Boredom Busters We Love: 100 Indoor Activities For Kids

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Looking for easy and fun indoor activities for kids you can set-up at home when the weather’s too gross to go outside? We’ve got you covered. Perfect for rainy days in summer and snow days in winter, these activities, games, arts, and crafts will keep you and your little ones from climbing the wall when school’s out and desperation calls!

March has (finally!) arrived, and while I’m ridiculously excited warmer weather will soon be upon us, I’m not always a fan of this time of year.

Now, please don’t get me wrong.

I didn’t say I hate this time of year.

It’s just that experience has proven to me time and time again that spring is often filled with wet, rainy weather that keeps us cooped up inside for days on end, and I find the constant up and down in the temperature makes for a rotten end to cold and flu season.

Especially now that I’m a mom.

The good news is that I’m ADDICTED to Pinterest, and I’ve collected heaps of different kids activities over the years for exactly this reason!

Looking for indoor activities for kids for bad weather days when you're stuck inside? We've got you covered. These easy rainy day activities are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary-aged kids who are stuck at home, and while we've included lots of no mess ideas, we're all about getting dirty and having fun!

From toilet paper roll crafts and LEGO activities, to science experiments for kids and playdough activities, this collection of 100 indoor activities for kids makes the perfect list of boredom busters for bad weather days, and while some of these activities require a bit of planning and preparation, others are fairly easy to setup in the heat of the moment, and quite a few make great sick day activities for kids (depending on how poorly your little one is feeling, of course!).

Who said being stuck inside needs to be boring?!

And if you’re looking for MORE ways to have fun with your kids, the ideas in these books will keep you and your little ones from climbing the walls! 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller, The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments by Holly Homer, Rachel Miller, and Jamie Harrington, and 150 Screen-Free Activities for Kids by Asia Citro.

TOILET PAPER ROLL CRAFTS

  1. Toilet Paper Roll Train Craft (Kids Activities Blog)
  2. Toilet Paper Roll Leaf Stamping Fall Tree Craft (Crafty Morning)
  3. Peanut Butter Bird Feeder (Go Grow Go)
  4. Simple Toilet Paper Roll Car Craft (Crafty Morning)
  5. Toilet Roll Octopus (Kids Activities Blog)
  6. Apple Toilet Paper Roll Craft (Crafty Morning)
  7. Toilet Roll Bracelets (MollyMoo)
  8. Toilet Paper Roll Bowling (Thrive 360 Living)
  9. Cardboard Tube Binoculars (Crafts by Amanda)
  10. Toilet Paper Watches (Red Ted Art)

LEGO ACTIVITIES

  1. Simple LEGO Slime (Lemon Lime Adventures)
  2. Lego Zip Line STEM Project for Kids (Little Bins for Little Hands)
  3. Lego Marble Run (Octavia and Vicky)
  4. Bridge Building Challenge (Frugal Fun for Boys)
  5. How to Build a Lego Candy Dispenser (Frugal Fun for Boys)
  6. ABC Lego Cards (Wildfire Ramblings)
  7. DIY Portable LEGO Kit with 24 Free Printable Activity Cards (Fun at Home with Kids)
  8. Lego Bingo (Big D & Me)
  9. Feed the LEGO Monsters: A Sorting and Building Game for Kids (Toddler Approved)
  10. DIY Lego Hangman (Pink and Green Mama)

PLAYDOH ACTIVITIES

  1. Fill In The Blank Spelling (No Time for Flash Cards)
  2. Letter Matching (No time for Flash Cards)
  3. Play Doh Mats (Meraki Lane)
  4. Learning to Add with Play Doh (Kids Activities Blog)
  5. Stretchy Night Sky Playdoh Recipe (Twodaloo)
  6. ABC Playdoh Mats (1 + 1 + 1 = 1)
  7. Playdoh Bug Fossils (No Time for Flash Cards)
  8. Playdoh Nature Walk (How Wee Learn)
  9. Playdoh Kebobs (No Time for Flash Cards)
  10. Playdoh Aliens (Rainy Dad Mum)

BAKING SODA SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

  1. Inflating a Balloon with Baking Soda and Vinegar (Coupons Are Great)
  2. Dancing Worms (Playdough to Plato)
  3. Volcano Experiment (Love Play Learn)
  4. Exploding Milk (Mess for Less)
  5. Fizzy Cloud Dough (Powerful Mothering)
  6. Baking Soda and Ice Vinegar (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
  7. Hopping Corn (One Time Through)
  8. Baking Soda Powered Boat (Science Sparks)
  9. Erupting Apple (Learning Through Playing)
  10. Chemistry in a Bag (The Applicious Teacher)

