60 Indoor Activities for Young Children

As the colder months draw closer, the children in your care may begin to grow restless. Feeling stuck inside, can cause children to feel aggressive, depressed, antsy, or bored. Handling children with these feelings can be stressful for a provider. Don’t allow the winter blues to set-in. Here are 60 ideas for indoor fun.

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  1. Cook
  2. Build a tower taller than you
  3. Have a band
  4. Fill the sensory table with snow
  5. Make an indoor fort
  6. Create an indoor obstacle course
  7. Make play-dough
  8. Make sock or glove puppets
  9. Create an art gallery
  10. Make goop, slime, or something sticky and yucky
  11. Have an indoor picnic
  12. Have a tea party
  13. Tie dye a shirt
  14. Play an old fashioned game
    • Hide a seek
    • Red light, Green light
    • Simon Says
    • Limbo
    • Farmer in the Dell
    • Hokey Pokey
    • Duck, Duck, Goose
    • Follow the Leader
  15. Make a card
  16. Have a scavenger hunt
  17. Finger paint
  18. Make a scrapbook
  19. Make a noodle necklace
  20. Assemble a puzzle
  21. Make a baking soda and vinegar volcano
  22. Use shaving cream
  23. Play a board game
  24. Make a paper bag puppet
  25. Make an indoor hopscotch out of tape
  26. Make a tambourine out of paper plates
  27. Play indoor bowling with water bottles
  28. Melt crayons and reshape
  29. Play balloon tennis with fly swatters
  30. Have a toy car wash
  31. Play with popsicle sticks
  32. Take pictures and make a scrapbook
  33. Introduce Yoga
  34. Build with toothpicks and mini marshmallows/gumdrops
  35. Make a collage
  36. Play “I Spy”
  37. Build an indoor mini golf course
  38. Build with boxes
  39. Create noodle necklaces
  40. Hammer Golf tees in Styrofoam
  41. Create a Touch and guess box
  42. Read 5 books
  43. Play a card game
  44. Make a bird feeder
  45. Play Leap Frog
  46. Create an indoor camp-out
  47. Make a car out of a large refrigerator box
  48. Learn sign language
  49. Sort toys by color
  50. Stack plastic cups
  51. Have indoor races
  52. Make a board game
  53. Give your dolls a bath
  54. Put on a puppet show
  55. Have a snowball fight with rolled up white socks
  56. Play waste basket basketball with crumbled paper
  57. Write a class Big Book
  58. Use watercolors
  59. Decorate a window with window markers
  60. Have a beach party

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