Indoor Activities For Kids With Active Minds

Indoor Activities For The Active Mind

As parents, we all dread those long, winter days where the kids can’t go outdoors. Especially during school holidays where it feels like they are always underfoot and begging to be entertained “Moooommmm, I booooorrreeeed…..” becomes a phrase that we hear all too often.

Keeping your child active is not important for your sanity, but their growth and progress as well. There are, in fact, a number of activities that can be done indoors with limited space which will engross and amuse for hours on end, leaving you free to do a quick chore or even put your feet up.

Make An Indoor Blizzard

Disclaimer: this activity does require quite a lot of tidying up, which can be worked into the process as a reward system as well.

Playing in the snow is always fun, but not necessarily viable. Create your own indoor snow fun with pretty snowflake patterns. Fold a piece of paper in half, and cut out various patterns that will be mirrored on both sides.

Be sure to supervise any time spend with the scissors, however. Once you have a lot of snowflakes, have fun making snow angels, or build a fort and have a snowball fight.

Cleaning up the small bits of paper can be annoying, but if you turn it into a game all of its own and reward for every piece of paper picked up, it can be both entertaining and fruitful.

Build A Fort

As mentioned in our previous exercise, you can have loads of fun with your little one building a fort. I have many fond memories of couch cushions piled together to create interesting crevasses to throw things from. Forts can be built from a wide range of things. One of the best are couch cushions and chairs, but cardboard boxes work just as well.

Obstacle Courses

This can only really be done if you have enough space, but is incredibly fun and will be sure to tucker out your little one in no time, leaving you plenty of time to play some of the online pokies NZ has to offer!

Everyone loves obstacle courses, to such an extent that adult ones are now the rage all over the planet. Building an obstacle course in your house that leads from room to room is fun from start to finish.

Involve your child in the actual building of the course, which will increase excitement. When the course is built, get them to do it either against each other or if alone against you. You can also time them to see if they can get faster and faster.

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Roaming Hide And Seek

This is known in many different countries under many guises, but the premise is the same. Instead of hiding in one place waiting to be discovered, the participants can change their hiding places as often as possible.

You can even add in a home base or flag which they have to get to without being seen. This builds imagination as well as stealth skills and counts toward exercise.

Pen And Pencil Games

Active minds are created early, and one of the things which we simply do not do enough these days is pen and pencil games. Battleship, noughts and crosses and bingo can all be played with two or more players, and templates can be found online with minimal effort.

Rediscover Paper Models – Get Crafty

There is something wonderfully old world about paper models, and not just because they’ve been around in Asia for thousands of years and in Europe since the 1600s. They hearken back to more simple times, where some paper, scissors, and glue were all that were needed to create castles stately homes, villages, and even cityscapes.

The Internet has made paper model patterns more accessible than ever, and this gives us the perfect chance to get crafty and start playing with paper. It is time to let modern tech shine a new light on an old pastime, and rediscover how much fun making paper models can be.

An Old Hobby

The earliest commercial paper models appeared in France in 1800, a little bit before granny and grandpa came along to start building their own. Paper modelling became especially popular during the Second World War, as paper production and use was not regulated too heavily.

In 1941, a brand called Micromodels appeared in England. The brand published 100 different models of aircraft, ships, and buildings. However, as plastic became used more commonly, old-time paper models began to fall from grace as plastic models grew in prominence.

What It’s All About

You can draw patterns for paper models at home yourself, if you have the skills. If not, you can purchase commercial models, or download them for free online. That’s one of the wonderful things about the Internet – you can do stuff for free, such as play online casino no deposit games.

Patterns can be drawn or printed on heavy paper, card stock, paperboard, or even foam. The materials required depend on the complexity and style of the model you want to build.

Origami, for example, uses a single sheet of paper that gets folded, rather than glued or cut. Card modelling involves cutting model parts out of cardstock sheets using scissors or a craft knife, and then folding and gluing the pieces together as per the directions.

The sheer range of paper model patterns available is astounding. There is a model for just about every interest, no matter what the age of the builder. You can choose from cottages with patterns simple enough to fit on a single sheet of cardstock, a fantasy building that requires hundreds of pages in a dedicated book or folio, or anything in between.

Essential Equipment for Paper Models

Before you rush off and start printing off hundreds of paper model patters, make sure you have all the equipment and tools you need. Much of the initial outlay will not need to be spend again, so you can be sure of many hours of enjoyment at what is ultimately a small expense.

Paper modelling essentials:

  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Sharp paper or craft scissors
  • Safety pin to help score folds
  • Point-tip tweezers
  • Ruler
  • Acid-free, pH neutral PVA glue

Once you have these basics, all you need to do is find a pattern you like and print it out. Take a good look at the numbering of the folds and flaps, as well as what the final product needs to look like, and then get started.

Keeping Yourself Entertained Indoors

Keeping Yourself Entertained Indoors

Fun Things to do Indoors

If you’re stuck in your home bored, instead of deep cleaning the bathroom with your ex’s toothbrush, why not try one of my top five favourite fun things to do indoors.

