10 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids

We have had a lot of sick days, school closings due to ice and snow, and rainy days this year. Sometimes we can get a little stir crazy so it is nice to have some ideas of new things to do indoors. My daughter is 5 years old and these are tried and true things we do that keep her engaged and that we have fun doing. Some might not work for a younger or older kids.. but it's worth a shot!

1. Cut potatoes into shapes, dip in paint, and stamp! She loved this when she was much younger and loves it now too!

2. Fishing sight words game. We love this game! I just used index cards we had lying around to write the words on and for the fishing pole.. I grabbed a spatula, tied a piece of string around it, and then I taped a magnet on the end 😜 It worked and she loved it. Plus, learning sight words at the same time is a plus for sure.

3. Sight words bingo. I made 2 boards myself - just made a grid and then wrote the words in. Then I wrote each word on a tiny slip of paper, put it into a box, and we took turns drawing a word, finding it on our board, and marking it, seeing who could get 5 in a row first. This is also really popular with her - and fun! Here's a sight word bingo board creator to make it much easier.

4. We throw a bunch of small toys on the floor (Shopkins are perfect for this), then set up two empty containers - one for me and one for her - and see who can pick up the most using only our feet and drop it in our box. Whoever has the most in their box at the end wins. Super silly.. but a lot of fun! 

5. Bring out the Mad Mattr! It's like kinetic sand, but I don't find it as messy and it's much more fun to play with. It molds easily, never dries out, and is really relaxing to play with! Check out the #madmattr hashtag on Instagram and see what I mean.. relaxing!

6. If you want to focus on learning, there are a ton of free or really cheap worksheets and games over at Teachers Pay Teachers. The cool thing about that site is that all the materials are made by educators. There are so many neat activities there! 

7. Get out the board games! Our favorite right now is Race to the Treasure. There's no winner or loser in this game.. instead, you work together to create a path to beat the ogre to the treasure. Each game takes 5-10 minutes to play, but we always end up playing at least 5 games in a row. I love that there's no competition and instead we work together.

8. Get in the kitchen. Waves loves when I let her make "experiments". A mixing bowl, spoon, and some random ingredients and she will pretend to be cooking/baking for a good half hour. She likes smelling the different spices and cutting vegetables with her kid-safe knife.

9. Make an obstacle course. We'll put out couch cushions, pillows, make a tunnel out of a blanket draped over the coffee table and couch, etc. and then see who can move through it the quickest. It gets some energy out and is fun! Although, I will admit.. this one doesn't hold her attention as long as the other things on the list. Another fun thing to do is pile up a bunch of blankets, couch cushions, and pillows and then pretend you're jumping into a pile of leaves 😜

10. Make magic paintings! You just need to have a white crayon, some paper, and watercolors. These are a lot of fun to make and kids love seeing what you drew for them as they paint on the paper. This keeps my daughter occupied for a surprisingly long time.

I hope you were able to get some new ideas from this post! Have a great day :]


  1. My kids love those magic painting type projects...and obstacle courses are always fun. I'm definitely going to have to try sight words bingo with my kindergartener. What a great way to reinforce learning while at home!

    1. I hope you guys have fun playing bingo! My kindergartner loves it and it has really helped her with her sight words.

  2. I love the TPT store. So many fun activities for kiddos. Being a part time preschool teacher, I am always looking for new ways to do art with them. They truly look forward to that time in their day.

    1. There are so many great activities there! When my daughter was in preschool, she loved the activity where they painted with bubble wrap :) art is so important for kids!

  3. These are so much fun! I love how they are interesting and all about learning! Definitely sharing for my friends with little ones!


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