Fonseca Found Super Fun Activities For Kids of All Ages for inside!
By Fonseca on March 14, 2020
#1. Hold an Indoor Treasure Hunt
Confined to the house? You can still have a fun treasure hunt adventure, and our free indoor treasure hunt sheet has a selection of things to do, ideas for things to find and fun activities to help pass the time!
All you have to do is provide each child with their printed treasure hunt and a small box, bag or basket to collect their items.
#2. Create a Town in a Cardboard Box
If you have a giant cardboard box, why not draw a town on the bottom of the box, with roads, tracks, bridges, parks, car-parks, etc. Add some wooden building blocks, cars, trains and some wooden/plastic animals. Then let your child’s imagination run wild. Older kids could help with decorating/creating the scene.
#3. Build a Fort with Blankets and Pillows
Rainy day activities don’t need to involve time, equipment or ‘new’ things – sometimes something simple is just what the kids need.
Build a den out of the sofa cushions, chairs, clothes rack with a blanket draped over or create a fort out of a big cardboard box with packing tape to hold the sides together.
#5. Make a Home Cinema
Set up a home cinema and settle down to watch some fun family movies together. We’ve got lots of suggestions here for movie night:
- 101 Terrific Tween Movies The Whole Family Will Enjoy
- The Best ’80s Family Movies To Watch With Your Kids
- 50 of the Best Family Movies of All Time
- 39 Great Family Christmas Movies Picked by Parents
- 6 of the Best Easter Movies for Kids
#6. Tidy Out the Playroom
This might sound like a chore, but as the kids start to find toys they haven’t seen for a while, they will get in on the fun!
The only precaution is be prepared to finish the tidying on your own, as they go off to play with some “long-lost” toy…
#7. Play Board Games
One of the classic rainy day activities is playing board games, and it is a great way to spend time together. Are you a Monopoly fan, or perhaps Candyland?
#8. Make Shadow Shapes
Turn off the lights, close the curtains, and with the help of a torch, take turns making shadow shapes on the walls, with your hands. See who can make the best shape.
#9. Google “How to draw…”
Google “How to draw…”, selecting whatever your kid wants, such as dinosaur, racing car, fairies, princess, animals, etc or visit some how-to-draw websites for kids. Get some blank sheets and let them loose to get creative.
#10. Make Some Music
Get all your instruments out or make some homemade versions, using kitchen utensils (most popular in our house are pots, wooden spoons, tins, spatula) and make some “music”
#11. Play Cards
Remember the card games you used to play as a child, and how much fun that was? Why not teach your kids how to play the same great card games and see if you have a little card shark on your hands! If you need a refresher on the rules
Most kids love to bake, particularly with the promise of a sweet treat at the end! And getting kids involved in the kitchen from an early age is a great way to introduce them to everything from new flavours and foods, to the math and science of baking and cooking.
What about trying baked berry squares, some easy cookie recipes to make with kids, vegan chocolate chip cookies, and more easy peasy baking recipes. We also have lots more ideas in our Food and Recipes section, if you’re looking for inspiration.
#13. Put on a Play or Show
Have the children put on a play or show of their own creation. Show them what they can use for costumes and props – and don’t forget to film the final production!
#14. Make Paper Airplanes
All you need to make paper airplanes is paper – and pens if you want to decorate it.
First fold your paper airplane and then the kids can draw the pilots at the front and the passengers looking out of the windows. Then have a race and see whose plane gets furthest!
#15. Make Special Cards or Write a Letter
Everyone loves to receive a personal letter/card in the post these days, as it is such a rarity! This would be a special treat for Grandparents, friends or cousins.
Use stamps, glitter, paints and create a card to send or give – it’s a great opportunity for older children to practice their handwriting too!
#16. Do Some Colouring
Take out the colouring books or print off some free colouring pages, get out all the pens and crayons, and set up a colouring station at the kitchen table.
Then set up an art gallery once the fabulous pictures are finished to show them off – we’ve got lots of creative ways to organise and display your child’s artwork – and your little Picasso will be thrilled!
