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Stuck Inside? 13 Indoor Activities for Kids

Stuck Inside? 13 Indoor Activities for Kids

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When the weather is cold and dreary, don’t just turn on the TV. Instead foster imagination with these fun, indoor activities for kids!

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Don’t get bored on rainy days, grab some books from the Scholastic Store Online and try these fun activities. As a homeschooling family, we have the ability to create our days pretty much however we see fit. That means lots of time spend outdoors exploring and learning. But there are some days that the weather just doesn’t cooperate and we’re forced to stay inside. I don’t just want to turn the tv on and let the kids binge watch shows all day. Instead, I am always looking for ways to encourage more reading and creativity with the kids. These 13 tips will hopefully inspire you to do the same.

I like to pick a few things off this list on days we’re stuck inside to get their imaginations rolling. After breakfast we’ll usually pick our a new or favorite book to read then tie some of these activities into the theme of the story.

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READ A STORY

Truthfully there’s nothing better than curling up with a comfy blanket and a good book on a rainy or snowy day. It’s one of my favorite ways to unwind and I hope to instill that love of reading with both my kids. I always keep a bin of books in our living room and in their bedrooms so they always have a book nearby.

PAINT A PICTURE

No matter what their age, kids love to paint. It’s a perfect time to have them paint a scene from their book or use their imagination to paint what they think happens next.

CREATE WITH PLAY DOUGH

Play dough is just like paint. Whenever I bring it out, I’ll see a smile from ear to ear. Kids can create characters or their favorite scene from the story easily with play dough.

USE DOLLS / TOYS & USE YOUR IMAGINATION

Dolls, legos, toy vehicles are all fun ways to keep the story going and what kids doesn’t love playing with any of these and roll playing/creative play is a great way to put those little imaginations to work.

SING A SONG

Create a song to sing around your favorite characters from the books or just belt out some of your favorite tunes!

HAVE A PUPPET SHOW

My kids always loved making sock puppets. They’re a great way to make their favorite character from the book.

CREATE A SCAVENGER HUNT

Scavengers hunts are always fun. Use things around the house or even a new book as the prize.

CREATE YOUR OWN GAME

Make your own game or act out a game to pass some time.

MAKE YOUR OWN STORY

Take your favorite story and continue it. Encourage your child to make an alternate ending or what they think happens next with their favorite characters.

DRAW A PICTURE

Draw a picture to illustrate your new story or just your favorite scene from the book.

GET CRAFTY

Create a fun craft that ties into the story you just read.

BAKE

What’s better than a sweet treat? Once you make yourself of course! Bonus points if you create something that ties into your book.

WATCH A MOVIE

And after you’ve exhausted all these ideas, watch a movie.

Happy Reading and make sure to visit the Scholastic Online Store to save 20% off your purchase.

Dawn