50 Ideas to Cure the Winter Indoor Bordem Blues

in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford, VA

By Jenny Sites February 1, 2024

While my kids still enjoy playing outside in the winter, usually it's too cold outside to stay too long. Here are 50 activities to help keep the kids occupied on a cold winter day:

1. Board Games

2. Create an obstacle course

3. Video chat with a friend.

4. Act out a play (or create your own!)

5. Create a tic-tac-toe board with felt on your floor. Use prepackaged snacks as your X or O and eat them when you're done.

6. Make indoor smores. 

7. Pop some popcorn and watch a movie

8. Have a penguin race: Place a balloon between your knees and "waddle walk" to the finish line.

9. Gather all of the balls that you have in the house and make an indoor ball pit.

10. Bake a cake.

11. Dress up and put on a Fashion Show.  Find some fancy clothes from your closet or open the Halloween costume bin!

12. Make a wooden snowman.

13. Create Fizzy Dinosaur Eggs

14. Make a rainbow sensory bin.

15. Use crepe paper and masking tape to create a "laser maze" down a hallway.

16. Put together a puzzle.

17. Color.

18. Create a K- Cup Dino

19. Turn on some music and have a dance party! (Reminisce about when you only had a radio and you had to request your favorite song and wait for it to play)

20. Build with building blocks.

21. Read a book. 

22. Create a Winter Sensory Bin.

23. Create your own snowstorm: Add glitter to a clear bottle of water. Glue the lid shut and shake to see it snow!

24. Play a card game.

25. Have an indoor snowball fight.

26. Paint rocks. (Permanent markers work well too)

27. Go on a scavenger hunt.

28. Make your own musical instrument.

29. Create your own board game.

30. Make a basket out of old newspapers (or paper)

31. Play a card game.

32. Use painter's tape to make an indoor hopscotch.

33. Make snowflakes using craft sticks.

34. Create an edible sensory bin.

35. Find some boxes of various sizes. Decorate them and knock them over like bowling pins.

36. Learn how to braid.

37. Glue an empty paper towel tube onto a paper plate.  Grab 4 more plates and cut out the middle to make rings. Play ring toss.

38. Stuffy Hide & Seek (Choose a stuffy and hide it for someone else to find.)

39. Make your own Winter Slime.

40. Create Art from recycled Items.

41. Make Origami animals.

42. Play "Hot or Cold". 

43. Play beauty shop. Take turns doing each other's hair and/or make-up.

44. Make your own puzzle.  Draw a picture on card stock and then cut it into pieces.

45.  Make friendship bracelets.

46. Grab some old magazines and make a collage or vision board.

47. Use paint to make some fingerprints on a piece of paper. Make a picture out of the prints.

48. Learn to type. There are lots of great free typing games online. Race your parent, friend, or sibling, or beat your own best time.

49. Write a story. Draw a picture to go with it. Read it to a friend.

50. Do a Random Act of Kindness.

If you're tired of hearing "I'm bored", I suggest writing these down on popsicle sticks and placing them in a jar. Explain to your child(ren) that before coming to you, they should consult the jar by choosing an activity to do.  If they do come to you instead, give them a basket of socks to match. They won't make that mistake again! ;)