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. So how do you keep the kids occupied without a ton of effort? These must-try activities for kids at home rely on just a few common household supplies.

Must-Try Indoor Kids Activities!


When situations arise like a pandemic, snowy or rainy days, some other major event, or even a too-hot or too-cold day, 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.

These kids’ activities are great for a wide range of ages. There are indoor activity ideas for toddlers and preschoolers to teens. Your kids will never be bored again!


Set up an obstacle course around the house with couch cushions

Movie under a fort with pillows and blankets and popcorn, of course! 

Turn on a dance party with your favorite playlist of music.

Decorate cupcakes (I always keep a box mix and frosting on hand).

Play laundry basket basketball with rolled-up socks.

Clear off the table and play board games.

Listen to a good book while you curl up under a blanket (or do a read aloud).



Here’s a quick checklist of supplies that would be great to have on hand for some of these indoor activities. I bet you have most of these supplies in your house already. There are even fun, FREE printables included too!

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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No? What are you waiting for? Click here to start with 14 days of guided kids’ activities using mostly what you have on hand!


Having the right supplies and having “doable” art activities can stop you in your tracks, even if you love being creative. That’s why the activities below include a variety of fun and simple projects for kids to enjoy!

Check out our famous artists for kids’ projects for even more ideas!


Designing, tinkering, building, testing, and more! Engineering activities are fun, and these simple building projects are perfect for preschoolers, elementary kiddos and older.

Paper cup windmill


Test out those design and engineering skills with a few simple materials. Each challenge has a design question, a list of everyday supplies you can use and an optional time limit to complete it. Great for small groups! We love easy and fun STEM activities for kids! 


We have tons of examples of sensory play for you to use at home or with groups of young kids. Sensory activities don’t have to be difficult to set up and you will find our sensory recipes all use inexpensive kitchen pantry ingredients.



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