Indoor play ideas (so you can keep your sanity)

I love school holidays – I love having my big boy at home with me, I love the relaxed mornings, and I love not having to fit the day around school pick up and drop off. But school holidays can sometimes become a bit stressful, especially when the weather is a bit average, and cabin fever can set in at lightning speeds.

It is totally OK to tell your kids to “just go and play” (and actually, it’s very beneficial to do regularly because it encourages initiative, creativity & imagination), but it can also be really helpful to have some activity or game ideas on hand.  I’m sure we’re all familiar with the mindblock that occurs when we’re bored or tired or just not in the right mental zone; the same thing happens with kids, sometimes they get into a bit of a boredom funk and need you to coax them out of it.  

I’ve thrown together a list of ideas of activities for you to reference, ranging from simple things you can do at home to adventures out in the big wide world (because sometimes we all need to just get out of the house!).  I’ve tried to include lots of energy burning ideas, because if you have wild children like mine, you’ll need plenty of ideas!  I’ll leave it up to you to gauge whether each activity is age appropriate for your kids, because you know them and their developmental abilities better than I do ๐Ÿ˜‰ But in saying that, you’re more than welcome to leave a comment below or message my Facebook page if you want some ideas on how to alter some of the suggestions to suit your kids’ ages better.

At home

  • Craft projects – Pinterest has a wealth of ideas!
  • Create a movie theatre in your lounge – close the curtains and make some popcorn
  • Build a fort
  • Do some baking
  • Have a treasure hunt with toys or other objects
  • Write a letter to a friend or family member
  • Make a comic book
  • Have a picnic on the floor
  • Make musical instruments out of things around the house
  • Make jewelry with beads and string
  • Create an indoor obstacle course
  • Do some painting
  • Do some yoga (with a video off YouTube if you need to!)
  • Change their bedroom around
  • Give them an old camera and let them take photos of things around the house, then get the photos printed
  • Write a story
  • Play hopscotch with masking tape instead of chalk
  • Do some target practice with a soft ball and a bucket or laundry basket
  • Watch funny videos on YouTube (definitely supervise this one!)
  • Make a baking soda & vinegar volcano together (supervise this one too!)
  • Have a daytime bubble bath
  • Do some facepainting (then have a daytime bubble bath ๐Ÿ˜‰)
  • Blow up a balloon and play balloon volleyball
  • Tape masking tape across the hallway in zig zags and get them to climb through without touching them as if the tape was a laser beam.  Time them to see how fast they can get through.
  • Have a photo shoot
  • Do some Lego building challenges
  • Play “the floor is lava”
  • Toast marshmallows over a candle (obv. supervise this one…)
  • Create and act out a play
  • Decorate cookies or gingerbread men
  • Have a strong man challenge and see how many pressups/star jumps/etc they can do (be warned, you may have to get involved too!)
  • Learn to do a roly poly
  • Build block towers
  • Put an old mattress on the floor and let them go to town
  • Put togs on and clean the shower with soapy water and spray bottles (you’d be surprised how many kids find this fun!)
  • Make playdough
  • Play with homemade playdough ๐Ÿ˜‚
  • Blow bubbles
  • Play musical statues
  • Play hide and seek
  • Play dress ups
  • Play hangman/charades/go fish/chess
  • Research their favourite animal/sport/country online
  • Play the chubby bunny challenge (stuff marshmallows in your mouth one by one until you can’t say “chubby bunny” anymore)
  • Have a dance party/disco
  • Cook a surprise meal together to drop off to someone special
  • Draw portraits
  • Design a spaceship/treehouse/go kart

Out and about 

  • Visit a museum
  • Visit the library
  • Go to an art gallery
  • Go swimming
  • Do a mini scavenger hunt at the mall (find all the letters of the alphabet, find a picture of a dog, flower, house, etc)
  • Visit the play areas at the mall or hardware stores
  • Have a “date” at a cafe
  • Go to the movies
  • Go to timezone and play the arcade games

Hopefully you find some of these helpful – I definitely find it easier to have a list to refer to, rather than trying to come up with ideas in the moment!  If your kids have trouble deciding what to do (the old “Iiiii don’t knowwwww” debacle), you could take the activities they can do by themselves and write them on pieces of paper which they can then pick from a jar.

Have fun playing!
With love,

Bunny x

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s