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I’m living in a snow globe! Seattle is experiencing its 2nd week of snow, with more to come — we usually only get a day or two of the white stuff each year, so this is a big deal. Grocery stores are cleaned out, roads & parks are closed, school is cancelled. My boys LOVE playing in it, so that’s good, but we’re also spending a lot of time indoors.
After a whole week of this, we’re starting to run out of boy-friendly indoor activities (i.e. they’re bouncing off the walls). I like to share on my Instagram feed about our favorite “inside” things to do — you can find them all at the #indoorboymom hashtag — but I thought it would be helpful to put them all in one place. Hopefully this big list of the best indoor activities will help you (and me! :) find something to keep these rowdy boys occupied!
Disclaimer: Don’t be afraid to let your kids be BORED. That’s when they’ll come up with their best, most creative ideas! (I’ve read it can take up to 15 minutes for kids to get going — that’s a LOT of whining, but don’t give in!) But I totally get it — sometimes you need a structured activity, and sometimes they just need a spark of an idea to help them be creative. So, here you go — 57 indoor activities that require zero prep:
Fun Indoor Activities for Kids
Make construction paper targets and shoot Nerf guns at them (this gun is a favorite here)
Play a board game
Make “potions” by mixing water, vinegar, baking soda & food coloring (or whatever else you have on hand)
Make a laser maze using tape & string
Do a puzzle
Take slow-mo videos of your kids doing weird tricks (or jumping off stuff)
Make hot chocolate
Paint a picture
Paint snow! (paint watercolors in a tub of fresh snow)
Watch old home movies together
Look through baby books or photo albums
Do an Art for Kids Hub drawing video
Raid the bookshelf and read a book you haven’t seen in a while
Build a fort
Put cushions on the ground and wrestle / jump onto them
Grab a bunch of pillows, blankets & snacks and have a “reading party”
Build something out of the stuff in your recycle bin
Play Legos! (All our favorite ideas here: #boymomlegostuff)
Listen to an audiobook WHILE you play Legos
Get out your old play-doh
Play hide & seek
Make a book (staple together folded paper, add a construction paper cover)
Play freeze dance
Make a relay race doing different activities (my boys love doing the wheelbarrow with each other)
Time them running your stairs
Play Simon Says
Have a wrestling match with Mom as coach
See who can build the tallest tower (blocks, Legos, magna tiles, jenga blocks)
Film a video of your kids “teaching” how to do something
Do a secret good deed for someone in your family
Do a secret good deed for a neighbor
Get one of the million balls in your house and play catch
Draw self portraits
Put bathing suits on & “swim” in the master bath tub (put towels on the floor, this could get messy!)
Make new crayons out of old ones (bake in a muffin tin or a fun mold)
Bounce a balloon or soft ball on your hands to keep it from touching the floor
Make a movie using Lego minifigures as characters
Make paper airplanes & have a race to see who’s goes the farthest (there are tons of cool youtube videos that show you different ways to fold)
FaceTime the grandparents
Make your own comic
Make your own board game
Make puppets & do a puppet show
Get out the toys you don’t use that often: train tracks, marble run, magna tiles, perler beads
Make a scooter course in the garage
Make a floor race track using masking tape or washi tape
Clean your room
Learn a magic trick (again, youtube is your friend on this one)
Do a Lego challenge!
Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram at @boymoms_unite for lots more boy-friendly fun!
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[This was originally posted on my Instagram account, 1/8/19.]
When I started @Boymoms_Unite, my 3rd baby was an infant and I was still settling into the idea of having all boys. This wasn't super hard for me — I LOVE being a boymom, as I hope you can tell here — but it still took a little getting used to. After all, I'm an indoor girl; I'm really close to my mom & hoped to experience that mother-daughter bond with my own child; AND I've had a bit of a learning curve getting used to all the energy (& potty talk) that comes with raising boys.
