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10 Indoor Busy Activities for Kids


These fun and simple indoor activities for kids keep little ones happy and engaged on a rainy day. Try these great ideas when you need some peace and quiet to cook, work, or make a phone call without interruption!

When you’ve staying home with active kids, your house can feel like a circus 24/7! And while screens are the ever-present option for gaining a few minutes of peace, most of us strive to avoid using iPad games and cartoons repeatedly or for long stretches throughout the day.

That’s where these indoor activities for kids can come into play. These creative, engaging activities promote learning, fine motor development, and independent play. Most importantly, they’re lots of fun!

The activities shared here are just right for most toddler-to-preschool-aged kids. Enjoy!

10 Indoor Activities for Kids

toddler threading pipe cleaners through a colander

Pipe Cleaner Activity from Hands On As We Grow

color matching game with paint chips taped to clothes pins

Rainbow Color Matching with Paint Chips from Modern Preschool

toddler pushing pom poms through the lid of a plastic container, great indoor activity for kids

Pom Pom Push by Busy Toddler

homemade playdough with purple lavender flowers

Calming Lavender Play Dough by Super Healthy Kids

magnetic letters on cookie sheet make a good indoor activity for kids

Cookie Sheet Magnetic Alphabet Match by Superheroes and Teacups

toddler taking apart toys taped to baking sheet for fine motor practice

Animal Tape Rescue by Busy Toddler

toddler building sculptures with toothpicks and marshmallows

Marshmallow Toothpick Shapes by Delia Creates

recycled cardboard box with diy matchbox car parking lot

Learn Numbers by Parking Cars by B Inspired Mama

toddler using a plastic bag to smear paint on a high chair

Mess Free Painting by Best Ideas for Kids

bowls, spoons, and dry beans for scooping

Montessori Spooning Exercise by Sugar Spice and Glitter

Natalie Monson

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Fun ideas!!

We do a lot of crafts, games, dance parties, and fort building when it’s rainy or cold. Mostly activities to keep them active, as my kids get really stir-crazy.

I’m filing your ideas away for the future when my little one is bigger and can enjoy them!

These are great ideas for the cold winter days inside. I love the color noodle match because it’s so simple and easy to clean up!

These look like a lot of fun for my one boy who loves to get creative, but my other son is so active I can’t get him to sit still long enough, they are both 9 years old.
Any ideas for my active young guy? Thanks, single dad in need of ideas 🙂

Hi Jerry, it’s so hard to keep them busy indoors when they just want to bounce off the walls! We have a small rebounder trampoline that the kids can jump on when they really need to do some active play. Other than that, they like to crash around in piles of pillows and blankets. And of course as soon as the weather permits, we try to get everyone outside.