5 Ways to Keep the Kids Busy When Stuck 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.
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!
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?