Indoor Activities for Kids of All Ages

In November we moved from San Diego to Virginia Beach. While Virginia does not have the weather extremes of say, upstate New York {where we spent three very snowy winters} it is most definitely not southern California. We clearly needed to increase our repertoire of indoor activities for kids.

Suddenly we face colder temperatures {brrr} and more rain in a month than we saw in the previous two-plus years. 

Needless to say we have spent a lot more time indoors, and truthfully we are still getting used to the whole idea of “outside time” not being a realistic daily goal.

So what keeps us busy during all that inside togetherness? Well, homeschooling, of course. But in reality that only takes about three hours a day, tops.

Following are some things the Agents do to keep themselves entertained on days when being outdoors is just not an option. They are currently 13, 11, and 9—but honestly this list of indoor activities for kids has not changed much since they were littles {although some things probably required more supervision/assistance back then}. 

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I don’t care how old you are, a new pack of colored pencils, markers, crayons, or gel pens will make your day. All of mine have finally reached the stage where they want “adult” coloring books with more complicated designs or more specific characters/interests, but coloring is still a favorite activity.

Make a Collage

We always recycle paper and cards and magazines around here, but before some of it makes it to the bin we re-use instead. All you need is construction paper or cardboard for the base and some scissors and glue. 

Build a Fort

Who doesn’t love the idea of hiding in or under a large box or blanket pulled over some chairs and hibernating for a bit?

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Throw a Book Party

This is so much more fun than just suggesting your kids have some quiet reading time. Gather up some books {include old favorites that are a bit “young” for them to add nostalgia} and plop them down next to some pillows/blankets/bean bags. Snacks/fireplace/other ambiance optional.

Use a Magnifying Glass

We bought this inexpensive magnifying glass years ago to look at rocks one of the kids collected on a camping trip. Since then we have pulled it out many times to examine things around the house more closely.

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Make Homemade Play Doh 

Spoiler alert: Play doh is still fun for tweens and teens. Try our well-loved recipe {using old crayons}.

Author a Book 

Next time you are at the Target dollar spot {which, come on, will be soon} grab a pack of blank books. They are the perfect size for a short story with pictures.

Start a Puzzle

The more pieces and more complicated the better. When finished use puzzle glue and a simple backing to create unique homeschool room decor. 

Write a Letter

Years ago the girls decided to write to David Attenborough telling him how much they enjoyed his documentaries. He replied and that letter is one of their most prized possessions. 

Get Crafty

I only have one kid who likes to sew, but everyone can enjoy some craft time with random material bits and tulle and buttons and fabric glue.

Snap Circuits

Okay, you know you bought one of these sets at some point. It is probably in a closet somewhere. Dig it out; they will love it. 

For more great ideas check out these posts: 

The Magic Gravity Escape: A Surprising Game for Kids
Indoor Fun That Never Gets Old-Learn & Play with Cranium Games
Winter Sensory Activities That Will Warm Your Little One
A Super Simple Kids’ Craft Activity for Bad Weather Days

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    Thank you for sharing this! My daughter usually just wants to watch tv when she can’t think of something she wants to do. These sound like great options that will be fun and engaging.

    1. Valerie

      Hope you have fun with these ideas. Thanks for stopping by, Kat. ♥️

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    Jenn Summers

    So many great ideas! It has been the longest Christmas break ever here! I have no idea what a snap circuit is haha tell me more

    1. Valerie

      😂 A box full of widgets that mostly comes down to “fun with electrical circuits” ha!

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    Eva / Kid Minds

    I love coloring with my kids! It’s so much fun, especially with new markers.

    1. Valerie

      Coloring is so relaxing. 😍 Thanks so much for hosting this series, Eva. Looking forward to a great year!

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    I love all of these ideas. My son loves when we make forts. I’ve never thought of a book party, but it’s a fabulous idea. It’s also one I want to do with my children at school.

    1. Valerie

      I hope your son and your students enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by, Kimberlie! ♥️

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    These are lovely suggestions.

    Winter can seem like a very long time when you’re feeling stuck indoors

    This is definitely enough to make the days more fun x

    1. Valerie

      We are still adjusting to “real” winter again. It can be a challenge. Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by, Claire. ❤️

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    We are in Virginia too! It is currently rainy, but now I have ideas. We haven’t built a fort in a while. I think we are going to do that and a few puzzles.

    1. Valerie

      I am so over all the rain here, LOL. Everyone loves a good fort. Sometimes I could use one, as long as it had wifi and coffee. 😉

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