17 Indoor game and activity sets for winter
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 Doll. Easy to store, it’s a no mess activity that encourages creativity and fine motor skills. Ages 3 and up.
Made from thick, sturdy recycled board, the Petit Collage Pop-Out Fairies set has pieces that easily slide into slots for instant assembly. No tools required! Kids will love building this sweet little house and watching it come to life! Ages 4 and up.
Artistic tots will spend hours making masterpieces with Little Mashers T-Shirt & Stamp Kits. Each kit contains a stamp set (choose from shapes set or letters set) a t-shirt, a brush and a set of three special non-toxic inks that can be printed on fabric, wood, card and paper. Just iron your design on the reverse to cure the ink and make it permanent. Ages 4 and up.
With seven balls of yarn and three different sized pom pom makers, big kids can make bunting, necklaces, key rings, earrings – in fact there’s almost nothing that can’t be topped by a fluffy pom pom. Ages 7 and up.
The Les Jouets Libres Woody Laine Marron with Ecru Wool is a fun introduction to knitting. Great for honing fine motor skills, the game allows kids to pass the wool through cut out holes in the sheep with the help of a safe wooden needle, while helping them develop patience, problem solving and confidence. Ages 4 and up.
Create endless custom cake designs and toppings with Green Toys’ 20-piece cake set containing organic dough, dough molds and a cake stand and serving utensils. Ages 2 to 8.
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 2 to 10.
Tessa Bunny’s awesome organic slime kit has everything you need to make organic slime! It’s 100% chemical-free and non-toxic. Ages 3 and up.
With 36 activity pages, Petit Collage’s “Our World” book keeps little minds and hands busy. For hours. Ages 3 and up.
Great for honing fine motor skills, the activity is an excellent introduction to knitting as it allows kids to pass the wool through holes with the help of a safe wooden needle, all the while helping them develop patience, problem solving and confidence. Ages 4 and up.
Leolandia’s elegant Off-Road Car is made from high-quality, eco-friendly corrugated cardboard and features movable parts. Crafty kids will love the challenge of assembling it, painting it and making it their own! Ages 4 and up.
Perfect for family time at the kitchen table, this exciting Electro Dough Kit by Tech Will Save Us comes with a recipe for kids to make their own conductive dough, and everything they need to make fun shapes and their creations buzz and light up. Ages 4 and up.
Make crazy faces with the hundreds of funny felt pieces in Kid Made Modern’s Make a Face Kit. It’s perfect for winter days indoors or for traveling thanks to the handy carrying case. Ages 5 and up.
Sunnylife’s gorgeous 4-in-1 hardwood game box features a deck of cards, a set of pick-up sticks, dominoes and dice that can be played at home or on the go. Ages 6 and up.
Kids of all ages love this classic 4-in-a-row game that requires players to place four colored checkers in a row to win. Ages 6 and up.
The Wise Elk Irish House is a reusable building kit that’s a perfect family or solo activity. It will provide hours of problem solving fun and can double as décor! Ages 5 and up.
Made of high-quality transparent lucite acrylic and steel, this backgammon set comes with 30 playing chips, five die and a handle for easy transportation. Ages 6 and up.