Right now, everyone is in need of indoor activities for kids that scream SIMPLE. It’s one thing if you have time to prep and shop, but in most cases that just isn’t possible. With school canceled and stores closed or packed with people, you don’t have time to get crazy supplies. So what how do you keep the kids occupied without tons of supplies. These must-try activities for kids at home rely on just a few common household supplies to pull off.

Must-Try Indoor Activities for Kids!

When situations that arise like a pandemic, natural disaster, or some other major event, you may find extra time on your hands at home! We’re here to help. Many schools are also canceled this week, so earlier I shared amazing and FREE resources for school at home with STEM.

Now I want to share some big-time fun indoor activities for when you aren’t fitting in schoolwork or if you have multiple age groups home and you need to keep the younger kiddos busy while the older kids work on lessons.

30 Fun Indoor Activities For Kids

Here’s a quick checklist of supplies that would be great to have on hand for the coming weeks. I bet you have most of these supplies in your house already. There’s even fun, FREE printables added in along the way!

Our website is filled with free and easy to use activities for kids. Search a theme, season, or holiday and see what you can find. Use the search box or main menu to find popular topics. Stop by our SHOP for extra special packs!

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Cornstarch
  • Craft Sticks
  • Rubberbands
  • Marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • Balloons
  • Small Plastic Toys (Dinosaurs)
  • Paper plates
  • Shaving Cream
  • Flour Oil
  • Food Coloring
  • Cookie Cutters
  • LEGO Bricks
  • Cardboard Tubes
  • Glue
  • Salt
  • Tape

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MORE WAYS TO PLAY INDOORS

Click on the links below to get started with some of our favorite indoor activities for kids!

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1. Make Cloud Dough

Cloud dough is an amazing 2-ingredient sensory play recipe that kids love to dig their hands into. I bet these two ingredients are already in your cupboard. Watch the video and whip up a batch of cloud dough in 5 minutes!

2. Play Balloon Tennis

Balloons, fly swatters or homemade paper plate tennis rackets set the stage for a terrific indoor energy buster. Set up a streamer net and play a balloon tennis game!

3. Dino Fun!

Melt icy dino eggs or try fizzy dino eggs. How about setting up a dino dig? Your dino fans will love all of our dinosaur theme ideas. Plus, find a free dinosaur printable activity pack.

4. Make Catapults

There are a few ways you can build catapults and all with very common supplies! Why not invent your own type of the catapult or trebuchet!

5. Build Stuff

Challenge the kiddos to build structures out of all sorts of materials! Find another fun, free printable to try out!

6. Go on an Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Grab our pack of free scavenger hunts right here. There are 8 to choose from!

7. Make Foam Dough

A super simple, 2-ingredient, very squishable, foam dough recipe is ready in minutes. Make sure to grab the free printable here too.

8. Design Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee filters (who doesn’t have those) and markers plus a fun art and science process makes this a perfect activity for kids! A pretty flower craft bouquet is an afternoon away.

9. Any of These Science Activities (all the classics)

Have you heard of any of these easy science activities for kids? I bet you have!

  • Walking Water
  • Oobleck
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar Eruptions (use cookie cutters)
  • Homemade Lava Lamps
  • Magic Milk
  • And so many more use just a few supplies from the kitchen!

10. LEGO Printable Challenge Calendar

Find amazing ideas for building projects with a basic collection of bricks. Make sure to watch the video and download the challenge calendar! Sometimes all you need is a bit of inspiration to spark the imagination. Check out these LEGO robot coloring pages.

12. Coloring Pages and Puffy Paint Recipe

Check out an easy recipe for puffy paint and download a pack of templates for all kinds of art like the puffy paint and salt painting activity.

13. Make DIY Crayons

Got tons of old crayons? The kids will love turning them into new crayons. Peeling off the wrappers will keep them very busy too!

14. Put Together a Sensory Bin

Sensory bins can keep your kiddos occupied for quite a while, even if it’s just water and cups! Read all about how we put together fantastic sensory bins. Also, learn how to color sensory bin materials and put together a fun theme for the week. Add a few themed picture books and you have a great hands-on activity for literacy and play!

15. Easy Salt Painting

Salt painting is an incredibly easy activity to set up. Plus, our puffy paint activity has templates you can download that work for this project too. An alternative salt painting activity can be found here (no glue).

16. LEGO Game for Kids

A challenge and fun kids game all in one using your collection of bricks!

17. Super Soft Playdough

Another 2-ingredient playdough recipe and free printable! This recipe, like the name suggests, is truly super soft! In fact, we have a great collection of homemade playdough right here,

18. Minute To Win It Games

Dig out the plastic eggs! You know you have a big bag tucked away somewhere. The kids will have a great time with these minute to win it game activities, and you can challenge them to come up with more!

19. Ice Melts

There are so many ways to set up an ice melt activity, and you can add just about anything from LEGO star wars characters to ocean creatures!

20. Quick Art for Kids

Do your kiddos love new ways to explore art? Then this is for you! Art with paper towels, salad spinners, and more! Even make fizzy baking soda paint. Plenty of fun ways to explore art with a touch of science for STEAM.

21. Cardboard Tube Marble Runs

Got cardboard tubes? If so, grab a handful and get to work building a marble run.

22. Free Bingo Games

Get three fun bingo games to try with the kiddos. Need a new game? Bingo works well with multiple ages.

23. Color Stuff!

I made these three free coloring pages just for fun and a little de-stressing! Instantly download your free coloring sheets here!

24. Make Pom Pom Shooters

Have fun indoors with all of those toilet paper tubes you are collecting! Whip up these pom pom shooters or poppers for lots of laughs and an introduction to simple physics for kids.

25. Play With Puzzles

Mix up your puzzle activities with these fun indoor puzzle activity ideas!  Include some physical movement, sensory bins, search and find games and more.

26. Make Air Dry Clay

Mix up a homemade air dry clay recipe for your next art project using simple kitchen ingredients!

27. Fun Rainbow Art

Try this fun art project for a rainbow in a bag or check out this version of rainbow art using tape resist!

28. Penny Spinners

Part science, part toy, but all of the fun! This DIY penny spinner project includes a printable too!

29. FREE Art Challenge

Grab this 7-day art challenge mini pack that can be enjoyed with simple supplies!

30. Paper Plate Marble Mazes

Grab a few paper plates, construction paper, and a few marbles and take the marble maze challenge (free printable)

WHICH INDOOR ACTIVITY WILL YOU TRY FIRST?

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