Number five:

One of my favourite things to do when the boredom strikes (and the wifi is down) is to turn my flat into a Rube Goldberg machine. Think Dominos but using house hold objects to create the chain reaction.

The Rube Goldberg can keep you occupied FOREVER, as you try figure out what will make the most complicated and totally unnecessary mechanism work to perform a single simple task.

Number four:

Make something, make anything. When I recently moved into my new flat I may have gone a bit crazy with the contact paper. Pinterest challenged me to a dual of DIY and I very nearly won  (I lie, I was actually very far away from winning, I wasn’t even in the race).

But my formerly plain white kitchen wall looks fantastic covered in little grey triangles, very pin worthy. And my bathroom countertop is now “marble”, looks good.

My next project is the 70’s purple check linoleum floors – I want to rip it out and burn it in the fires of hell! But my landlord might get upset.

Number Three

Have a themed dinner party – Maybe pick a movie or a book and all the dinner guests show dressed up in character and must stay in character.

Picking the theme can be a group choice, maybe it’s the current book in your book club or maybe it’s the cheesiest romance novel you could find. You may even be inspired by real money slots as there are so many different themes and genres out there!

Or what about a Movie vs book theme? Each side has to show up with details only found in their genre.

Number Two

Grow something – I grew up on a farm and yet a green thumb I do not have. After moving to the city and killing about 15 different plants, I had given up on the green stuff.

But moving into my own little place recently, I tried again but smarter – succulents! I have slowly filled my entire kitchen and bathroom window sills with succulents! These little suckers almost thrive on my constant neglect and forgetfulness.

Now and then when washing dishes or brushing my teeth I remember that they should have some water in them, but otherwise they are super low maintenance and look just fabulous.

The fun is the time I spend arranging the little guys and maybe putting them on insta, think Zen garden but less forced calmness and more visual eye candy.

Number one:

My favourite thing to do is to hide my money from myself…no really. After enjoying a random dinner party or night out I spend the rest of the tipsiness hiding my money (in my home, not in the taxi on the way home).

And yes this was originally from being very much not sober and keeping my money “safe”, but now it’s for fun.

Imagine finding some money a month down the road in the pocket of your third favourite jeans? Or finding a tenner at the back of your underwear drawer? Bonus! At least you’re not spending on take away or tequila right?

Hot tip: do not hide money in the chimney #justsaying

Keep Yourself Entertained Indoors on Rainy Days

indoor activities - Rainy Days

In a country like New Zealand, we have a plethora of outdoor activities perfect for sunny days, and we have many of those, too. Even so, which Kiwi doesn’t know the experience of longing for a much-needed day off, and waking up in the morning to find that the extended weather forecast checked a few days ago was nothing but a bald-faced lie?

Nothing issues an entertainment challenge quite like a rainy day, whether you were expecting it or not. Here are a few of my favourite indoor recreational activities for rainy days.

Take a look, and hopefully you will be inspired the next time it rains and pours and old men snore.

Rediscover Indoor Activities Favourite Games

Not all that long ago, a Saturday afternoon of rain left me twiddling my thumbs. There was only so much watching raindrops slide down the windowpanes I could do, so I went rummaging through a few forgotten boxes at the back of the storeroom – and there it was, the chess set I received as a gift when I learned to play 20-something years ago.

I invited a friend who plays to join me, and spent a fantastic few hours rediscovering a game for which I suddenly had a whole new appreciation.

If you have a board game you haven’t played in years, consider digging it out and getting family members or friends to join you for some good old-fashioned gaming. If that’s not possible, you could consider finding games such as online pokies NZ to play on computer or mobile.

Go 10 Pin Bowling – In the Hallway

A fun way to beat the blues of a rainy day is to go 10 Pin bowling in the comfort of your own home. When I realised our hallway makes the perfect alley, all I needed was a ball and pins.

Not being an avid bowler, I don’t have the requisite paraphernalia stashed at the back of my wardrobe (or anywhere else). Would getting it be a problem? Not when there were a few empty plastic bottles in a kitchen cupboard.

I weighted them down with uncooked rice, packed them in a V-shape at the far end of the hallway, found a tennis ball, and called the kids. Goodbye rainy day boredom!

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Get Crafty on Rainy Days

I’m a keen gardener, and love spending hours in the veggie patch on a sunny day. When a friend showed off her holiday scrapbook, I wondered if that wasn’t a way for me to bring my love of gardening indoors when the weather puts an end to plans of a few hours in the patch.

I visited a craft shop and found a few odds and ends that could work in a scrapbook, in preparation for the next rainy day.

I didn’t have to wait too long, and got to work on what I now call the Patch on Paper. Let’s just say that the notes I’ve been making are much more colourful and fun than ever before.

Have Fun in the Kitchen

Few Kiwis can resist freshly-baked cake or biscuits, and there is no reason you need to wait for a special occasion to indulge. A rainy day is occasion enough.

Have a flick through your favourite recipe book, ring up your granny and ask her for the recipe of those biscuits you loved as a child, or trawl the internet for quick and easy recipes. Have fun in the kitchen – it’s the closest you could get to having your cake and eating it.