We’re having a major snow day today- no school, around 8 inches of fresh snowfall… and no power!
Which means that after an epic 4-hour neighborhood backyard playdate, I have happy kids, sopping wet snow clothes with no dryer at my disposal, and still about 8 hours of day left to fill.
Today is the PERFECT day for this post. Thank you Kristin…
We were all waiting for the rain and snow last year when El Nino was expected to hit. My husband even bought a generator in preparation. We were ready to be stuck inside for days.
Then 2016 came and went without all the significant precipitation we were expected. This year has hit us with unexpected amounts of rain (and snow for those of you up north) and we are all of a sudden scrambling to keep the kids busy on the weekends when we’re stuck inside all day.
You can only watch so much TV and play so many board games until the kids start to turn on each other.
Kids have endless amounts of energy and when that energy isn’t transferred into an activity, it can get a little wild. To help you out this winter season, we’ve put together a list of 11 ingenious ways to keep kids active when stuck inside.
11 Ingenious Ways to Keep Kids Active When Stuck Inside
- Put your extra plastic cups to use with this Balloon Cup Shooter, made by Happy Go Lucky.
- I love the idea of an indoor scavenger hunt. No Time for Flashcards has ten you’ll love.
- A simple bouncy ball is so much fun, but making your own is even better. Check out this DIY bouncy ball by The 36th Ave.
- Another ingenious idea comes from a plastic straw. The Straw Rockets by Simple Play Ideas are so cute.
- If you have a tent, consider an Indoor Camping Experience like The Realistic Mama.
- One of my favorite ideas for older kids is this Hallway Laser Maze by Brassy Apple.
- An alternate to the hallway maze is the Masking Tape Floor Maze by Our Scribbled Walls. It’s a great way to get the kids to take out their cars and trucks and play away.
- Frugal Fun for Boys know that boys love launching things, so she created a DIY for a Shooting Star Launcher.
- If you ever played with ‘floam’ as a kid, you’ll love this Floam DIY by Parenting Chaos.
- Speaking of throwing it back, throw it wayyy back and let your kids make a Lava Lamp with the instructions by Instructables.
- Finally, if you really want to kill a lot of time, these DIY newspaper forts are an excellent option.
Happy snow days!