This winter has been tough with a 1.5 year old toddler and a 3.5 year old preschooler. My kids are very “busy”; always wanting to do something “fun” or getting into things. For my daughter this usually means building a castle out of duplo-blocks and then using her dolls to play “Anna and Elsa”. However, I have had my fair share of Anna and Elsa and I need a BREAK with some other indoor activities for preschoolers!
Now, I know that I am not the only parent out there who is stuck inside repeating the same play cycle this winter so I wanted to share a few ideas, crafts and activities that we have done to make our indoor winter days a bit more interesting. Here are 7 indoor activities for preschoolers that will hopefully keep them entertained!
We also have compiled a list of winter activities for the whole family.
My daughter is ALWAYS asking to have a tea party. For our tea parties we make tea and I usually purchase or make some sort of treat. You can go all out, send invites and decorate OR keep it simple and just invite your household stuffed animal friends to join. (Tip: Choose a few books like Miss Spider’s Tea Party or Tea Party Rules, to help your preschooler brainstorm their own party ideas.)
Making a fort is one of my kid’s favorite activities and it usually keeps them entertained on their own for a good 30+ minutes. Sometimes we turn my son’s crib on its side and drape blankets over it- super easy clean up- and other times I just let them take over the living room. We pull all the pillows off of my daughters daybed, pull the chairs from the dining table and the comforter from my bed to make our living room forts. You can get as creative with this as you would like or keep it simple. The fun is yours for the making.Indoor Activities For Preschoolers To Keep Them Entertained Click To Tweet
One of my favorite ways to engage with my preschooler on days where we are stuck inside is to cook or bake with her. Recently, a friend introduced me to the Moosewood Cookbooks for Kids (Salad People, Honest Pretzels, Pretend Soup ). They are fabulous resources for helping your little one learn their way around the kitchen because each recipe has a picture for each step of the recipe making it fun and easy for them to help.
Perhaps find one of these cookbooks or another like it at your local library and let your child choose a recipe that interest them. This is an activity that your kids will get excited about. (Tip: Here is a child safe knife that you may choose to purchase for your cooking endeavors.)
After I had each of my children, I used to workout during their naps since it was difficult for me to get out of the house and to the gym without hubby’s help. During this time, I was introduced to a YouTube channel called FitnessBlender. Fitness Blender is an exercise channel created by a husband and wife. They also have a few episodes for kids! My daughter loves to do these exercises with me by her side. This is a great option to help burn off some of that cooped up energy.
Our family is made of “puzzle people”-people who love puzzles, that is. One low key activity to get your brains working would be to purchase a new puzzle that is slightly difficult for your child. With you by their side to teach them tricks for completing a puzzle, they’ll be able to handle more of a challenge. An added bonus? You’ll kill some more time.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, put your crafting skills to the test. Head to Target or the Dollar Store and grab some stickers, construction paper/ blank cards, and whatever crafting supplies suit your fancy. Take a few afternoons during the week to help your child make their own valentines for their classmates or just make some to mail out to family and friends that you won’t be able to see.
Making these malleable goos seem to be all the rage with preschoolers these days. If you’re up for a little DIY mess in the kitchen, making slime or playdough may be right up your alley. Simply google or search Pinterest and you’ll have recipes at your fingertips. (Tip: Turn this activity into an indoor science experiment. Have your preschooler make a hypothesis, follow a procedure and take photos of the results to share.)