5 Activities to Try While Stuck Inside
Some days are too cold, snowy or rainy to go outside. So, we’ve compiled a variety of fun, easy activities your kids can do while you ride out the weather from safe and snug inside. These activities will not only keep your kids entertained, but they’ll also build skills like critical thinking, creativity and communication in the process.
- Make Your Own Play Dough. Kids love Play Dough — and they love cooking. Why not combine the two by making your own. Here’s a quick and easy recipe:
1 c flour
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
1/2 c salt
1 Tbsp oil
1 c water
Combine the first four ingredients together. Then mix the food coloring with the water and add it to the flour mixture. Microwave the mixture for 1 minute on high. Then stir and microwave again for another minute. Stir and let sit until cool enough to handle. Knead well! Then let your kids use their imaginations to mold and shape the dough.
- Primary Colors Experiment. Here’s a sensory activity that helps kids experiment with color. You’ll need:
- Red, yellow and blue paint
- Clear plastic zipper lunch bags
Fill bags with different combinations of paint colors – try one with yellow and blue, another with red and blue for example. Seal the bags closed and tape them to a flat surface. Let kids use their hands to blend and squish the paints together to see what colors emerge.
- Create a Time Capsule. Kids can preserve a bit of their present for their future selves to discover by creating a time capsule. Use a shoebox, metal lunchbox, food storage bin or any other type of container and fill it with mementos. Here are a few ideas to include:
- A letter to their future selves — include grade in school, friends names, favorite hobbies, songs and more
- Trace their hand on a piece of paper
- Pictures (school picture, family photo, etc.)
- Piece of artwork they created
- A toy they’re ok parting with
Once everything is in place, decorate the outside of the container and write the date it can be opened (typically years from now). Put it in a safe place and no peeking!
- Make Puppets, Then Put On a Show. There are two parts to this fun activity. First, make some puppets. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Paper bags
- Colored paper
- Crayons or markers
- Glue stick
Use the bag as the body and head of the puppet. Then cut scraps of paper and glue them on the puppet to create various animals, people, monsters and more. Use crayons or markers to add more detail. Once the puppets are made, put on a puppet show!
- Build a Cardboard City. Have a large cardboard box lying around? Turn it into a bustling town – or maybe they want to create a forest, ocean or any other type of scene. Kids can draw and color the bottom and sides of the box and then add toys — cars, blocks, figurines, etc. — to enhance the space. This is a great activity for kids to build their creativity through pretend play.