Why not make a den with the kids by draping blankets over sofas, tables, and chairs? They’ll love helping to set it up and finding things to make it cosy inside! They can spend hours camping out!
Why not use cushions and objects to create an obstacle course around the sitting room for the kids to jump over and weave around? It’ll help to teach them about balance and jumping too!
Play dough is a great way for kids to get creative without getting paint and sparkles everywhere. You don’t have to go out and buy it either, all you need is a few bits and pieces from your kitchen cupboard to make it, and if preserved properly, it can be be used over and over again!
There’s endless things to create too!
Check out this recipe from the BBC on how to make your own!
Got lots of recycling lying about? Why not collect it all and grab some tape and paint/crayons and make scrap models with them? You could make rockets out of toilet roll tubes, cars out of milk bottles, robots out of cereal boxes, or just simply let their imaginations run wild!
Why not have some fun playing with water? It won’t cost anything (well not on top of your regular bills) and it can provide hours of fun! You could fill up a washing up dish and let them bath their favourite dolly, try and make toys float, or just have a splash about. If you don’t want to make too much mess, made you could pop them in the bath and give them an extra long bath time instead.
Sensory bottles are a great way of entertaining a small child for a while. Grab some empty bottles and some rice, beads, glitter, sequins (anything sparkly or that makes a sound) and get them to fill them with what they like! Glitter mixed with water is a great option together as they can watch the sparkles float about as they shake it like a snow globe, or, put pasta/rice/beads in together without water to make a bottle that acts as a rattle or maraca! Just make sure you seal the top properly t avoid spillages or choking.
Kids love playing hide and seek! This exciting game will get their little minds thinking of places to hide, and they’ll love being able to try and find you too. It’s super entertaining for you too watching them trying to hide in plain sight.
Got some pasta and rice in the cupboards? Grab some paper and glue and get the little ones to make pictures and patterns with the foods. It means you won’t have to go out for paints and things, and who doesn’t love a classic pasta picture, ay?
Grab some pots and pans, and some wooden spoons too, and make some funky tunes! Why not even add in those sensory shakers you made before and start up a full band? Warning, this activity is noisy, but seriously fun!
Why not sing some nursery rhymes? It’ll help them practice and remember their favourite songs, and it costs nothing either!
It might be hard to bake things with toddlers, but why not make something super simple like krispy cakes? They’re sure to love helping with the mixing… and tasting! Or, why not make biscuits then make some icing and get them to decorate theirs before they eat it?
See, there’s lot’s of fun things to do indoors, all you need is a little imagination, and some standard household products!
We wish you a happy and fun filled play time!