#17. Make a Magazine
Set up a family News Desk at the kitchen table! Decide on what stories are going to go in the magazine. It could be a profile of someone in the family, maybe an interview with a grandparent. Will someone take photos or draw pictures? Maybe there could be a fun corner with a puzzle or a joke in it.
Decide on what story or item will go on what page, maybe write down a mini magazine plan on a sheet of paper. Gather together the materials you’ll need to make up the magazine: paper, pens, photos, any other materials to decorate the magazine. Then have fun putting the magazine together!
#18. Decorating Cupcakes
This is one activity that does need some advance planning, so why not keep your baking cupboard stocked with some decorating basics, such as selection of sprinkles and stars, hearts, mini marshmallows, candy, chocolate, as well as cupcake cases.
Bake your cupcakes and leave them to cool (that’s the hard part!). Once cooled, you can add buttercream or icing, or just melt some chocolate and drizzle over the top. Now it’s time to let the kids loose on decorating – enjoy sampling all the mini masterpieces!
If you’re stuck for a recipe, what about lovely lemon buns, summery strawberry and coconut cupcakes, or these fun upside-down ice cream cone cupcakes?
#19. Have a Readathon
This is a great activity for older kids. Set a challenge to see how many books/chapters can be read during the day. And if you need some inspiration for books to read, we’ve got plenty!
- Goodnight Moon and More Marvellous Moon-Themed Books for Kids
- 20 Top Dinosaur Books for Your Dino-Mad Kid
- Discover the Top 10 Kid’s Books from the USA Today Bestseller List
- 23 Fantastic Books Like Harry Potter Your Child Might Enjoy
- 30 Amazing Books for Kids Who Love David Walliams
- 20 Brilliant books to Celebrate Bold Girls
- Abracadabra! 12 Magic Books Your Young Magician Will Love
- 35 Exciting Books for Curious Kids to Learn about Nature
- 25 Books for Teens Guaranteed to Keep Their Nose Buried In the Book
#20. Throw a Party or Indoor Picnic
Spread out the picnic blanket/kids table and set out little plates with snacks and drinks and napkins, then enjoy an indoor picnic! Cuddly toys and dolls also make great guests.
#21. Have a LEGO-Building Contest
One of our favourite rainy day activities is to spend the day having a LEGO-building contest. Check out these 50+ free LEGO instructions that will show you how to build everything from unicorns and rainbows to Minions and Yoda!
Alternatively, you could pick a theme e.g. vehicles, single coloured blocks, etc and then see what everyone comes up with.
#22. Try a Micro Treasure Hunt
Everyone gets a matchbox to fill, and ten minutes to find and fit into their matchbox as many tiny whole objects as they can. Tiny things that would fit in the matchbox could include a paper clip, a safety pin, a pea, a button, a piece of LEGO, a bead, etc.
#23. Make a Playlist and Have a Disco
Create your own playlists of your favourite songs. Why not pick 5 songs each that you all like, to add to your playlist, then put it on shuffle and have a disco in the house?
Move back the furniture, and get moving! It’s a great way to get some physical exercise in on a rainy day, and you could also use your playlist for some limbo dancing, musical statues, best and worst dancer competitions, and lots more!
#24. Hold an Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Make up a list of items that can be found throughout the house, then the children must find and photograph each item on the list! Come up with your own ideas, or use our indoor scavenger hunt list to get you started.
#25. Dig Out Old Photos and Albums
Kids love looking at old photos and hearing stories, so find those old photo albums and have a look at the past.
A real winner in our house is to give each child their own photo album, and let them choose their own photos for it – this is a great entertainer on a rainy day! They can get creative with their own albums, decorating the covers and pages.
#26. Make a Collage
Do you have a stack of old magazines? Get them out, along with some paper, glue and other art supplies and have a collage-making session.
#27. Make a Flippy Book/Moving Story
This is one of the ideal rainy day activities or project ideas for older kids and tweens. All you need is a drawing pad, and pencil.
Explain how the book works: that you draw an image in the same corner of the book on each page, and that each image changes only slightly. A traditional ‘stickman’ is a good starting point, in different poses. Then you flip through the pages and watch their character “move”.