Indoor Activities for Kids

Apartment living is great—until it’s too hot or too cold to go outside. Being cooped up at home with the little ones can be rough. Below are some indoor activities for kids that won’t take up too much space!

sensory bags can help develop cognitive skills

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  • Sensory Bags— Exposing your little ones to sensory bags can help develop their cognitive skills. Fill up gallon- size Ziplock bags with things like rice, hair gel, and marbles for mess-free fun! Kids can feel shapes and textures through the bag, but if you’re feeling brave enough, you can let them open the bags, containing the messy fun. Check out this list for some fun new takes on these easy to make bags.
  • Icebox Cakes— Icebox cakes are a fun and easy way to get your kids involved with baking. They’re simple with few ingredients and best of all, they don’t require an oven! Check out this recipe for a great banana split icebox cake that’s sure to be a real crowd pleaser.
A Homemade Recipe for Play Dough

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  • Playdough—A classic at best. Non-toxic, no cooking required, and hours of fun do come with a price. Be sure to keep this activity away from your furniture and any fabric.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2-3 drops food coloring (if desired)

First, combine the dry ingredients, and then add the oil, water, and food coloring. Next, you’ll need to knead the dough. If your play dough turns out too dry, add a little more water—if it’s too wet, sprinkle some extra flour.

Make Your Own Puzzle

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  • Homemade Puzzles—Two activities in one! Have your child draw or paint their design on the top or bottom to an old gift box. Once they’re finished, you can trace and cut their creation into puzzle pieces. Multiple kids? Have them swap puzzles for an extra challenge!

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 Your kids will never get bored with these fun indoor activities!

by Shannon Brown