It’s winter and we are all looking for indoor activities.
We rarely get enough snow to even make a snowman, but it does get icy, cold, and damp. Leaving the cozy fire and snuggly socks behind to venture out is often not at the top of the priority list!
Parent recommended indoor activity ideas for toddlers right up to tween years – What are your favorites?
35 Activities To Do Indoors When It’s Too Cold Or Wet To Go Anywhere!
I’m planning ahead and have gathered oodles of indoor activities inspiration, tried and giggle tested ideas from fellow parents, to keep my daughter and her friends happy and engaged indoors.
My Favorite Ideas
- Snowy Toy Car Ramp
What a fun and frugal way to spark more pretend play indoors on cold winter days. via buggyandbuddy
- Fun with air dry clay…
Classic winter fun for kids of any age. See the adorableness on Buzzmills
- Painting Snow- Inside!
Fill a cooking tray with some snow and let them off. See then fun evolve on kitchenfloorcrafts
- Make A SnowGlobe
Gather your empty jars and invite your kids to make their very own snowglobes in less than 5 minutes from start to shake. See how to make on MollyMooCrafts
- Finger Knitting With Your Kids
Sitting on the couch on a lazy winter Sunday. . . there’s nothing better! via flaxandtwine
- Crayon Resist Snowflakes
Playful experiments with crayons and watercolor. So very pretty via Classic-Play
More Fun Indoor Activities
- Popsicle Stick Dolls ¦ that skate!!
An exciting new spin on this ever popular classic craft. See how to make on MollyMooCrafts
- Hey kids! Do you want to build a snowman?
Set up a simple activity tray with bits and pieces from around the house. So clever, so cute via Happy Houligans
- Indoor Snowball Fight
The very best indoor fun! This was the biggest hit in our house last winter. Every playdate was challenged via MollyMoo
- Stained Glass
If you have any little glass bottles or jars around the house all you need is some colored tissue paper and craft glue to experiment with stained glass. Follow the steps with Classic Play
- Indoor Obstacle Course
Ready! Set! Go! with loveplayandlearn
These Activities Make Me Glad It’s Too Cold To Go Outside
- A Puppet Theatre On The Fly!
Watch your kids’ imaginations come alive with paper bag puppets and a some scrap fabric. Click over to the tutorial on Classic-Play
- Popsicle Stick Hopscotch
And nine other great ideas for entertaining kids indoors with just a bag of craft sticks KidsActivitiesBlog
- Magazine Collage Art
An absolutely gorgeous, simple, and accessible activity for any home and classroom. See the magic unfold on mollymoocrafts
- Fake Snow Shower!
Make fake snow from styrofoam for kids to go crazy. Messy, I know, but the kids’ laughter will be worth every second of the cleanup. See the fun unfold on playtivities
- Invitation To Build: Elsa’s Ice Palace
And all you need are some sugar cubes! See the joy on leftbraincraftbrain
Try These Fun and Simple Crafts
- Toilet Roll Ninjas
No need to leave the house on those cold days – just grab a few toilet paper tubes and straws and watch the ninja fun begin. See how to make here on KidsActivitiesBlog
- Make Toilet Roll Owls
Some frugal crafty fun for winter afternoons and weekends. Everything you need to make will be found at home. See how easy they are to make on MollyMooCrafts
- Cardboard Hedgehog Ring Toss
Upcycle the Christmas gift boxes into this cuter than cute hedgehog ring toss game for hours of indoor play. See how to make on MollyMooCrafts
- Toilet Roll Minecraft
After just a simple 3-minute construction, your kids will be happily crafting their toilet roll minecraft creeper too. And everything you need is in the recycling bin! Perfect for indoor winter crafting with KidsActivitiesBlog
- Skiing at home with homemade skis
You don’t have to have snow outside your house or go to expensive ski resort to have a lot of fun skiing. It’s all about setting up the mood and imagination! Oh what fun! See how to make on Playtivities
Keep Warm With More Indoor Activities
- DIY LEGO PlayMat
The most fun your kids can have with a roll of craft paper, crayons, and the kitchen floor. via MollyMooCrafts
- Turn The Bathroom Into A Hair & Nail Salon
Place curlers, bows, makeup, and nail polish around the bathroom. Check out this and 9 other great ideas for indoor winter fun on thechirpingmoms
- Hosting an Indoor Campout
Check out these 6 things for an amazing camping session with kcedventures. No bugs, I promise!
- Diamond Snow Dig
When it’s too cold to play outside, bring the snow inside! via happyhooligans
- French Knitting
This looks fun! by Buzzmills
- DIY Wrecking Ball Block Play
It so simple, but brilliant! LEGO towers at the ready! via fantasticfunandlearning
- Winter Felt Play Activity via Kids Activities Blog
And, of course, Kids Activities Blog coloring ideas and printables!
- Winter Printable Pack
- Winter Dot to Dot
- January Coloring Pages
- New Year Printables
- Coloring Activities
- Snowflake Coloring Page Window Clings
- Woodland Animal Coloring Pages
What are your favorite cold weather activities? Let us know in the comments!