During the colder months I find myself trying to constantly keep Emma and DJ entertained indoors! Sometimes this can become a chore in itself, but it doesn’t have to be. You can actually find things that you can do with your kids that are affordable or even cheap, without stress, and best of all, you’ll actually have a blast while doing it too. So get ready to have the most fun you’ve ever had with your kids because it’s going to feel like a party you’ll hope will never end.
The good thing about Emma and DJ is that they are usually up for whatever I present to them that is new! They are at that inquisitive stage, but the thing is keeping their attention! While Emma is a little older her attention span is a little longer to different things. With DJ, it has to be something we are being active with because his little 3-year-old self isn’t sitting down for long!
8 Crazy Fun Ideas To Try With The Kids…
1. Help Them Draw Themselves
Grab some paper, some crayons, and markers, and help them to draw themselves or what they’ll look like when they grow up. Then cut them out with a pair of scissors, and custom-make some cool shirts, pants, blouses, dresses, shoes, and keep the slaps on so they can wrap it around their cut-out character.
2. Who Wants To Scavenger Hunt?
If bad weather is keeping your kids indoors, then write down or print out the clues that will lead your kids to the ultimate scavenger hunt of their lives. If the weather’s nice, you can make it an outdoor treasure hunt, or do a mixture of indoor and outdoor. Also, make sure that the winning prize is worth the hassle, and if you really want to build up the mystery, don’t tell them what it is, but let them know it’s an insanely cool prize.
3. Design A Firefly Jar
If you don’t feel like catching fireflies and ladybugs, you can find some waterproof glow-in-the-dark paint at a craft store. You’ll also need a glass jar and a paintbrush to paint tiny dots inside the jar. Once the paint dries up, you can place the jar in the dark and enjoy a picnic by the moonlight, surrounded by your beautiful creation.
4. Safe And Edible Glowing Bath Water
Take out two B-50 Vitamin complex capsules, place them in a Ziploc bag and use a mallet to turn them into a powder. Then add it to a glass of warm water and stir it. Then add the vitamin water to the bathtub full of regular water and mix it. This will create a glowing bath experience your kids will love, just remember that if it splashes on their face, it’s okay, but they shouldn’t drink the whole tub.
If you are looking for something a little easier, stop at the dollar store and pick up some glowsticks and throw them in the bathtub! Same idea but a little easier!
5. Create Rainbow Soap Foam
It only takes 10 minutes to turn some rainbow soap into multi-colored fun. All you need is 2 Tbsp of dish soap, ¼ cup of water, a mixer, and food coloring. Then use the highest setting and mix for up to 2 minutes. This will result in some awesome foamy colors that you and your child can scoop out and play with. Just make sure it doesn’t get in their eyes or eat it.
6. Build A Cardboard Fort
I’m surprised I dont have a picture of the kids in Emma’s tent! I thought it was crazy when Darrick bought her one but it became a favorite toy to play in, so muc that they wore it out! But if they wait until Christmas, there may be another one coming for them (Shhhh dont tell)! You and your child can make the ultimate fort using recycled cardboard, a pair of scissors, some tape, and maybe some paint. The size of your fort is about as huge as your imagination! So you can let your imagination soar, in fact, why bother with a fort when you can make yourself a multi-layered castle? The possibilities are endless.
7. Throw Your Pet A Birthday Party
Your dog or cat might not appreciate it really, all they want is to eat a snack while you rub their bellies, but you and your child will have a wonderful time as you spend some quality time buying the balloons, modifying the party hats to fit your pet’s head, and of course, whipping up a tasty doggie or kitty birthday cake together. Just don’t forget to invite the other pets in the neighborhood and your child’s best friends.
8. Go On An Impromptu Mystery Mini-Trip
When I was younger, my parents would surprise my sister and I with an overnight stay in a local hotel! It was a great break from the normal routine, and a great time to have fun together as a family. We would swim and go out to eat and just have fun together! Break away from the usual weekend routine and go on a one-day trip to a special location, but don’t tell them where you’re going. It could be a museum, a park, or even a cool day at the beach, but the important thing is to keep it a secret until you arrive. Then, have fun exploring, sunbathing, playing, eating, and enjoying an amazing time together that caught everyone by surprise.