Thursday, February 21, 2013

100 F-U-N Indoor Activities for Preschoolers and Toddlers


(Older kids will definitely like most of these ideas too)

I have two toddlers and a two kiddos just a bit older. The mega flu viruses this winter, and the cold weather have driven us stir crazy!!!!!!!!! My kids were at a point that all they wanted to do was watch t.v.. (Me too secretly- shhhh, don't tell them)...

So, I came up with a list of things to do when we have to spend most of the time indoors. Even in the summer,  these activities will come in handy on the boiling hot days! (Thanks to all those who originally came up with the ideas <3).


Just click on the links below the pictures to go to the tutorials

In the Kitchen

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** Before going on, remember that unless you are creating a blog post, your activities do no need to look as perfect and pretty as these.  Just let your kiddos have fun, that's what matters :)!

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Straws or pretzels work great too!


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Finger paint with pudding... just add some food coloring, and put on a paper plate.
Let those little fingers go crazy!



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Trace hands on sugar cookie dough. After the cookies are baked,
decorate them with rings and bracelets.


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Make cookie Faces :) by giddygiddy





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Play with food! Let eyes on apples, grape caterpillars, and angry bird cheese get you thinking.




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Edible cereal art by michele made me.




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Mini Sugar Cookie Pizzas by Six Sisters Stuff
Kids can frost the cookies and put on the toppings... candy could be substituted for fruit :)


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Make fossil cookies, by Martha Stewart
Use plastic insects for the imprints



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Make homemade ice cream in a plastic bag.



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Cut apples width-wise and find the stars inside. 
Sprinkle with cinnamon and eat.



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Candy play dough by Babble
or use marshmallow fondant



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Peanut Butter Playdough by Our Best Bites




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Glow in the Dark Food by Our Best Bites




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Cloud Jello Parfaits by Yummy Finds





Nature Activities

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Paint sticks like aesthetic outburst.



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Bring some nature in and let them explore at the table.
Photo via Parents.



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Plant a window sill garden by Se7en



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Paper Cup Terrariums by Parents




Doughs, Paints, and Gooey Stuff

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Cornstarch dough from 5 Orange Potatoes
The great thing about this is that it can be baked or
air dry. Afterward, paint with watercolor!



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Corn Syrup Paint from eighteen25



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Homemade Scented Watercolors from Play Create Explore




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HomemadeWindow Paint by Hands On: As We Grow




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Super awesome homemade playdough by The Crafty Crow
** my older kids think making playdough is fascinating!



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Soap Clouds by Our Best Bites



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Tub Soaps by Our Best Bites


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Snow Dough by The Imagination Tree





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Rainbow Shaving Cream Bath Paint by Meet the Dubiens




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Homemade Bath Puffy Paint by Chalk in my Pocket




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Bouncing Bubbles (that don't pop when you touch them)
by Play at Home Mom LLC




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Glitter Slime by The 36th AVENUE



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Drop tinted vinegar into a pan filled with baking soda!
Fun fizziness! Source: Pinterest



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Bath Paints by team dischinger



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Moon Sand via Delia Creates



Make Toys

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Meet me at Mike's shows an old magazine page...
make fun toys out of clothespins.



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Five girls the army and me shows how to make this adorable
card board barnyard with the kids.  Hours of play await!






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Make this Story Book Cottage and Doll Carrier from a Del Taco box!
Great tutorial by Frolicking Freckles.




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Download this mini dollhouse for $1.99 at A Little Hut




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Cardboard Guitars by Make it and Love it




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Masking Tape Floor Race Track by Parents




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Alphabet Paper Dolls by Journey to Unschooling



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Free printable: travel size paper cities thanks to Made by Joel
Fun to color and play with!


Sensory
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Bring in some snow (if it's there :), and make snow cakes.
By Katherine Marie Photography.



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{Good} Smelly Sand by Whimsical Ways.
Made with salt and Koolaid.



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DIY Rice Table by A Life Sustained



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Rainbow Rice by Share and Remember



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Cornmeal Sandcastle Dough by Creative with Kids



Arts and Crafts

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Clay Magnets by WhiMsy love.




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Colander Sculpture :) by Tinker Lab.




