Things for Kids To Do Inside
No matter if you are a stay at home parent or if you are a nanny for a living, there are days where the children can’t go outside. It may be because of weather or safety reasons, but sometimes kids will have to stay inside all day. These days can seem tough, thinking there is nothing to do, but some creativity and a good attitude can change that outlook. Here are nine different things children can do while staying inside.
A great way to keep kids entertained in the house is cooking or baking some fun things with them. Most will enjoy making a batch of cookies, decorating a home-made cake, or even claiming they helped prepare dinner for the family. Working together in the kitchen will keep you busy, as well as provide memories that will last a lifetime.
Encouraging kids to put on their own Broadway production can be extremely entertaining. You can help them develop a full wardrobe from finding clothes throughout the house. Try your hand at making some creative pieces and props if the set requires them. You could have them make up their own story or act out a famous one.
Not everyone will be enthusiastic about reading time; however, this is a great way to have a little quiet break throughout the day. Whether you all gather in your homemade blanket fort, or you send each child to their room, designating a certain amount of time to read is both calming and educational.
Kid-friendly board games are some of the best creations that have been made. These help those with young children who may struggle to play tedious and confusing adult games. They can play on their own without the help of a grown-up. Innovative sports games can be created, like playing basketball with a paper wad and empty trash can. Educational games such as 2048 are great for learning, but also for helping pass the time.
Kids' imaginations are some of the best that can be found. Urge kids to use their minds to come up with different scenarios. Playing house and grocery store are always easy ones to start with, but maybe a band of pirates has come by looking for buried treasure. Perhaps there is a dragon in the land and the king and queen are in need of a brave knight to slay it. Let them be creative with their situations and join in on the phone if you can.
Coloring may seem like a very childish thing to do, but it can be rather relaxing and fun. If you are able, you could print out the kid’s favorite animal, object, or scene from the computer. Or if you already have various books you could use those to color as well.
While it may not be the best idea to watch tv and movies all day, it can be fun to all cuddle up in the living room or maybe on the bed and watch one together. You could make it like a theatre-style setting by making popcorn, having something fun to drink, and passing out some candy. Watching something is a nice way to take a little break and rest after playing so hard.
Whether kids build a specified kit they have or have a competition to create the tallest tower, building blocks can keep children busy for hours. You could also use creative materials to build things. Items such as toothpicks, marshmallows, popsicle sticks, and uncooked pasta noodles can make interesting designs and artifacts.
You may not have everything on hand to create an extreme craft, but you can always look up ideas to see what you could do with the materials you have. Puppets can be fun to make and then play with afterward. Maybe you could make cards for the neighbors or for those who have birthdays or special days coming up. Craft time is something kids can look forward to for breaking up the routine of the day.
Encouraging kids to put on their own Broadway production can be extremely entertaining. You can help them develop a full wardrobe finding clothes throughout the house. Try your hand at making some creative pieces and props if the set requires them. You could have them make up their own story or act out a famous one.