Do you ever hear, "Mom, I'm Bored?" I hear it all the time when my kids are stuck inside for any length of time. We live in Southern New Mexico, it's HOT in the summer, and COLD in the winter. If I don't come up with indoor activities for kids all I hear is how horrible their lives are. Sure they are great at using their imaginations, but after they have used to so much of it up they need a point in the right direction. This helps keep them from doing things like, washing the dog with 6 bottles of dish soap while mom is in the shower. Yes, if I don't help come up with fun things for kids to do in the house they get into trouble. Needless to say, I want to avoid them getting into trouble due to boredom.
We have been lucky the past 2 days has been warm enough for the kids to play outside for a few hours, but guess what? It's fixing to get cold again. Rather than waiting until they are bored out of their minds, I have come up with 20 fun things for kids to do in the house, lol. They are super fun, and I know they are all indoor activites my kids will enjoy. I'm am hoping you find some that your kids enjoy too.
Crafts – My kids love crafts, and I have been spending more time doing crafts with my kids. I recently went to the dollar store and spend $50. Yes, that’s a whole lot of crafting supplies, and tons of fun for the kids. I made sure to get things they could all do together, as well as a few things they could do individually. If you are searching for indoor activates for kids, you cannot go wrong with crafting. You can find something for all of them, toss in something education, and they will not even know. With Valentien's Day creeping up on us you can find tons of things to do on Valentine’s Day with kids that are holiday themed to make things a little more fun.
Baking – If you follow my blog you have probably noticed we have started to increase our recipe section, lol. It’s due to the kids being stuck inside, and us having fun baking up fabulous Valentine’s Day recipes and fun dinner ideas. We have a whole lot of fun, the kids have been learning how to handle themselves in the kitchen, and have helped stir up my creative side.
Make a Movie – Yes, we all love technology in this house. Any child over the age of 9 has their own mobile device and they know how to use it. To be honest my 3-year-old has her own phone too, it doesn’t work as far as calling, but she can use it to play games, take pictures, and create movies.
Build a Fort – Every now and again when I am feeling like I can handle a living room takeover I allow my kids to build a fort in the living room. Do they ever build a fort, lol. By the time it’s all said and done they have a 3 bedroom, 2 story luxury fort, and every blanket in my house, plus off their bed is being used to create this luxury fort. Before I know it they have used several hours to build the fort, are getting along, and even using their imagination for the remainder of the day.
Drive In Movies – I know most of you don’t have a drive-in theater, but that doesn’t mean you cannot have some fun, and make one. If you have some boxes make cars, pick out a flick, and watch a movie like you are at the chilling in your car at the drive-in. You can even have a little fun and set up a concession stand.
Workout Program – Since I have been working out, I started a workout program, and my kids decided to join. Every single day we workout. There are days we are able to do the traditional workout, and laugh 99% of the time because my kids think it’s funny to ride a bike in the hair, and talk about your buttocks. We also play Just Dance, or another workout game on the Wii from time to time. Dancing with 3 young girls is one awesome workout, lol.
Redecorate – Have some fun and redecorate your house. If you plan things right you should be able to do some great crafts and use them around the house. You can find some awesome crafts and DIY projects on Pinterest.
Play Game – There are some fabulous board games out there.
Crochet – Teach your kids to crochet.
Looming – You can make all kinds of great things with an affordable looming kit.
Spa Day – Let the kids give you a spa day. If your kids are anything like mine they will jump at the chance to pamper mom. It’s the perfect way to butter me up so I will let you use my nail polish, lol.
Turn Down The Volume – This is one of our favorite, and we always forget about it. We will turn down the volume on the TV, and talk for whoever is on TV. There are some pretty funny things that happen when my kids are in charge of what is said, lol
Cook – If I am ever stuck am looking for things to do with the kids when it is cold outside I always get my kids involved in making warm soup. I tend to like to make the soup that takes the longest, and taste the best. Keeps the house warm, and smelling great.
Story Time – Have everyone pick out their favorite book, and each take turns reading to one another. If your kids are too little to read step in and read for them.
Funny Videos – There are some great videos on YouTube and Vine that you can have a blast watching with kids of all ages.
Cuddle – There is nothing like heating up the fireplace, and cuddling up with the kids for a good movie. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I honestly look forward to things cooling off so we can start a fire and watch movies together.
Chat – Use this time to talk to your kids, and get to know them on a friend level too. Talking with your kids about their day, how things are going, favorite colors, or anything else is extremely important. This is my favorite indoor activity for kids, lol. We often end up talking about some crazy things.
Dress Up – Let the kids dress up in their best cloths and put on a fashion show for you. Get dressed up with them, just have fun. You can even come up with themes, allow everyone 10 minutes to get dressed up, and then strut your stuff on the catwalk. Our favorite is the “I just woke up look”, "Dress up the animals" and the “Oh no I cannot believe I did that.” Yes the 2nd one gets VERY creative, but it's always been something fun for the kids to do in the house.
Dress Up – NOPE, not a typo. Let the kids play dress up in your cloths. I remember being young I always had so much fun dressing up in my parent’s cloths, and now I watch my kids enjoy it just as much as I did.
Blind Fold Game – This is a food testing game. Blind fold one another, and have them try things. Be careful, things can get honey and mayonnaise mixture crazy if you are not careful. Don’t lose, lol.
There are plenty of indoor activities for kids, we as parents just have to help our kids out from time to time, and be creative ourselves. My kids have great imaginations, but they only last so long in the house before they start getting into trouble if I don't step in.
Have you had to think up some fun activities for your kids? Leave me a comment and let me know what fun things for the kids to do in the house you use to keep your kids busy.