I have my friend Keren to thank for this post. She just sent me a message about how her sons are nerding out making their own DIY Pokemon Cards this holiday. So as I looked over at my own kids, who were finishing up an hour of screen time, I felt pangs of guilt for not providing enough indoor entertainment during a mostly wet and cold school holiday.
I’m not going to get into the whole screen-time debate. Some people are fine with it, some people think iPads are the devils playground and everyone has their own opinion about just how much time will result in the fabled “square eyes”. But lets just say that as I close out day 6 of having two sick children at home for the holidays (thanks winter bugs), I am running short on ideas for indoor activities that will keep them calm and my sanity in check.
So I’ve rounded up some inspiration. Here are 5 ideas we’re trying out this week.
Build your own Lego Fidget Spinner
Yes they’re maddening, but you can’t deny the appeal of that simple speedy spinner. This is one of many DIY fidget spinner templates out there. My Pinterest board has links to many more.
DIY Pokemon Trading Cards
Create your own Pokemon. So far a lot of ours have featured fart related powers…
I found that the template provided here doesn’t print well so I just took a screen grab of the template and printed that.
How to Make a Fairy House
This one had great appeal to my nearly 4 year old daughter…
Build the Ultimate Sofa Fort
This one kept my two occupied for ages (admittedly most of that time they were watching a movie from the comfort of their forts).
Lego Nerf Gun Targets
Fun for the whole family – ‘nuf said.
For loads more ideas, follow my Kids DIY and Play Ideas Pinterest board (there are some for younger kids on the board too).