SHAVING CREAM ACTIVITIES

  1. Rainbow Writing with Shaving Cream (Blog Me Mom)
  2. Shaving Cream Car Wash (Happy Hooligans)
  3. Sensory Play with Shaving Cream and Mirrors (Danya Banya)
  4. Sensory Rainbow With Straws (Mess for Less)
  5. Sensory Snow & Erupting Snow (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
  6. Sensory Sight Words (Mess for Less)
  7. Cotton Candy Puffy Paint (Crafty Morning)
  8. Alphabet Squish (I Can Teach my Child)
  9. Crackle Foam Sensory Play (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
  10. Shaving Cream Bathtub Paint (Momdot)

BATHTUB ACTIVITIES

  1. Bathtub Ice Fishing (Bath Activities for Kids)
  2. DIY Bathtub Paints (Raining Hot Coupons)
  3. DIY Bathtub Shapes (I Can Teach My Child)
  4. Pool Noodle Bath Pit (Bath Activities for Kids)
  5. Bath Games with Pool Noodles (Bath Activities for Kids)
  6. Shower Ball Pit ( In Lieu of Preschool)
  7. Bath Time Science Lab Activities (Bath Activities for Kids)
  8. Bath Snow Activity (Bath Activities for Kids)
  9. Paint Rainbows (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
  10. Glow-in-the-Dark Bath Paint (Raining Hot Coupons)

POPSICLE STICK CRAFTS

  1. Magnetic Airplane Clip (Parents)
  2. Craft Stick Wreath (Babble Dabble Do)
  3. Stick Superheroes (Glued To My Crafts Blog)
  4. Popsicle Stick Catapult (Little Bins For Little Hands)
  5. Book Buddies DIY Book Marks (Meaningful Mama)
  6. Caterpillar Changing To a Butterfly Craft (Danielle’s Place)
  7. God’s Eye Craft (PSTraubie48)
  8. Craft Stick School Bus Frame (Reading Confetti)
  9. Popsicle Stick Candy Corn Craft (Glued To My Crafts Blog)
  10. Craft Stick Dolls (Molly Moo Crafts)

COFFEE FILTER CRAFTS

  1. Coffee Filter Umbrella Craft (Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles)
  2. Eskimo Craft (Carrot Top x 3)
  3. Chihuly Art (Ms. Motta’s Mixed Media)
  4. Monster Marker Prints (Housing a Forest)
  5. Coffee Filter Stained Glass Earth (I Can Teach My Child)
  6. Fall Tree Craft (Reading Confetti)
  7. Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft (Red Ted Art)
  8. Tye-Dye Coffee Filters (Mommy with Selective Memory)
  9. Coffee Filter Tree Collage (Art Projects for Kids)
  10. Coffee Filter Boat (Glued to My Crafts)

DRINKING STRAW CRAFTS

  1. Straw Blown Paintings (The Imagination Tree)
  2. Straw Rockets (The Pleasantest Thing)
  3. Balloon Rocket Experiment (What Do We Do All Day?)
  4. Make Your Own Kerplunk Game (Meri Cherry)
  5. Friendship Bracelets (Kidlutions)
  6. Building Activity for Kids: Straws and Paper Towel Rolls (Frugal Fun for Boys)
  7. DIY Duck Call (All for The Boys)
  8. Straw Javelin Throw (Toddler Approved)
  9. Singing Straws (Handmade Charlotte)
  10. Drinking Straw Maze Toy Craft (Preschool Crafts for Kids)

KID-FRIENDLY SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

  1. Dissolve the “M” Off an M&M (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
  2. Dancing Worms (Playdough to Plato)
  3. Magic Milk Science Experiment (Laughing Kids Learn)
  4. Hopping Corn Science Activity (One Time Through)
  5. Snow Storm in a Jar (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
  6. Fireworks in a Glass (Paging Fun Mums!)
  7. Ocean in a Bottle (Happy Hooligans)
  8. Walking Water Science Experiment for Kids (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
  9. A Multi-Sensory Experiment with Jell-O & Vinegar (Fun-A-Day)
  10. How Clouds Make Rain (The Happy Housewife)


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Looking for easy and fun indoor activities for kids you can set-up at home when the weather’s too gross to go outside? We’ve got you covered. Perfect for rainy days in summer and snow days in winter, these activities, games, arts, and crafts will keep you and your little ones from climbing the wall when school’s out and desperation calls!

And if you’re looking for more ways to have fun with your kids, please follow our Kids board where we share all kinds of great ideas!



Gwen
Gwen
Gwen is a 40-something freelance writer and social media consultant who has an unhealthy love for makeup, hair, and fashion. She lives with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in Toronto, Canada and hopes to move to a warmer climate someday. Preferably tomorrow.