Have cabin fever? Pass some time with a few of these activities.
1. Baby Wipes!
Keep wipes around when they come near you pretend to wipe their face and they run away. You can use this as a chance to sit for a minute or actually chase them and get some exercise.
This was a life saver when I had terrible morning sickness with baby #2! I mean, that Doc McStuffins is an absolute blessing. I got to lay down while all vitals were checked and bandages were applied. Create illnesses for their toys as well. Start from the 911 call. Then rescue the toy and deliver to triage. Place the toy in a container (I mean hospital bed) and nurse back to health.
3. Buried in Stuffed Animals
For once I was happy my daughter had an abundance of stuffed animals. Yes, bury me as I rest my eyes then I will bury you and witness you breaking your record for sitting still.
4. Pretend to be Stuffed Animals
My daughter’s favorite is to be a stuffed giraffe. I have to talk to her and dress her up with a princess crown and play tea party all while get this, she is immobile and silent. Don’t get me wrong my daughter’s voice is one of my favorite sounds on Earth, but sometimes mama needs a break😂.
5. Stuffed Animal Hide-N-Seek
Anyone else too big for hiding?✋ My solution is picking one stuffed animal and take turns hiding that.
6. Bear Hunt
My kids love the Going on a Bear Hunt book. So what’s better than reading it? Going through it! Place Teddy in one room and start in another room. Pretending to cross a grassy field, splash through a river, trudge through mud, stumble through a forest, whirl through a snowstorm, and finally tiptoe into the bear’s cave. Oh no! A bear! Now back track finally arriving home and in bed.
7. Macaroni Mania
This is one activity we drag out. Like if we are going to make a mess let’s get the most bang for our buck.
-dye pasta different colors and let dry
-dump into trays and make paths with toy trucks
-practice pouring from cup to cup
-sort the different colors
-make rainbow art
-string macaroni jewelry
-water bottle music shakers
That is a good place to end. Now they are contained and ready to put away until the next rainy or snowy day.
8. I Spy Scene
Collect random toys and household objects to make your own I Spy scene either on a table or in a bottle.
9. Painter’s Tape
-zig zag walking lines to balance on
-roads for toy cars
-x marks the spot treasure hunt
-tic-tac-toe board, use coins or Legos as x’s and o’s
10. Build a Fort or Tunnels
Obviously, right? Not always my favorite, but if stuck inside for days it provides entertainment. Sometimes we create kid only tunnels around the bed because the blankets are already there, just needing chairs for the other side of tunnel.
11. Ultimate Toy Land
So we get a little carried away. Well, really carried away. We weave V Tech tracks and wooden tracks to create a double world of transportation. This is a great activity to practice problem solving because sometimes the tracks do not align correctly and the design will need to be reconsidered. Occasionally, we incorporate Lego housing. Seems overkill, but the mess is confined and we sit and have the best conversations.
12. Vacuum Monster
Get the kids to help pick up so you can chase them around with the vacuum. They get to run around and you get a clean house, win win!
13. Sunshine Party
Bring the sunshine inside by throwing a party. Create a couple of pretend invitations, craft a few decorations, play some music, and put out some snacks.
Head over to Pinterest and find an age appropriate experiment for your little ones. I have a few pinned on my smarty pants board here… https://www.pinterest.com/Mom1st4most/
15. Homemade Labyrinth
We made ours using these trays, play doh, and a paper towel roll. Then, used a straw and pom pom to navigate the course. Tilting the tray to get a marble through the maze would also work.
16. Water Fun
Really you can use anything with water and kids will have a blast. Here we used colorful ice cubes to weigh, scoop out using different utensils, count and sort.
Hopefully, I have given you at least a couple of new ideas for the next time you are stuck indoors. Until next time…