It has been an abusively hot summer pretty much everywhere, which is making it difficult for people to spend extended periods of time outdoors. For families with kids, this can make life really difficult. Kids need to be able to spend time outside safely and comfortably in order to expend their excess energy, process Vitamin D from the sunshine, and even just enjoy the peace of nature. While you can still enjoy shorter sessions outdoors, you may find yourself spending more time inside with the comfort of the AC. This means you’ll need some ways to keep your kids engaged and entertained indoors. Bonus: none of the activities in this article require a screen!
Family Game Night
One of the indoor activities gaining popularity for families with kids again, thanks to the pandemic, is board games. Dust off those board games and gather around for a family game night extravaganza. Whether you choose to enjoy the classics or try one of the many modern board games available, games are enjoyable for the whole family, and they teach children important life skills through fun. Kids can develop stronger math skills, problem-solving skills, and long-term strategy. Board games are also great for helping kids with social and emotional development—work on helping them stay calm when things don’t go their way, lose with grace, and win with humility. Rotate game choices each time to keep the excitement alive and exercise different skills.
DIY Arts and Crafts Extravaganza
No list of indoor activities for families with kids is complete without the mention of arts and crafts. Gather supplies like paper, markers, paints, glue, and recyclable materials, then let your imaginations run wild. You can also gather some ideas online and walk your kids through the crafts. Create anything from hand-painted masterpieces to recycled robots, turning mundane items into cherished keepsakes. Don’t forget to proudly display your artwork around the house for a daily dose of creativity.
Few things get your blood pumping more than some good tunes. Let your kids choose some of their favorite music, set up a Spotify playlist, and dance! If they’re up for it, give them a makeshift microphone (a whisk, hairbrush, or TV remote are all good options) and record them singing and dancing along to their favorite jams. They will love the opportunity to let loose, and it’s a great way to get their bodies moving while they’re stuck inside.
Indoor Treasure Hunt
Transform your home into a treasure trove of excitement with an indoor treasure hunt. Write clever clues or riddles that lead kids from one clue to the next, ultimately guiding them to a hidden prize, such as a favorite treat, a cool new toy, or some other item they have been asking for. This activity not only keeps children engaged but also promotes problem-solving skills and teamwork. Plus, the thrill of discovery makes for unforgettable family moments.
Family Cooking Adventure
Put on your chef hats and aprons for a family cooking adventure in the kitchen. Choose recipes that are easy to make and involve everyone in the process. From homemade pizzas to no-bake cookies, the joy of creating a delicious meal together will be as fulfilling as the taste of the final dish. Remember, a little mess in the kitchen is just a sign of a good time!
Who says picnics are only for the outdoors? Clear a space somewhere in your home, spread out a blanket, and enjoy an indoor picnic with a twist. Prepare sandwiches, fruits, and snacks, and indulge in a meal on the floor. You can even make it a themed picnic by dressing up in costumes that match the chosen theme, adding an extra layer of fun to the experience.
Science Experiments at Home
Transform your kitchen into a mini laboratory and conduct simple science experiments with household items. Create volcanoes that erupt, make slime, or grow crystals. Not only will your kids be entertained, but they’ll also be learning about scientific concepts in a hands-on and exciting way.
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