At the same time, I've always been a social media fan. I've loved sharing my life and connecting with others online since the days of LiveJournal and MySpace (anyone else??). But over the past few years I'd noticed a strangled feeling coming over the internet — like everyone was fighting, selfie-ing, bragging, comparing.
So, I started Boymoms Unite. I wanted my corner of the internet to be a happy place of support — a collection of quick & easy tips to help me & my fellow moms be more intentional about our parenting without adding more to our already-full plates. While a lot of what I post can apply to girlmoms too, I focused on raising boys because (besides my obvious bias) I think we boymoms have a serious mission to help our boys become good men. There are so many conflicting messages these days for boys, and in a lot of areas they're getting left behind. Strong mothers are SO needed to help these boys grow into strong, honorable, responsible, hard-working men.
And, if you're going to be on social media, you shouldn't waste your time following crap. 😉 I only post here about things that are important to me: suggestions for connecting with your boys, book recommendations, life hacks, Disneyland tips, ideas for dealing with screen time and sibling rivalry and all the issues we moms face every day.
I’m not a parenting expert, I'm not super crafty, I don't take awesome photos...but I really hope that by coming here you can find ideas (and share your own!) that make you feel like a better mom. We’re all in this together — thanks for sharing this crazy ride with me. 💙💙💙
Surprising your kids with a trip to Disneyland? I’ve got something to help you make the announcement in style!
When I was 12, my family went to Disney World for the first time (I’ve mentioned this before — it was epic). But my parents didn’t just say, “Hey kids, by the way, we’re going to Disney World next month.” Ohhhh no. Instead, they planned to surprise us with it at Christmas.
On Christmas morning, we found a giant banner hung behind the Christmas tree with three scrolls tied to it. The banner said “Hey Payzant kids…Santa says you’ve been very good this year. So how are you going to celebrate??” My siblings and I unrolled our scrolls to find Disney World posters that said “You are…….Going to…….Disney World!”
Cue the shrieking. We were so, SO excited — talk about an awesome surprise. Better yet, we had a few months to plan and build anticipation as we got ready for the trip. (Did you know research shows you actually get MORE happiness out of planning the trip, than actually taking it?!) Now, 22 years later, my siblings and I still fondly remember that Christmas morning as one of the best presents we’ve ever received.
So — with that in mind — I want to help you plan the best surprise ever for YOUR family too. I put together a special Family Guide that you can print, wrap up and put under the tree or in a stocking so that your Christmas morning is off-the-rails exciting — but this surprise package works any time of year too! Birthday surprises, mid-winter break surprises, just-because surprises…any time of year!
Here’s what you’ll get in the Disneyland Surprise Package:
A custom cover page with your family’s name on it
A Family Guide to Disneyland, covering every land, ride, and experience at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure (with all the new info for 2019!) to get everyone EXTRA excited
A printable Disney Day Outline* for the whole family to use in making sure everyone’s bucket list attractions get checked off
This guide is a slimmed-down version of the Ultimate Guide to Disneyland, written in a more kid-friendly way. (Hey, I get it — I’ve got 3 kids of my own.) Flipping through it will get them amped for the trip and talking about all the different things you’ll get to see and do (and eat).
* My #1 best tip for families when planning a Disney trip is to set reasonable expectations up front. There are so many rides, parades, shows, treats, etc. at Disneyland that you can easily feel overwhelmed — but if you choose just ONE must-do thing per person each day, you’ll easily hit your goals and feel like the day was a success. (And anything else you get to do will just be icing on top!) That’s where this Disney Day Outline comes in handy. If you’re a planner like me, you can use the attached Disney Day worksheet to help you coordinate everyone’s picks in an easy way. But, if that much planning makes you want to gouge your eyes out (no shame in that!), I totally get that too — just toss that page and don’t worry about it. :)
Your kids will LOVE learning about the different Disneyland rides and attractions as they help you plan your family’s trip.
So, head over to my Disneyland guides and grab the Family Guide to Disneyland — and let the Christmas morning squeals begin!