Kids indoor winter activities

35 Indoor Activities For While You're Stuck Inside - Parent Picks!

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!

We have collected the best parent recommended indoor activity ideas for toddlers right up to tween years.

What are your favorite indoor kids activities?

Let’s have some indoor fun today!


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 Indoor Winter Activities

Let’s start with some of my wintery favorites.  These are unique, clever and don’t take much set up.  All these indoor activities are things that keep my kids busy for hours.

I am curious which will be your kids favorite ways to play inside…

Let’s play inside with these favorite activities.
1. Snowy Toy Car Ramp

Create a toy car ramp inside.  And then as if that isn’t enough, you can add some inside snow to make the driving conditions a little more scenic.  What a fun and frugal way to spark more pretend  play indoors on cold winter days. via buggyandbuddy

2. Create with Air Dry Clay

This air dry clay craft project for kids of all ages turns out very cute no matter how skilled you are at snowman making.  Try this classic winter fun for kids of any age. See the adorableness on Buzzmills

3. Painting Snow- Inside!

Yes!  Let’s bring the snow that is outside…inside!  And then make some colorful creations in a controlled mess kinda way.  Fill a cooking tray with some snow and let them off. See then fun evolve on kitchenfloorcrafts

4. Make A Snow Globe

I love a good snow globe craft and this is simple and adorable.   Gather 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

5. Master Finger Knitting With Your Kids

Kids love this because it is so hands on and interactive.  And it is surprisingly easy to learn.  Imagine sitting on the couch on a lazy winter Sunday. . . there’s nothing better! via flaxandtwine

6. DIY Crayon Resist Snowflakes

Grab some crayons and watercolor paints to artfully create some snowflakes.  Each will be perfectly unique!  Playful experiments with crayons and watercolor. So very pretty via Messy Little Monsters.

Oh so many fun ways to play indoors!

More Fun Indoor Activities for Kids

Here are some more winter activities for kids that you can do indoors just in case the snow is piling up or if you are like me and live in Texas, there may be some wintery rainy days that feel just a little miserable.

7. Make Skating Popsicle Stick Dolls

Grab your popsicle sticks and make these adorable dolls that actually skate.   I know that sounds crazy, but it is true and it makes a really fun craft for kids of all ages.  I can see this is something older kids would really enjoy alongside the younger ones.  An exciting new spin on this ever popular classic craft. See how to make on MollyMooCrafts

8. Set up a Snowman Making Station

This is absolutely the best preschool winter activity!  Set up a simple activity tray with bits and pieces from around the house as a snowman making station.  Then toddlers and preschoolers have everything they need already set up to craft. So clever, so cute via Happy Houligans

9. Indoor Snowball Fight

Who doesn’t love a snowball fight?  The downside is the ice and snow and cold.  This is all the fun without any of the cold.  The very best indoor fun! This was the biggest hit in our house last winter. Every playdate was challenged via MollyMoo

10. DIY Tissue Paper Stained Glass Suncatchers

Grab that stack of colorful tissue paper you haven’t used for wrapping gifts and head to the kitchen table to brighten up your winter windows with colorful suncatchers.   Follow the steps with Artful Parent.

11. Indoor Obstacle Course

OK, I should have put this in the list above because this is literally my favorite winter activity for kids of any age.  Why?  Because kids need exercise…even indoors and this makes it fun and easy.  Ready! Set! Go! with loveplayandlearn

This will keep kids busy and active inside on those cold winter days!

These Activities Make Me Glad It’s Too Cold To Go Outside

12. Make a Puppet Theater

Watch your kids’ imaginations come alive with paper bag puppets and a some scrap fabric. You can make puppets from nearly anything and then set up your own home theater.

13. Make Indoor Hopscotch

We absolutely love how you can make Popsicle Stick Hopscotch along with 9 other great ideas for entertaining kids indoors with just a bag of craft sticks.

