5 Ideas to Entertain your Preschoolers Inside

Got rambunctious kids?   I do, three of them!   When it is cold and wet outside we get to hangout indoors and often cabin fever can drive us bonkers.   Here are a few ways we enjoy moving around and being silly when cooped up indoors.   Do you have any indoor activities your kids love to do?   Share them with us in the comments, or if you have a blog post let me know and I’ll link you into this article!   We are always looking for creative ways to stay active!

Building Tents and Caves:

Can you find my three children?   They spent most of the morning rearranging the “cave”.   They loved the fact that I couldn’t fit under the bed (I mean cave).

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Make a Pretend Library or Store:

Set up your favorite books.   My daughter enjoyed pretending to be the librarian and “leading” story time.

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Play with Play Dough:

This is great whenever we have people over.   I make a big batch and the kids get to pick and mix colors to their hearts delight.   Add a few butter knives and cookie cutters and playdough can keep them entertained for hours.

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Dress Up and Pretend or Dance to Music:

Can you hear the theme song to the “Lone Ranger” playing in the background?

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Play with Old Shoes:

There is something to old shoes that kids just love!   We have a big box of them and use them to practice finding and making matches, to play dress-up, to make mazes, or roads, to create an obstacle course for our cars to drive through, and to chuck back into the bin when we are done.

6 Comments

  1. My daughter’s latest favorite thing to do is dress up and dance. The “pretend library” idea is fabulous- we love going to story hours but haven’t lately because of the weather. I will do this tomorrow!
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  2. No 1 – 3 are great for both sexes,and here are some for boys to replace 4 & 5. 🙂
    4. A car and truck show. Most boys have hot wheels and maybe tractors and trucks. Have them line them up in different categories.
    5. Play cowboys and indians. My boys love being John Wayne!
    6. Building with blocks, legos, tinker toys, imagine X, etc.

    What a great post!! Thanks for sharing and love the pics!
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  3. Great ideas!
    For us, aside from dress-ups, fort-building, setting up grocery stores, or hanging from the rings or ladder in our basement (my husband’s idea, thanks to a recent trip to Ikea–already gave me grey hair…), we do a lot of game-playing and crafting.

    And one game that we did on the fly that my kids often ask for is: http://teachmama.blogspot.com/2009/10/action-action-1-2-3.html

    Cheers, and let’s hope it’s a quick winter…
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  4. Great ideas! It’s been raining every.single.day for over a month now – I’m desperate for indoor ideas!! Thanks for sharing these!
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  5. I would have to say that my daughter still loves to have her own store. I have been a stay at home dad for 7 years and we have made many tents, caves, and forts out of blankets, sheets and couch pillows. But the store she has turned into a full blown out learning experience. We use play money a register all the products found in a play kitchen, plus she makes up menus for her little kitchen and charges and gives change. Of course she likes to play with lego also and played with duplo blocks when younger.

  6. It is strange that your blog has not caught me before, thanks for the article.

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