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You may be one of those parents who sets up elaborate play scenes for their little ones, or awesome messy play set-ups using a tuff tray. If you are, amazing! I bow down to you (and secretly wish I was more like you!) If however, like me you prefer somewhat simpler (and less labour-intensive!) options for entertaining your children, then read on. You are in the right place! Here are 25 fun and easy indoor activities for kids. Basically my go-to options for when I need 10 minutes peace!! Hopefully they may work for you too 🙂
The twigs have a lot of unstructured play time, in which they’ll often play imaginatively together. (They’ve got a lot better at this over lockdown!)
But when I really just need a bit of quiet, or if I need to go and do some housework, or make a phone call, these are the sorts of easy indoor activities I’ll give my kids to do. Nothing revolutionary but maybe helpful, ya never know!
My Busy Bots activity bags are fantastic educational packs. They’re age-appropriate, mess-free and reusable. I also find them great for travelling with. You can read my full review of My Busy Bots busy bags here 🙂
We also love the Fun Folders from My Busy Bots which are full of fun activities for kids.
Playdough is always a winner with kids! Obviously there are tons of different Play-Doh sets you can buy.
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Or you could make your own. Personally I’m too lazy for that but here’s a recipe in case you’re less lazy than me! 😉
Or you could try Organised Chaos With Kids playdough kits. They are so beautiful and great for open-ended imaginative play. And they smell amazing! 🙂
Craft kits are an amazing easy way to keep kids entertained. The amount kids can do independently will depend on their age. But with a lot of activities, you can help them and get them started, then they may be able to continue by themselves.
Check out my round-up of the best craft kits for kids for some of our faves!
I particularly LOVE toucanBox craft kits – you can read my full review of them here 🙂
Baker Ross also offer excellent craft subscription boxes too 🙂
We always love a bit of colouring and usually have a stash of colouring books in the house. Colour-by-number ones are fun, as children get a bit older.
Printable colouring sheets
Simple activity books are great. We really like wipeclean ones as they’re reusable and it’s easy to correct mistakes.
Dot to Dot
Dot to dot books are always a winner. And you can easily get different levels of difficulty for different ages.
We love the mosaic kits from Galt Toys – another super easy indoor activity that kids will love.
I don’t know about other people’s kids, but H loves a wordsearch! You can find them for all different ages and abilities. There are also lots on Twinkl that you can print off.
There are lots of fun educational activity books you can buy, to help teach children phonics and handwriting. We really love Letterland – old school right!? Who remembers them from when they were little? 🙂 But they’re still going strong now and have a great range of resources.
There are squillions of sticker books out there – the possibilities are endless! But the twigs particularly love the Usborne dolly dressing sticker books. (Not gonna lie, I quite enjoy them too!)
You can also get reusable sticker books and kits, which are great fun. And good value of course as you can use them over and over.
Water painting books are a flipping godsend – I love them! There are loads of different types you can get. Usborne ones are really lovely and you can get so many different themes – Halloween, dinosaurs, unicorns, fairies etc. We got some great Trolls 2 ones from The Works too. (And if you’re looking for more Trolls 2 toy and gift ideas, you might want to check out this post).
Little Brian paint sticks are amazing! If, like me, you find the mess of full-on paint the stuff of nightmares, then you definitely need to get hold of some of these!
They’re basically a bit like giant crayons – nice and chunky for little hands. But they are made out of paint. There are different sets available – neon, metallic etc. I love how versatile they are – great for painting cardboard boxes and things!
I have to admit, aqua beads are not something I generally let the twiglets sit and do independently. I just can’t cope with the little buggers ending up allllll over the floor! So I tend to sit with them while they do these, but it does keep them entertained and happy for a little while.
There are loads of different sets you can get – we have unicorns and Minions! And they’re pretty simple to get the hang of, if a little fiddly. I actually find them quite therapeutic to be honest, so I’m usually pretty happy to give them a hand! 🙂
Puzzles are just awesome aren’t they? So versatile as you can get puzzles suitable for any age, from babies up to adults! The twiglets love a good puzzle – the only problem is making sure we don’t lose any pieces! It’s a great way to keep them occupied for a good chunk of time though 🙂
We especially love Ravensburger puzzles as they’re always great quality.
There are soooo many different types of construction toys out there! These are some of our favourites:
I mean, Lego is just a classic isn’t it! C is a huge Lego fan and will happily sit for ages building away.
Magformers are just brilliant! I’ve found they’ve really enhanced the twiglets’ understanding of how nets fold up to make 3D shapes. They can easily put together a net to make a cube now for example, which will be so useful when they come to cover this in school.
Octons are fab! They’re really colourful and easy to play with. We have a set of the mini ones but you can get more complex sets as kids get older.
K’Nex is an amazing construction toy where you can build intricate models of vehicles, buildings and much more. You can also get simpler sets for younger children.
One of the easiest indoor activities for kids is reading.
The twigs are reading independently now and it’s really lovely. It’s so important to give children opportunities to read a variety of different books and encourage a love of reading early on. Set up a little cosy corner or den for them with blankets and cushions and lots of stories.
Personalised books are a fab way of getting kids into reading. We love ours from Wonderbly – check them out here 🙂
Liquid chalk markers are a great way to get kids drawing and writing using a different medium. But they’re much less messy than traditional chalk, with none of the dust! 🙂
We love Chalkola chalk markers as they’re really vibrant and look amazing! You can read all about them here 🙂
Probably my least favourite activity! And H’s to be fair! But C LOVES it. And it’s a lot less painful these days as she will happily sit and get on with it independently. Well, sometimes anyway! I tend to just chuck a load of card, eggboxes, glue, scissors etc on the table and let her crack on!
Even if she comes to me with a bit of card sellotaped to the side of a cereal box and declares it’s a spaceship – hey ho, least it kept her quiet for 5 minutes!
One surefire way to keep the twigs entertained (and quiet!) for 20 or so minutes is to stick a Cosmic Kids Yoga episode on. They absolutely love it and there are so many different episodes to choose from. They’re fab for teaching children the importance of relaxation and mindfulness.
Of course, the good old screen is probably the easiest way to ensure a few minutes of uninterrupted peace from your little ones!! I’ve left it til last as it’s probably the most obvious, but possibly most controversial!!
Obviously all parents have different views on screen time. Some are completely anti it, others prefer not to set any limits. It’s hard to know what’s right but you just have to do what works for your family.
I think we fall somewhere in the middle. We do set limits but they’re fairly generous and flexible. The twiglets have tablets but they don’t generally use them every day and they have a time limit when they do. They do watch quite a bit of TV but I don’t mind too much. Especially as we tend to be out and about a lot – I don’t really mind them having some downtime.
So there we go! 25 easy and fun indoor activities for kids 🙂 I hope this was useful.
If you’re looking for inspiration for outdoor activities for kids, check out this post by Thimble and Twig 🙂 And if you’re looking for ideas of activities for teenagers, check out this post by Actually Mummy 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Til next time,
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