It’s Cold Outside: 10 Fun Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

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Fun Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

The weather outside is frightful, and the kids are cooped up inside. It’s too cold to go out, and all you want to do is lock the doors, pull down the blinds, and hibernate until spring. Those winter months can drag on forever when your children catch the what-can-I-do-Mom? bug, and finding a cure can be next to impossible. Don’t stress…next time your kids have nothing to do, try some of these indoor activities to entertain them.

Bake a Favorite Treat

baking christmas cookies in winter

Pull the kids into the kitchen and don’t be afraid to make a mess! Let them help you make a favorite wintertime treat like Christmas cookies or cinnamon rolls. Little kids especially love to help measure ingredients, and bigger kids can take turns mixing the batter. If you make sugar cookies, decorating them together can be part of the fun.

Put Together a Puzzle

puzzle winter activities for kids

This activity can be tailored to children of all ages with puzzles of various sizes and difficulty. If you have older kids, pull out a more challenging puzzle and make sure it’s one they’ll enjoy putting together. Turn on the music and challenge them to finish within a time limit—kids will be more involved if they’re competing against the clock!

Play With Window Markers

Kids who don’t normally like to color may enjoy something a little different. Get some washable window markers, pull up those blinds, and let the kids go to town on the windows. Coloring in a book might not keep them entertained for long, but coloring all over the inside of the windows will be new, exciting, and may just keep them busy for long enough for you to take a few minutes for yourself!

Do a Science Experiment

Who doesn’t like to make things fizz, bubble, or change color? There are plenty of science experiments that only take ingredients you have on hand, such as vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. And this way, kids are having fun and learning something about chemistry at the same time.

Read a Good Book Together (or Write Your Own!)

winter reading activities

Little kids especially love snuggle time with mom or dad. Choose some books they know and love, and maybe a few they’ve never heard. For older children, challenge them to write their own book. Set them up with notebook and pencil and let them be creative. You could even start them off with a character idea, setting and object, and challenge them to write a story incorporating the three. Tailor the keywords to their interests—if you have a Harry Potter fan, ask him to create a magical world. If your little girl loves Disney, have her write a story in which she is the princess with a Prince Charming of her own.

Make Sun Catchers

Kids love to see their crafts on display, so make something that they can proudly hang up in the front windows of your home for the whole street to enjoy. There are many simple, cheap ways to make projects that will catch the sun using wax paper, beads, colored film from notebook dividers, or tissue paper. Just hop on the internet and find your favorite, and then let the kids decorate all the windows in the house for the holiday season!

Make a Fort and Play Make Believe

Couch cushions, pillows, and blankets are all you need to create a magical castle, cottage in the woods, outlaw’s hideout, or villain’s dungeon. Kids can play for hours with nothing but their imaginations if you give them the proper tools.

Write Letters to Relatives or Friends

kids writing in winter

Haven’t seen grandma in a while? Pull out the stationary and let the kids draw or paint pictures or write letters for relatives or friends. Getting paper mail might seem a little outdated, but everyone loves getting letters, especially grandma. And kids might just get a letter back.

Create a Home Video

Kids love to watch themselves on TV. Let them dress up in costume and come up with a play. Clear out a spot in the front room and let them find their own props and set up a scene. Let them rehearse, and then sit back and record them as they perform. Grab a bowl of popcorn and let the stars enjoy watching their debut on the small screen.

Make Paper Snowflakes

This is a simple, fun craft that will keep kids entertained for hours. All you need is a pair of scissors and a stack of white paper, and kids can create a plethora of unique snowflakes. Help them hang them up in their rooms or around the house—they look great hanging in windows, especially if they are decorated with silver or red and green glitter so that they catch the sunlight coming through the window panes.



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  1. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB) says:

    My husband’s childhood best friend who lives in Canada and is probably really chilly posted a FB video the other night of a short skit he made his kids. They were all having such a blast. Video opens up the imagination to so many possibilities. I used to do one big video project in each of the classes I taught every year.

    • I thought about making a video of some of the things people were doing in this -20 weather but I get distracted as usual. Maybe next artic vortex thingy lol.

  2. Pat Amsden says:

    This is an awesome blog for anyone with kids looking to keep them occupied!

  3. These are great ideas! I know my kids would love the window markers. I personally would go for the cookie baking. 🙂

  4. I’ll bet there were a lot of Toronto teachers who could have benefited from your advice yesterday, when schools cancelled recess due to the cold! Those cookies look positively yummy : )) Some of my friends’ kids will put on little plays or act out their favourite commercials for indoor activities – I’ve got to say, it’s darn adorable!

    • Oh, it was bitterly cold here. Burrr! Luckily it’s much better now. My nephew acts out commercials at home sometimes too. They are pretty cute to watch!

  5. This winter has been brutal. You have come up with great ideas for kids. I wish I could come up with things to do with my dog besides throwing a ball to get her to exercise. I am afraid this is going to be a long winter.

    • I hear ya. My dad has a dog that all he wants to do is have a ball thrown. He just sits there at your feet staring at the ball he brought to you. It’s funny sometimes.

  6. I know this list is supposed to be for the kids, but really, I could do all of the above by myself quite happily. 🙂

  7. denise low says:

    Thank you for the tips. Sounds great.

  8. Winter time activities for the kids is great. After they get bored with sledding and building snowmen. They need things to do over their Christmas vacation time. thanks

  9. Ashley Chassereau Parks says:

    These are great ideas!! We’ve made sun catchers together a few weeks ago and we are going to start on a family puzzle tomorrow. I would love to make paper snowflakes with my kids too.

    • Home Jobs By Mom says:

      Those sound like such fun ways to spend time with the family! What a good mama you are! I’m sure your children appreciate the time spent together.

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