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Indoor Projects to Keep Kids Active This Winter

12/26/2016 11:00AM ● Published by Kendra Kaiserman

Play Time

January 2017
By Kendra Kaiserman

If you have kids, perhaps you’re looking for something new for them to do that is active for their minds and bodies – and that can be tricky when the weather isn’t cooperative. These activities promote fun, imagination and creativity, and they’re fun to do, even when it’s cold and rainy.

• Build a fort: Take blankets and pillows and put them over couches and chairs to create your very own warm and cozy shelter in your living room, family room or kids’ room.

• Write and perform a play or skit: Depending on the age of your children, they can write a play or a skit, and they can perform it for you (or you can all perform it together). They can also act out their favorite book.

• Organize a film festival: Pick a theme or genre (Disney, Pixar, comedy, action) or have each family member choose a movie and have a marathon screening. Include snacks, comfy clothes and blankets and enjoy the show(s).

• Build a box car: Think outside the box by making your box into a boat, airplane, submarine or spaceship. Then take your vehicle to an exotic destination, outer space or on a safari.

• Treasure hunt: Playing individually or as a team, give each child or team a set of clues (you can try rhyming the clues or making the clues into riddles if your kids are up for a challenge), each clue leading to the next one with the last clue leading to the treasure. Seal each clue in an envelope and mark it with a number (such as “clue 1 of 7”) to help players keep track. The individual or team to solve the clues first and find the treasure (a toy, candy, money, an IOU for a movie) wins.

• Create a family recipe book: Use a notebook or binder as a base. Organize however you’d like and then insert recipes. Make your cookbook colorful and add pictures. Then cook or bake one of the recipes from your book.

• Host a tea party: Dress up, set the table with china and use your best manners. Drinks may include tea, juice or cocoa, and snacks can include small sandwiches, scones and other finger foods. Let your kids decide the guest list—including dolls and stuffed animals.

• Map out a city on paper: Using kids’ craft paper or butcher paper, roll a long piece down a hallway, use painter’s tape (or heavy books) to secure the corners and edges and let your kids draw a metropolis. Make roads, bridges and neighborhoods. Include lakes, playgrounds, schools, hospitals, shops and restaurants. Use blocks to construct buildings along the way. Kids can drive toy cars along the roads, too.

• Make cards/crafts for retirement home residents or hospital patients: Call your local retirement home or hospital and ask if your kids can bring cards or crafts to residents/patients. All it takes is construction paper, markers or crayons, glitter and anything else you have lying around to make someone’s day.

• Dress up using old Halloween costumes: Use whatever they have to dress up and be creative in what they would do as that character. These can also be a part of their play or skit.

• Create your own version of “Chopped”: Assign each chef a mystery ingredient. Have your kids face off and create a meal (or three—an appetizer, entrée and dessert). Be the judge and reward the best taste, presentation and creativity.


Other indoor games to play

• Hide and seek

• Charades

• Simon Says

• Mother May I

• Red light, green light

• Board games

• Card games

• Puzzles

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