When rain or cold weather—or a pandemic—keeps kids inside, it can be hard to keep everyone entertained. But, staying at home can be lots of fun if you're armed with the right indoor activities.
Below, we've rounded up 50 indoor, boredom-busting games, crafts, and other things to do with kids to turn a rainy day into a memorable one. If you need more ideas, you'll find tons of indoor activities in our Stay-at-Home Guide.
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1. Bake without losing your sanity.
2. Whip up a batch of slime and challenge your young scientist to define its state of matter.
3. Let the kids raid your closet and put on a fashion show.
4. Cuddle up with a pile of books.
5. Build, create, and invent with STEM-inspired toys.
6. Play "Simon Says" or "Follow the Leader."
7. Create colorful salt paintings.
8. Gather the family to enjoy a story podcast.
9. Make instruments; then, lead a marching band parade through the living room.
10. Burn some energy with one of these 25 indoor exercise games.
12. Try these imaginative DIY sensory games for the babies and tots.
13. Write letters (on actual paper with pens and pencils) to out-of-town relatives or friends.
14. Bake a mug cake.
15. Play a game of freeze dance using a playlist inspired by these kindie bands.
16. Do anything that involves bubble wrap.
17. Buy pre-made frosting (and even cupcakes) and set up a cupcake decorating station with whatever candies, nuts, and sprinkles you have on hand.
18. Blow up some balloons, toss 'em in the air, and don't let them touch the ground, or grab some paddles for balloon tennis.
19. Learn to code.
20. Keep your heart rate up with Wii Fit or Xbox One games.
21. Make a marshmallow catapult and see who can catch the most in their mouth.
24. Embrace your inner Einstein with cool science experiments.
25. Make a watercolor masterpiece.
26. Pull out the building blocks and Legos to create a mini city.
27. Play "I Spy" or "20 Questions."
28. Make paper-bag puppets and put on a show.
29. Craft the easiest bird feeder ever.
30. Become an origami master.
31. Grab some sheets and make a good old-fashioned fort. Perfect for playtime—and naptime!
32. Fill the kitchen sink with bath toys, give them a bottle of soap, and let them have at it.
33. Tackle a challenging puzzle as a family.
36. Bake simple salt-dough ornaments and then paint them into seasonal designs, such as Easter eggs, or use whatever cookie cutter shapes you have available.
37. Challenge your brood to a game of charades.
38. Then find your voices with a karaoke concert.
39. Make granola bars.
40. Use hallways for classic games like "Red Light, Green Light" and "Leapfrog."
41. Get groovy and make your own lava lamp!
42. Go bowling at home.
43. Build an indoor obstacle course!
44. Satisfy your sweet tooth and DIY some rock candy.
45. Get all dressed up and host a fancy tea party (be sure to invite the dolls and stuffed animals).
46. Crack open those activity books you have piled up.
47. Get everyone together for a family scavenger hunt.
49. Have an indoor "camp out" with sleeping bags, a tent, board games, and s'mores.
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