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Indoor Activities That'll Keep The Kids Busy During The Winter Months.

Updated on July 25, 2011

With the recent time change, colder weather and shorter daylight hours, it can be quite a challenge to find indoor activities to keep our restless children busy and entertained.

Being a mother to two very active toddlers, I've really had to get creative in this area.

Through trial and error, I've found some great activities that will keep even the busiest kid entertained.

* Activities For Toddlers And Younger Kids.

A.) Indoor Obstacle Course.

An absolute favorite of my toddlers; this activity really gets your little ones up and moving.

All the tools you have are right at your fingertips.

Using sofa cushions, large empty boxes, chairs and old bedsheets, you can make an obstacle course that consist of makeshift tunnels or mountains to crawl through, under or over.

Make sure you provide close supervision however, to prevent any mishaps.

B.) Indoor Bowling Game.

Several retailers sell several cool and inexpensive lightweight indoor bowling sets tailored made for toddlers.

Available in a easy to handle carrying case, set these pins up (I use a piece of cardboard if I'm setting them up on a carpeted area) and watch you little one go to town!

C.) Indoor Scavenger Hunt.

This activity is just like the outdoor version, just inside. Simply:

1.) Choose small objects to hide around the home.

2.) Depending on how many children will be playing, divide the groups up into teams.

3.) Provide each team with a list of the items (for smaller kids, list the items by way of drawings if they are not yet able to read) - and start the game.

Whomever finds the most items on the list wins.

D.) Indoor Safari.

This activity is not only fun but educational.

Using small toy animals, place them - some hidden, some in plain sight - around one room of your choice.

Mom and dad can pretend to be the safari guide, and lead the children around the room in search of all the "exotic animals" they can find.

If you want to make it even more exciting, dress them up as if they were truly on a safari (safari hats, vest, canteen. binoculars, etc.)

E.) Let The Inner Artist Shine Through.

Let your small child's inner artist shine through by way of painting or coloring.

So grab a couple of coloring books, painting or drawing paper, crayons or paint and paintbrushes, and let them have at it.These activities will keep them busy for some time.

F.) Host An Art Show.

Let your pride shine through by displaying your child's (and his/her friends) artwork throughout the room of your choice.

Invite your child's friends and their families and let them see all theri wonderful pieces..

After a quick showing, present every child with a blue ribbon and a small goodie bag.

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* Activities For Your Tween, Teens, and Older.

A.)Wii Fit.

Wii Fit is a great activity that will keep your tween, teens, and older children busy and entertained.

Taking the interactive level of video games to a different level, Wii Fit will help get your kids up and moving.

B.) Take Up A New Hobby.

Hobbies such as building airplane, boat, or car models, beading, crocheting, scrap-booking, playing an instrument, drawing, or painting are a great way of helping your older kids fight the "boredom bug."

C.) Have A Bake-Off!

This activity is really great for a large group of friends - Using one recipe, break off in several groups and work together to see how to enhance the recipe.

All the basic ingredients (including extras) will be lined up for easy access.

Much like a professional bake-off, there will be a panel of taste testers that will decide what team produced the tastiest product.

D.) Host A Dance-Off!

With the active participation of your children, invite a few of his or her friends and host a dance off.

Have the kids perform a dance off with each other, the parents with each other, as well as the attending families with each other.

Ensure that along with the food and drink; the music is tasteful and age appropriate.

* For Kids Of All Ages.

When all else fails, parents can opt for the old standbys to keep the kids entertained.

Standbys such as:

1.) Putting together puzzle pieces.

2.) Playing board Games. (Chutes and Ladders, Memory Matching)

3.) Playing card Games (Uno, Crazy Eights, Old Maid, Spades, etc.)

4.) Playing charades.

5.) Playing word games. (Scrabble, Boggle)

6.) Karaoke (you can rent a machine or.... just turn on your television set - some cable companies offer music channels that provide the songs with the lyrics, turning your television into your own personal karaoke machine).

* Indoor Activities Outside The Home.

But what about indoor activities outside the home? Depending on the age of your child, keep these activities in mind:

1.) Bowling.

