Here’s a handy dandy list of easy ideas to keep kids busy when stuck inside…
- Dance party. Oh yea, break out those cabbage patch and sprinkler dance moves! LOL
- Kid’s exercise on youTube like GoNoodle. Forewarning, these exercise jingles are no joke. They will wear you out!
- Make little books – If you have paper, cut it into 4 rectangles and staple together. Write one sentence or less on each page for a story line that you and your kids make up. And have them illustrate it. Then read and reread it 🙂
- Teach your kids how to clean. Don’t expect perfection! Teach them to pick up things off the floor. Show them how to put dirty clothes in the laundry hamper. Help them learn to make their beds. Eventually, teach them how to sweep, mop, or vacuum the floors; how to do the laundry; how to change and wash sheets. They can do it! They may not want to clean but trust me they can even at a very young age.
- Teach your kids to cook or they can just watch you while you pretend to host a cooking show. Have fun with it. Write “applause” on a piece of paper and hold it up when you want some accolades from your live audience. LOL
- Build stuff out of stuff – toys, legos, shoes, etc. The sky, errrr or ceiling, is the limit!
- Have your kids draw a coloring page. Next, have everyone switch and color the other person’s coloring page. Don’t be surprise if you somewhat control freak child tries to dictation what colors should be used on their coloring page creation though.
- Create a play. Have the performance when your spouse gets home and eat dinner on the couch. Viola – DATE NIGHT! 🙂 Also, one of your kids could use the applause sign from the cooking show earlier in the week!
- Teach your kids to organize their things. Sort toys by size, color, type, etc. Also a little known tip from Marie Kondo is to use your kids to help you go through all your clutter.(Alright fine I am making that up, but… not a bad idea. ha!)
- Try counting games like how many light bulbs are in the house. This is especially handy to do at doctor’s appointments.(This is a great idea my sister gave me many years ago.) They can count the tiles on the floor or chairs in the room etc until the nurse or doctor show.
Do you have some favorite easy ideas to keep kids busy when stuck inside? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below and I’ll add it to this list with a link back to your blog. 🙂
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