Cold Outside? Fun Indoor Activities to do with Kids!
Keep Your Kids Entertained & Active
Keeping kids entertained in the cooler months can be tricky with rain, wind and short days. Heading outside for a trip to the park, beach or bike track can be less appealing, so to prevent boredom setting in it’s a great idea to have a list of things to do indoors so the kids have a great time in any weather.
There are so many choices, and while electronic devices or the TV are easy options, if you’d rather avoid those, there are games to be played at home or you could venture to a local venue such as the cinema or a trampoline park. Keep the kids involved in the decision making, allow the creative juices to flow, use this list of fun things and you’re off!
Staying at Home
There is lots of fun to be had at home and staying in has a lot of benefits – it’s easy, the kids can help with ideas and it will probably be free! Here are some things to consider:
1. Colouring and Drawing
Set up a clear space and provide paper, colouring books and all the crayons, textas and pencils you have. Watch the kids create their works of art.
2. Create a Home Cinema
An easy, cheap way to watch movies with the kids is to pick a favourite family movie, make a bowl of popcorn, dim the lights and settle in on the couch for a couple of hours.
3. Games and Jigsaws
Most homes have an array of cards and board games so bring out your favourites for a family challenge. Jigsaws can be completed as a family – if you use the kitchen table for your jigsaw, pop a tablecloth over the top of the puzzle when it’s time to eat.
4. Cooking and Baking
Choose a recipe or two and create a meal for the family or a sweet treat to indulge in. Savoury scones or mini pizzas are easy healthy options. The kids will learn about ingredients and nutrition along the way.
5. Arts and Crafts
Art can be created from almost anything! Scrounge around for coloured paper, ribbon and buttons – even items in your recycling like egg cartons, plastic containers and boxes can be turned into something. Bring out scissors, glue, paint and glitter and watch the mini artist emerge.
6. Perform a Concert
Kids love dancing and singing and often thrive if they have an audience. Help them put on some dress ups (or some of your clothes) play some jazzy hits and let them sing into a hairbrush at the top of their lungs.
7. Make a Life Size Drawing
Use a roll of paper or join pieces together until you have a sheet large enough for each child to lie on. Trace around their entire body and see how the kids choose to decorate themselves.
8. Build a Cubby or Fort
Blankets, sheets and pillows are the basics of any cosy cubby. The kids can retreat in there with their favourite toys and books and get up to secret kid business!
9. Become Mad Scientists
Find some science experiments online and have fun while learning. There are lots of easy ones to wow the kids.
10. Scavenger Hunt
Scale down a typical scavenger hunt to have in the house – keep items to find simple, such as items from the pantry, clothes, a particular type of book or things of a certain size or colour.
11. Make a Card or Write a Letter
It’s uncommon to use the post these days, so have the kids write a letter or make a card to mail to someone special.
12. Tidy the Kid’s Playroom
Tidying the toy room can uncover games and toys which may have been long forgotten, so see their joy discovering old favourites and enjoy a tidier house at the same time.
13. Have an Indoor Picnic
Prepare some picnic snacks, invite some dolls and teddies, put a blanket on the floor and enjoy a picnic lunch. If you want to pretend you’re outside, download some nature sounds to play.
14. Set up a Shop
Use some items from the pantry to create a little shop. Make some money out of paper to go shopping – coins can be placed under paper and rubbed over with a pencil or crayon and then cut out. The kids can take turns at being the shopkeeper and the customers and they will be able to practice their maths skills.
Getting Out and About
Even when the weather is a bit chilly and wet, sometimes you just want to get out of the house. Here are some things to do indoors with kids you can enjoy away from home.
1. Play Venues
Find an indoor playground or play centre near you to occupy the kids for hours. They will no doubt make friends to play with while they’re there.
Spending a couple of hours at the cinema is always a favourite activity with kids. Sit and relax watching an exciting new release.
An indoor shopping centre will entertain the kids and allow you to stock up on some household items, upgrade some clothes or purchase gifts for upcoming birthdays. Have a snack break and make the most of any activities the centre is holding.
Visit an indoor sports centre – they are a great way for kids to burn energy and have fun. A good option if you have a group of energetic kids for a team sport.
5. Trampoline Parks
Kids have energy to burn so a trampoline park such as Flip Out is ideal for the kids to bounce their way to fun!
Stimulate the kids’ minds with education and fascination at a museum in your local area.
Along with books of course, your local library is so much more and most likely offers all sorts of programs throughout the year as well.
NZ offers great skiing and other snow activities in the cold weather so rug up in your woollies for a day of snowballs and tobogganing.
Another favourite for both small kids and bigger ones, ten pin bowling is just plain good fun!
10. Games Arcades
Fast paced, action packed fun for kids of all ages, these arcades will give your little ones a buzz for sure.
Until the warm weather comes back, use this list to educate, stimulate and entertain your kids – the possibilities really are endless!