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11 Ways to Play Indoors for Hands-On, Minds-On Fun

Whether you’re looking for alternative activities this spring or just ways to change up your routine, there are novel things to do inside. We’ve taken care in our list to include a healthy balance between ways to play and using screens, which can be useful for online learning and some good old-fashioned entertainment. 

Change up your usual ways to play with these ideas. Even if they’re not new to you, they may be new to your child. 

Here are 11 ways to have fun indoors right now:

Put together a puzzle: Big, small, 50 pieces or 5,000, puzzles are an excellent way to develop logic, fine motor skills, and more. Patience is a virtue, and puzzles can be a great approach to teamwork, too. 

Play a board game. Monopoly, Candy Land, Scrabble, and card games might be familiar favorites at your house. Classic games teach kids how to take turns, the rules of fair play, and even some academic skills. They may be totally new to kids, too, who may have only experienced the version via an app. 

Cook something new: Have your kids tried quiche or decorated a homemade pizza? Make muffins together, bake cookies, or break out an old family recipe.

Make organizing fun: Spring cleaning could get off to a great start if you make cleaning a game. Set a timer and see how much you can get done. Race to sort out a drawer, give a prize for the strangest find in a closet, or let your kids choose the YouTube-based playlist for a cleaning and dance session. 

Embrace technology: Stream a movie you loved as a child that your kids haven’t seen yet. Make a Tik-Tok together. Download a new app and play with your kids through different devices. 

Start a new read-aloud novel. Choose a chapter book and enjoy it together. Take turns reading aloud. Need a suggestion? “Stuart Little” by E.B. White is perfect for ages 4 to 10.

Play an instrument: Do you have a piano that doesn’t get played as much as it should? Have an instrument left from high school or college that your kids don’t know about? Break out the tunes and try your talents.   

Dye eggs and try other seasonal crafts: Easter is coming up on April 12. Seasonal crafts like spring wreaths can be fun to make together. 

Host your own indoor olympics: See who can do the most jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, or squats. No gym equipment required. 

Paint, sketch, draw: Find your art supplies and get everyone doing something creative.

Write a sunny day list: Sure as sunshine, we’ll all be outside soon! Make a list of the places you want to go as a bucket list for summer. Ask your kids to use a journal, and dedicate each page to one list item, complete with a corresponding illustration. 

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