Creative Indoor Activities for Kids

December 2016 By: Wendy Palmer, M.S., R.D.N., L.D., C.H.E.S. Registered Dietitian, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
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All Ages

Too hot, too cold, too rainy, even too smoky with the recent forest fires—sometimes, you just can’t get outside. As the mom of two active boys, I know staying inside often leads to boredom and excess screen time for the kids and you.

Over the years, my family and I have put together a go-to list of activities that keep us busy and active when playing outside isn’t an option. From setting up indoor obstacle courses to playing indoor volleyball, these games will help keep everyone moving until it’s time to head back outdoors.

  • Set up an obstacle course using household items like pillows as “rocks” to jump over.
  • Have a scavenger hunt around the house.
  • Turn on some music and dance! Make a game of it by putting one person in charge of the music and having everyone freeze when the music’s turned off.
  • Pretend the floor is hot lava!!! Put paper plates or pieces of construction paper around a room. Kids jump from paper to paper as they try to avoid the “hot lava floor.” The kids must travel from plate to plate (or paper to paper). Remember ... don’t fall in!
  • Blow up balloons and play volleyball or basketball inside.
  • Have animal races. Take turns calling out an animal name. When an animal is called, everyone has to move like that animal to a finish line. Make the animal noise, too, and you will have everyone laughing.
  • See who can do the most push-ups, jumping jacks, or exercise of your choice in one minute. You can even have a “counter” and “exerciser” to make it a friendly competition. Once the first “exerciser” is finished, just switch positions.
  • Go to the mall! Walking through the mall is warm and fun—and it’s okay to stop at your favorite store and look around.
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About The Author

Wendy Palmer, M.S., R.D.N., L.D., C.H.E.S.
Registered Dietitian, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Wendy Palmer has been a member of the Strong4Life team since 2011. As a registered dietitian and manager of child wellness, Wendy has been instrumental in the development of many of Strong4Life’s initiatives aiming to impact child wellness in Georgia.

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Wendy Palmer, M.S., R.D.N., L.D., C.H.E.S.
Registered Dietitian, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Wendy Palmer has been a member of the Strong4Life team since 2011. As a registered dietitian and manager of child wellness, Wendy has been instrumental in the development of many of Strong4Life’s initiatives aiming to impact child wellness in Georgia. 

As a mom to Caden (age 7) and Kellen (age 5), Wendy’s biggest parenting challenge is that her youngest son is a carbohydrate addict. He prefers bread, cereal, crackers, waffles, pancakes — you name it! Even though her oldest son eats veggies and fruits happily, it’s a daily battle to get Kellen to eat his veggies.

She received a Master of Science in health care policy and management and completed a dietetic internship at Stony Brook University in 2005. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College in community health education in 2003.

Wendy lives in Dacula, Georgia, with her husband, two sons and three dogs. When she is not working, she enjoys running, cooking and spending time being active with her kids.