20 Ways to Have Fun With Kids When You’re Stuck in the House

Whether the reason is germs and sickness or terrible weather, it can be very challenging to be stuck in the house with little ones. If you want to avoid television and the computer as mindless ways to pass the time, try some of these suggestions to bring some added fun to a dreary day. I’ve linked to one or two resources below each suggestion to provide you with plenty of inspiration!

20 Ways to Have Fun With Kids When You're Stuck in the House


1. Sensory tables
- TUTORIAL : How to Make Rainbow Coloured Rice (Without Alcohol) for a Toddler Activity Sensory Bin

- Homemade Moon Sand

2. Art projects
- Montessori Spring Goodies

- A Fun & Easy Car Craft for Car Loving Toddlers

3. Cook and bake with kids.
- An Easy, Healthy, Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

- A Veggie Muffin Recipe for Toddlers

4. Puzzles
- Make Your Own Jigsaw Puzzles

5. Busy bags
- 12 Fun Busy Bag Ideas

6. Make music.
- Beyond Twinkle, Twinkle – Using Music with Infants and Toddlers

7. Dance parties
- Dash’s Dance Party (I know I said no TV or computer, but this is a fun resource for getting little ones into dancing!)

8. Play with snow in the bathtub.
- 5 Things to Play on a Cold Wet Day

9. Sing
- Action songs and lyrics

10. Hide and seek
- Fun Ways to Play Hide and Go Seek

11. Yoga
- Storyland Yoga DVD

12. Read books
- The Best Car and Truck Books for Two and Three Year Olds

- The Top 5 Books That My One Year Old Loves Right Now

13. Make your own books.
- Making books with children

14. Build with blocks.
- Blocks of Fun! 40 Block Activities for Kids

15. Pretend!
- 25 Easy Pretend Play Ideas

- 100 Ways to Keep Little Kids Happy

16. Take pictures.
- 13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography

- Teaching photography to a 5-year-old

17. Garden indoors.
- Five Easy Indoor Gardening Projects for Kids

18. Scavenger hunts
- Texture scavenger hunt and collage

19. Mail cards and letters to family and friends.
- 20 Card Making Ideas for Kids

- Card Crafts for Kids

20. Enlist the help of your pets.
- Indoor Games for People and Dogs

- 4 Healthy Games To Play With Your Cat

What are your family’s favorite things to do when you’re stuck in the house?

About The Author: Charise Rohm Nulsen

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Charise Rohm Nulsen is the proud mama of a son born in June 2010 and a baby girl born in May 2012. She is also the author of I Thought I Knew Mama where she blogs about the adventures of stay at home mamahood, natural parenting, and green & healthy living.

3 Responses to 20 Ways to Have Fun With Kids When You’re Stuck in the House

  1. Jonathan Baker

    Thanks for the great ideas! We’re big fans of sensory activities and try to do those often. We’ve done the Moon Sand, but the place where we got the idea called it “cloud dough”. Either way, our son still loves it!

  2. Jennifer Hoffman  

    Charise – you are such a wonderful fountain of amazing ideas! Thank you once again for sharing such fun!

  3. Sarah Hayes

    what a great list! i will keep this handy for the days we are stuck in. these are much better ideas than just watchng tv or playing video games. i would enjoy the things on the list as much as the kids

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