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140 Fun Things to do Indoors



With the recent outbreak and lots of uncertainty and worry I have put together a list of fun things to do indoors with your children. I have had the pleasure of speaking to many of you all over the world who are feeling isolated and afraid right now. With many in isolation it can be very difficult to keep the children busy and happy, spending so many more hours indoors that they would usually. I know not all countries are on complete lock down but a few are. I can't even begin to imagine how that must feel right now.


I have made a list of 140 activities that are simple and fun for you to enjoy together.

Children have wonderful imaginations and are naturally creative. During this time remember to let them also create their own fun. Independent play is important too. It isn't possible to keep them entertained with 100% attention from you all day every day and that is ok. 

Your children may wish to do something different to what you have planned and again that is ok. Usually children will come up with ideas that are much better than what we planned or ideas that extend the activity. 

Where you can link to their interests, it will hold their attention for longer. Adapt where necessary and only do activities that are suitable for the children in your care. 

We are hosting a HUGE ONLINE PLAY DATE over in our Learning and Exploring Through Play Group and I shall continue to share inspiration over on my Instagram too. 

Remember we are all in this together. Huge virtual hugs to you all at this very, very strange time indeed. Take care, stay safe.




    DRAW A CHARACTER FROM YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK
    We did this activity recently. It's another lovely way to foster a love of learning in children. No matter what their age they can look at the pictures in the book and using a pen/crayon to sketch and draw their favourite character.
    MAKE A BIRD FEEDER
    We have made a few of these using recycled materials over the last few years here are a couple of ideas for inspiration:
    CAR DRAWING ON A LARGE SCALE
    Pop down a big sheet of paper (turn over wrapping paper to use the blank side, parcel paper, wall paper off cut rolls all work well). Attach a pen to the back of a toy car using tape and as you push the car along the pen will leave a colour trail. Take care on the pens you use and which surface you do this on. You may wish to sellotape your paper down to secure it in place. Messy Little Monster did a great activity showcasing this in action.
    BUILD A DEN USING BLANKETS
    Something so simple but it creates so much fun! I used to play for hours in dens as a child and my own children love them too! I love this den made using sofa cushions by Family Days Tried and Tested. They have done so many epic dens you can see them all here - Family Days Den Building Ideas.
    MAKE ICE PAINTS
    Squirt water based paint into containers. I use the small yoghurt containers that I've washed out as I can throw them away afterwards. You can pop a popsicle stick inside if you wish too. This is great for the children who don'y enjoy getting their hands dirty as they have the option of holding the stick rather than touching the ice blocks directly. You can also make the paint blocks by using food colouring, just add a drop to the water and mix. Pop them in the freezer for a few hours and then they will be good to go.  
    HAVE AN INDOOR PICNIC
    Lay out a blanket and enjoy eating your lunch together as you would outdoors on a day out but indoors instead!
    PLAY WITH BUBBLES AND WARM WATER IN THE SINK
    Warm water and bubbles, can't go wrong here! If you have some plastic plates/cutlery you could look at doing a fun washing up activity too. You could also look at using an under the bed storage container to do this activity at a table/on the floor. I love the washing up station that Beckys Treasure Baskets made.
    FOLLOW A SIMPLE DRAWING CHALLENGE ONLINE
    Pop a search into google of something you would like to draw. There are lots of fabulous online tutorials that will give you guidance on how to draw pretty much anything!
    CREATE YOUR OWN BUBBLES/BUBBLE WANDS
    Our super simple recipe using items you will have at home will create some good bubbles if you are out of mixture at home. If you are feeling brave you could even look at making some super sized bubbles using a hoola hoop. 
    HAVE A TEA PARTY
    Gather together for a chat and a warm drink of whatever you fancy (squash/water/milk too). The children will enjoy pouring out the drink and serving. If you are looking to do a themed tea party do head over to Family Days Tried and Tested as they are always doing fun themed tea parties, their latest ones being - The Tiger who came to Tea and Spiderman.



    PLAY HIDE AND SEEK
    LEARN HOW TO COUNT IN A NEW LANGUAGE
    GO ON A TREASURE HUNT
    USE PAPER CUPS TO CREATE DIFFERENT FORMATIONS
    USE CHALK OUTSIDE
    EXPLORE PAINTING TECHNIQUES BY FAMOUS ARTISTS
    MAKE AND PLAY WITH GLOOP
    WRITE A STORY
    VIDEO YOURSELF TELLING A STORY TO SHARE WITH A FRIEND
    CREATE A VILLAGE USING CONSTRUCTION TOYS



    BAKE SOME CAKES/BISCUITS
    EXPLORE SCIENCE WITH A SIMPLE INVESTIGATION
    DESIGN AND MAKE YOUR OWN BOOKMARKS
    BUILD A BOAT THAT FLOATS
    CREATE POM POM SOUP
    PLAY CHARADES
    MAKE POTIONS
    MAKE NATURE PORTRAITS
    MAKE A FAMILY TIME CAPSULE
    WRITE A LETTER TO SOMEONE SPECIAL



    ENJOY A MOVIE
    JUNK MODELLING
    BUILD A TALL TOWER USING BLOCKS
    HOST YOUR OWN PUPPET SHOW
    WATCH SOME FUNNY VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
    ROLL CARS THROUGH PAINT
    MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA
    GO ON A NUMBER HUNT AROUND THE HOUSE
    CREATE AN OBSTACLE COURSE
    POTATO PRINTING



