Do you live in an area where you are stuck inside due to rain or snow? And just need a few new ideas for indoor activities to do with your children, look no further!
We’ve complied a list of 16 great new indoor activities and 1 outdoor to keep your children entertained, some of which our sitters use these indoor activities while babysitting!
Let’s Play Inside
Filling a shallow bin with sand will create hours of imaginary play for children. Add in their sand toys and trucks! If you lay a blanket down first, most of the sand will wind up there instead of on the floor, making the rest easy to vacuum up.
2. Indoor Hop Scotch-
By creating the outline with painters tape, you’ll make an easy clean-up hop scotch area for the kids. This can be a great way to get their wiggles out indoors.
3. Baking and Mixing-
Children love being able to help mix ingredients and bake yummy treats! Younger children can help decorate cookie or cupcakes.
Below is a simple, creative recipe for Kool-Aid Play Dough, which is fun to play with, not to eat!
4. Kool-Aid Play Dough-
Mix 1c flour, 1/4c salt, 1 packet of Kool-Aid together.
Boil 2/3c of water and a tablespoon of oil.
Pour some of the water into the dry ingredients slowly and mix thoroughly
add water and work the dough until the color is uniform
You’re ready to play!
5. Indoor Volleyball-
By blowing up a balloon and tying a piece of string across two chairs, you have a hazard-free volleyball court! Use a piece of painters tape to create the “net” as well.
6. Flashlight Games-
Flashlight tag has always been a favorite. Who doesn’t love a combination of hide-and-seek with flashlights in the dark? Have you ever thought of using flashlights for a puppet show or capture the flag? Instead of using a flag, use a flashlight and set up boundaries showing where the players can and cannot go.
6. Creating the Best Indoor Fort-
Building forts has been a fun pastime for children- our sitters love building forts with children in their hotel rooms. There are so many household items that can be used to fuel imagination. It’s fun to see what children will do with all their creativity. Great items to use are: pillows, couch cushions, sheets, chairs, empty paper towel rolls, clothes pins, and even sleeping bags.
After the fort is assembled, children can have a picnic inside, a flashlight puppet show, play dress up, or have movie night!
8. Film a movie with their phones….and play it for the family.
9. Board Games & Puzzles: Pictionary, Twister, Kerplunk, Sorry, Clue, Candyland, Monopoly, Jenga, Connect 4, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Life, Operation, Master Mind, Parcheesi, Chinese Checkers, Lincoln logs or Legos and Yahtzee just to name a few classics.
If your children can go outside, jumping in puddles in their rain boots is every child’s dream! By adding crushed chalk or dried tempera paint into puddles, you can create magic bubbling puddles! This is a great way to let your children explore through sensory play. Once you mix in the different colored chalk or paint, the water begins to bubble into the different colors! Girls love adding flowers and glitter to make magical fairy puddles, too.
As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do.
Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be!
An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.
A great way to build a community of parents. Our blog offers tips on parenting, kids in the kitchen recipes,art & crafts, and traveling with children advice, which makes life a little easier and a whole lot more fun.