10 Indoor Winter Fun Activities for Kids


For most kids, winter break is right around the corner. Need a few indoor activity ideas to keep the kids entertained at home? Here are some of our all-time favorite winter activities that only require a few common household items you probably already have on-hand. Yay for indoor fun that doesn’t require a trip to the store! 

1. Indoor Ice Skating — All you need is some wax paper, rubber bands, and carpet. Be careful, as it’s quite slippery, but lots of fun!

2. Coffee Filter Snowflake Blizzard — If you have coffee filters and scissors, you can make these snowflakes for your own indoor blizzard.

3. Sandpaper and Yarn Snowflakes — Sandpaper and yarn is one of our favorite boredom busters. It’s a great mess-free activity too!

4. Icicle Craft – All you need is some glue, paper, and salt for this!

5. Kid Friendly Printmaking — Made with foam stickers for an easy kid-friendly printmaking technique that’s perfect for handmade wrapping paper.

6. Puffy Paint Snowflakes — You can make these in the microwave and they dry in about 30 seconds!

7. Winter Tree Paintings — Amazing what a little masking tape and watercolor paints can do!

8. Newspaper “Snowman” — No snow in your neck of the woods, try making your own “snowman” out of newspaper instead. Then leave by the curb for the recycling crew.

9. Make Peppermint Hot Cocoa — We love making our own peppermint hot cocoa mix. The perfect winter time treat!

10. Snow Garland — With a little string and some reinforcement stickers, you can make a very festive garland.

Have fun!!

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Comments

  1. All of these ideas are fantastic! I can’t figure out which one I want us to do first!

  2. I love your winter ideas – I see some wax paper skating in our future :)

  3. I need to remember about sand paper and yarn, for some reason I always forget it.

  4. What great ideas! I posted on cup stacking today for an inside winter activity. Maybe your kids might like that too? I added a math twist just for fun…http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2012/12/active-indoors/

  5. These are fantastic ideas, Val! I have seen most of these before on your site, but I’m laughing over the indoor ice skating. Only you would think of that! I’m gonna try that with the kids today!

    • LOL — I first did it with the kids I used to babysit for, and I’m pretty sure they all thought I had lost my mind at first! But the smiles & all the laughing (plus it tired them out!) ;-)

  6. I LOVE these ideas. I will reference your blog in an upcoming post about how families can have fun together during these freezing winter months. My blog is;
    http://forevertogetherfamily.blogspot.com/. Thank you for all you do, you have an amazing blog, congrats on your success and for propagating the healthy happy family friendly lifestyle. :)

    • Hi Emily! I’m so happy to meet you — off to check out your site. Have fun playing with the kiddos! :-)

  7. Wow!! FUNtastic and look forward to doing these with my kiddos. Thank you for sharing.

  8. These are fantastic ideas! So glad to have found your blog. Have a great day!
    Stephanie

  9. These look like some seriously fun activities. I love how the masking tape tree turned out, and the snow garland looks like fun to make!

  10. I love your Inside Activities for Winter Fun ideas! They are a nice mix of quick and not-so-quick! I’m particularly enchanted with your newspaper snowman! Thanks for sharing them!

  11. These are fantastic ideas! I know my girls are going to love building a newspaper snowman. I work in a school with children who need support in motor skills you have given me a lot of ideas to use. Thankyou!

    • I am so happy to hear that, Karen! Thanks so much for stopping by — your comment just made my day!! :-)

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