Indoor Games and Activities

Indoor Games and Activities for Kids

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Whether it’s your child’s birthday or a day off from school, rain or snow can spoil all the fun activities you have planned. Since you can’t control the weather, the best option is to have some rainy day activities ready for kids that can be used when those dark clouds arrive. We have rainy day crafts and rainy day games that will keep the children entertained and avoid those dreaded words, “we’re bored!”

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Game & Craft Ideas

Easy Indoor Party Games & Activities

  • Have a magazine scavenger hunt. Divide the children into teams and hand each team a stack of magazines, scissors, and a list of items they must find and cut out. Items to search for could be things such as a picture of a car, an animal, a tree, someone playing sports, a sweet dessert, a bike, a baby, etc.
  • Have a dress-up relay race. Give each team a set of oversized clothing (the funnier the better, such as adult boxers, t-shirts, funny hats, rubber gloves, snow boots, etc.) and set the items on chairs at the end of the room opposite each line of players. Each team’s players take turns running to the chairs, putting on the clothing, taking it back off and running back to tag the next player in line.
  • Set out cups of different drinks such as apple juice, orange juice, milk, different sodas, etc. or use different flavored jelly beans. Blindfold children and have them taste each one, guessing the flavor. The child with the most correct guesses wins.
  • Stage a talent show and record it to watch afterwards. Encourage the children to use a variety of talents in addition to singing and playing instruments. For example, they could tell jokes, show a toy car collection, tell a story with puppets, or demonstrate a somersault.
  • For more indoor game ideas, visit our Tips & Tricks Page to learn how to play games like Simon Says, Red Light, Green Light, and Telephone.

Indoor Craft Projects

  • Make a paper bead necklace. Use magazines, old sheet music, scrapbooking paper, or any colorful paper you have around the house to create the beads. You will also need string or yarn and a glue stick. Just cut long strips of paper in a triangle shape about 11 inches long. The bottom end should be about one inch wide and taper to a point at the other end. Begin with the wide end and use a pencil as a guide. Roll up the paper around the pencil and apply glue to the last inch to form the bead. Slip the bead off the pencil and let the glue dry. Continue until you have enough beads to make a necklace. String the beads onto the yarn and tie the necklace around your neck.
  • Use leftover paper plates to create a frog or a fish craft.
  • Make a simple birdfeeder and hang it in the yard when the rain stops.
  • Use construction paper strips to make a long paper chain. Hang the paper chain as a decoration in the room for the rest of the day.
  • Create gifts! Children can make beaded bracelets, greeting cards, color pictures or record a song for someone who has an upcoming birthday.

Indoor Games and Craft Ideas for Girls

  • Set up a water play area at the kitchen sink. Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water and let the children have a pool party for their Barbie dolls.
  • Make a craft bag for each child by filling a paper lunch bag with various items you may have around the house. Then gather the kids around the kitchen table and let them start creating a masterpiece from the supplies in their bags. Have glue, scissors and crayons on the table to share. Some examples of craft supplies you might include in the bags are pipe cleaners, pompoms, construction paper, paper cups or bowls, stickers, fabric scraps, strips of yarn, cotton balls, and googly eyes.
  • Girls can play “pet store” with their stuffed animals. Then they can make price tags and use play money to pretend to purchase the pets.
  • Have a tea party with your children and their favorite stuffed animals. Fill a teapot with juice or lemonade, and serve small dishes of cheese crackers or cookies.
  • Make a fan out of leftover wrapping paper and craft sticks with our Victorian Fan instructions.

Indoor Game and Craft Ideas for Boys

  • Fold paper airplanes and fly them down a hallway.
  • See who can build the highest tower out of LEGO bricks. Or build a LEGO house, city or vehicle together with your child.
  • Play a game of soda bottle bowling in the hall.
  • Let the children make paper boats and sail them in a bathtub. Stage boat races by blowing them across the water.
  • Shape play dough into a volcano and watch it erupt! Use green play dough and mold it around a small empty jar to form a mountain shape. Do this on top of a cookie sheet to make clean-up easier. The jar should be hidden except for the opening. Add a few heaping spoonfuls of baking soda to the empty jar. To make the volcano “erupt”, slowly pour vinegar into the jar until the baking soda begins to froth and the foam spills down the sides of the volcano. This will be wildly popular with kids of all ages, so be ready to make it erupt again and again!

Indoor Game Ideas that Encourage Imagination

  • This idea will get your kids to clean their room! Before the chore begins, hide 5 wrapped pieces of your child’s favorite candy in various places in their room (inside drawers, under the pillows, on a window ledge). Make sure you remember where you put them just in case one isn’t found. Now, tell your child they are on a special mission to recover lost treasure. The only way to find the treasure is by defeating several obstacles. The obstacles could be The Clothes Monster (a pile of clothes), Mount Messy (an unmade bed), The Closet of Terror (a messy closet), The Terrible Toy Box (a messy toy box) and The Point of No Return (a messy bathroom). The good news is, your child will get a treat after each section of their room is cleaned!
  • Have an indoor picnic on the floor. Lay out a few blankets and serve lunch or snacks just as though you’re at a park. Invite all your child’s stuffed animals and favorite toys to the picnic.
  • Ask the children to build a fort with pillows and blankets draped over a table. Let them crawl into their fort and read with a flashlight.
  • Empty boxes and cartons in the recycling bin can become the supplies to build a project. For example, a box and jar lids can be made into a car, other shapes can become doll furniture, pet carriers for stuffed animals, or a mini city of skyscrapers. Children will be able to come up with a lot more creative ideas!
  • Play “Bomb Squad.” You’ll need a kitchen timer and a flashlight. Set the kitchen timer for 2 minutes and hide it in a darkened room. The kids are the bomb squad and must follow the ticking sound to find the timer before it rings. Set the timer for less time as the children become better at finding the “bomb.”

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Games and Activities

Play Dough

Create your own play dough with this craft recipe.

Animal Masks

Guests color and wear their own adorable animal masks.

Tissue Flowers

Create big, festive flowers out of colorful tissue paper and pipe cleaner.

Indoor Snowball Fight

There will be no mess or puddles after throwing these snowballs!

Rainy Day Coloring Page

Your guests will love decorating our printable Rainy Day coloring page.

Farm Bingo

Get ready to win with the cutest game of bingo you’ve ever seen!

Imaginary Orchestra

This game is quiet but a lot of fun to watch and play!

No Snickers Allowed!

See who can go the longest without snickering!

Spooky Light Show

Use balloons and flashlights to put on a spooky light show.

Marbled Paper

Create your own stationary with this easy activity.

Balloon Beanbag Balls

Children will love making their own squishy bean balls!

Snow Cream Recipe

Create a delicious dessert out of custard and real snow!