets
Use your hands to create a shadow puppet show. This is a great activity to stimulate cold little brains.
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19. Enjoy a treasure hunt
Hide lollies or other little surprises in places they’d never expect. The game ends when the last treasure is discovered.
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20. Put together a rainy day activity box
Never be stuck for ideas again! Keep a nifty box like this at the ready and the kids will never be bored on a gloomy winter’s day again!
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Find More Cubby House and Indoor Activity Ideas
- Build a newspaper house
- Make an indoor cubby house
- Make an indoor teepee
- Indoor basketball
- Make a paper dart
- Make a biscuit necklace
- Make a magnetic fishing game
- Make a straw flute
- Make a twirly dot painting rainbow snake
This article was written by Jo Harris for Kidpsot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz
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