14. Create Magazine Collage Art

An absolutely gorgeous, simple, and accessible activity for any home and classroom. See the magic unfold on mollymoocrafts

15. Make it Snow Inside

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

16. Build Elsa’s Ice Palace

And all you need are some sugar cubes to play this FROZEN movie scene. See the joy on leftbraincraftbrain

Crafting is always a fun thing to do indoors in the winter!

Try These Fun and Simple Crafts

Kids and simple crafts just go together all year round, but when looking for the best indoor winter activities for kids, crafts can’t be beat!  Here are a few of our favorites…

17. Make a Ninja

These Toilet Roll Ninjas are so much fun to make and play with afterward. 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. 

18. Owl Craft for Kids 

Make Toilet Roll Owls for some fun created from the recycle bin.   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

19. Make a Hedgehog Game

Create your very own 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

20. Minecraft Craft

Make this 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.

21. Make homemade skis that work

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

Creative indoor play for a cold winter day!

Keep Warm With More Indoor Ideas for Winter


The most fun your kids can have with a roll of craft paper, crayons, and the kitchen floor. via MollyMooCrafts

23. 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

24. Hosting an Indoor Campout

Check out these 6 things for an amazing camping session with kcedventures. No bugs, I promise!  <–this is my very favorite kind of camping of all the camping types!

25. Diamond Snow Dig

When it’s too cold to play outside,  bring the snow inside! via happyhooligans

26. Learn French Knitting

This looks fun! by Buzzmills

27. DIY Wrecking Ball Block Play

It  so  simple, but  brilliant! LEGO towers at the ready! Simply create your own homemade wrecking ball out of things you have at home.  The trick is to choose something like a toilet paper roll and string it on a short string so it won’t actually damage anything when it hits.

28. Create a Winter Play Scene

Check out all the details on this simple winter toddler and winter preschool play idea with Winter Felt Play Activity.

More Indoor Winter Play with Kids Activities Blog 

  • Print out this free winter fun pages pack of worksheets and learning games.
  • Winter Dot to Dot<–these printable activities are so much fun and will keep you warm inside.
  • January may be the coldest month of the year for most wintery climates, but these January coloring pages will make you feel warm and fuzzy.
  • Snowflake Window Clings – these come with a snowflake coloring page as well as a snowflake template.
  • Check out these cute animal coloring pages that are filled with woodland animals we all love.

What are your favorite cold weather activities? Let us know in the comments!

40 Fun Winter Activities for Kids

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   Author: Beth       

Inside: 40+ fun winter activities for kids – These wintery ideas are broken down into four categories: outdoor snow play, winter art activities, Indoor winter play ideas, and a winter book list.

Need fun winter activities for your kids?

Me too! From outdoor snow play to indoor art ideas, here are 40 winter activities for kids.

As a parent to three small children, I often wonder how my parents put boots on wiggly feet and mittens on small hands. It can be an actual test of patience as my independent children take on these tasks.

So in between suiting up for snow play and heading inside for hot chocolate? We are all left wondering how I can entertain my kids in the winter when the days can feel so long!

How do I entertain my kids in the winter?

Here in the southeast, snow is highly unlikely. As a native northerner, I can say that although I enjoy the warmer weather, I also miss a snowy Christmas equally as much. Since I can’t have it all, I hope for one solid snow day each season.

– Is that asking for too much? Maybe.

In the meantime, we have a solid list of winter activities to test out and share with you!

Outdoor Snow Play

Hats on, scarf found. Let’s head outside for some snow play ideas that will entertain children longer than it took to get the left foot inside the boot.

  1. Winter Activities for Kids in the Woods – The Workspace for Children
  2. Snow Frozen Yogurt Melts – Here Wee Learn
  3. Snow Spray Painting – Mama Papa Buba
  4. Colored Ice Sculptures – Happy Hooligans
  5. Easy Outdoor Ice Rink – Mama Papa Buba
  6. Snow Volcano – Messy Little Monster
  7. Snow and Ice Experiment – Here Wee Learn
  8. How to Make Snow Paint – Messy Little Monster

Winter Art Activities

I love a winter craft. Here are some favorite ideas to try with toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids from process art to product!

