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40+ Fun Activities for Indoor Family Fun!

Indoor Activity Guide

By Sara Yaniga, Macaroni Kid Chicago (Midtown) March 13, 2020

At Macaroni Kid, we want to make it easy for you to plan family time, whether you’re on-the-go or at home. That’s why we are so excited to share this Fun Book with you. It’s perfect for those days you just want to spend at home – whether you are looking for something to fill the time on a rainy afternoon, a project to share with friends during a play date, or a new holiday-themed creation. 

Macaroni Kid Publishers from across the country have shared their favorite projects and we’ve compiled them here into one, easy-to-use book. Each craft includes pictures and step-by-step instructions, making it a breeze for you and your kids to recreate each one. As an added bonus, most are made with easy-to-find, inexpensive supplies, many of which you probably already have at home! And even though you can complete any of these crafts at any time, we’ve categorized them into seasons - “Anytime,” “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall.” 

So what are you waiting for? Gather up the supplies, collect your kids and get crafting – because sometimes the best family times happen right around the kitchen table!

Click here to receive a FREE e-book with instructions to the following crafts:

“Anytime” Crafts

Craft 1: Craft Stick Bookmarks

Craft 2: Dancing Ribbons

Craft 3: Easy Soap Making for Kids

Craft 4: Explorer’s Binoculars

Craft 5: Gel Boards

Craft 6: Kool-Aid® Play Dough

Craft 7: A Mail-Able Hug

Craft 8: Morning Checklist

Craft 9: Ocean in a Bottle

Craft 10: Pencil Magnets

Craft 11: Pirate Ship

Craft 12: Raised Salt Painting

Craft 13: Recycled Crayons

Craft 14: School Paper Holder




“Winter” Crafts

Craft 15: Black and White Crayon Resist

Craft 16: Footprint Penguin

Craft 17: Handmade Hand Warmers

Craft 18: Homemade Snow Globe

Craft 19: Handprint Menorah

Craft 20: Make Your Own Snowflakes

Craft 21: Marble Magnet Valentines

Craft 22: Melted Crayon Ornament

Craft 23: Peppermint Ornament

Craft 24: Snow Dough

Craft 25: Snowman Greeting Card




“Spring” Crafts

Craft 26: Bubble Wands

Craft 27: Easter Bunny Basket

Craft 28: Egg Garland

Craft 29: Felt Flowers

Craft 30: Gutter Garden

Craft 31: Springtime Butterfly

Craft 32: Super Bubbles




“Summer” Crafts

Craft 33: DIY Sprinkler

Craft 34: Fourth of July Noisemaker

Craft 35: Hand-Colored Shoes

Craft 36: Patriotic Placemats

Craft 37: Sandcastle Art

Craft 38: Summer Memories Book




“Fall” Crafts

Craft 39: Apple Core Craft

Craft 40: Apple-Stamped Butterflies

Craft 41: Egg Carton Spiders

Craft 42: Fall Leaf Candle Jar

Craft 43: “Hand”-made Halloween Treat Bags

Craft 44: Pilgrim Hat Utensil Holder

Craft 45: Pumpkin Scented Play Dough

Craft 46: Recycled Plastic Bag Ghosts

Craft 47: Tennis Ball Leaf Painting

Craft 48: Toilet Paper Roll Owls








Additional Resources:

Inspiring Ideas for Indoor Play - by Shannon Valko, Little Beans Cafe

Let's Get Messy - by Stephanie Kovacs, Growing Together Pediatric Therapy

26 Ideas For Indoor Play - by Sara Yaniga

Homemade Gingerbread Dough - by Sara Yaniga