29 Indoor Games Your Kids Will Absolutely Love

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Rainy days with stir-crazy kids can make us all climb the walls. Even children who love TV and movies can only watch so many shows until they’re ready to do something, anything else. And despite the fact that your house is practically bursting with toys, toys and more toys, it can get a little been-there, done-that after just a few days stuck inside.

So, the next time you’re trapped at home with nothing to do, try one of these amazingly fun and creative indoor games for kids!

Photo: Fun At Home With Kids
Photo: Fun At Home With Kids

1. Ice tower excavation

Freeze rainbow-coloured trinkets in a long container filled with water. Then, give your kids squeezy bottles, salt and eye droppers that they can use with warm water to dig out the treasures.

Get the how-to at Fun At Home With Kids
Photo: Happy Hooligans
Photo: Happy Hooligans

2. Button snake

Take a ribbon and sew a button onto one side. Then, give your kids colourful pieces of felt to string along the ribbon, creating a snake.

Get the how-to at Happy Hooligans.

Photo: A Beautiful Mess
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

3. DIY playhouse

Indoor playhouses can be incredibly expensive, with some costing several hundred dollars. With cardboard boxes, decorative paper and some imagination, you and your kids can create cool indoor playhouses on the cheap!

Get the how-to at A Beautiful Mess.

Photo: Hands On As We Grow
Photo: Hands On As We Grow

4. Claw-grabbing pegs

Strengthen your tot’s fine motor skills, encouraging him to grab as many small pom-poms as he can with a peg.

 Get the how-to at Hands On As We Grow.
Photo: Meet the Dubiens
Photo: Meet the Dubiens

5. Shaving cream paint

Using shaving cream and food colouring, create foamy, fluffy paints for him to use in the bath.

Get the how-to at Meet the Dubiens.

Photo: Modern Parents Messy Kids
Photo: Modern Parents Messy Kids

6. Newspaper forts

If you still get the newspaper delivered to your house, consider saving them to use on a rainy day. By rolling up the paper, your kid can create the frame for a cool fort.

Get the how-to at Modern Parents Messy Kids.

Image: Patchwork Cactus
Image: Patchwork Cactus

7. Play in a box

Turn a shoe box into a portable dinosaur play station with free printables and some imagination. There are loads of ideas for making all kinds of boxes: doll’s house, farm, craft box and more. When the rain puts an end to outdoor play, grab a play box and you’re sorted.

Get the tutorial and printables on Mumtastic.

Photo: What Do We Do All Day
Photo: What Do We Do All Day

8. Stained glass art

Using cellophane shapes and soapy water, your kids can temporarily paste colours to the window, creating stained-glass designs.

Get the how-to at What Do We Do All Day.

Photo: What Do We Do All Day
Photo: What Do We Do All Day

9. Exploding car wash

Throw bicarb soda into a tray, and have your kids use it as a snowy track or construction site for their cars. Then, when they’re finished, dump in some vinegar and watch the whole thing bubble over.

Get the how-to at What Do We Do All Day.

Photo: Musings from a Stay at Home Mum
Photo: Musings from a Stay at Home Mum

10. Homemade play dough

With flour, water, cream of tartar and food colouring, you can easily make your own dough.

Get the how-to at Musings from a Stay at Home Mum.

Photo: Artsy Craftsy Mum
Photo: Artsy Craftsy Mum

11. Paper collages

Cut out scraps of paper in various shapes and use them to create colourful collages.

Get the how-to at Artsy Craftsy Mum.

Photo: Let’s Explore
Photo: Let’s Explore

12. Measuring the house

Work on your children’s maths skills with these printable worksheets that encourage kids to measure everyday items and rooms in their house.

Get the how-to at Let’s Explore.

Photo: The Imagination Tree
Photo: The Imagination Tree

13. Matching pairs hide and seek game

Fill a tub with rice and then hide matching pairs of everyday items inside, instructing your preschooler to find each set.

Get the how-to at The Imagination Tree.

Photo: Kids Activities Blog
Photo: Kids Activities Blog

14. Masking tape speedway

For this indoor game, have your kid create his own racetrack — over and under furniture, down stairs — using masking tape. He can make a speedway that spans the whole house if he feels like it.

