5 Ways to Keep the Kids Busy When Stuck Indoors

busy kids indoors

With the fall weather quickly turning into winter weather, I’m sure that you and your kids – like us – have spent more time than usual indoors. The kids experience cabin fever and I start hearing “I’m bored” more times than I can count. Here are five simple (and inexpensive!) ideas to keep the kids busy during those long dreary days when you can’t leave the house.

Have a Picnic

The word “picnic” just evokes fun, doesn’t it? Get out the basket and let the kids decide what to have for lunch on the living room floor.

Think about easy kid-friendly foods like lunch meat rolled around string cheese, little crackers, veggie sticks, or PB&J sandwiches. Eat the food off of paper plates. And don’t forget to spread the picnic blanket on the living room floor!

Pretend that you are all outdoors and that you can feel the warm sun and that you have to brush ants off of the blanket. The kids will get a kick out of pretending.

Just Dance

Kids LOVE to dance. Turn on some music and just dance! Let each child pick a song they want to dance to. If your children are too young to tell you, select a variety of different genres so that they can learn about different types of music. From the oldies to jazz and country, this could keep you busy for hours!

Not only will everybody have fun dancing, the kids will also burn off some of that pent-up energy (and you will get a workout).

Put All of Their Senses to Work

Fill up a few bowls with a variety of textured objects like dry beans or rice, cold cooked spaghetti, cotton balls, or anything else that the kids would have a fun time feeling. Another fun one is peeled grapes…they feel very weird! Have the kids close their eyes, touch the items, and try to guess what the different objects are.

Play With Food

There are some food items that the kids can use to “build” and have fun with. Pretzels can be used to create stick figures or mazes, using peanut butter as glue. Marshmallows are pliable and can be formed into snowmen or people (use those pretzels for arms and legs!).

Sugar cookie pizzas would make a great snack. Slice several thick slices from a roll of refrigerated sugar-cookie dough. Flatten them on the cookie sheet to widen them into “pizza crust”. Bake as directed and cool for about 10 minutes. Let the kids build their own pizzas using strawberry jelly for the sauce, shredded coconut for the cheese, and M&M’s for pepperoni. The possibilities are endless!

Snuggle Up

Sometimes the best thing to do is pop in a favorite movie, make a bowl of popcorn, and get under the warmest blankets you can find. Eating popcorn in the living room is a treat at my house, throw in snuggling together and it sends the kids over the moon!

What other fun indoor activities do you depend on to keep your kids busy?


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5 Ways to Keep the Kids Busy When Stuck Indoors

Natalie is a wife, mom of a five year old son and three year old twin girls, wannabe foodie, lover of wine and of all things social media. She is the author of Mommy of a Monster and Twins, her personal blog where she writes honestly about the good, bad, and ugly of parenting. In her free time, which she rarely has anymore, she reads, cooks, gardens, works as a freelance writer and social media consultant, and drinks wine…lots of wine. ... More

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  1. Rosa says:

    My son 14 daughter 9 favorite thing is made up games or youtune clips, get in to video games

  2. Rosa says:

    Me & mines play games! We make up, board games, or video games. Hours fly bye

  3. Angelica says:

    Mine just turned 1 and we do a few things, but I can’t wait til we can bring "big kid" activities in.

  4. Lexi says:

    My 2 year old and I love to cook. One of his favorites is sugar-free chocolate pudding. He gets to mix it, eat it and "paint" with it on the big easel size paper with a basting brush.
    If they like to help with things, like laundry we make it fun and fill up the back of the dump truck so he can drive it around and help putting things away. That way when you are stuck inside you can get things done also but make it fun for them.

  5. Your 11 year old is a great age to take on some responsibility for entertaining the siblings. Reading books, leading imaginary play, teaching new skills. Board games with the 5 year old or making cookie dough together could be a lot of fun. Dance parties with both younger siblings or watching the 5 year old while baby naps to earn a little spending money!

    Hopefully we’ll get some more feedback on this one – you can’t have too many ideas!

  6. Cass says:

    Great ideas, but when you have an 11, 5, and a 6 month old, we need them to be more complex ideas, anyone help me please? Because me oldest is still bored!

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  8. debbie says:

    So simple, yet, not done anymore.

  9. These are some great ideas… I’ll make sure to keep these in mind… 🙂

  10. Jeanette says:

    Thank you for all the great ideas! With a busy 2 year old son. I need all the ideas I can get because I always seem to run out of them. Since today is very cold outside we arw going to snuggle up with one another. Thanks again!

  11. krsy001 says:

    I am going to have to remember these!!!!

  12. allie_cat says:

    i wish these would work for my niece shes a brat some times

  13. lacy says:

    These are good ideas. My daughter always says she is bored when we are stuck in the house! Ill have to try these next time 🙂

  14. Danielle says:

    all superb ideas. I also like to bake with my kids. they love to help mix the batter. usually with a lot of taste testing lol. (mom of an 11 year old and 3 year old girls expecting number 3)

  15. Alison Lee says:

    Snuggling up is my favorite 🙂


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