101 fun, easy and cheap indoor activities

Here are a list of things I’ve done with the bears over the years . 

Why not make a bucket list and tick off each one when it’s completed.
1. Have an indoor picnic.

2. Build a fort out of blankets.

3. Make sock puppets.

4. Finger paint with pudding.

5. Playdough- use rolling pins and cookie cutters.

6. Dance PARTY–dance to your favorite songs.

7. Have a tea party.

8. Read nursery rhymes.

9. Make your own indoor hopscotch with masking tape on carpet or wood.

10. Pedicures and manicures.

11. Play school–have the child be the teacher.

12. Make a letter book. Let the kids take a picture of something that starts with each letter of the alphabet.

13. Look at photo albums.

14. Make a movie of yourselves, then watch it.

15. Paint with water colours.

16. Play dolls.

17. Play with matchbox cars.

18. Play board games.

19. Colour with crayons. Take off the wrapper and see the different ways you can color with them.

20. Make paper bag puppets.

21. Watch a movie and eat popcorn.

22. Go on a treasure hunt.

23. Bake cookies.

24. Play dress-up.

25. Make paper hats.

26. Make a healthy snack.

27. Make a relay race or obstacle course in your house–be creative!

28. Play hide and seek.

29. Indoor snowball fight with socks.

30. Build a fort out of cardboard boxes and duct tape.

31. Make plans and invitations for a party.

32. Play tic-tac-toe.

33. Make your own puzzle out of poster board or cardstock, color and cut it out.

34. Make your own matching game.

35. Swim in the kitchen–put down a large piece of plastic, fill up a little kiddie pool with warm water and let them play for hours!

36. Make Valentine’s or other holiday  décor.

37. Make a car track all around your house with masking tape.

38. Play “Monster in the Middle.” Pillows are “safe” the carpet is the “lava.” Jump from pillow to pillow and if the monster touches you, you are in the middle.

39. Apple stamps. Cut an apple in half horizontal and use it as a stamp using washable paint.

40. Make lacing cards with their favorite cereal boxes.

41. Learn a new song.

42. Create a giant dot-to-dot with poster board.

43. Make homemade love notes.

44. Make a necklace with yarn, beads or Fruit Loops.

45. Have a talent show.

46. Cut paper snowflakes.

47. Make a paper countdown chain to an upcoming birthday by cutting strips of paper and stapling them together.

48. Make a collage using old magazines.

49. Marble racing. Take 2 of your swimming pool water noodles and prop them on the stairs. Race marbles down the middle of them. The hole is a perfect size for a marble.

50. Sculpt clay, let it dry, then paint.

51. Play paper dolls.

52. Write letters to Grandma and Grandpa.

53. Play with magnets. Cut up colorful pipe cleaners into 1 inch pieces, put them in a glass jar, put a magnet to the jar and see what happens!

54. Make an advent calendar for an upcoming holiday.

55. Make princess orking crowns.

56.paint your faces.

57. Take silly pictures and e-mail them to Dad or Mom at work or other relatives.

58. Make big cars out of a cardboard box. Have the kids sit inside the boxes, cut holes for their legs and let them use their feet as wheels to move around.

59. Play red-light, green-light. Play this with #58. It is so much fun!

60. Toilet paper a room in your house.

61. Make a super hero costume out of household items.

62. Pillow pile. Collect all the pillows in your house and jump into them.

63. Dress up in Mom or Dad’s clothes.

64. Plan a date for your child and you (or spouse) that makes them feel special.

65. Cream painting. Put shaving cream and drops of food coloring in a cookie tray and then mix it all around with a paint brush.

66. Make a story book out of paper. Have them make it up and draw the pictures.

67. Watch old family videos.

68. Make and ice sugar cookies.

69. Make paper airplanes.

70. Toilet paper trail. Give them each a roll and have them make a trail all around the house.

71. Read their favorite book to them.

72. Start a journal. If the child can’t write, have them tell you what to write.

73. Make a time capsule of their favorite things and open it next January.

74. Make flash cards (letters, sounds, addition, etc.).

75. Make homemade paper .

76. Make cupcakes and let them do everything themselves.

77. Plan a family vacation.

78. Teach them to sew.

79. Do an exercise video with them.

80. Rearrange the furniture in their room.

81. Cut the grass with scissors. Grow a cgrass head man to do this.

82. Make a bird feeder with toilet paper rolls. Put peanut butter on it and roll it in bird seed. Hang it with yarn outside and watch the birds come.

83. Make little pizzas. Let the kids design their own toppings 

84. Put on a play.

85. Make an Ice Sun Catcher. Take a pie tin and fill it with water, leaves, pine cones, and yarn so it can hang. Then put it outside and let it freeze. When it is frozen, take it out and hang it on a tree.

86. Make sand castlea. 

87. Let them use your makeup to give you a makeover.

88. Everyone colours in a faBourtie picture for the wall.

89. Make a piñata and fill it with yummy treats.

90. Have a campout in the lounge… tent and all.

91. Play doctor and set up a toy hospital.

92. Mummy wrap. Have your kids work together to wrap you, or another child, up in toilet paper.

93. Practice your fire drill. Stop, drop, and roll. What is your plan and your meeting place?

94. Ball toss. Have a few different sized buckets and have kids throw balls into them. For older kids, fill the buckets with water almost to the top. It is a lot harder than it seems.

95. Put lipstick on your kids and have them make a kiss card for Dad or grandparents.

96. Read a book then act out the story.

97. Indoor bowling. Stuff socks into toilet paper rolls and line them up. Roll a ball into them and you have your own bowling alley!

98. Fill up the sink! Add some dish soap, cups, spoons, bowls and anything else that isn’t breakable. Just make sure there are a couple of towels under their chairs.

99. Play grocery store with items from your kitchen. Let them check out with plastic bags!

100. Take a bath! Put in toys you usually don’t let go in the tub and they will play forever!

101. Climb a mountain by climbing over a stack of pillows.


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