35 Indoor Activities For Kids During School Holidays

The June school holidays are upon us once again! I’d love to bring my kids out during the school holidays and I will do that as often as I can. However, to be honest, bringing all 3 of them out by myself can be quite daunting. Secondly, it is not really feasible to go out every single day for the next 4 weeks!

So, if you’re like me who will be at home with your kids during the long 4-weeks holidays and have no idea what to do with them, here are some indoor activities you can try out with your kids. Some of them I’ve tried with my kids, others are ideas I’ve found in other sites.

1. Ice painting. Make coloured ice cubes or popsicles by freezing water colour. I tried that years ago with our eldest when he was only 2. It was fun!

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2. Play with blocks or Lego. This usually keeps my kids occupied for a long time.

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3. Build a mini-zoo, or whatever place your child wants to.

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4. Play with “sand” indoor! We used Quaker oats as sand. Clean, dry and smells nice! Keep in a dry container for the next indoor sand play time.

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5. Draw your own roads and carparks for your toy cars.

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6. Paint or draw with markers on aluminium foil.

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7. Play with glurp. Simply mix cornstarch with water and a drop of food colouring if you wish. Warning: Not for the faint-hearted. I’m referring to the one cleaning up.

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8. Chalk on black paper.IMG_0531028

9. Chalk on the floor… we did that at the corridor outside our apartment, after which we washed up the chalk marks and the boys ended up with waterplay at the corridor.

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10. Waterplay at the corridor, balcony, washroom… wherever! Works every time and everywhere.

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11. Play with bubbles. Works every time.

12. Marble painting. Place paper and marbles in a small box, squirt some paint on the paper and roll the marbles!

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13. Foam play. Also known as bubble bath. A great pre-bath-time activity!

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14. Paint like Picasso. Paste big pieces of white paper on the wall and paint away! Be sure to lay newspapers or mats on the floor to catch dripping paint. My boys did that in our kitchen few years ago!

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15. Read. Books, books and more books!

16. Create with recycled materials.

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17. Create with playdough.

18. Make a mosaic using different types of beans and white glue.IMG_0531016

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19. Paste masking tapes over paper and paint away! Peel off the masking tapes and you’ll get a masterpiece.

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20. Make personalised puppets using paper clips and photographs of family members. Can be fun and hilarious!

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21. Build structures with toothpicks and candy. My kids will love the candy, as in eating them! I’ve tried this with my boy before, but using toothpicks and blu-tac.

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22. Introduce kids to surreal art and create your own surreal art masterpieces by using magazines cut-outs.

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23. Spy training! Who can cross to the other side without touching the strings?!

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24. Play with big ice block. Freeze water with food colouring, and small toys in them.

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25. Search for hidden foam letters.

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26. Play giant spider web game, using crushed paper and masking tape. The one who gets the most number of paper stuck to the tapes wins.

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27. Hit balloons with pool noodles. Keep them in the air for as long as you can!

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28. Paint on a giant piece of cardboard.

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29. Hit ballons with nerf guns. My boys will love this!

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30. Create a flower garden using ice cream sticks and cupcakes holder. Lovely!

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31. Fizzy activity with coloured vinegar and baking soda. You can get coloured vinegar by mixing vinegar with drops of food colouring.

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32. Cotton bud painting.

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33. Make a fruit loops tower… and eat them! Great for a pre-snacks activity!

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34. Stacking cups. I think my boys will love this!IMG_0531002

35. Mess-free finger painting. Place paper and paint in ziploc bags, tape the bags to the table and paint away!

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So, there you go, 35 indoor activities to keep your kids busy when you’re stuck at home! For more of such activities, you can take a look at my pinterest boards.

Do you have other ideas? Share with us below.

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12 thoughts on “35 Indoor Activities For Kids During School Holidays

  1. Oh I’m definitely bookmarking this post. What fantastic ideas. I really love the indoor sand idea! And that inflatable bathtub has inspired me too. I think Aly will never want to leave the bathroom. Haha.

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  2. Thanks Zee! Oh, that inflatable bathtub is one of the best things we’ve invested in. Our kids played in there so many times over the years that I’ve lost count. Water play, ball pool, foam play…. it’s getting a bit worn out now.

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    • Thanks for linking, Corsage! This list is a reminder for myself, more than anything else. Will check out your June holidays activity lists soon! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. Oh, if only I saw this post earlier! But will sure come in handy for the Dec hols! I am going to share this on my facebook page (Kids R Simple) come November! Gotta bookmark this in case I can’t find it! Thanks for the great compilation!

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