Indoor Activities for Kids Both Big and Small

After a COVID-filled year I am sure many of you have scoured the internet for activities to do with your children to help with the home sanity. However, if you are like us and live in the south, we have been lucky enough to have our children outside for a majority of months. With cold weather and precipitation coming our way, it’s time for us to finally prepare for the wild ones to invade the home space. Here are some of my most favorite indoor activities that will keep your children entertained for hours on end. 

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STEM Activities – STEM is an interdisciplinary education program that includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It definitely has been all the rage in educational communities of late – but honestly it provides some of the most interesting activities that you could introduce to your children. Here are some of my favorite STEM activities to share with your children.

This is a great activity box to give to your children and let their imagination run wild:

https://teachingmama.org/tinker-tray-stem-activity-for-little-learners/

This is a super fun science experiment and easy for the children to recreate on their own:

https://sciencekiddo.com/winter-science-projects/

This is another great indoor activity that the children can put together and create a great chain reaction.

https://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/pom-pom-drop-stem-challenge/

These aren’t only fun to make, but super fun to play with as well:

https://myhomebasedlife.com/galaxy-jar-kids-activity/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=377344230_12152030_80095

This is another great building challenge that is sure to provide creative fun for your children:

https://teachingideas.ca/2018/11/06/stem-challenge-2/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=1086600064_52078792_482684

This is a fantastic activity for older children:

This activity may take a lot of set up – but it is sure to create hours of fun!
https://frugalfun4boys.com/indoor-spy-obstacle-course/

This is another great activity that children can recreate on their own once they get the basic instructions.

https://www.mombrite.com/balloon-powered-lego-cars/?fbclid=IwAR3xr617icPZAOYGqfC0hmzDSPSR6xg6EzEu5BMNFjktVdebho4oxFqcBmw

Sensory Activities – These types of activities are becoming more and more important for our children. Since there has been a rise in sensory processing disorders among children, educators have learned the importance of including more sensory education. So here are some of my favorite sensory activities to use with my own children and when I am teaching.

This is one of my “tried and true” sensory activities. It’s great for a variety of toys and themes from animals to babies and cars. The children are sure to have a blast with this one.

https://busytoddler.com/2019/05/clean-the-cars-outdoor-sensory/

This is a great sensory activity that is also crafty and can be used for a variety of ages:

https://playteachrepeat.com/spaghetti-window-ar/

This is a great game that uses all of those pesky pieces you want to throw away but the children won’t let you:

https://playtivities.com/spy-little-eye-toy-quet-time/#_a5y_p=1612351

This is a great game that can be played over and over:

https://www.thechaosandtheclutter.com/archives/tactile-sensory-play-with-texture-balloons

Sensory walks are a great way to add another element to sensory education. Even though this one is shown outside, it could definitely be done inside the house as well.

https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2020/08/sensory-walk.html

Sensory doesn’t have to be just for toddlers; here is a great list of ones for older children:

https://www.sarajcreations.com/2017/06/sensory-bin-for-bigger-kids.html?m=1

This is a great combination STEM and sensory activity:

https://busytoddler.com/2016/02/shaving-cream-blocks-towers/?utm_content=bufferae938&amp=&utm_medium=social&amp=&utm_source=pinterest.com&amp=&utm_campaign=buffer

This is a great activity that is sure to be hours of fun:

https://handsonaswegrow.com/sensory-box-guessing-game/

Taste sensory is one that is often overlooked – here is a great activity to do with art:

https://thesavvysparrow.com/edible-finger-paint-rainy-day-activity/

Physical Activities – As parents we all know that children need to get out their physical activity. It can be very difficult to get out those wiggles when trapped in your home with minimal space. Here are some great activities to get your children moving without them destroying your house.

This is a great way to work on hand-eye coordination inside:

https://dayswithgrey.com/blog/creative-activities-indoor-play/

This is a great activity that will surely cause hours of giggles and get a lot of those wiggles out:

https://www.pinkoatmeal.com/indoor-ice-skating-balance-strength/

Balloons are always fun! Here is a short list of some great favorites:

https://entertainyourtoddler.com/balloon-olympics/

This is a classic game that is ALWAYS fun! But what I like most about this one is that it is under the parent’s terms.

https://themanylittlejoys.com/dont-touch-the-lava-preschool-learning-game/

This is a super fun game that children of all ages will enjoy:

https://toddlerapproved.com/2019/08/easy-ball-launch-activity-for-kids.html

No matter which activity you choose, the children will have so much fun and lose those indoor boredom blues. I have found the combination of STEM, sensory and physical activities has the best effects on staving off boredom and keeping the children entertained for long periods of time. I hope that you are able to use some of these activities to best fit your children and home. Because let’s face it – trying to keep children entertained is half of the parenting battle so why not help each other with sharing in some of our entertainment tricks. What are your tried and true tricks for keeping your children entertained?

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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