At the end of every year it's interesting to take note of which posts were the most popular. It gives me insight into what ideas you find the most useful. Many of my vintage posts still get the most love, and the top five of 2013 are eerily similar to the indoor activities you liked best in 2012.
Instead of rehashing that list, I'll share the new activity ideas you found most useful in 2013.
1. Exploding Car Wash. I must say, you have good taste because that was certainly one of my sons' favorites, too. Science experiments and toy vehicles are always a hit around here, and when you mix the two… well, let's just say we've not gotten tired of this one, yet.
2. Cellophane Stained Glass Window. I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I first saw it on Matzo Soup blog (which sadly appears to be offline, now.) It's a great way to create kid-made stained glass without that pesky vinyl Contact Paper. We love this activity so much around her we created a fall-themed window, too. Currently our window is sporting cellophane snowflakes. I'll have to post a picture of that soon!
3. Kindergarten Number Matching Game. As my youngest started following in his big brother's footsteps and showing an aptitude for mathematics, we cobbled together this DIY math activity to enforce numeral and quantity recognition.
4. Tessellations: Math Art for Kids. This was one of my favorite activities, too. Tessellations are are terrific way to combine math and art and help me get my systems-oriented son interested in a creative project.
5. Shell Activities. We brought shells home from the beach for a bit of scientific exploration. The post also shares links for further ways to use all those summer beach finds!
So there they are. The top 5 indoor activities for kids, decided by a simple click of your mouse. Do any of them tempt you? If not, we have many, more ideas, including science projects, math games, sensory play and art activities on our Giant List of Indoor Activities for Kids.
Thanks for joining us in 2013. Happy New Year! We hope you'll stay along for the ride in 2014.