15 Best Indoor Activities to Keep Kids Entertained
Due to the United Kingdom’s infamously temperamental weather, you might find yourselves stuck indoors on a rainy day. When inside, it can be easy for kids to develop boredom. If you’re looking for something new to try your hand at, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best indoor activities to keep the kids entertained.
Baking is not only fun and educational, but you end up with delicious treats at the end. Start off by baking something simple like cookies or brownies, before moving onto something more challenging like cakes and muffins. It’s great to get kids in the kitchen and understanding the basics of food preparation. You can find simple baking recipes for children in recipe books or YouTube videos.
2. Board games
One of the nation’s favourite pastimes, board games are an excellent way of having fun, learning something new and passing the time. From classics such as Monopoly or Cluedo, to newer games such as Exploding Kittens and Qwirkle. You can find second-hand board games in charity shops, or play them digitally on a phone, tablet or laptop.
3. Camping indoors
We may be biased, but there are not many better ways to spend your time than camping. If for whatever reason you might be confined indoors, don’t let that stop you from pitching your unit and pretending you’re camping among the peaks of the Highlands or off the coast of Cornwall. Camping in a tent, whether in the garden or in the house, can make bedtime way more exciting than on a typical day.
Craft projects are a brilliant way of getting kids in touch with their inner creativity. You don’t need to be particularly skilled to try your hand at some easy craft projects with the kids. Whether it’s creating something to decorate a bedroom, or creating a fun bit of art, craft projects are fun for the whole family. Find basic crafts for kids on easy-to-follow YouTube videos.
The great thing about drawing is you only need something to draw with and something to draw on. Pick a subject, whether it’s something in your imagination or something you can see in front of you and start drawing. Illustration is the starting point for every artist and can be both fun and relaxing.
Research shows that consistent exercise is good for physical and mental health. A short of burst of exercise each day can go some way to making our bodies and minds feel a lot better. You don’t need fancy equipment to exercise at home, there are various free online resources to get you working out in the comfort of your own home. If you need some inspiration, take a look at our guide to exercising at home or in the garden.
7. Jigsaw puzzle
Working on a jigsaw puzzle is a fun way of showing children the importance of collaboration and patience. Completing a jigsaw is both stimulating and relaxing for the mind. Start off with an easy jigsaw puzzle for kids and gradually work your way to something more challenging, with more pieces. You can find physical puzzles in hobby stores and online retailers, as well as digital ones on your phone, tablet or laptop.
8. Learn a new skill
Why not take some time to learn a new skill, or pick up a new hobby? Whether it’s learning a new language, or picking up an instrument for the first time, learning a new life skill is always a good thing. Focusing time and energy into a new skill shows children the importance of practicing and perseverance – and it’s something they might keep up for the rest of their life! Take a look at our list of 14 fun skills to learn at home.
Originating in Japanese culture, origami is the art of paper folding. All you need is a piece of paper and you can start folding it into a creative piece of art. Origami is an exciting and unique way of expressing creativity. The best thing about origami is that you probably have everything you need at home, and there isn’t much mess to clean up afterwards! If you're looking for some tips on how to get started, Origami Way have some informative guides for beginners.
Painting is a fantastic method to help children express emotion and creativity. Whether you’re painting with your hands or a brush, painting is an exciting rainy-day activity. Choose something to paint and let your imagination flow through the brush onto the canvas. Start with painting something easy, like a landscape, before moving onto something more challenging like people.
11. Play a card game
You can entertain the family for hours if you’ve got a deck of cards and some willing participants. People have been playing card games for years because they’re fun, easy to follow and bring out the competitive side in us. Simple card games like Go Fish, Snap and Rummy will be a hit with the whole family.
12. Play I Spy
For years, I Spy has been a staple of family car journeys. This guessing game is easy to play and can go on for hours. In turns, choose an object in sight and announce the phrase “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with…” followed by the object of choice. The other players attempt to guess what the object is, with the eventual winner taking the next turn.
13. Read a book
Studies show that losing yourself in a great book is beneficiary for your mental health. Open a book, flick through the pages and immerse yourself in another world. There are many books at your child’s fingertips, both in print and digital, all you need to do is pick one up and start reading. Start with some classic children’s authors such as Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton, or something more contemporary like the Harry Potter series or the books of David Walliams. If you're looking for something to inspire your next holiday, take a look at our favourite travel books.
14. Study a new subject
Encourage your children to take some time to undertake some research on a new subject. They might be interested in an area, such as a certain time in history or part of the world. Read a book, watch a documentary or search online on this subject and try to learn something new. It could be something they’ve touched on at school, or something completely new – you never know what you might discover!
15. Write a story
There are few things more imaginative than the mind of a child. Grab a pen, a piece of paper and write the most exciting and engaging story you can come up with. Think about the stories you love, in your favourite films, television shows and books, and see if you can write a story even better. Afterwards, on your own, or with friends or family, you can act out your story.
If you’re thinking of learning a new skill while on holiday or at home, take a look our list of 14 fun skills to learn. If you want to practice mindfulness at home or on a campsite, take a look at our 10 activities to improve mental health.