Stuck indoors, looking for kids activities, I’ve got some fun kids activities to keep the kids from bouncing off the walls. You may have exhausted your list of craft projects and already done our kids fun rainy day activities, yet the kids are still bored. Why not try an indoor scavenger hunt? Here are three fun indoor kids activities.
Kids Activities: Shape Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are fun kids activities and this is a great one for young children who are just learning about shapes. On a piece of paper, draw simple shapes such as a circle, triangle, or square. Have the kids search the house and find examples of these shapes in everyday items. Cabinet doors become squares and dinner plates become circles. For older kids, turn this scavenger hunt into a competition. See who can find the most circles, squares or triangles. Or make it even harder and have them look for octagons or diamonds. You can have an afternoon filled with fun indoor kids activities just by focusing on shapes.
Kids Activities: Indoor Treasure Hunt
Are you always searching for indoor kids activities for your pirate-loving children? A treasure hunt will take a little bit of work on your part, but your kids will have a lot of fun. Start by making a list of clues to lead them to hiding places. For example: “It’s hidden next to a dark, cool place where food awaits and water chills,” would lead your child to to the refrigerator where they’ll find another clue. This clue should lead them to another hiding spot in your house. After leading your kids through several clues, hide a small “treasure” at the end of the hunt such as a new box of crayons or a pack of stickers. The age of your kids will determine the difficulty of the clues as well as the number of clues you use.
Sensory Scavenger Hunt
Instead of specific items, have your kids search for attributes. For examples, ask your kids to find something soft, something shiny, something heavy or something fuzzy. This scavenger hunt should definitely get their creativity flowing. They may find a blanket that’s soft, a doorknob that’s shiny, or a bed that’s heavy. Have fun listing the attributes and your kids will have fun searching.
Do you have any suggestions for fun indoor kids activities to do when the weather is bad?
More Ideas for Kids Fun–Cooking with Mom
Kids fun ideas, especially at an early age, have a lot to do with home and hearth. Baking cookies, making decorations, or just reading with Mom were such special times. I try to include my kids somehow in whatever activity I am doing around the house. I bought special slip on socks that they can skate down the hallway wearing to help dust the hardwood floors. I have step stools so they can help me cook, and, of course, I keep a book of fairy tales by my own bedside in case they want to cuddle up with me on a rainy day. One of the best kids activities that I’ve found is simply cooking. Kids enjoy being a part of food preparation—and who can blame them? It’s relaxing, tasty, and the smells stay with you for a lifetime. As fall approaches there are limitless ideas for what can be made together in the kitchen. One idea that I recently found online is making “apple” lollipops that they can take to school to give to their teachers and classmates.
This will require a tiny bit of prep shopping at a store that sells candy making supplies. Believe it or not, I’ve found everything I need for this at Wal-Mart and Target so you don’t need to trek to a bakery shop for supplies. Unless you really want to, of course.
Kids Fun: Apple Lollypops
You will need:
- Lollipop sticks, dipsticks, or thin straws
- Red candy coating (this can be red melt-able candy wafers or you can use almond bark and red food coloring)
- Chocolate cake mix
- Chocolate icing
- Green fruit rollups
- Pretzel sticks
The first step is just to make and bake the cake according to the package directions. Once the cake has been cooled break it up in a large bowl and mix in the chocolate frosting. Bring the kids in at this point to help you “shape” the apples. This is the epitome of kids fun! They get to put their hands into a gooey chocolate mixture and form tiny apples from it. Have them place the “apples” on a sheet of wax paper while you heat up the red candy coating in a bowl using your microwave.
Step two is just taking the lollipop sticks and sticking them into the “apples” and then dipping the apples in the red candy coating. When you place them on the wax paper to dry the tops will flatten slightly like a Macintosh apple.
When the candy coating is almost dry, allow your children to break off bits of the green fruit rollups to make leaves to place on the top and use a pretzel stick for the stem.
I promise you, not only is this one of those easy kids activities to do with the kids, but they will enjoy both sharing and eating them with their classmates. It’s a tasty alternative to the apple on the desk routine we used to do.
I’d love to hear your idea for cake pops—I’m sure a Halloween pumpkin could be done the same way. Till next time, I hope you enjoyed this tiny example of simple kids fun.
Kids Educational Activities-Activities for teaching kids to be Green
Some fun kids educational activities for teaching kids to be green are easier than you might think. Visit Treasure Box Kids blog weekly to get great ideas on kids educational activities as well as other fun kids activities. To find cute summer outfits for your little boy or girl to wear for these fun kids activities, visit www.treasureboxkids.com.
Kids Educational Actvities
You can join us in our efforts to clean up the earth. Quite simply model to your children the importance of recycling. If you are out and about with your child, make sure to take anything that is recyclable home and put it into the recycling bin instead of throwing it away. Let your children know that you are doing this because you want their world to be a safer and cleaner environment.
Another way is to do some spring cleaning even if it is not spring. Take an afternoon to clean out your child�s closet or room. Have three boxes present so that the child does not feel as though you are taking away his things. One box can be labeled �sentimental things,� another �don�t need anymore� and the third �my treasures�
Have them sort out their belongings. You might be surprised that when they know they can still keep some things they are more likely to part with others. You may need to guide them but it is important for them to feel that their feelings are important.
Once the sorting is done, the room and closet can be put back together with less clutter. You can take the items that your child no longer uses and donate them to charity or a local thrift store that donates to a certain cause. A trip to the ice cream parlor to celebrate your child�s giving nature makes a great reward.
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Kids Activity: the Beauty of Snow Flakes
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Take a brown paper bag and freeze it for about an hour. When it snows take it outside and capture some snowflakes. When you return inside, take a magnifying glass and examine the flakes. Your child will be amazed by the intricate design of the snow flakes. If you are short on snow, we have a wonderful indoor activity for kids. Make your own snow!
Fun Snow (adult supervision required)
� C salt
2 t cream of tarter
2-3 t. dry white tempera paint (optional)
Heat the ingredients together in a large pan over a low heat. Stir constantly until the dough thickens and moves from the sides of the pan. Knead the dough and store in a plastic bag.
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Kids Activities: Raising Thankful Kids
Doing kids activities is helpful when teaching kids to be thankful in everyday life. Here at www.treasureboxkids.com we know that while we strive to make the outside look good on your child there is another aspect to raising kids that is so important.
One important factor that we often overlook is being grateful for what we have. Our example to our kids is more important than anything we say or do. If we model our gratitude to them and have frequent family activities, they will be grateful right back. Thanking our children and letting them know how the little things they do mean a lot will give them added self-esteem as well as encourage them to be more giving and grateful.
New York psychologist Michael Schulman PhD author of the book Bringing Up A Moral Child had a wonderful suggestion for raising thankful kids. Make a chart listing all the things that each family member did during the day with the needs of someone else in mind. This is a graphic illustration of how you are raising thankful kids.
Doing kids projects and chores beginning when they are young is also a beneficial way of raising thankful kids. It is especially helpful if at time you do the chore with them. All of us can relate to making the job easier and give them a positive attitude when we have some company.
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