Indoor fun activities, from special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D.
As winter quickly approaches, soon the kids will be spending more and more time indoors. One way to avoid the winter blues is to be prepared and have lots of indoor fun activities on hand. In our family we have a special “Indoor Fun” shelf of games, toys and activities all ready to go! We start collecting new and exciting items and store them on the shelf in preparation for the cold weather months well in advance.
Most kids love to get down and dirty with art projects! Having some hands on crafts like the Melissa & Doug Rescue Vehicle set is sure to please. The sets have multiple steps to complete them such as painting, decorating and assembling the vehicles. Children also love to use stickers, clay and Scratch Art! We like to collect recycled materials to use for art projects. Paper towel rolls, baby food jars and coffee cans are all materials that make for great creative projects. Children can make and design their own musical instruments out of these materials and then put on a concert for the family! Start saving these items now and have them ready to go when cabin fever sets in.
Another favorite indoor activity is completing puzzles. Kids of all ages love a challenge. Puzzles are great because they come in so many different levels of difficulty. When kids are working on their own, choose a puzzle that is age appropriate. As a family, dive into a more complicated puzzle. It is great to have children and adults work together to complete a family project. One idea is to give your child a small section of the larger puzzle to work on, or you can have them help you sort the pieces by color or shape. Maybe having younger children find all of the end pieces is a good place to start.
In addition to these activities it is also important to have some physical indoor activities on hand as well. Hosting a freeze dance competition or a dance party is one way to help get the wiggles out for sure! Kids will get a kick seeing siblings and even mom and dad dance along to the music. Setting up an obstacle course is another way to help release some energy. Allow children to use materials around the house such as soft pillows and small cones to make their own obstacle course. After the course is completed children can time themselves and maybe have a family competition! Track the best time and even have an awards ceremony for all participants.
Lastly, reading a book together is another great indoor activity. Don’t forget, the book can be above your child’s reading level is if is presented in a Read-A-Loud format. Get a comfy blanket, snuggle by the fire, and read to your young ones. This as a great way to expose them to books they would not be able to read on their own and is something we don’t always remember to do. Below is a list of materials to start collecting for your very own Indoor Fun Inventory! Enjoy…
- Puzzles of varying difficulty
- Art supplies such as markers, crayons, glue sticks, etc.
- Washable paints, brushes, art paper
- Tissue paper
- Felt squares
- Pipe cleaners
- Glitter glue
- Cross word puzzles, mazes, word searches
- Coloring books or sheets
- Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
- Baby food jars
- Plastic cups
- Coffee cans
- Rubber bands
- Cotton balls
- Board games
- Deck of cards
- Small activity cones
- A good read-a-loud book
- Old magazines and newspapers for collages
- Old pictures to sort into an album