Winter Break is Here: Four Favorite Simple Indoor Activities

Winter is upon us. Not just any winter, but winter 2020! Typically during the colder months we run off excess energy at local museums, indoor play spaces and malls, but just like every other part of 2020, this winter will be different.

I really do enjoy crafts and indoor activities with my kids but I have two asks:

  1. Please be simple.
  2. Please no weird supplies.

So if you’re looking for a beautiful Pinterest display, you may have come to the wrong blog post, but if you like simple, relatively easy (I didn’t say clean) activities to keep your littles busy indoors this winter then read on for our top 4 favorites!

Shaving Cream Rain Clouds

Our kids love this one and if I am being honest, I do too! Simple, fun, and it involves shaving cream and food coloring. It is like a child’s dream! Fair warning, at the end, the kids and the shaving cream end up in the bathtub. So this one is kind of a twofer?

Supplies Needed:

  • Clear Vase
  • Food Coloring
  • Droppers: Finally a use for all of the baby Tylenol syringes!
  • Shaving Cream: Don’t get anything fancy! We used the 99 cent ones from Target.

Grinch Kabobs

This one is cute, timely and it keeps the little hands busy! One of my favorite things about this one is typically we have all of the supplies on hand.

Supplies Needed:

  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Green Grapes
  • Toothpicks

Walking Paper Horse

This is as complicated as I get, but I promise, it is worth it! We had a lot of fun with this one in the spring during the initial COVID shutdown. It was fun to experiment with the folds in the paper and with the angle of the surface we put it on to help it walk.

Supplies Needed:

  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Different objects to use as a ramp for the horse to walk

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish Jello

The first time we did this one was a few years ago during Dr. Seuss week, but it is fun anytime of year! This is probably the most requested one from our kids. I think they just want to eat the Swedish Fish! I can’t say I blame them!

Supplies Needed:

  • Blue and Yellow Jello
  • Swedish Fish: We found the multicolored bag but the red would be fine too!
  • Plastic Condiment Cups
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss to read while you wait for the Jello to set

Keeping kids busy over winter break is never easy! I hope you enjoy these indoor activities as much as we do.


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