10 Ways For Kids To Burn Energy When You Are Stuck Indoors

Indoor activities for kids

I live in New England and winters can be brutal around here. We can be trapped indoors for days or even weeks on end. Because of this, finding indoor activities for kids is a must.


We just made it through an extreme cold snap where the high temperatures were in the teens and the wind chills were well below zero. And now we are expecting a blizzard to hit and school has already been cancelled for tomorrow (and probably will be the next day, too).


Needless to say, we have been stuck indoors for some time, which has created the need for me to be creative with keeping the kids active and not sitting in front of screens all day. We do still want them to be tired at the end of the day after all.


If you have been stuck inside like me, it is likely that you are also trying to find ways to keep the kids entertained. So I thought I would share some of the things we have been doing with you in case you needed some inspiration.


Here you go!


Indoor Sports

For Christmas, we bought the kids this knee hockey set. I purchased this with the intention of keeping them busy on days they were stuck in the house. They love it and it has given us hours of fun so far.


Indoor Obstacle Course

Take some of your household items and set up a (safe) obstacle course. Throw some pillows on the ground for the kids to jump over, line up a bunch of chairs for the kids to crawl under, or anything else you can think of. This is one of my favorite indoor activities for kids.



What better way to get the kids moving than to have them help out around the house. Give them age appropriate chores like dusting, wiping down counters or cabinets, vacuuming, or anything else you can think of.

Indoor activities for kids


Although they won’t be physically active with this activity, it is a good way to give them some mental stimulation. My kids love these workbooks.


Freestyle Arts and Crafts

Give them some art supplies and let them use their imaginations to create a masterpiece.



I used to love this activity as a kid and my kids love it, too. All they need are some blankets or sheets and pillows and a raised surface like a table or some chairs.


Play Music And Dance

Mom and dad should join in on this as well! It’s a great mood booster, especially if you are suffering from cabin fever.


Indoor Ice Skating

This is our fancy way of saying sliding around the hardwood floor in your socks. We will sometimes see who can slide the farthest down our hallway. This is fun for the adults, too!

Indoor activities for kids

Movement Videos

Youtube has some great channels to help you keep your kids  moving. Some of our favorite are Cosmic Kids Yoga and Go Noodle. Put one on and have them follow along.



There are so many classic games that will keep them moving. Some ideas are Simon Says, Red Light Green Light, Hide and Seek, Mother May I and Musical Chairs.


These are just a few of indoor activities I have used to help the kids burn off energy. I would love to hear any other ideas you have used to keep your kids active. Share them in the comments below!

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  1. These are great ideas; living in New England too I totally feel your pain.. though i homeschool so school cancellations mean nothing to us. LOL. We have tried ice skating in the house by using wax paper and rubber bands too; just tie the wax paper over the bottom of your feet and you’ll really slide! Pinned.

    Also I co- host a learning linky on Wednesdays called Love to Learn and I think this post would be very well received if you’d like to share with us. It’s at http://www.ourunschoolingjourney.com/

    1. Oops! I meant it’s on Tuesdays!! Wednesdays is my arts and crafts linky; which you’re welcome to join in with too if you have any arts and crafts themed posts.

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