  1. Tissue Paper Mittens – Days with Grey
  2. Snowflake Garland – Art Bar Blog
  3. Tape Resist Art – Toddler Approved
  4. Watercolor Snowmen – Days with Grey
  5. Sparkle Snowflakes – Toddler Approved
  6. Cut and Glue the Snowman – Days with Grey
  7. GIANT art banners – Friends Art Lab
  8. Winter Solstice Lanterns – Here Wee Learn

Indoor Winter Play Ideas

For starters, I have already created an enjoyable list of indoor activities here. But let’s take this one step further and pull out the great ideas that align with a winter theme.

  1. Ice Skating Bears – Days with Grey
  2. Winter Bear Rescue – Days with Grey
  3. Snow Pups Winter Sensory Play – Busy Toddler
  4. Squishy Snowman Bag – Mama Papa Buba
  5. Decorate the Mittens – Days with Grey
  6. Giant Snowman Buddy – Toddler Approved
  7. Design a Snowman House – Days with Grey
  8. Snow Paint – Busy Toddler
  9. Snow Trucks – Toddler Approved
  10. Feed the Snowman – Busy Toddler
  11. Snowman Name Hunt – Toddler Approved
A few more indoor ideas that don’t carry the winter theme, but are a great break from the snow!
  1. Indoor Mini Golf
  2. The Claw
  3. Magnetic Tiles Bowling
  4. Cloud Dough Construction Play
  5. Transportation Toy Sort

Winter Book List

Snow play is a blast, but we will also carve out some time for some fantastic books. Again, we are in the southeast. If my children don’t experience the snow, we will read about it!

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  • Snowmen at Night
  • Loud Winter’s Nap
  • The Snowy Day
  • Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter
  • The Mitten
  • Little Owl’s Snow
  • Sneezy the Snowman
  • How to Catch a Yeti

Which winter idea or book will you try first?

Winter fun, children's games and outdoor activities for children

One of the biggest problems of mankind is boredom. Sometimes it makes us suffer incredibly, but often it is she who becomes the source of new grandiose discoveries. And yet the main task is not to accomplish great things, but simply to entertain yourself and others.
This question is relevant at any time of the year, but most of all in winter. Outside, it gets colder, big snowdrifts appear, and the roads are covered with ice. That and look: you will slip, you will fall and you will freeze. It makes you want to stay at home, wrap yourself in a warm blanket, make hot tea and spend time reading a book or TV shows, only occasionally looking at the bad weather outside.
But traditionally it is believed that fun at this time of the year is not only possible, but also interesting. Such games will help not only to have a good time, but also to earn yourself a sound sleep and even improve immunity.
And most importantly, it is not adults who are most bored, but children. In this article, we will look at how to make a winter walk with a child enjoyable and useful by turning it into a game.
Usually the problem of what to do with yourself is not so great. Adults work all day, and children go to school. Only a couple of hours in the evenings remain for joint fun. But is it possible to do at least something interesting during this time? In such cases, weekends come to the rescue, when it becomes possible to throw out all the accumulated emotions and realize the most daring ideas. But what if it's not just another weekend, but the winter holidays?

Children's entertainment during the winter holidays

The vacation period in the middle of winter can be safely distinguished as a separate season. And let the weather conditions at this time remain the same, but the world around takes on completely different colors. Crowds of boys and girls, despite the severe frost, ask their parents for a walk on the street, while promising to study perfectly and clean the room. And this all happens for a reason. Winter opens up a lot of new games and fun for kids of all ages. It is no secret that many adults are very sympathetic to this time of year.

Winter outdoor activities, games and amusements for children

As mentioned earlier, most plans and ideas can be easily implemented in a couple of days. But what if the vacation lasted for a week or even two? Remember what impressions have been preserved in your memory from childhood and think about what you can offer your child? Or maybe you can draw something for yourself? Let's take a closer look at what you can do with children on a snowy day.