    MAKE A PAPER PLANE AND FLY IT
    MAKE COLLAGES USING MAGAZINES/CARDS/CRAFT MATERIALS
    LOOK AT FAMILY PHOTOS TOGETHER
    PLANT SOME SEEDS
    ICE AND DECORATE BISCUITS
    DESIGN A KITE
    BABY/TOY WASH STATION
    MAKE A FUNNY VIDEO - SEND TO FAMILY/FRIENDS TO MAKE THEM SMILE
    HAVE AN INDOOR DISCO
    ART ON A LARGE SCALE



    LEARN A MAGIC TRICK
    DO SOME ROCK PAINTING
    PAINT ON FOIL
    FREEZE TOYS IN ICE AND RESCUE THEM USING WARM WATER
    MAKE PRINTS WITH PAINT USING LEGO BLOCKS
    PAINT A PICTURE
    CREATE YOUR OWN DANCE ROUTINE
    PLAY SNAP USING A DECK OF CARDS
    MAKE YOUR OWN PLAYDOUGH
    PHOTO CHALLENGE - TAKE PHOTOS WITH A CAMERA OF ITEMS ON A LIST



    DRAW FLAGS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
    MAKE YOUR OWN SLIME
    RESEARCH A FAMOUS AUTHOR
    MAKE A MUSICAL TUNE
    DESIGN A FAIRY GARDEN
    MAKE A PICTURE USING STICKERS
    MAKE YOUR VERY OWN SHOP
    PLAN, PREPARE AND COOK A FAMILY MEAL TOGETHER
    DRAW YOUR OWN PORTRAIT
    MAKE A TOWER WITH SHAVING CREAM AND WOODEN BLOCKS




    MAKE A FRUIT KEBAB
    WRITE YOUR OWN QUIZ
    FACETIME A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND
    HIDE A SEEK WITH TOYS - WRITE CLUES TO HELP OTHERS FIND THEM
    MAKE PAPER CHAIN DECORATIONS
    DO A PUZZLE
    MAKE A WRITING TRAY TO DRAW PICTURES AND WRITE MESSAGES
    GO ON A SHAPE HUNT AROUND THE HOUSE
    KEEP A TALLY OF THE COLOURS OF CARS PASSING BY YOUR HOME
    HAVE AN INDOOR TEDDY BEARS PICNIC



    FIND OUT ABOUT FAMOUS LANDMARKS AROUND THE WORLD
    HAVE A BUBBLE BATH
    LEARN SOME NEW SONGS
    MAKE A PAPER PLATE CREATION
    MAKE A BUG HOTEL
    MAKE A CARDBOARD TUBE MARBLE/POM POM/CAR RUN
    MAKE A TOWN IN A CARDBOARD BOX
    HAVE A SORT OUT AND TIDY YOUR ROOM
    PLAY A BOARD GAME OR TWO
    MAKE SHADOWS/SHADOW PUPPETS



    CREATE A LIFE SIZED DRAWING OF YOURSELF. ASK SOMEONE TO DRAW AROUND YOU
    MAKE BUBBLE SNAKES
    GET OUT THE CRAFT STASH AND MAKE SOMETHING
    DRESS UP
    DO SOME GARDENING
    MAKE SOCK PUPPETS USING UNPAIRED SOCKS
    MAKE SOME MUD CAKES IN THE GARDEN
    DO SOME COLOURING
    FIND OUT ABOUT LOCAL WILDLIFE IN YOUR AREA
    MAKE A SCRAPBOOK



    READ TO A SIBLING
    PLAY SIMON SAYS
    DO A GARDEN BIRD WATCH AND KEEP NOTE OF THE BIRDS YOU SEE
    MAKE A MASK
    SEE WHAT PICTURES YOU CAN FIND IN CLOUDS
    DISCOVER SOME NEW JOKES
    DO SOME PAINTING WITH SHAVING CREAM
    MAKE SOME HOMEMADE WRAPPING PAPER
    THROW AN ITEM (BALL/BEAN BAG) AND TRY TO HIT A TARGET
    MAKE A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT



    MAKE JELLY
    RE-GROW SOME VEGTABLE SCRAPS
    USE CARDBOARD ROLLS TO MAKE SHAPES TO PRINT IN PAINT
    PRACTISE USING SCISSORS
    MAKE A SENSORY SMALL WORLD AND BRING A TOPIC/FAVOURITE BOOK TO LIFE
    LEARN ABOUT THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD
    DO A FLOAT OR SINK SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
    DO THE HAND WASHING EXPERIMENT WITH HERBS, WATER - SOAP AND NO SOAP
    PLAY NAUGHTS AND CROSSES
    PLAY I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE



    PAINT A GLASS JAR
    CHOOSE AN AUTHOR AND RESERACH ALL THE TITLES THEY HAVE WROTE
    KEEP A PLAY DIARY OF WHAT YOU GET UP TO
    LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT ANIMAL HABITATS
    ACT OUT A STORY YOU LOVE
    PLAY DOMINOES
    DRAW A PORTRAIT OF YOURSELF
    MAKE A CROWN/HAT TO WEAR
    CHECK IN ON A RELATIVE OVER THE PHONE
    MAKE SOME SALT DOUGH AND CREATE A KEEPSAKE



    PAINT ON ICE
    EXPLORE COLOUR MIXING USING THE 3 PRIMARY COLOURS
    MAKE PLAY MUD
    CREATE AND IMAGINE USING A LARGE CARDBOARD BOX
    TRY SOME MESS FREE PAINTING IN A BAG
    PLAY HOT POTATO
    PLAY HANGMAN
    HAVE A PJ DAY
    INDOOR BOWLING
    DO SOME BUBBLE PAINTING


I shall continue to add to this over the coming days with lots more fun ideas to keep you busy.

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