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3 Ways To Have Indoor Fun With The Kids

It’s frustrating when the weather puts a stop to outdoor family excursions. With the spate of cold weather snaps we’ve been having lately, it can feel like we’re constantly housebound with the kids.

But with a little imagination and resourcefulness, you and the children can have lots of fun indoors. Here are some enjoyable activities (digital device free!) to keep the kids occupied and off the couch on cold, rainy days.

1. Build A Blanket And Pillow Fort

A firm staple of every childhood rainy indoors day is the building of a pillow and blanket fort. Give your children a hand making their own fort(s), with pillows, blankets, teddies and other toys, chairs, clothes racks or even cardboard boxes. Allow them to get creative with their building, or even hold a competition with older kids to see who makes the sturdiest or comfiest fort. You never know, you might find you’ve got a future architect on your hands. When you’ve built the fort(s) you can curl up inside for some cosy indoor ‘camping’, with cuddles, treats, games and stories.

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2. Indoor Treasure Hunt 

An indoor treasure hunt can be a relatively inexpensive way to keep your children occupied for a few hours. All you’ll need is some paper and coloured pens or markers, some prizes for the ‘treasure’ (pick up small treats at the euro shop) and some creativity. You could even pick a theme, like pirates or mysteries to make it more exciting. Then all you need to do is make a map of your house and write out some clues directing the kids to the ‘treasure’, making the clues harder for the older kids. Hide the clues around the house, and enjoy watching them decipher your clues to find the treasure.

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3. Indoor Bowling 

A really simple way to have some great fun at home with kids of all ages. It can help toddlers and babies with their gross motor skills, as well as getting a good giggle out of them. While the older kids can compete like you would at the bowling alley! Simply use masking tape or electrical tape to mark out your ‘alley’ and line up 10 old juice bottles, and let your kids enjoy rolling soft toy balls at them, to see how many they can knock down. You can even make it a fun arts and crafts activity by using coloured paints, paper, stickers and glitter to decorate the bottles before playing.

Tried And Tested Tips

Try These Fun Indoor Activity Ideas From The eumom Team:

"I would always have board games and puzzles for my daughter Imana on rainy days. I also do little art projects with her.  At the moment, we are working on a fairy garden using clay and paints. I also bring her to the library or we would make/bake something together then watch a movie by the fire." Charisse Van Kan

"For younger kids, homemade salt dough, den building, baking are great, and my secret weapon – bath paint. For older kids, – popcorn and movies, or a good old fashioned game of monopoly. Rainy days with older kids are SO much easier!" Kate Gunn

"Rainy days are perfect for arts and crafts. You don’t need to have anything fancy – we normally just pull out whatever supplies we have on hand and start creating. Whether it’s colouring, painting or building something, we love making stuff together when it’s lashing outside." Tara Calihman

"Build a blanket fort and let them climb in there with their favourite soft toys and books." Jennifer Roche

"We always have our meals as a picnic on the floor with a big blanket and tea party set up on rainy weekends inside with a movie on in the background. Also, I have a huge plastic sheet and a roll of paper that I lay out with paints and let them go do what they want on the floor with it!" Ciara Morgan

For more indoor fun ideas, go to our crafts and activity ideas section where you'll find lots of playtime inspiration.

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