The first thing worth mentioning in a conversation about winter is, of course, skiing. Take a sled and go to the nearest mountain. Believe me, the trip will bring great pleasure not only to your child, but also to you. But it’s worth being patient, because after each descent you will have to not only climb back, but also drag transport along with you.


Great alternative to sleds. Glaciers are much lighter and more compact, which will allow you to save energy on the ascent. Also, ice slides are much more common than good sledges. Do not miss this opportunity and enjoy the process with the children.

Have a snowball fight

A logical continuation of the summer game of knights and superheroes. Only now wooden swords have replaced balls of snow. You can play alone or with a large group. In any case, it will bring you a whole bunch of positive emotions and impressions.
In addition, such a pastime will help your children become more accurate and dexterous. After all, it will be necessary not only to hit the opponent, but also to evade his attacks.

Have a photo session

Another reason to once again take a walk in the winter with children. Here, photographs with colorful leaves have been replaced by photographs of the kingdom of the snow. Such entertainment will give you more than a dozen beautiful pictures with bright and genuine emotions. So you can not only have fun, but also save this episode as a keepsake.

Build a fortress

What is a game without its own headquarters? Help your children build their fortress. With the help of snow you can make a real castle. Remember that your result will be limited only by your imagination.
In addition to the usual tower or wall that protects, for example, from snowballs, you can even build your own, your own slide for skiing.

Make a snowman

But how to spend the winter without its faithful symbol and companion - a snowman? Usually they do this at the first snow, but you can build your hero at any opportunity.
You can also try yourself as a sculptor and replace your snowy friend with any other creation. By the way, after completion of work, it can even be painted. To do this, take gouache diluted with water and create.


In winter, many ice rinks open throughout the city. There are open and closed, paid and free. But only one thing remains unchanged - a large number of happy people and a good mood.

Go skiing

Better than a winter walk in the forest can only be the same skiing. Your movement will become easier and more enjoyable. Therefore, you will have more energy to enjoy the scenery.
In addition, it is a great option to combine entertainment with sports.

Play tracker with the children

Fun should bring not only laughter and joy, but also benefit. So, for example, snowballs develop accuracy, and skating increases coordination of movements. Another good example is the game of trackers. Show the children footprints in the snow and tell them who left them. So you can better study the traces of birds and animals. And also play a real detective and watch the traces of specific people.
In addition to just watching the animals, you can also take care of them. Finding food becomes more difficult at this time of the year, so instill a love of nature in your children and set up bird feeders with them.

Blow soap bubbles in the bitter cold

Another very creative way to surprise a child is bubbles. If they are allowed in the winter, then their effect increases significantly. With their help, you can show the children how the ice crust appears. It will be not only interesting, but also very beautiful.
Just get ready for the fact that the performance will be followed by questions about how it all happens. This will give you the opportunity to introduce your child to physics. At the same time, take some snow home and show how it turns into water.

Decorate the trees in the garden

On the eve of the New Year, you should not only hope for a miracle, but also create it yourself. After decorating the Christmas tree and rooms in the house, go outside. Collect the remaining toys, garlands and tinsel. Make more snowflakes and start decorating the plants in the yard. Around will become much more beautiful, and the atmosphere will be filled with magic.

Gather a big party

All the games and fun presented are interesting in their own way, but everything can quickly get boring if you do it alone or together. Gather more friends and ordinary slides or snowball fights will become a big event. So you will have not only more emotions and impressions, but also topics for conversation with friends.

Stay indoors

Winter activities and fun with kids are great. But not always the weather outside the window allows you to have fun carefree no matter what. At such moments, it is still worth staying warm at home. Here you will find countless entertainment from board games to all sorts of creative processes.
If you still want to go outside, then dress warmly and enjoy a walk along the way to the theater, cinema or cafe.

