Everyone is stuck indoors and there must be more creative indoor activites for kids that do not involve Netflix and Disney+, though I am completely supportive of binge watching some good TV.
But if you get bored and want a few fun indoor activities for your bored kids, I've got a list that will provide entertainment for kids from tots to teens.
And a ton of indoor activities that everyone can enjoy together.
Fun Indoor Activities for Bored Kids
This list is for you. and you. and you.
Whether you have little ones to entertain, big ones, or almost adult ones. Or a mix of everything in between.
Because not everyone is happy with hours of legos, Little People, or blocks anymore.
So let's get started with some ideas that might work for everyone in the family and then we'll break it down by age.
Indoor Activities for Everyone
- Watch classic Disney Movies. Or their recent updated versions for movies such as Aladdin or Lion King.
- Play card games. Check out our family favorites.
- Have a family sleepover or Pajama Jam. Watch movies. Play games. Sleep in the family room together or head to your rooms when the party is done.
NOTE: Kindle Unlimited is free for two months right now. It's a great option if your library is closed.
- Play board games. I've got a list of family favorites for everyone to enjoy.
- Watch a family friendly musical. We enjoyed, "Newsies."
- Complete a puzzle together. We enjoy the puzzles from EuroGraphics that have repeated images, like these donuts.
- Watch a documentary. Documentaries exist on every topic ranging from nature to history to science. If you haven't checked out Curiosity Stream, it is less than $20 for the entire year!
- Have a glow stick dance party! We had a blast with this activity using a basic pack of glow sticks.
Indoor Activities for Little Kids
- Have an indoor dance party. Crank the music and dance around the house.
- Blow up balloons and toss them around together. Keep them off the ground as long as you can.
- Fill the sink with water and let them stand on a chair and play with toys in the sink.
- Let them pour water from cup to cup on the open dishwasher door.
- Pour dry beans or rice into a plastic bin and play with cars in it.
- Make homemade playdoh.
- Take a bath with bubbles and some fun bath time toys. Toss in a few measuring cups or funnels from the kitchen for something new to enjoy.
- Build! Build with megatiles, blocks, and duplos.
- Spread out a blanket and play. I don't know why, but there is something fun about a blanket on the floor.
- Pull out the dress-up bin.
- Let them play with magnets, make sure they are old enough (and the magnets are large enough) that they won't swallow them.
Indoor Activities for Big Kids
- Make slime. Try fluffy slime.
- Complete unused craft or science kits around the house. If you need a refresh, order a specific kit that looks like fun!
- Decorate cupcakes. or cookies. or brownies. or cakepops.
- Build an indoor fort. Go all out with cushions, books, and blankets.
- Set up Nerf Target practice using cups or other targets.
- Play games with friends or family over video chat. Need a list of ideas?
Indoor Activities for Tweens and Teens
- Take a relaxing bath. Listen to a podcast or music or read a book.
- Try a new style with a makeup tutorial. There are lots of great options on YouTube.
- Play Just Dance or another group game on the video game system. We are huge fans of Overcooked 2.
- Relax with a face sheet mask.
- Bake something new. My oldest like to bake desserts while my second daughter searched online for a Chickfila nugget copycat recipe.
- Try your hand at origami. Try EZ Origami videos to guide you as you fold your origami paper.
- Journal for 10-15 minutes a day.
- Create artwork. We love these Mixed Media art courses - especially the seasonal ones.
- Play a board or card game. These are our favorite games that teenagers (and adults!) love.
- Play a game over video chat with a group of friends. Here's a list of games that will work, including a version of Extreme Spoons, perfect for teens.
- Workout. Do a video. Find a fitness YouTube channel.
- Clean and organize your bedroom. Hang twinkle lights. Organize a shelf. Go through your clothing.
- Play video games.
- Binge a favorite TV show or have a movie marathon. Add some fun to it with some TV BINGO!
- Paint your nails and toenails. Pamper your feet in a foot bath.
- Read a book. or two.
- Listen to a podcast.
- Make soy wax candles. We began with a basic starter kit and have continued to add on to our collection.
- Practice your instrument and learn to play a new song.
- Facetime a friend.
- Compose a handwritten note to a friend or family member.
More Ideas for You and Your Kids
- Encouragement and Tips for Parents Thinking about Homeschooling - May 31, 2020
- Plan a Morning Time with Older Kids: 15+ Ideas for the Homeschooling Mom - May 21, 2020
- How We Use Curiosity Stream in Our Homeschool - May 19, 2020