At-Home and Indoor Activities for Kids

It can be hard to keep kids entertained when you’re stuck at home or indoors. With rainy days, snow days, or the current school closures our country is experiencing, there are a lot of parents wondering what to do. If you’re looking for some fun ideas try one of these at-home and indoor activities for kids and create some fun memories together!

At-Home and Indoor Activities for Kids

 

ACTIVITIES BY AGE

I’ve scoured the internet for some great at-home activities for kids of all ages. Depending on your child’s skill level you might feel that they would enjoy these games, crafts, and fun science experiments from both age groups.

Toddler Activities

  • Bath Tub Paint – The bathtub is the perfect place to have fun with paint and not get everything else in the house mess. Plus it’s easy to clean up when finished.
  • Bouncing Playdough– We’ve all experienced playdough, but have you heard of bouncing playdough? Check out this fun recipe to create your own.
  • Car Parking Numbers – This is a fun matching game for kids that love cars! Let them explore with numbers while parking cars in their correct spaces.
  • Cardboard Box Road – Create your own road for cars from old boxes.
  • Cardboard Box Road – This is one of my favorites! Create an easy DIY puzzle for your kids from old cereal boxes.
  • Cooking – If you have a toddler you know that they LOVE to help. Check out these easy toddler recipes with tips on how they can help you in the kitchen.
  • Diaper Box Game – This game is great for teaching hand eye coordination skills. Plus it’s affordable by recycling diaper boxes.
  • Fairy Jar – A mason jar, glow sticks, and glitter equals a fun craft creation your kid will love.
  • Fine Motor Play with Screws & Anchors – The thing I love most about this is it’s all items you can easily find in your garage!
  • Foam Stamps – Kids love stamps! Create some fun foam stamps for them to play with.
  • Jellyfish Craft – This isn’t your normal jellyfish. This creation is glow-in-the-dark!
  • Macaroni Necklace – I think at one point or another we’ve all created a macaroni necklace. It’s a great craft for kids!
  • Macaroni Necklace – This is a unique twist on painting and so easy to create.
  • Pom Pom Drop Activity – In case you’re wondering what to do with all those old paper towel and toilet paper rolls? This one is for you!
  • Pom Pom Magnets – My son loves to be in the kitchen while I’m in the kitchen. This is a great way to keep them entertained while you’re cooking dinner.
  • Pouring Station – Toddlers LOVE to pour. Set up a fun pouring station for them to play with.
  • Sensory Bins – We’ve all heard how good sensory bins are for our kids. Here is a great tutorial on how to set one up.
  • Shape Sorting – This is such a great activity using items you have around the house.
  • Sticky Spider Web – My son is in a throwing stage and would love this fun game!
  • Tape Art – A great way for toddlers to create some fun early art pieces.
  • Tissue Box Monsters – A fun craft with monsters! Yes, please!
  • Tissue Paper Sticky Window – Create a fun design with your kid out of tissue paper.
  • Touch and Feel Color Cards – This is a great sensory tool for your kids to explore different textures.
  • Tugging Box – Kids love to pull and tug on things. This DIY tugging box will be a big hit.
  • Toy Washing Station – Playing with bubbles is so much fun. Here is an activity for some bubble fun!

School-Aged Kid Activities

Printable Coloring Pages (all ages)

VIRTUAL TOURS

One of the best things about the internet is our ability to have the world at our finger tips. Have you ever wanted to visit The Louvre or the Great Wall of China? Now you can! Aquariums, zoos, and museums now offer free virtual tours that you can explore from the comfort of your own home.

Animal Cameras

Museum Tours

National Park Tours

Miscellaneous Tours

There are so many creative and fun ideas to help entertain kids when they are stuck at home or indoors. I hope this list serves as a great jumping off point for some inspiration to help pass the time with your littles. If you have any other at-home or indoor activities for kids, leave them in the comments! I am always looking for new ways to help develop my son’s skills and challenge his brain while having fun!

17 Comments

  1. March 16, 2020 / 7:57 pm

    These are some great ideas! I will be checking out some of these links for sure.

    • Krissy
      Author
      March 17, 2020 / 4:12 pm

      You’re welcome! Hope you find some good ones!

  2. Monica Simpson
    March 17, 2020 / 4:24 am

    Wow so many fun links to check out! I love that those places are offering free virtual tours.

    • Krissy
      Author
      March 17, 2020 / 4:12 pm

      Me too! I am a fan of the virtual tours. Especially the museums.

  3. Rebecca Hartzler
    March 17, 2020 / 4:35 am

    These are such great ideas and I love that there are so many! 👏

    • Krissy
      Author
      March 17, 2020 / 4:13 pm

      Once I started looking there were so many. Much more than I could include. I love that there are tons of ideas out there.

  4. March 17, 2020 / 4:14 pm

    I love all these wonderful activities for kids! I know these next few weeks are going to be one of coming up with filling the hours.

    • Krissy
      Author
      March 17, 2020 / 6:44 pm

      Yes! I just went and stocked up on craft supplies to help with the next few weeks.

  5. March 17, 2020 / 6:46 pm

    Thank you for organizing these by age, that’s super helpful! Also, the animal cams are a fantastic idea!

    • Krissy
      Author
      March 18, 2020 / 2:07 am

      They are really cute! I love the animal cams.

  6. March 17, 2020 / 7:08 pm

    I used to love spending time colouring when I was a kid

    • Krissy
      Author
      March 18, 2020 / 2:08 am

      I still love to color and have adult coloring books. Can’t wait to spend time coloring with my son when he gets a little older.

  7. March 17, 2020 / 8:37 pm

    This is really helpful list! As a homeschool mom, this is going to come in handy for me!

    • Krissy
      Author
      March 18, 2020 / 2:13 am

      Awesome! Glad you found it useful.

  8. March 18, 2020 / 4:11 pm

    These are such wonderful ideas. I did bath tub paint last night and put green food coloring in the water for St Patrick’s day. My daughter didn’t know what to think.

    • Krissy
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:16 pm

      Oh I love the green food coloring in water idea. How fun!

  9. March 24, 2020 / 9:58 am

    This is such a fabulous list, Krissy, thanks so much for doing all the research! As many parents, we are starting to do homeschooling here now and my twin kindergarteners will love many of these activities, I can tell already. Thanks again!

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