1. Coloring Pages
Coloring is fun for everyone, no matter how old you are. It’s so easy to lose yourself in coloring, which makes it a great activity to melt the hours, and it really gets your creativity going! You can find hundreds of free coloring pages of whatever you want by a simple online search. Then, just print them out and enjoy. You can also check out coloring apps for your phone or tablet!
2. Learn Origami
Origami might be thousands of years old, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. You can find plenty of tutorials online to create anything you can imagine… out of paper! I remember learning to make paper cranes in my childhood and how proud I was of my little paper friends. This is a fun and creative skill the entire family can participate in.
3. Indoor Camping
Obviously, you can’t bring every aspect of camping to the indoors, but you can bring the fun! Build your tent out of blankets and pillows, tell scary stories, sing songs or put on a skit, try out some arts and crafts, and even make s’mores in the oven or microwave!
4. Puzzles and Games
Almost everyone has a jigsaw puzzle or a board game hiding in the back of a closet somewhere. Or, shake things up by making up your own rules to an existing game or create your own with some poster board and craft supplies to make a game of your own! There are also a wide variety of games you can play online with family members, from trivia to card games to Pictionary. You can use an app on your phone or computer to bring everyone together for some healthy competition, and don't forget the snacks!
5. Scavenger Hunt
Setting up a scavenger hunt for your kids can be such a fun time! The great thing about a scavenger hunt is that the difficultly can be adjusted to fit your family best, and you can make it as long or as short as you would like. Hide some objects and give some clues, and boom! You’ve got the kids distracted for a bit.
6. Indoor Drive-In
If you are anything like me, you probably have a few cardboard boxes lying around. (Mine is from online shopping a bit too much but I digress.) Let your kids draw on the boxes to design their own car, and while they are doing that you can make some popcorn and pick a movie! Set them up in front of the TV and lower the lights, it’s time for a movie!
7. Write Letters
In today’s digital age, it’s easy to forget the ways of communication from the past. Use the time you’re spending indoors to practice some writing skills in a fun way! Write and send letters to friends or family — maybe even sign up for a pen pal program! While you might be stuck inside, the mailman isn’t!
8. Paper Airplane Contest
Circling back to origami, maybe paper birds aren’t your thing. Have no fear, because you can still have fun with just paper. Have everyone in the family create their best paper planes, then throw them down the hallway to see whose goes the farthest! Give awards based on speed, farthest throw and best design.
There you have it! Eight ideas to keep your family busy during rainy days, school vacations or anything else that might have you feeling the cabin fever.