Cuddles and Chaos | 50 indoor activities for kids

Raise your hand if the thought of your kids cooped up in the house alternating between wreaking havoc and singing I’m bored songs makes you want to pack a bag and head somewhere tropical for a week or so.

So I’m not alone?

I could’ve used this list over our snow-extended winter break, but better late than never. Plus, there are bound to be more snow and ice days (not to mention rainy days once we defrost) when this (not so) little list of indoor activities for kids will be the only thing that saves my oh-so fragile sliver of sanity.

Take a look at this list. Study it. Collect any supplies you might need. And then feel free to send me gifts of dark chocolate for buying you enough time to head to the bathroom solo the next time the kids are stuck inside.Cuddles and Chaos | 50 indoor activities for kids

  1. Read. Make a blanket fort, grab some snacks and make an adventure out of it.
  2. Create a Boredom Buster jar.
  3. Make clay gift tags or ornaments. Sculpey clay is our favorite!
  4. Make erupting snow or a foaming snowman.
  5. Make your own play dough.
  6. Go Rainbow Loom crazy and use tutorials for new creations.
  7. Check out some free learning websites or apps (here’s a list of 5 awesome apps for toddlers).
  8. Turn your kitchen into a lab and conduct science experiments.
  9. Paint with watercolors, glue and salt.
  10. Start a visual journal.
  11. Draw on laminated photos of faces.
  12. Make a toilet paper roll snowman.
  13. Make homemade stickers.
  14. Make snowflake window clings.
  15. Have an indoor snowball fight.
  16. Make your own bottle cap stamps.
  17. Do a gummy bear science experiment.
  18. Set up your own post office with stickers, note cards, envelopes and boxes.
  19. Cuddles and Chaos | indoor activities for kids: printable sewing cards {via Handmade Charlotte}Set them up with printable sewing cards.
  20. Build toothpick and marshmallow structures.
  21. Make play cookies for their kitchen.
  22. Bake anything. Bonus points for having an apron and chef hat available.
  23. Make your own scratch art.
  24. Learn a new craft.
  25. Play a game of balloon volleyball.
  26. Make a laundry basket boat.
  27. Play indoor hopscotch.
  28. Make up cleaning games to tackle two headaches at once.
  29. Paint with feathers.
  30. Bring books to life with collages and scavenger hunts.
  31. Have an impromptu dance party (this is especially handy if a major meltdown seems imminent. Distraction is key!)
  32. Use old magazines and catalogs to make a rainbow collage.Cuddles and Chaos | indoor activities for kids: scribble drawing game {via artchoo}
  33. Play drawing games.
  34. Set up a game of candy and marker top bowling.
  35. Take turns telling stories from a bag.
  36. Create an indoor obstacle course.
  37. Turn a big empty box into an empty canvas by allowing your child to climb inside and color it. Stickers would be fun too!
  38. Make your own bath paint with shaving cream and food coloring.
  39. Make tulle masks.
  40. Make salt dough jewelry.
  41. Make scratch and sniff paint.
  42. Make a cloud in a jar or make rain.
  43. Have a “fancy” dinner (or lunch or breakfast or snack) party complete with a dress code, candles, a tablecloth, and special dishes.
  44. Have a movie date with popcorn and snack necklaces.
  45. Make a masking tape city.
  46. Play Simon Says Draw.
  47. Make a sock puppet.
  48. Do a bubbly colors experiment.
  49. Make some crowns.
  50. Make your own coconut butter, lip gloss, face mask or sugar scrub and turn the house into a spa.

Need more ideas? Check out these posts:
Keep Kids Busy During Winter Break
How to Survive a Staycation Like a Mother
Spring Break Craft Ideas

And if you have other ideas, feel free to share them in the comments!

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Written by Jennifer Garry

Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she’s not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.