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It doesn’t matter if it’s the school holidays or rainy days, as parents we all need to find cheap things to do with the kids.
It could be because you need to work from home or money is tight. These 101 indoor kids ideas are great to keep the whole family amused.
If you are cooped up at home and unsure how to keep the kids amused then try these activities. There are a mix of craft, educational and games that cost very little.
Getting everyone moving is vital even when you are stuck inside. Don’t let the bad weather or any reason stop you and your family from moving around, even if it is indoors.
There are loads of great indoor children’s activities that can get them moving too. We added a few below but our top four favorites are:
Who can jump the highest – Pick a leader and see who can jump the highest?
Online exercise – YouTube is your friend. Find some kids easy to follow exercise classes.
Hippo rolls – Lay down next to each other. All roll at the same time then back.
Hula hoop – Have a hula hoop competition.
Having fun and keeping everyone distracted is key. Keep changing the games up every time someone starts to get distracted. This will help stop arguments and keep the day moving forward.
Don’t forget that’s it’s fine to use TV, electronics or pets as distractions at any time. Everyone needs downtime and there’s nothing wrong with giving it to the kids too if needed.
Indoor Activities For Families
If you are looking for educational online fun then have a look at:
Khan Academy – This is based on the US school grading system but a lot of it crosses over into our school system. It’s great if your kids are into maths or computing in general.
Twinkl – Great for work sheets and printables. They are currently offering a free month (correct from March 2020). It’s great for all ages and is split into year groups and subjects. Many schools use Twinkl for resources too so you may recognise a few pieces.
Toy Theater – Great if your kids like to play games online.
Oxford Owl for Home – If your kids love reading then this is the site for them. Download books or even read them for free as ebooks. They are split into reading levels and genre.
Crash Course – YouTube videos on a range of educational subjects. Easily laid out and fun to watch.
Mystery Science – Free science lessons for kids.
BBC Learning – No longer updated but the resources on the site is amazing. Great for revision for Stats or GCSEs.
Things To Do Inside
These 101 indoor activities are split into topics. All of them are cheap to do and can all be done inside.
1. Make a lego rollercoaster
2. Make your own playdough
3. Build a fort
4. Write a story
5. Set up a pretend restaurant
6. Make your own dot to dot game
7. Play with magnets
8. Build an indoor obstacle course
9. Put on a show
10. Have a cinema day
11. Make your own ice cream
12. Write your own play
13. Have a pillow fight
14. Make a sensory bin
15. Make a hoop tray
16. Make fake snow
17. Make rainbow rice
18. Make a mud tray
19. Make your own slime
20. Make a lego park
21. Put on a fashion show
22. Do yoga
23. Build a card tower
24. Put on a puppet show
25. Make your own treasure map
26. Set up empty bottles and roll a ball to knock them over
27. Have a disco
28. Learn a new language
29. Draw each member of your family
30. Have an afternoon tea party
31. Play with water in a bowl
32. Set up a pretend shop
33. Make chocolate muffins
34. Play hot potato socks
35. Make a recycled model
36. Write a diary of all your activities
37. Write a letter and send it to a care home
38. Make up a dance routine
39. Have a spa afternoon
40. Make your own pizzas
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41. Make a reading challenge
42. Learn to knit
43. Letter matching ping pong balls
44. Play the alphabetical word game “apple, ball, cat, dog etc”
45. Hide spellings around the house
46. Learn about a new country
47. Hide clues to find a prize
48. Count the clouds
49. Write a quiz about your favorite topic
50. Shout out time tables randomly
51. Learn a new language
52. Write sums on a chalkboard
53. Learn to cook together
54. Play Uno
55. Research a topic and write about it
56. Lay outside and star watch
57. Make up fun riddles
58. Learn to play an instrument
59. Race paper airplanes
60. Play i-spy
61. Play guess who I am
62. Play Simon says
63. Play board games
64. Play hide and seek
65. Have an indoor scavenger hunt
66. Play image bingo
67. Play card games
68. Play a puzzle
69. Play charades
70. Play magical bumps
71. Make up your own board game
72. Play marbles
73. Play keep the ball up
74. Play hangman
75. Play duck duck goose
76. Make a marble run
77. Play blinds man bluff
78. Learn chess
79. Play bowls with golf balls
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80. Make paper airplanes
81. Paint rocks to hide
82. Make your own bookmark
83. Make paper boats
84. Finger paints
85. Make friendship bracelets
86. Make a bird feeder
87. Make your own puppets
88. Make something out of clay
89. Make a scrape book
90. Decorate a pillowcase or sheet
91. Make a time capsule
92. Make a picture with leaves
93. Make your own superhero mask
94. Make straw windmills
95. Paint bottles into rockets
96. Potato stamp
97. Make a chalk picture
98. Make a paint butterfly
99. Build a recycled castle or house
100. Make a picture with buttons
101. Make handprints
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