Creative indoor things to do with your kids

by kath_red on 09/06/2011

in Kids Crafts

Home all summer long? Long days with kids seem too much? You need to stay indoors and get some creative play happening.

Don’t feel like heading outdoors? is it raining and windy – or is everyone just in need of some quiet creative time? Read a book aloud, create some family drawing time, bake a cake together… Go on do it! Here are a few more indoor things to do with your kids. Kids of all ages can get involved at some level with these activities – don’t worry about mess – put on your play clothes and let the creativity loose. Give them a little bit of freedom to explore, give them room to stretch their imaginations and see where their creativity takes them!

  1. Explore paint in different ways.
  2. Play pass the drawings.
  3. Make a toddler friendly craft corner.
  4. The artful parent has a list of 10 afterschool activities – for when you are stuck in a rut.
  5. Tip Junkie has a bunch of boredom busting activities.
  6. Article on how to encourage creativity in your child.
  7. Make some yarn dolls.
  8. Make some cardboard sculpturesmore here.
  9. Make a music stick.
  10. Make an a-frame indoor tent.
  11. Hammer some nails.
  12. Make a cardboard play mat.
  13. Just get messy with stirring and mixing.
  14. Create an indoor treehouse.
  15. Find lots of craft projects at the skip to my lou kids craft camp series.
  16. Made by Joel has five crafts for father’s day.
  17. Make some story stones.
  18. Make a duct tape drum.
  19. Explore more in the Action Pack and download this nature journal project.

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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jamie @ hands on : as we grow June 9, 2011 at 10:52 am

Some great ideas for this summer – we’ve had days that have been too hot to get out, and these would’ve came in handy! Will keep it stashed away for another HOT or rainy day :) Thanks so much for the link too!


2 Amanda Morgan June 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

What an inspiring list! Thanks for including Not Just Cute in your links!


3 Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids June 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Thanks so much for including a few MPMK posts in this wonderful roundup.


4 Christie-Childhood 101 June 15, 2011 at 5:30 am

What a fantastic list, humbled to see our treehouse amongst so many fabulous creative ideas :) Thank you


5 Rachelle | TinkerLab June 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm

There are so many good ideas here! Thanks for including our cardboard sculptures on your list.


6 Alissa July 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Thanks for the mention here :)


7 Nick June 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Fantastic. Thank you for the list! I love reading anything that is encouraging kids to be creative and to stretch their imaginations. It is what we need to encourage more these days. I also wrote an article on kids creativity. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks again.


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