89 Indoor Activities to Keep Your Kids from Bouncing off the Walls this Winter

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89 Indoor Activities to Keep Your Kids from Bouncing off the Walls this Winter

I needed this list a couple of days ago. It was freezing rain outside; mayhem inside. A day that we had planned to make our annual family trek to the Christmas tree farm to choose our tree, but had to stay home because of the weather. We didn’t have a back up plan, were a bit grumpy, and to say the kids were bouncing off the walls would be a major understatement.

I put this list together to refer to this winter, because you and I both know we’re going to need it again.


89 Indoor Activities to Keep Your Kids Entertained this Winter


Indoor Winter Activities for Kids - SNOW & ICE

1. Colored Ice Sculptures :: Winter Art for Kids

2. Making Fake Snow :: Indoor Fun for Kids

3. Melting Ice Science Experiment with Salt and Liquid Watercolors

4. Snow Painting Technique for Kids :: Easy and Fun!


Indoor Winter Activities for Kids - CREATE

5-15. Creative Drawing Ideas & Prompts for Kids

16. Make Your Own Contact Paper Stickers

17-55. 39 Ways to Play and Learn with Playdough


Indoor Winter Activities for Kids - PLAY

56-61. 6 Kids’ Playhouses, Forts, and Tents for Creative Play Indoors

62-69. 8 Sensory Activities to Fill the Witching Hour

70-83. 13 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids


Indoor Winter Activities for Kids - BUILD

84. Kids’ Sculptures with Styrofoam and Bamboo Skewers

85. Wire Sculptures for Kids with Buttons, Beads, and Feathers

86. Building and Creating with Curves :: An Easy Kids’ Sculpture Activity with Cardboard Tubes


Indoor Winter Activities for Kids - COOK

87. Encourage your kids to make up a new recipe (little ones will need your help executing it; more experienced young chefs may be able to cook it up themselves)

88. Use Stamps for Unique Holiday (or Everyday!) Cookies

89. Make the Best Ever Soft Pretzels

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  3. says

    Yes! Lots of fun! Little kids can have fun with that idea, too, though. I remember making up recipes with my sister and brother when I was little — i think we mostly just mixed together random ingredients into a bowl — not exactly edible.

  4. Kate says

    Jean, I want to thank you so much for the effort you put into the creative ideas that you share with all of us. Your talents benefit so many of us. I appreciate you so much, thank you for doing what you do! Many blessings to you and your family this Christmas….have a warm and wonderful holiday!

  5. says

    Thank you so much for your note, Kate! I really enjoy writing about and sharing the activities we do. And this particular list was as much for me as it was for you!