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12 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids This Winter

January 21, 2024 6 min read

Winter is here, and while the chilly winds might be howling outside, the fun doesn't have to freeze over! At FUNBOY, we're all about bringing summer sunshine into your home — even on the coldest days. 

Indoor activities for kids aren't just about keeping the little ones busy — they're an avenue for creativity, learning, and laughter for everyone from tiny tots to the young at heart. So, whether it's a snowy day or just a rainy afternoon, we've got plenty of ideas to transform your home into an epic playground. 

Get ready for laughs, excitement, and a whole lot of family bonding with these fabulously fun indoor activities that are guaranteed to turn your living room into a playground.

1. DIY Obstacle Course Extravaganza

Transform your living room into an adventure-filled obstacle course. Use pillows, cardboard boxes, and painter’s tape to design a course that challenges their gross motor skills. 

Watch your preschoolers and older kids alike hop, skip, and jump through hoops for a healthy dose of indoor play. It’s a perfect way to expend energy, even on the rainiest of days.

2. Sensational Sensory Dance Party

Why walk when you can dance? Throw a dance party right in your living room. Turn up the music, invite the whole family to groove, and make it a dance party to remember. And here's the twist: Weave in our Barbie™ The Movie x FUNBOY Snowmobile Sled into the fun.

Don't reserve it just for the outdoor snowy adventures — let it steal the spotlight in your living room dance party. Using the snowmobile sled as a fabulously themed centerpiece, inspire your little dancers with stories of Barbie's glamorous winter adventures. 

Balloons, twinkling fairy lights, and Barbie — it's a fun dance party out of this world!

3. Crafty Science Experiments

Unleash the inner scientist in your kids with fun and easy DIY science experiments. You can create epic volcanoes or fizzy explosions with items like baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring. 

Teach your year-old and preschoolers about reactions while mixing in a dash of colorful fun. These sensory activities are exciting and educational, perfect for curious little minds.

4. Ultimate Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Ready, set, explore! Create an indoor scavenger hunt that sends your kids on a thrilling treasure hunt. Hide small items or clues around the house, and prepare a list of riddles or pictures for the little ones to decipher. 

From pom-poms to paper airplanes, let them search high and low. It’s an engaging way to sharpen their problem-solving skills and ignite their imaginations.

5. Artistic Adventures with Playdough and More

Get those tiny hands molding and sculpting with a DIY playdough session. Mix in some glitter or food coloring for an extra dose of sparkle and color. Not only does it engage their senses, but it also fosters creativity and fine motor skills.

Use cookie cutters, plastic knives, and other safe household items to make playdough creations. From sculpting monsters to crafting fantastical landscapes, let their imagination run wild — it's a wonderfully tactile and artful way to spend an indoor day.

6. Cozy Movie Night with 'I Spy' Game

Transform movie nights into an interactive experience with a fun twist on 'I Spy.' As you watch, challenge the kids to spot and call out certain items or colors on the screen. But here’s the cozy part: Set up a comfy viewing area using one of our FUNBOY Sleepover Bedsl

Fill it with soft pillows, fluffy blankets, and twinkling fairy lights to create the ultimate snuggle cinema. It’s a unique way to watch a movie and keep the little ones engaged and comfortable.

7. Build Your Own Cardboard Box Kingdom

A cardboard box is a portal to endless possibilities! Encourage your kids to transform boxes into castles, spaceships, or even secret dens. Arm them with crayons, markers, and stickers for decoration. 

This activity sparks creativity and gives a new life to those everyday items around the house. Plus, it’s a fantastic way for the whole family to engage in imaginative play. What’s not to love?

8. Indoor Hopscotch with a Creative Touch

Who says hopscotch is just for the outdoors? Create an indoor hopscotch grid using masking tape or painter’s tape on the floor. But let’s add a creative angle: Instead of numbers, use colors, shapes, or even letters. 

This makes the game more visually appealing and adds an educational element, especially for younger kids. It’s a fantastic way to burn off some energy and work on those gross motor skills.

9. Culinary Creations in the Kitchen

Turn your kitchen into a mini bakery with a cupcake decorating party. Bake a bunch of cupcakes and spread colorful toppings — from rainbow sprinkles to chocolate shavings and fruit. It's a sweet opportunity for kids to unleash their artistic flair and personalize their treats. 