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String Flowers by My Kids Make




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Paper Road Map by Se7en



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Chalk Salt Art by My kids Made



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Aluminum Foil Sculptures by Filth Wizardry
**My son made baseballs and baseball bats out of foil...
it's fun for boys too!


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Awesome coloring sheets via Made by Joel



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Potato Stamping by One Inch World



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Broccoli Stamping via Parents



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Finger Print Art- such as these beautiful peony cards by willowday



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Learn how to draw stick figures with your child.
I bet they'll laugh!
This is one of my kids' favorite things to do... and I'm NOT an artist!



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Color pasta and make necklaces by Make and Takes



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Pasta trains or tiaras via Parents


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Colored Tape Art by Cakies


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Animal Resist Painting  by Blog Me Mom



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Make a butterfly sanctuary like Dana and her kids at Made




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Mer Mag punched lots of dots out of pretty paper
and her children glued them on a background.
It made an awesome piece of art!
Kids love to glue... and think of the great art possibilities!!!



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Trace hands and make them into people- for cards.
Great idea from Willowday



Tubes, Lids, and Containers

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Decorate Oatmeal containers like this one
at Plum Pudding



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Where the Wild Things Are characters out of toilet paper tubes
by Masutake


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Make your family with toilet paper tube family like the teawagontales



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Let your child make himself into a toilet paper tube character
like this one at Attic 24


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Paper towel canoe by domestic candy



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A toilet tube car by happybirdycake



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Tube pencil holders by Krokotak




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Cereal Box Houses by Bella Dia



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Bottle Cap Turtles by Inna's Creations




Spaces & Hideouts

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Go camping in the living room (photo via Parents).



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Card Board Houses by Ambrosia Creative



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The cutest ever Felt Playhouse from
Homemade by Jill



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Pallet Stage by Sugar Baby Boutique




Puppets


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How to make shadow puppets by While Wearing Heels



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Bunny and Chick Shadow puppets by willowday.
{How fun to give as an Easter card!!}



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Sock Puppets- there are so many versions!
I love these by Lilla a




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Marker Cap Puppets by Child Central Station...
a great way to recycle all those caps lying around!




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Pipe Cleaner finger puppets by Craft Jr.



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More cute pipe cleaner finger puppets by Craft Jr.



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Spoon Puppets.. so adorable... found HERE





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Envelope Puppets by The Chocolate Muffin Tree




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Made by Joel Paperclip Puppets



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Let the kids design Fingerlings shown by Tiny Happy



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Three Little Pigs playset by Inner Child Fun


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Spoon Puppets and Theater by the Creative Jewish Mom


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Cracker box puppet theater by book house craft projects


...and a few more quick/ low maintenance ideas
In a large bowl or tub of water on a towel:

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have a matchbox car wash or a doll wach

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give everyone a straw and let them blow bubbles


and the last few ideas:

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Make funnels and water toys out of milk cartons, 2 liter bottles, and dish soap bottles



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bubbles!


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Turn on some loud, fun music and DANCE


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Read books, sing, and recite nursery rhymes


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Bring all the stuffed animals together and have a tea party or snack picnic!



Whew!!! There you go. Now have some indoor F-U-N!!!!
~Nancy

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11 comments:

  1. Wow! So many great ideas I am impressed with your research Nancy!

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  2. What a great post! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  3. Haha - I didn't realize when I sent the invite above that you were one of my features this week. Sorry! I'm glad you've been coming to my link party and that I was able to feature your Shamrock Hair Bow. I hope you keep coming back!

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  4. Oh my gosh! What a lot of fun stuff to do! Makes me want to be a kid again!!

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  6. Oh my gosh Nancy, these are darling! Thanks for the ideas! Thanks for your work in doing all these fun ideas.

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    1. I just checked those out. How fun!!!

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  8. Whenever my kids are stuck indoors, we always put on an audiobook to accompany whatever they're doing. There's lots of great sites to download them, but we use this one a lot because all of the stories are free and original. Here's the link for anyone who is interested. http://www.twirlygirlshop.com/moral-stories-for-kids

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    1. Wow! What a GREAT idea!! Thanks so much for sharing, I'm definitely going to check that out!

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