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7 Indoor Activities for Kids
You are about to be invaded with kids, schools out and here they come. As they sit in a room surrounded by gadgets and the latest toys, they will calmly look you in the eyes and tell you the words you dread. I'm Bored. Here is a few things to keep your child entertained when it is too hot to play outside or just having an indoor kind of day because of the weather. Also some great ideas for the long winter months that seem to come in the blink of an eye.
Paper mache is a bit messy, however with a little preparation with folded newspaper and any kind of hard wood floor, this can be a great way to spend a couple of days, as well as a great display item your child can be proud of for months to come.
- Old Newspapers
- Mixing Bowl
- Blow up balloons
- Rip newspaper into strips.
- Mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup flour in bowl
- Dip strips in mixture and place around balloon until covered.
- Let dry over night
- Paint planets
- Pop balloons and hang
Reverse Hide and Seek
Get all the children together and expain the rules.
One person hides and everyone else seeks.
When the person seeking finds the hider, they hide with them.
Untill the last person is looking, then the game is over and they will hide next game.
Best part is watching all the kids try to hold the giggles as they pack in like lil sardines.
Colored Noodles Art and Jewelry
- Different size noodles
- Food Coloring
- White glue
- Construction Paper
Instructions are pretty straight forward; color the noodles in a bowl with a few drops of desired colors. Then make pictures with glue and natural pieces. You can also get some string and make bracelets and necklaces with rigatone and other noodles with holes.
Homemade Play Dough
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/2 water
- 1/2 tsp oil
- 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
- food coloring
Instructions: Heat on low till a dough forms, then take off of heat. Let cool on counter until able to knead a bit, adding the coloring. Let it continue to cool till a safe temperature that your kids can play with.
This can also be an outdoor or an indoor project that you can choose how big of a project it is. I live in a small apartment with no yard so to speak, however me and my son have planted over 20 pots of vegetable and herbs that we have over the last month, watched slowly grow. Now veggies are on the plants, so not only is it a learning activity, but will also produce tangible food that your child can associate with. Indoors can be a great spot to grow a variety of herbs and other plants from seeds. If you have a nice big backyard, go bigger. Grow a little garden this summer to feed your family whole healthy food while teaching your children about food and keeping t hem busy helping you out.
Markers, crayons and paint
Just cut the flaps on one side, the cut a little door and window. Next let you kids color their playhouse and fill it with pillows, toys, books and their favorite blanket. Will give your child several hours of entertainment while improving their imagination play.
- 1 cup of white glue
- 1/2 cup corn starch
Mix well and let your kids have fun making a mess with this new substance and texture. Recommended on tile or a table.