With many of us staying indoors, including the children (gasp!), you might be looking for some fun indoor activities to do with your kids!
These fun and inventive activities for you and your kids don’t require much either! Here is a list of 35 easy indoor ideas to pull off when Covid or the weather is keeping you in.
- Bake cookies, cakes, or even mini pizzas — whatever treat sounds yummiest to your little crew! Cooking together can be a fun bonding activity for the family, and it provides a sensory play for your little ones too!
- Build a giant blanket fort. All you need is two chairs and a sheet (or a couple of comforters), and you’re set for the rest of the entire afternoon. Hey maybe this might sound even more fun to you — yes you, the young at heart — than to your kid!
- Gather the recyclables and craft something new. Create a robot out of boxes, or build a spaceship out of plastic bottles, or even jam jars into vases and make flowers out of paper! What better way to teach your child how to reuse, reduce and recycle!
- Design an indoor obstacle course. Use pillows, toys or boxes to create challenges for your kids to jump over, crawl under or swerve around! Get those hearts moving and adrenaline pumping!
- Throw a dance party. Hey Alexa, play Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Oh! Or maybe Dynamite by BTS! Fancy attire is optional, but fun and laughter is compulsory!
- Snuggle in bed with a stack of books. After all, big kids still like to be read to. Choose a family-friendly series like Harry Potter or The Diary of a Wimpy Kid! For the little ones, make up your own stories or go with picture books!
- They don’t call them board games for nothing. Now’s the time to introduce classics (chess, othello, Monopoly, or Life) or try something new together (Singaporean Dream, Exploding Kittens or Cards Against Humanity’s new Family Edition).
- Make homemade play dough. All you need is all-purpose flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, oil and some food colouring. Store it in a plastic zip-seal bag for up to three months.
- Start your own Art Club. Have the kiddos lead a drawing, colouring or painting class. A cool activity to try: Draw with white crayon on white paper, then paint over it with diluted paint or food colour. Watch as the image becomes visible!
- Dress up. Let them raid your closet or adorn you in the latest superhero gear. Remember to take pictures too!
- Have an indoor picnic. Toss a blanket on the floor and serve bite-size foods with tea. Remember to lay out the food nicely and add some plants or flowers to make it Instagram-worthy!
- Open a make-believe restaurant. Take turns role-playing guest, server and chef. Use this opportunity to teach manners and etiquette!
- Play hide and seek. It’s amazing how many unexpected hiding places you can carve out inside your own four walls. This adrenaline-filled game never gets old.
- Come up with your own scavenger hunt. Stash clues inside books (leave a clue in the form of a math problem to guide them to a certain page), in the refrigerator or under their pillow. The prize for the winners can be a favourite candy.
- Have a building contest. Use Legos or blocks to see who can construct the tallest tower or more innovative architecture. Now, time to dig out those blocks and get to work!
- Play school. Watch their eyes light up at the idea of teaching you a thing or two. In fact, the easiest way to reinforce learning is to have your child try to explain it to you.
- Create an art gallery or museum. Paint masterpieces to hang on the walls; add clay or play dough sculptures. Just don’t charge too high an entrance fee, please.
- Design a vision board or collage. To do, tear up scraps of newspaper or magazines. After, keep it in a time capsule or display it somewhere for further you to look back on.
- Make a noodle necklace. Paint fun shapes, then string them on yarn once they’re dry. Surprisingly chic, and fun for the kid!
- Do a puzzle. There’s an astonishing amount of strategic thinking and problem-solving involved. An entire day can fly by if you get too immersed in a difficult puzzle.
- Better still, make a puzzle. Draw a picture on thick paper, cut it into different shapes and try to assemble it back together.
- Freeze dance! When you pause the music, the kids have to completely stand. Any movements and you are out! Bonus points: You get to sit down while they tire themselves out.
- Craft Chinese paper lanterns. All you need is pretty (preferably red) paper, a stapler and scissors. Then hang them up around the house to show off to your guests.
- Make sock puppets or dolls. This is an excellent time to repurpose mateless socks. Supplies include common household items like buttons, string, scissors, glue and dry rice (for filling up dolls).
- Design a long and winding car race track or train tracks around the house. Use coloured tape to create lines on the floor. Now it’s time to build your own city!
- Sort through old toys and find ones you can give away. Sell kids on housekeeping by rewarding them with one new toy when they’ve finished. Not only do you get to declutter, but you can even make someone’s day a little brighter!
- Create a time capsule. Have the kids write a letter to their future selves, or interview them and record the answers. Pick a couple of photos or mementos and put them in an airtight container. Hide it and mark a day in the future on the calendar when you’ll open it again. Remember to add the vision board from earlier if you so wish.
- Invent a character. Invite them all to dinner or a party, and ask questions of your “new friends.” Don’t worry, this is not the start of the next horror blockbuster.
- Form a family band. See how many household objects can be repurposed into musical instruments–think chopsticks, spoons, buckets, bottles, combs, etc. Just remember to be considerate to other neighbours and control your volumes!
- Let your little one learn through play! For the younger ones, play time is a great way to learn and have fun at the same time. From the plethora of toys and educational materials to choose from, we’d recommend the home-grown brand The Happy Tots! They specialize in curating a collection of wooden toys and books for little ones to fill up their play worlds. Across their Play, Read and Learn categories, parents will surely find a suitable gift that their little ones will enjoy making happy memories with.
Of course, the outdoors are not entirely off-limit either. Just remember to keep to two! There are plenty of fun activities for kids you can do these days without going too far.
For instance, take these 8 ideas for outdoor play into your nearest park for free and easy entertainment served up with a side of fresh air. Just remember to stay masked if you are not participating in strenuous activities! Bring out some hand sanitisers and extra masks too.
- Work out together. Get the kids to do some push-ups, lunges, jumping jacks or whatever enjoyably elevates your heart rates. A quick YouTube search or fitness app can inspire or instruct you every step of the way.
- Practice karate. Search on YouTube for some introductory moves.
- Put on a play. Like Shakespeare said, all the world is now your stage.
- Dance to the beat. Choose a song that encourages pantomime, like Open Shut Them, Hokey Pokey and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Listen for specific words such as “we jump up and down,” and boogie accordingly.
- Film a music video. All you need is your smartphone and some enthusiastic stars rocking out to their favourite pop song.
- Practice yoga or mindfulness. Again, a quick YouTube search will serve up a peaceful flow or a guided meditation everybody can do.
- Play Charades. Try focusing on their favourite books, movies and celebrities. Generally speaking, even tweens are not yet too cool for old-fashioned games like Freeze Dance, What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?, or Truth or Dare.
- Supervise them at the playground. Need a break? Let your child unleash their energy at the nearby playground. Be rewarded with a tired kiddo afterwards and more time to yourself at night.
By Kathleen Siddell, September 2015 / Updated December 2020 / Last Updated by Derrick Tan, May 2021
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