Now that we can’t go out to museums, it’s time for family-friendly fun indoor activities at home. We don’t want to spend all those hours indoors sitting in front of the computer or television, either. That invites new problems and doesn’t take advantage of the opportunity to create memories and strengthen relationships. Even us homeschoolers sometimes rely on technology more than we’d like. We, too, need new ideas when we can’t go to the parks, museums, volunteer activities, and other places. Some of these may be familiar, but many may not be. Mix it up with these fun indoor activities at home for all ages.
While baking is often a mainstay of homeschooling families, maybe you mix it up a bit and bake recipes you usually avoid. Let everyone choose something they want to bake together as a family. It could be cookies, cake pops, muffins, a pastry, pretzels—anything yummy and bake-able! Then, you all work together as a family to get the ingredients, and make something super delicious everyone can be proud of having created together. If you have a big family, you can even do a different baking project every other day until everyone has had a chance to make their favorites, especially those ones unusual ones!
When we think of fun indoor activities at home, we don’t think of gardening. But, many seeds sprout best when started indoors and some gardening systems are completely indoors. Check out Iceland’s geothermal greenhouses. Gardening is a very useful skill, and can be a lot of fun to get into. You can start a little vegetable, herb, or flower garden depending on the space you have. When your little plants are large enough, you can transplant them outdoors. If you have a lot of space, everyone can have their own little plot where they can grow what they want as well! Gardening is a great way to show your kids how patience, hard work, and perseverance can pay off in big ways!
To get the whole family involved in a favorite story, try acting it out instead of just reading it! Everyone will become part of the story, and you will all have an amazing memory to look back on forever. Bonus points for going all in with costumes, funny voices, and homemade props!
Sometimes just a relaxing day of playing board games is a great way to pass the time. If you want to add a little something extra, try making up some new rules and change the same old games up a bit! You can also create your very own games like themed charades, or scavenger hunts! Unleash your creative side, and play by your own rules. 😉
Coloring, collages, slime making, painting, etc. are all examples of super fun crafts you can do with your family. Art is something that can be therapeutic, so make sure this is a positive experience with no bad ideas or critiques. Art styles are all different, and there is no wrong way to be creative. Just have fun! Need inspiration? Visit Pinterest, or you can go to Fun Family Crafts for some great ideas.
All you need is dough, toppings, sauce, and an oven to have your very own family pizzeria! Everyone gets enough dough for a personal sized pizza, and they can top it however they want. Then, you just bake and enjoy! This makes personal pizzas truly personal, and makes for great bonding time with food and fun!
One person can make a pretty awesome pillow fort, but a whole family can make an epic pillow CASTLE! Use cardboard boxes, blankets, couch cushions, pillows, and more to create a huge pillow fort to hang out in.
(This is a great add-on to pillow fort day) Get comfy and watch a movie series for a day with lots snacks and finger food. Stay in your pajamas for extra coziness!
Learn Sign Language
Sign language is a very useful language to know, and it is actually a lot of fun to learn. You can use books and/or online tutorials, help each other practice, and even try going a whole day communicating with just sign! Find more about learning sign language here.
Film For A Day
Use your phones, or an old camcorder to document a whole day with your family. Then you can watch it back and even edit it into a fun family movie if you want to! As the years go by, it will be fun to look back and remember what a fun day you had, and how you lived at that time.
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