Get the how-to at Kids Activities Blog.

Photo: In Katrina’s Kitchen
Photo: In Katrina’s Kitchen

15. Rainbow cake baking

Wet days are perfect for baking, but you can draw out the activity even further by making it a rainbow swirl cake.

Get the how-to at In Katrina’s Kitchen.

Photo: Skip To My Lou
Photo: Skip To My Lou

16. Wrist bells

Using cotton belting, velcro and jingle bells, you can create DIY musical instruments that your kids can shake from their wrists and ankles.

Get the how-to at Skip To My Lou.

Photo: My Kids’ Adventures
Photo: My Kids’ Adventures

17. String lazer maze

All you need is some wool and some tape to create a Mission Impossible-style maze in your house. Have the kids crawl over and through, without touching the string, to retrieve a prize at the end.

Get the how-to at My Kids’ Adventures.

Photo: Toddler Approved!
Photo: Toddler Approved!

18. Pipe cleaner play

Get out your colander and put your little kids to work sticking pipe cleaners inside the holes.

Get the how-to at Toddler Approved!

Photo: Hands On As We Grow
Photo: Hands On As We Grow

19. Float or sink?

Fill a tub with water. Gather up objects from around the house and ask your kid to guess if it will float or sink. Then put each one to the test.

Get the how-to at Hands On As We Grow.

Photo: Paging Super Mum
Photo: Paging Super Mum

20. Homemade Twister

You may not own the game but, as long as you have construction paper and tape, you can create your own Twister board.

Get the how-to at Paging Super Mum.

Photo: Hands On As We Grow
Photo: Hands On As We Grow

21. Sticky spider web

String painter’s tape up in a wide doorway, creating a spider web pattern. Then, ball up pieces of paper and take turns throwing them against the web.

Get the how-to at Hands On As We Grow.

Photo: Simply Designing
Photo: Simply Designing

22. Button art

Paint an image like a bare tree or plant onto a stretched canvas. Then, gather up all of those loose buttons around the house (or buy them) and have your kids glue them to the design.

Get the how-to at Simply Designing.

Photo: No Time For Flashcards
Photo: No Time For Flashcards

23. Pretend play campfire

This indoor game is both a craft and imagination game — first, she can make a “campfire” out of cellophane and a long paper roll. Then, you can pitch a tent in your playroom, pack snacks, and pretend you’re camping.

Get the how-to at No Time For Flashcards.

Photo: Hands On As We Grow
Photo: Hands On As We Grow

24. Lowercase letters scavenger hunt

Pull a bunch of long strings across the room and attach multiple pegs. Use them to hang small colourful wood letters, then ask your kids to find as many as they can. Make it a teaching game by asking them to create words with what they’ve found.

Get the how-to at Hands On As We Grow.

Photo: Busy Kids Happy Mum
Photo: Busy Kids Happy Mum

25. Nerf target practice

Set up a tower using plastic cups and figurines. Then have your kids take turns knocking them down using Nerf guns or just soft balls.

Get the how-to at Busy Kids Happy Mum.

Photo: Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Photo: Frugal Fun 4 Boys

26. Racing pom poms

For this indoor kid’s game, create a track out of masking tape. Then give each of your kids a straw and encourage a race where they blow small pom poms down the course.

Get the how-to at Frugal Fun 4 Boys.

Photo: Artful Parent
Photo: Artful Parent

27. Styrofoam sculptures

It’s not all that environmentally-friendly, but if you create a stockpile of styrofoam pieces, your kids can use them to create sculptural works of art.

Get the how-to at Artful Parent.

Photo: Stephanie Morgan/Momtastic
Photo: Stephanie Morgan/Momtastic

28. Yarn drawings

Indoor games don’t have to be complicated or expensive! With a little sandpaper and wool, your kids can twirl and tack shapes, letters, and drawings.

Get the how-to at Mumtastic.

Photo: Brittni Melhoff/Momtastic
Photo: Brittni Melhoff/Momtastic

29. DIY milk carton houses

Teach your kids the importance of recycling by reusing milk or orange juice cartons to create cool playhouses for small toys. When not in use, these miniature milk carton houses serve as decorative objects on a bookshelf.

Get the how-to at Mumtastic.

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