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10 Indoors Activities with Children

Updated on March 24, 2014

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Ever been "stuck" with your children, off from work and school, while the rain didn't stop falling? Bored? Of course there are video games, computers and TV. But what if you should try something else? Creativity has no limits and the list below includes things that me and my children love to do.

The more you as a parent takes part, the more fun it becomes. Children love to do things with their parents. Depending of their age, of course... My children are 7 and 10 but this activities work for smaller children too, depends on how much you as parents are willing to contribute.

A benefit is that you get to spend time with your children. When you do that you have a great opportunity to improve your relationship. The child gets your attention and you both get even closer to each other.

Positive attention to your child is important for your his or hers development. Children who gets positive attention tend to have better self images and feel more secure in many situations. Above this they get a closer relationship to their parents and that is a benefit both for the child and the parents.


Rainy days -creative days!

So here is my list, feel free to give your suggestions in the comment field:

  • Go out and enjoy the weather! Play in the pools of water, just look up at the sky and let the rain fall on your face. Children love when their parents do things that not are so "grown up".

Miniature chocolate cake. Source: my own photos.
Miniature chocolate cake. Source: my own photos.
  • Bake! Cupcakes, cookies, a cake, a pie or whatever you like. It makes a perfect snack to eat between other activities. My children usually love to eat the cake batter, even more than the actuall cake. Let them do that, the important thing is not to get as many cakes as possible.


  • Well, sometimes it's just time to… watch a movie… Can be really cozy:)

  • Craft some stuff to play with. Collect toilet rolls, buttons, paper, fabric and other materials for doing some creative stuff. We usually craft funny ”dolls”. To fix the clothes, eyes, hands, hair and so on, I recommend a glue gun. The glue will stick in seconds. Se my photos for examples of these "dolls". Adorable:)

  • Move around while avoiding to step on the floor. Just go from a chair to a table and so on. First touching the floor has ”lost”. This can be a wild game, maybe don't do it before bedtime...
  • Act hairdresser, or let the children be the hairdressers. Usually my children creates some funny hairstyles for me… A lot of styling, braids and so on. Can last for a long time. Bonus; I get some rest. For me this activity includes to sit down when they ”do the work”:)
  • Take a bath. We have a small bath tub. Soon we will not fit in there anymore, but it's really a great activity just arranging the bath. We put in some rose petals, lavender and bubble bath. Great fun to mix things in there!
  • Make a movie. Begin by setting up a script. Download some movie app to your phone or tablet, to be able to edit your movie. Not required of course! It is enough just to record your personal movie. We made some sounds to add as well. You can record sounds separately by using two phones. I recorded the movie and my children were actors. At some points I started the sound at the second phone, works well as "sound effects". Very proud children have been watching the movie over and over again.

Barbie dress. Source: my own photos.
Barbie dress. Source: my own photos.
  • Sew clothes for Barbie or some other doll. Here a lot of assistance was needed. Maybe it is an activity for older children though it can be hard to sew small details.
  • Try old clothes from the wardrobe. Fun for children to try clothes that don’t really fit them:-)

What do you think would be fun for you and your children to do on a rainy day?

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I think creativity is important to encourage. It's a gift that every child is born with. Unfortunately many children soon "forget" how to be creative. My list above is suggestions of activities that can be really fun, enjoyed by both parents and children. Feel free to try some of them and have a great time with your children!

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Au fait; thank you for your input! I can agree with you that it is not so hard to find things to do, but I know it is a issue in some homes;) To read books is a fantastic thing to do, children who grow up with parents reading to them get helped to develop great skills in reading and writing later on. My daughters are bought "readers". My youngest read for me every night before sleep.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I home schooled my daughter so she was usually at home no matter what the weather. We never had trouble finding things to do and I still don't have any problem with that now that she's on her own (25 years old). I never get bored. If anything, there aren't enough hours in the day.

      You list a lot of interesting and fun activities to help people who aren't used to having children around. For our family, anything that included learning was usually fun, or at least interesting. That hasn't changed.

      One thing you might add to your list is "Read a Book." You can with or to children. Pick a favorite book or choose one no one has read before and add a new one to your favorite list that way.

      “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

      ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

      Welcome to HubPages kerlund74!

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you Ryem:)

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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      These ideas are creative and sound like a lot of fun. Great hub.

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      VVanNess: thx for reading and kind comment:)

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      These ideas sound like a lot of fun! Great job!

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you Alicia:)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You have some great ideas for rainy day activities, kerlund74! This is a very useful hub for parents.

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you:-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You have given me some wonderful ideas to share with my grandkids. Very interesting read and enjoyable! Thank you.

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you for comment DDE

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great suggestions for a rainy day and it should be a fulfilled day with kids.

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      vkwok; Thank you for kind comment!

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Nice hub. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips!

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Cherylann: thank you for nice comment:) These memories are so sweet.

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      Cherylann Mollan 4 years ago from India

      Hi kerlund74! Nice hub. It brought back memories of the times I spent with my mom on rainy days. :) She would always make a snack I liked for tea, something warm and a little spicy, then we would play word games. Such beautiful memories. Thanks for your hub! :)

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Some day she have children that maybe you can play with:)

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      Another time came to mind when I would carry my niece piggy back she would wrap her arms around me and I would walk around outside and pretend I had my eyes closed. Coming so close to walking into things. She would tell me left.left hurry left watch out for that tree. So many great times. Now she is twenty one and those days are very special to me.

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Dream on; Thank you for such a nice comment:-)

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      What a wonderful hub. The best times I remember is playing with my niece and nephew making up imaginary people and laughing so hard the whole day was incredible. Thank you for sharing and bringing back those great memories.

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      billybuc; I sure hope it is:) Thank you for reading and commenting?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Our children are all grown now, but this is a wonderful resource for those with youngsters.

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      greatstuff; thank you for taking time to read and comment:) And yes it is a lot of fun playing in the rain!

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Playing in the rain is great fun, especially when there are puddles of water to fool around. Thanks for sharing.

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      I hope there is some use:) Thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Baking is always my favorite. With all the snow days and the kids staying home from school, this is a very useful list.

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Midget38; and thank you for sharing this:)

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Midget38: Thank you for kind comment:) And yes kids love to help, that is something really useful.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Kids love to help...all these sound so great! Thanks for sharing! Sharing too.

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Healthylife2: yes they grow up so fast, soon they don't want to play at all. Hide and seek is fun:) Thx for taking time to read and comment!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      My kids always love to play hide and seek. Also reading books together is fun. TV and computer games are too easy to use. It's much more fun amd rewarding to spend the time playing with the kids and to build memories.Thanks for sharing.

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Sounds like fun:) The worst thing to do is just sit at home and be frustrated and irritated, some activities makes a different. Thank you for comment:)

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      Dan Robbins 4 years ago from Ohio

      My sons and I made a music video this winter and you're right, they watched it over and over. Not only was it a lot of fun to make but it created a great memory that I'm sure as time goes on, I'll be watching over and over. Thanks for sharing this boredom breaker!

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      Your suggestion sounds like a fun activity, i will try that:) Thank you for taking time to commen!

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      kerlund74 4 years ago from Sweden

      I will miss that to... Mine are on their way growing up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      My kids and I use to play I see something you don't see, it was really fun even for me for one could pick the tiniest thing for others to find! I miss having little kids. They were angels, but then they grew up. lol ^

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