Are you looking for a giant list of indoor activities for kids during school closures? If so, we’ve got you covered. With more kids at home now than ever us parents need to come up with fun ideas that get their body moving, stimulate their minds and get their creativity going.
This list of fun things for kids to do indoors is certain to keep them busy and active while they’re at home.
Don’t forget to join our kids play tray and activities group on Facebook, where our community will be sharing inspiration and activities from this list. I am also posting on my Instagram account @funwithmama the activities we are doing each day as well as tips to help each day run more smoothly.
Having the kids at home is an amazing time to bond with your children and spend quality time with them. But with a child’s natural interest and need for adventure and movement there often seems to be a bit of “lull” time where they say that they have nothing to do. With this great list of indoor activities for kids, you have the ability to keep them active with ease! Plus, the links to each of the activities makes this even better and easier for parents!
Some of these activities are great for the mind and the body while others will have them crafting and creating the day away! If you’re looking for a printable list that will have your kids having an absolute blast, this is the one for you!
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85 Indoor activities for kids during school closures
How many times have your children came up to you and told you that they were bored? Hearing that word as a parent is just one of the worst words that there is.
What I’m hoping is that with this free printable and giant list of activities and experiments, your children will be active for the entire time that they are at home. These activities will help to limit their screen time and engage their creativity and imagination.
Check out the entire list of indoor crafts and activities for kids below!
Make certain that you add to the list as well! These are just some starter ideas to get your think-tank working. Involve the kiddos in the process too so that they can be a part of deciding what activities and experiments they’re wanting to do for the day.
If you plan well, you could easily do 2-3 of these per day and provide your children with hours upon hours of fun!
Fun indoor crafts and activities for kids
- Make alphabet crafts
- Simon Says
- Hide + Seek
- Freeze Dance
- Create sensory bins with your child’s toys
- Paint with a watercolor palette
- Paint with tempera paint
- Finger Paint
- Make Slime
- Create Cloud Dough
- Make Oobleck
- Monster eye painting
- Draw with sidewalk chalk
- Make sidewalk paint
- Bake with mom
- Make ‘snow’
- Look and find books
- Play with Lego
- Build Puzzles
- Bounce a ball
- Write in a journal
- Activity with mom
- Play with play trays
- Do Yoga
- Listen to music
- Contact Paper Resist Painting
- Play Bingo
- Tell fairytales
- Make a sensory bottle
- Rainbow Rice Bin
- Paint with colored ice
- Print out educational activities
- Water Sensory Bin
- Water bead sensory bin
- Colored Rice Sensory Bins
- Magic Milk Experiment
- Have some silly time
- Look through some wordless books and tell a story
- Hidden name art
- Egg Hunt
- Family movie time
- Indoor scavenger hunt
- Create marbled paper with shaving cream
- Play catch
- Jump rope
- Indoor chalk activity
- Blow bubbles
- Play a board game (here are toddler board games)
- Plant a flower
- Have a hula hoop competition
- Spin Paint
- Sticker Play
- Make lemonade
- Play Uno
- Dress Up
- Blindfolded rice hunt
- Play with play dough
- Make play dough
- Play Would You Rather?
- Play with blocks
- Ice Cream alphabet matching activity
- Make ice cream in a bag
- Create Salt Crystals
- Make a fizzing rainbow
- Walking Water Experiment
- Baking Soda + Vinegar science experiment
- Volcano science experiment
- Play with dress up paper dolls
- Play Charades
- Paint Rocks
- Fingerprint art
- Unstructured Play
- Play thumb war
- Crayon resist notes
- Shaving Cream Bag
- Cutting paper with the cutting box printable
- Water In A Bag Pencil Experiment
- Lava Lamp Experiment
- Shaving Cream + Water Experiment
- Flashlight shadows
- Alphabet fishing
- Raised salt painting
- Play a musical instrument
- Make shrinky dinks
- Skittles Rainbow
- Mess-free painting
- Coffee Filter Butterflies
- Puzzle hunt
- Color Mixing Water sensory play
- Tell jokes
- Learn to draw with learning to draw books
- Recycled Crafts
- Create a virtual book club at home.
- Make Tie Dye Shirts
- Bring foam blocks in the bath tub with you
- Make Bubbles at home
- Have a rainbow foam bath
- Dot Painting
- Play I Spy at home. “I spy with my eye something red…”
- Hidden treasure fizzing ice science experiment
- Bath a baby doll
- Do art lessons with free printables
- Wash your toys in a sensory bin
Now that you’ve seen the giant list of activities, don’t forget to print it off as well so that you and the kids can mark them off as you do them! It can even be a fun experiment to do as a family to see if you can get them all done.
If the kids are going to be home for a couple of weeks, you just might be able to get through the majority of them easily!
Once you download the printable, you’ll also see that I’ve included a page that has clickable links so you can easily find the corresponding activity. (I’m trying to make this as simple as possible for you, moms and dads!)
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You can find my recommendations for subscription boxes here:
- Baby Subscription Box
- Kids Subscription Box
- Kiwi Kids Subscription Box For Kids
- FabFitFun Summer 2020 Box Review – This one’s for Mom!
Get the printable activity list here:
You can use these printables for a wide range of reasons other than when your kids have a school closure. Use them during vacations, sickness/fevers, holidays…all are larger breaks of time that leave your children needing something to do!