2.) Art Museums.

3.) Soft Play.

4.) Video Game Arcades.

5.) Arts and Crafts Programs (Micheal's, A.C.Moore, Joanns)

6.) Indoor Skating Rink.

7.) Laser Tag.

8.) Movies.

Sounds like fun does it not? - With just a little thought and creativity, anyone can come up with some great indoor activities to help the kids fight the "winter-indoor-blues."

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      Israel 4 years ago

      Here is one more, a treasure hunt game which is easy to set and gives parents some time to relax while the kids jump between hideouts and solving clues – Home Treasure Hunt.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Neil Ashworth for stopping by.

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      George Poe 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and knowledge on this topic...

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by anyway prasetio30. I always look forward to seeing you.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never felt about winter at all. Because my country just have two season. But I get new information here. If I go to the country which have winter season someday, I'll do these tips. Thanks

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much Alan Choi for stopping by. I hope these tips help keep your little ones happy.

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      Alan Choi 8 years ago from NC, USA

      this is great. i have 2 little ones to keep happy. :P

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      These are great indoor ideas as well Party Games. I agree, kids can be much more difficult to please now a days. That's why I choose to do more hands on activites with my two (although technology does have its place). I think my favorite games listed are hot potato and musical chairs - they really get the crowd going. Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for the great ideas - I'll be sure to try them.

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      Party Games 8 years ago

      Kids are more difficult to please nowadays. Today's fast moving world requires them to learn a lot quicker than their parents ever had to. Kids today get a cell phone for their 5th birthday and start playing on the computer before they ever learn to speak. I want to share some exciting indoor kids games, like:

      Animal Noises - Recognize which animal other player is imitating. Ages 2 - 10.

      Connections - This game is going to transport the players into the land of fairy tales. Ages 8 - 12.

      Hot Potato! - This is a great party favorite in which you need to pass the "hot potato" to the next player as quickly as possible or you're out of the game ! Ages 6 - 12.

      Musical Chairs - One of the best and most popular party games for children. Ages 6 - 12.

      Name-It Ball - Name any item in a category specified by another player. Ages 6 - 12.

      Pass The Portrait! - Complete your own portion of a portrait, then see the funny results. Ages 4 - 12.

      Penny Pitch! - This is one of the favorite kids party games where players get to win small prizes by pitching the pennies. Ages 5 - 9.

      Pull My Tail! - A fun game where the quickest player gets to keep his tail. Ages 2 - 10.

      Sardines - This is "Hide and Seek" game, only backwards. Ages 6 - 12.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Mitch King for your feedback. I hope you and your family try some of these activities for yourself. I know this keeps my little ones and my extended family busy. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Mitch King 8 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

      These are some great sounding tips for keeping the kids occupied. I like to have family things to do especially on the weekends.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      You are so welcome Artemus Gordon. Thank you for stopping by. I hope these tips work for you and your family as well.

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      Artemus Gordon 8 years ago

      My kids tend to want to just do video games and I wish they wouldn't. Thanks for some great tips of things we can do instead.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by rmcrayne. That would be a great idea. I think these article would work well hand-in-hand.

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Veronica, I love this! Would you be interested in doing some link exchanges? I think this would be a great match with my Games That Promote Hand Skills (ages 3 to 4, and age 5 and Up), which are geared toward fine motor, whereas yours are great for gross motor and motor planning.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      You are so welcome Hello, hello. I put this hub together to answer a fellow hubbers question and it was a lot of fun. I hope you can use some of these ideas.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      These are great suggestion and thank you for putting them together, writing this hub and sharing.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much Joel McDonald for your kind remarks. Maybe these will come in handy next time (not that I'm wishing you guys to be snowed in though).

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      Joel McDonald 8 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Great ideas! I wish I read this about 5 days ago when we got snowed in, and the kids' school was canceled for 3 days! I especially liked the bowling and scavenger hunt suggestions.

      Thumbs up!

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by so quickly creativeone59.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks Veronica for a lot of great ideas and games hub. thank you for sharing them with us. creativeone59


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