This activity is perfect for a cozy afternoon indoors, offering a fun and delicious snack at the end. It's all about mixing creativity with culinary delights!

10. Galaxy Quest in the Living Room

Transform your living room into an interstellar adventure. Hang up star-shaped stickers or glow-in-the-dark decals to create a galaxy. Kids can embark on a space mission, journeying through planets (cushions) and black holes (blankets). 

It's a thrilling way to encourage imaginative play and a love for astronomy. Our Inflatable Rocketship can serve as their spaceship, ready for takeoff into a night of stellar exploration.

11. Homemade Musical Shakers Fiesta

Get ready to create a samba beat right in your living room with DIY musical shakers. Fill empty containers with beans, rice, or small bells to create different sounds. Then, let your little ones paint and decorate the shakers for a personal touch.

This activity is a noise-filled delight and a great way for them to learn about sounds, rhythms, and cause and effect. Let the music play, and watch a mini fiesta unfold right under your roof.

12. Indoor Greenhouse Extravaganza

Let your children's nurturing side blossom with an indoor gardening session. Plant indoor-friendly seeds in small pots and teach your little ones how to care for them. You could even create miniature greenhouses using clear plastic containers.

This activity offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about nature, responsibility, and the concept of growth. And who knows? You might just spark a lifelong passion for gardening!

Any Tips for Maximizing the Indoor Fun This Winter?

With a house full of energy and imagination, here are some tips to make these indoor activities even more enjoyable and enriching for your family:

Embrace the Flexibility of DIY

The beauty of DIY activities is in their flexibility — don't stress about following instructions to the letter. Encourage your kids to add their unique twist to every activity, whether it’s building an epic cardboard castle or a crafty science experiment. Let their creativity lead the way!

Balance Active and Calm Play

It's important to balance high-energy activities with calmer ones. After a lively dance party or an indoor obstacle course, slow things down with quieter activities like card games, origami, or a relaxing movie night. This balance keeps the day varied and prevents anyone from feeling too overwhelmed or too bored.

Include Educational Elements

Incorporate learning in fun ways. Use board games to teach strategy or math, turn a scavenger hunt into a lesson about colors and shapes, and engage in sensory play with shaving cream or playdough for science and sensory exploration. Even everyday items like toilet paper rolls or egg cartons can become tools for learning and creativity.

Set the Scene for Adventure

Transforming your space can work wonders. Use masking tape to outline a hopscotch grid or an indoor obstacle course. Create a magical indoor garden with plants and flowers or turn the living room into a galaxy for a space adventure. A change of scenery, even indoors, can create joy and excitement.

Foster Independent Play

Encourage your children to play independently as well. Simple activities like constructing with craft sticks, creating art projects with construction paper and watercolors, or even setting up a sensory bin can keep them engaged and foster independence.

Keep Safety in Mind

Always ensure the activities are age-appropriate and safe. Supervise where necessary, especially with activities like baking or science experiments. Kid-friendly adaptations of adult activities are a great way to include everyone safely.

Involve the Whole Family

Finally, remember that these activities are a wonderful opportunity for family bonding. Whether it’s building together, playing charades, or engaging in a treasure hunt, these shared experiences create lasting memories. Involve everyone in the fun, from the youngest toddler to the oldest family member.

Wrapping Up the Winter Wonderland of Indoor Fun

As winter unfolds its chilly embrace, remember that warmth and joy can always be found indoors with these fun activities. Let your living room transform into a playground of imagination and laughter. At FUNBOY, we believe that even the best indoor activities can be filled with sunshine and smiles. So gather your kids of all ages, pick an activity, and dive into the fun.

Do you have any fun indoor activity ideas of your own? We'd love to hear them! Share your favorite winter indoor activities and let's keep the inspiration flowing. After all, at FUNBOY, it's always about making every moment, every day, a little more fun. 

Shop our collection of snow sleds to keep the fun going throughout the winter season.

Sources:

Help Your Child Build Fine Motor Skills | NAEYC

What is Imaginative Play and Why is it Important for Young Children? | Start Early

Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature | Child Mind Institute

The Importance of Independent Play | Pathways


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