Play Library. “Check out” books from your personal collection and curl up in the corner and read. Being stuck inside all day, is also a good time to organize your book shelves, alphabetically by author, subject or title.
Play Dress Up. Go into Mom and Dad’s closets and pull out some of their shoes, work clothes, party clothes or sports gear. Let the fashion show commence!
Create a “TV show”. Instead of watching TV, have your child produce their own show. They can write and direct an “episode”. Once they are ready, use a video camera or smart phone to record and watch back.
Write Letters to Heroes. Make a list of famous people that your child admires, such as tv stars, athletes, politicians and draft them a letter. Address it, stamp it, send it and wait to see what kind response you get!
Make Puppets. Using a paper bag or an old sock, make eyes, nose, mouth, hair, etc. and put on a show!
Make a Mosaic Masterpiece. Outline an abstract design on paper. Tear up different colored construction paper into small pieces. Glue the pieces of torn construction paper to fill in your design. Frame and hang on the wall or put on the fridge!
Paint Rocks. Grab rocks and paint them! You can write words, mix colors and work those fine motor skills.
Finger Paint. If you prefer, use your fingers to paint a picture on paper. Don’t forget to wear your smock since it’s so easy to get messy (but fun)!
Make your own play dough. Using the following easy steps, in ten minutes you will have nontoxic, homemade playdough. You will need: 1 cup Flour, 1/3 cup Salt, 2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar, 1 cup Water, 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil and Food Coloring. In a saucepan, combine Flour, Salt and Cream of Tartar. Next add, water and vegetable oil to the mixture and turn burner on to medium/low. Keep stirring ingredients until it’s solid and then add food coloring. Continue to mix the dough until it sticks together around the spoon. Allow it to cool on wax paper or a plate. Once it’s cool, knead the dough to get rid of lumps. VOILA, it’s ready to go!
Complete Puzzles. Depending on your child’s age and skill level, get the biggest puzzle they can handle, make a big space in your home (ideally a table or the floor). Start by separating the pieces that make up the border from the center. Start by assembling the border. Once the border is complete, start filling in with the center pieces. This can keep you busy for hours!
Enjoy a Spa Day. Bring the spa home! Give Mani/pedis, blow dry hair or put in curlers, wear bathrobes and put cucumber on eyes. For added relaxation, play New Age music.
Have a Dance Party. Play music, let each child take a turn “dj-ing”, come up with a dance routine to perform for others and/or have a healthy dance competition.
Button Monogram. On nice paper, make an outline of the first letter of your child’s first, middle and last names. Allow your child to glue buttons on the letters. Put in a frame and hang on the wall.
Make a Scrapbook or Create a Collage. Using glue, scissors, magazines, family photos, ribbons, stickers, etc. create a piece of art that can be framed and hang on the wall or added to a book. If you decide on a book, make each page a different memory or have each child create their own page and put together. Get crafty!
Host a “Tea” Party. Dress up, set the table with fancy china (or pretend) and use your good manners. Invite your child’s favorite stuffed animals or dolls. Enjoy tea, juice, hot cocoa and finger foods (cakes and tea sandwiches).
String Noodle Necklaces. Make a dye solution by combining food coloring and rubbing alcohol and let dried pasta soak in the dye. Once the pasta is ready, string the noodles on yarn or ribbon and make yourself a fashionable colorful necklace or bracelet.
Have an Indoor Treasure Hunt. Write clues that lead from one clue to the next and finally ends at a treasure. Put clues into envelopes marked with a clue number (ex. 4/8, or “four of eight”); this will help the treasure hunters keep track. Kids can play as a team to solve the clues and uncover the treasure together or race as individuals.
Plan a Scavenger Hunt. Make a list of items to find around the house, collect all the items in a bag and race to see who can find the most objects.
Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies. No explanation necessary!
Watch Movies. When all else fails, as a very last resort, lounge around the house and watch movies!
After the winter that we just had, hopefully the spring will be less eventful! However, just incase, these activities should keep you busy when you are stuck inside on those rainy days OR when are you looking for simple activities to do around the house.