17 Indoor Games & Activity Sets To Chase Away Winter Doldrums
When the mercury drops and the whole family is stuck inside, keeping the kids occupied and happy can be challenging. Not anymore! These fun activities will save the day.
There are only so many snowmen you can encourage your children to make before they beg to come inside for a cup of hot chocolate. And even if you live in a warmer clime, there’s something about the shorter days and nippier temps that makes kids want to stay snug in the house. But how can you keep cries of “Moooom, I’m BORED!” at bay? These amazing indoor games and activity sets are sure to do the trick.
Kids will love putting their own spin on the Petit Collage Magnetic Dress Up dolls. Easy to store, it’s a no mess activity that encourages creativity and fine motor skills. Ages 3 and up.
Olli Ella’s Playpa Paper is a 26-foot roll with a repeating design that can be can colored, drawn, painted, stickered, or played with figures upon. Easily hung on a wall, your child can then proudly display their creations!
Available in more designs
The whole family will want to get involved with Babai’s Daruma Balancing Game. The object is to knock the bagel-shaped pieces down from the stack while keeping the ball on top – great for travel too! Ages 3 and up.
Available in more colors
Designed to hone fine motor skills, Lily & River’s Little Matchables is a fun sorting and matching game that we love because it’s made from FSC-certified wood and includes a carry pouch for playtime on the go!
The Babai Lacing Toy Set is a fun introduction to needlework. Great for honing fine motor skills, the game allows kids to pass the wool through cut out holes in each shape, helping them develop patience, problem-solving and confidence. Ages 3 and up.
Make endless creations with Let Them Play’s Play Dough Kit. Each tool in this kit is made for rolling, hammering, stamping, and shaping play dough, sand, or any other sensory medium of your child’s choosing. Ages 3 and up.
You’ll never have to say, “Stop coloring your clothes!” again thanks to this super-fun Selfie Clothing Color-in Kit that includes a long-sleeve jersey PJ top and bottoms and seven fabric pens. Ages 3 to 10.
Available in more prints
The Mindful & Co Kids Happy Hearts is a hand-illustrated board game that we love because it combines science-backed mindfulness techniques (like gratitude and body awareness) with yoga and breathing – fun for the whole family!
The Mindful & Co Kids Coloring Pack combines the powers of gratitude, affirmations, and mindfulness and will let your child’s creative side flourish! We especially love that it includes Gratitude Mail designed to encourage reflection on what they’re thankful for, and the ABC’s of Mindfulness that promote calm and self-awareness.
Available in more colors
Mindful & Co’s Yoga Memory Card Game consists of 12 hand-illustrated yoga card pairs that easily explain different yoga poses while encouraging physical movement. The whole family will love getting involved in this fun game of matching, posing, and learning!
This awesome Kit by Kid Made Modern includes everything your little one needs to write a Christmas letter to loved ones, and Santa too! Ages 6 and up.
The Kid Made Modern Studio in a Box has everything you need to get started with sketching, painting and coloring, We extra love it because each paintbrush is labeled with its proper name to help educate young artists. Ages 6 and up.
Explore the fundamentals of painting with the Kid Made Modern Painting Essentials kit. Great for screen-free entertainment for busy little creators! Ages 6 and up.
Kid Made Modern’s Over the Rainbow is a super crafty all-in-one kit that provides countless handmade crafts to use as gifts or home decor. Ages 6 and up.
Kids (and parents) of all ages will love this classic Game Night Set by eeboo. It includes Go Fish!, a memory and matching game called Life on Earth, and Head to Toe Dominoes. Ages 3 and up.
The Tender Leaf Toys What’s Up Set includes a wooden face shaped base, 2 hair buns and 28 magnetic facial parts to convey many different emotions – great for hand-eye coordination and developing empathy, social skills, and emotional play! Ages 3 and up.
Stay indoors and crush boredom while learning a second language with the Habbi Habbi Starter Set + Reading Wand. Available in both Spanish and Chinese, it includes an interactive reading wand allowing your child to tap on any image or text on each of the five included books to hear phrases, sounds, music and more.
Also available in Chinese