These fun indoor activities for kids are perfect for the 6-8 year olds in your life! Rain or shine, sometimes kids are going to be stuck inside – might as well make the most of it!
FUN Indoor Activities for Kids!
“Moooooooommmmmm. I’m bored!”
Before you reach for the remote/tablet/phone, try one of these fun and engaging indoor activities for kids! Whether your child needs a little practice playing solo, wants to get their creativity flowing, need to burn off some energy, there’s bound to be something they’ll love on this thorough list of ideas.
Independent Play for Kids
Independent play is first on the list because it’s a really valuable skill. Even if you have multiple children in the home, there is a time and a place for everyone to practice entertaining themselves once in awhile!
Art & Creativity Indoor Activities For Kids
Kids feeling crafty? Do art supplies make their eyes light up? Arts and crafts are a premium indoor creative outlet!
Set Up An Art Center In Your Home
The best way to beat boredom is before it even happens! Having an art center in our home has been a major joy-giving experience to all of my children. I often find them cutting, gluing, and coloring away without me suggesting they go make art!
Print and Color Fun Coloring Pages
Coloring is fun, relaxing, and sometimes it’s even quiet! Younger kids may not care as much about coloring in the lines, but 6-8 year olds are more interested in those little details. Let them browse the coloring pages with you and choose one to print!
Make a Marble Maze Out of Playdough
The great thing about this indoor activity for kids is that kids can make and remake it over & over again! Bonus points if you make your own play dough first!
Make Popsicle Stick Picture Frames
Do your parents still have any of the popsicle stick frames you made when you were a kid? Mine do! This iconic childhood craft is simple, satisfying, and makes a great gift for grandparents and other relatives too.
Make Paper Chains and Hang Them Up Everywhere
Who knew paper chains had so many uses? Kids can derive a lot of satisfaction from this indoor activity because they not only get to have fun making something, but then mom will hang it up to display!
Learn To Knit (or Crochet!)
Knitting and crocheting are the ultimate indoor activity! An increasing number of people are recognizing the benefits of kids learning handicrafts like this – it helps with fine motor skills and it’s a practical skill they’ll have for life.
Easy Origami Finger Puppets
These are sooooo cute and origami is so fun! Try making these origami finger puppets reflect the characters in a book you’ve recently read.
Active Play Indoor Activities For Kids
Epic String “Laser” Maze
This looks SO fun! I’ve seen it done with paper streamers instead of string too. Check out this idea at Green Kid Crafts!
Make an Indoor Obstacle Course
I’ve done something like this many a hot summer day with my kids. This obstacle course really takes it to the next level, not because they do anything extravagant, but because they are so creative with the variety of obstacles included!
Play Indoor Hopscotch
When the sidewalk is so hot that it could fry an egg, this is the perfect indoor activity for kids to try! Grab some blue painter’s tape and you’re in business.
If you live somewhere where the weather is often inclement or it’s hard to get outside, this doorway swing kit looks like it is the BOMB. I want one for me.. and then I’ll share with my kids! 😉
Indoor Science Activities For Kids
Throwback Tin Can Phone Science Project
I actually didn’t make a tin can phone when I was a kid, but it is a classic project and I love the way it inspires kids to ask questions. How amazing is it that sound can travel between those two cans?!
Balloon Rocket Science Experiment
This indoor activity for kids is just plain FUN. Kids of all ages will enjoy zipping the rocket back and forth over and over again!
EASY No-Mess Slime
Technically, you can make any slime indoors, but this slime is so simple, so perfect, so not messy, that you can let your kids make it 100% by themselves!
Packing Peanut Sculptures
When you’ve got a bunch of packing peanuts, set your kids up with a bowl of water and see what sculptures they create!
Make Rock Candy the Fast Way
This is crazy, but making rock candy actually doesn’t have to take foreeeeevvvveerr. With a little help, your child can be eating tasty rock candy in just a few hours!
Indoor Games For Kids
Rock, Paper, Scissors
This indoor activity for kids does require at least two people to play it, but you can do it anywhere! Waiting rooms, restaurants, quietly in the living room while the baby naps… the possibilities are endless!
Kids who can read can play charades easily! It’s wonderful for kids to make up their own prompts, but if they need a little encouragement to get started, these printable prompts look super fun.
Learn To Play Chess The Best Way
This is 100% the best way to learn to play chess. Neither my husband nor I knew how to play chess, but now we do and our 7 and 5 year old play it too! This indoor activity for kids is one that you’ll all come back to again and again.
A Great Single Player Activity
Sometimes during quiet time, I need everyone engaged in a solo activity or during lessons with my oldest child, I need my middle child engaged in his own activity for 15 mins or so.
Rush Hour is one of our favorite solo indoor activities – it is SO fun! We all enjoy taking turns playing it, and there are multiple levels of challenges so each kid can play at their own level when it is their turn.
Single Player Card Game – Solitaire
I remember spending hours playing this classic game! Especially in the hot, hot days of summer, solitaire can occupy a person for hours. Grab a deck of cards, and teach your kids to play it!
When you’re inside, make the most of it! Scroll through this list with your kids and talk together about which activities they’d like to do next time you’ll have to be indoors for a while. It’s a great way to get to know what they’re interested in, and then you can plan for the activity together!
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