One has only to remember that such games require high activity from both children and adults. Dynamics will provide you with warmth and will not let you freeze even with a strong cold snap. And the comfortable state of your body will allow you to focus on snow fun.
It is simply impossible to list all the entertainment, because their number is limited only by your imagination. The main thing is to remember that there is no bad weather and even in severe frost you can come up with entertainment to your liking. Now grab your camera so you don't miss a moment. Dress warmly so you don't catch a cold. Arm yourself with a good mood and go with your children to conquer the winter city. Give them a fairy tale that they will remember for a very long time.

Winter activities for children and adults

The most magical time of the year is approaching - winter. The atmosphere of a favorite holiday penetrates into every home. Visit New Year's fairs, dust off boxes with skates and Christmas toys, buy a new outfit and cute decorative gizmos. But, in addition to pleasant troubles, every parent is interested in: what to do with a child in winter? It gets dark early, long holidays are already looming on the horizon, and the expectation of the holiday makes any kid restless. We have prepared for you several ideas that will distract the child from waiting for the Christmas tree and gifts, and you can not only use them, but also come up with your own.

Learning is light

Encourage your child to learn a new profession or go deeper into the study of what he is really interested in. No boring school curriculum! Go to Technograd at VDNKh, take various master classes, choose an attractive profession. There are different formats and programs for different ages. Education is reaching a new level. Buy your child an online or offline course in the direction that the student likes. Maybe he dreams of painting portraits or baking eclairs, or maybe he's interested in ballroom dancing or building robots. Always give your child the opportunity to try himself in different directions. Perhaps what the little genius is drawn to is his vocation?

Winter snowy paradise

In recent years, winter has not spoiled Muscovites with snow. If it is possible to get to more suitable places, drop everything and take the child to rest. Everyone needs at least a small reboot. Snow does not just set you up for a special atmosphere, you can use it to come up with a lot of entertainment. Blind a figurine (it is not at all necessary to make a boring snowman, sculpt your favorite cartoon character or yourself), decorate or paint with bright colors. Make more snowballs. They can throw themselves at each other or make a lantern. Buy a special outdoor lamp, fix it in the snow, and wrap snowballs around it with a pyramid. Build a real snow castle or compete for the best ice house. Draw something unusual in the snow with your own boots or write a message.

Movement is essential even in winter

Active movement is always important for a child. Don't forget to buy or make ice-boats and sleds. Skating rinks and slides are installed in Moscow even in warm, snowless weather. Ice skating, downhill slides will create a fun winter mood.

Home fun

You can have a good time at home with your family. The best way to establish contact or strengthen a bond with a child is through joint activities. Come up with the most beautiful Christmas decoration, watch New Year's films and cartoons, create gifts for loved ones. Even a handmade postcard will delight your loved ones. Print more photos, hang them on the wall or attach them to a glowing garland. Every time you pass by, you will remember the pleasant moments of the past year. Think over the program for the New Year holidays or the next weekend. Try a new recipe, call relatives you haven't seen for a long time, buy a cozy book. Be sure to visit IKEA or another home decor store. And, of course, stock up on cocoa with marshmello.

More fun together

In winter, you especially want comfort and warmth. Buy new board games that the whole family will love. Try something new and challenging, or opt for timeless classics. Spend family evenings talking and drinking tea. Take your kids to a theater or museum. Take a tour of your favorite park or go to a new cafe. Invite your child to go shopping, update your wardrobe, or buy some cute jewelry. Decorate the house together for the New Year and Christmas. Create your own family advent calendar or buy one you like. Invent a new tradition, such as complimenting the rest of the family in the evenings or drinking different drinks from different mugs. Attend an interesting workshop and learn something new.

Quests are always appropriate

Have a good time with friends, have fun and compete - a quest for children will cope with such tasks. Most recently, Interactive Room has opened. Interactive walls, floors, air hockey in augmented reality are waiting for everyone. A whole half hour in an unusual entertainment room. A simple but exciting activity for any child is provided. Color-changing kinetic sand, a controlled game table, a wall with game mechanisms - everyone will find something to their liking. Gather a friendly company and try all the rides.

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The new online format will allow you to have fun without even leaving your home.

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