I’m a first time mom and for the first year of Little M, I believe we’ve done pretty well when it comes to doing different indoor and outdoor activities together.
For the most part, we did a lot for the whole year of my Maternity Leave. Our favourite Indoor Activities include the Mom and Baby Ballet of Balletiques, Baby Lab of Gymboree, Baby Rhyme Time at the Calgary Public Library, Mother Goose Class of Parent Link Centre, the Swimming Classes of Vecova & Vivo, and our meetups with other Moms and Babies of Mommy Connections Calgary!
So what benefits did we get? Were they all fun and worth our time? Were they all hassle-free?
Yes, but not really! All I know, every single one of them did not involve the use of technology!
As I experienced it personally, I thought of asking another Mom who may have other ideas about other indoor activities and help inspire others.
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Technology is becoming so popular and is even part of everyone’s life now. But what are some of the ways that we can do to engage our kids with activities without using technology?
Today, we have Emilee, a Guest Blogger from the blog: Explore with Emilee. She is happy to share with us 8 Indoor Activities without using any form of technology.
I hope you’ll get some inspiration and try to do it at home too! Here it is.
Summer has finally arrived here in New England. A season many people look forward to with each turn of a leaf. It means no snow, no school, and time to relax and enjoy being with family.
In addition, Summer days are often spent going swimming, riding bikes, and going out for ice cream but some days are too hot or too rainy, leaving you stuck inside.
This is usually followed by the lovely sound of “Mom, I’m bored…”
If this hasn’t happened yet, oh it will one day. Coming up with fun indoor activities for your children on the fly is just another requirement in the job description for a mommy.
So, from one mother to another, please allow this list to be used for convenience in your time of need.
Don’t be afraid to jump in and get messy with the little ones. You will make their day, and no matter how busy you are, seeing them smile will make your day too.
8 INDOOR ACTIVITIES WITHOUT USING TECHNOLOGY
1. Build a Fort
There is nothing more exciting than a child’s imagination, and this is one of those indoor activities that will really get those creative thoughts rolling.
I still have memories of combining pillows, blankets, extra sheets to create what I thought at the time was a castle! All you need is:
Gather all of these household items and begin building. I like using the back of a couch and some chairs spread around to create the structure.
Make sure you use a thin sheet for the roof because if it is too heavy, the roof will cave in.
Using the clips to attach the bedsheets and heavy books to hold them in place is a great way to ensure your fort is structurally sound.
Lastly, throw in some cozy blankets and pillows, teddy bears, books and snacks, and you’ve got yourself a comfy and fun little hangout.
2. Odds and Ends Crafts
Over the years, you will find yourself accumulating all sorts of crafty materials. Examples include extra paint and brushes, pipe cleaners, glue sticks, and glitter.
In fact, a rainy day is a perfect time to pull them all out and let your kids create a masterpiece.
You can give them an old shoebox and tell them to decorate it, or even take apart a box to create a poster board and have them create anything they’d like.
Let their imagination take over. Don’t forget to spread the newspaper out to avoid a messy cleanup.
3. Indoor Picnic
Having an indoor picnic is an enjoyable way to have your kids try new foods.
Get them involved by having them layer the ingredients in a sandwich, or try spreading the mustard.
Let them pick a special snack, but also pack something healthy that they have to try first.
4. Dust Off the Old Board Games
Your kids may not believe it, but before video games, there were actual board games, and they were entertaining.
Show them some of your old favorites, or take out a deck of cards and teach them Go Fish.
5. Indoor Scavenger Hunt
This one is one of my favorite indoor activities because it will keep your kids occupied for some time while you get a few things done yourself.
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6. Bake Cookies
I don’t know about you, but I love baking cookies, and when I was a little girl, I always wanted to help my mom in the kitchen.
Here is a super simple and delicious recipe you can make with the kids.
Quick and Easy Cake Mix Cookies
In a large bowl, add the cake mix, butter, egg, and vanilla.
Mix until all ingredients are combined.
Scoop dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Make sure dough balls are at least two inches apart.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the middle is set.
Cool for about 2-3 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
7. Find Fun Worksheets & Coloring Pages
I love turning to google when I need something to occupy my nephew, who is five years old.
Search “worksheets for 5-year-old” on google, and you will be amazed at how many fun ABC and 123 activities you will find.
Give them a few to do and offer a special treat for finishing as an incentive.
8. Rock Painting
One thing I always have at home is acrylic paint, mainly because I love working on crafts.
One of my favorite indoor activities that you may not often hear about is taking a stone from your yard and then decorating it with some color.
You can seal it up later with a layer of mod podge and then decorate your yard or garden with your children’s artwork.
Remember that all of these activities are on this list to help entertain your children when they are stuck inside.
This is an opportunity for you to have fun too.
Don’t forget that these are no-screen activities, so make sure to ditch your phone and keep it fair for your little ones.
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And if you have other ideas for indoor activities, please comment below! We’d love to hear from you!
Emilee Unterkoefler is a Freelance Writer and SAHM Blogger. She creates content and helps builds brand awareness for small businesses and lifestyle blogs.
On her website/ blog: Explore with Emilee, you will read all about her journey in exploring motherhood for the first time as a SAHM. She also writes a lot about cooking and provides many of her favorite recipes.
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