Indoor Activities For Kids

Here is a select, yet giant list of our indoor activities and projects that I have posted. (I will be adding to this list as I write new posts.) Although I have sorted them by category, categories are not mutually exclusive. An Artsy activity can easily filed under Motor Skills, or a Geometry activity under Science.

Giant list of indoor activities for kids

Nearly all are free or super-cheap, can be easily set-up (a few are more complicated) and many, depending on the age of your child, do not necessarily require intense parental involvement (Hurrah!). Of course, engaging in the activity with your child is never discouraged.

Have fun and to let me know which ones are your favorites!

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Art Activities

Toddler Dot to Dot
Zentangles with a 5 year old
Clone Trooper paper dolls
Hand tracing
Tape art journal page
Cityscape Sponge Art
Handmade Journals from Recycled Art
Mermaid Paper Dolls
Postage Stamp Bookmark
Mini Beaded Bookmarks
Giant Dot to Dot
DIY shapes book
Plant markers for an indoor garden
Mondrian “Stained Glass” Window Art
Collage Books
Sticky Paper Collage
Single color art exploration
Start a Pre-Schooler’s Journal
Glitter Glue Snowflakes
Shaving Cream Marbled Paper
Sticker Resistance Painting
Salad Spinner Art
Painting with Marbles
Container Painting
Art Supply List
Cellophane Stained Glass (using page protector)
Cellophane Faux Stained Glass Window (direct technique)
Free Play Art
String Art
Painting with Magnets
Drawing Seashells
Window Painting
Homemade Button Stampers
Monthly Moons
Homemade Apple Blossom Stampers
Autumn Wreath
Homemade Pumpkin Stampers
Leaf Art
Homemade Bookmarks
Homemade Wrapping Paper
Drawing on Big Paper
Toddler Collage
Decorate Your Own Stickers
Shrink Plastic Shell Garland 
Hobby Book
Salt, Watercolors and Sticky Paper Art
Homemade Puppet Theater
Handmade Bookmarks Kids Won’t Lose
Amate Art Project (guest post from Artchoo!)
Fabric Pen Tee-shirts
Family harmony and kindness tokens
Heart stamp index card valentines

Science Activities

Balloon Rocket Races
Simple Preschool Science Lab
Simple Machine Play with a Pulley
STEM playdate
Ice cube on a string; or how failure teaches kids to think like scientists
Homemade compass
Solar oven
Seashell Exploration Ideas
Homemade Bottle Thermometer (guest post)
Homemade Rubber Ball (guest post)
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Homemade Catapult
Salt Volcano
Grow Crystals on a Pipe Cleaner
Acid/Base Science Experiment
Blowing up Balloons with Soda and Vinegar
Magic Jumping Coin
Magnet Container Play
Moon Phase Viewer
Homemade Moon Phase Puzzle
Tracking the Moon Phases
Apple Taste Test
Fog in a Bottle
Making Moon Craters
Pear Ripening Experiment
Tracking the Weather 
Magnetic Building Blocks 

Pretend Play

Homemade Stove
Homemade Road for toy cars
Another Homemade Road
Homemade Car Ramp
Bean Tray for Construction Toys
Ribbon Wand
Shaving Cream Car Wash
Play Wallet 
Homemade Car Garage (or whatever else you want it to be)

Literacy Play

Easy Phonics Teaching Ideas
Spine Poetry
I Spy Spelling Game
Teaching Phonics with a Puzzle
Simple Rhyming Games
Alphabet tracers

Games and Free Play

Three in a Row Game: Tapatan
Five Thinking Games
Balloon YoYos
Indoor/Outdoor Homemade Boomerang
Superb Toddler Puzzle
Homemade Catapult Game
Quiet Time Jar
Bottle Cap Tiddlywinks
Indoor Frisbee
Indoor Ball Play
Word Find
Put a Tape Shape on the Floor
Blocks in a Box
Homemade Carnival Game
Pompoms, Paper Rolls and Egg Cartons Free Play
Games to Take on the Airplane
Balloon and Paddle Play
Re-purposing Games for Toddlers
Masking Tape Maze 
Easy Indoor Ball Game 
Obstacle Course for Toy Cars

Motor Skills and Sensory Activities

Exploding Toy Car Wash
34 Add-ins for Play Dough to work fine motor skills beyond sculpting and smooshing.
Superhero Slime Rescue
Snow Traffic Jam
Fine Motor Activities with Acorns
Mini Sensory Bin
Indoor Snow Play
Preschool Journal with a variety of materials
Wiki Stix on the Window
Sensory Paper for Toddlers
Homemade Toddler Lacing Activity
Threading Pipe Cleaners
Hanging the Alphabet
Homemade Lacing Circle and Chopsticks Sorting
Using Scissors
Learning How to Form Letters
Bottle and Lid Match-Up
Muffin Tin Sorting
Homemade Pomanders
Popsicle Sticks Free Play
Toddler Popsicle Stick Sorting
Putting Popsicle Sticks in a Container 
Filling a Jar
Ball in a Box
Stacking with Cookie Molds
Pounding Practice
Pounding Spices
Working Pizza Dough
Putting Caps and Pompoms in a Container
Ten Ways to Help in the Kitchen
Restaurant Games for Toddlers
Toothpicks and Colander

Number and Math Activities

See all our math activities here.

Pi city skyline
Parking Lot Addition with Toy Cars
Möbius strip
Fraction Card Game
Kindergarten Number Matching Game
Counting to 100 by tens activity
Bean Counting
Counting in Egg Cartons
Montessori Bean Counting
Quantities Game
Handmade (Giant) Connect the Dots
Sorting Coins
Number (and Letter) Pretzels
Sorting Cards
Noodle Shapes
Skip Counting with Pennies
Tens Go Fish 
Fives and Tens Card Game 
Tessellations (Math Art)

Geometry Activities

Handmade Building Circles
Map Your Living Room
3-D Shape Sorting
Making Hexagons
Fraction Cookies
Homemade Montessori Triangles
DIY shapes book

Water Play

Homemade “Sailboats”
Dropper Water Transfer Activity
Rainy Day Painting
Water Drop Races
Float and Sink Experiment
Water on a Chalkboard
Ocean in a Bottle
Frozen Letter Scramble
Ice Wreath
Container Bubbles in the Bath
Funnel and Hose
Car Wash (pictured above)
Playing with Thin Ice

Playing with Color

Color Mixing in a Bag
Homemade Colored Glasses
Pattern Practice with Felt
Little Blue and Little Yellow Book Activity
Color Photographic Scavenger Hunt
Easy Color Sorting
Make a Rainbow Prism

Indoor Gardening

Paperwhites and Book
Planting Paperwhites (full tutorial)
Indoor Root Vegetable Garden
Plant Misting
Regrowing vegetable scraps
Indoor plant race with pantry items

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