indoor activities- a collaborative post by the Fin and Vince community

indoor activities- a collaborative blog 

by the Fin & Vince community

Photo by @our.wild.rumpus

These days, our schedules can start to get repetitive! We asked the Fin & Vince community for their best indoor crafts and activities. We're sharing them in this post to give you some new ideas of fun things to do with your littles!

cardboard pizza by kiya

Submitted by @kiyaweening 

Put on your chef hats and play pizza parlor!

You'll need:

  • Various sizes of cardboard boxes - one large enough for the pizza base
  • bowl to trace your pizza base
  • ruler to draw pizza lines (or freehand)
  • brown packing paper or any other kind of brown paper for the crust (I used a ripped gift bag)
  • sheet of plain white paper
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • markers & pencil crayons to decorate toppings

How to:

  1. With your largest piece of cardboard, draw or trace a circle for your pizza base and draw lines for your pizza “slices.”
  2. Cut out the circle and then cut your slices
  3. With your brown paper, cut pieces slightly larger than your slices so you can add a crinkle effect when glueing down. Glue down the paper on the end of each slice with a hot glue gun.
  4. Choose which toppings you’d like to do and draw/cut them out of your various cardboard. For the cheese, I used a piece of white paper and cut into little strips.
  5. Decorate your toppings with your markers and pencil crayons.
  6. Layer your toppings on your pizza and enjoy having your very own pizza parlor.

shiver me timbers! by allison

Submitted by @littlewhimsicalmoments

Grab those extra boxes and let them create! Allison's little ones built a pirate ship and they are the cutest little pirates!

no-mess finger painting by mercedes

Submitted by @goodmorningreagan

We love arts & crafts, but we don't love the mess! This no-mess finger painting is fun for your littles but with no clean-up!

You need:

  • finger paint
  • gallon ziplock bag
  • painters tape

How to:

  1. Squeeze two dollops (different colors) of finger paint in a gallon ziplock bag.
  2. Secure all four sides down with tape on a table or glass door.
  3. Ta-da! Mess free finger painting. 

This is a great activity for baby sensory play and learning color mixing.

decorate a house by mer mag

From our friends at @mer_mag

Mer Mag thought it was the perfect time to celebrate home! They created a printable to download and decorate.

They used a cereal box for the shingles, shutters, and stepping stones. 

For more ideas on how to decorate the house and download the house to decorate, click HERE.

diy recycled flower crayons by ashley

Submitted by @woodlark. You can find the original post HERE.

We’re always looking for ways that we can repurpose items, and one of our favorite projects is to recycle old crayons into new ones! The beauty of this project is that it is quick, easy and you can use materials that you already have on hand. These crayons will be a wonderful addition to your children’s art supplies or would also make great gifts! 

You'll need:

  • pieces of old crayons
  • silicone mold or ice cube tray

How to:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degree F.
  2. Remove the paper wrappers from the crayons. Break any larger ones into small pieces.
  3. Fill each mold cavity with the small pieces, slightly overfilling each mold. 
  4. Place the mold on top of a cookie sheet and place in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until all of the wax is completely melted. Remove and let cool at room temperature until hardened.

egg garden with taylor 

Created by @taylorkrabill

An Easter-themed herb garden! The kids will love planting it and taking care it!

You'll need:

  • eggs + carton
  • herbs of your choice
  • soil
  • toothpicks
  • small wooden labels

How to:

  1. Crack the eggs but only remove the top of the shell.
  2. Place a small amount of soil as needed.
  3. Plant your herbs.
  4. Add additional soil as needed.
  5. Write the name of each herb on a label and glue to toothpick.
  6. Place herb garden in the sunlight.

Enjoy!

diy recycled cardboard seed mosaic eggs by ashley

Submitted by @woodlark

Making seed mosaics is such a wonderful simple and easy activity to do with children of all ages. All you’ll need is some cardboard and any dried beans or grains that you have in your pantry at home. If you’re short on materials, you can use any small nature items that you already have, such as small pinecones or flowers. Have fun experimenting with different shapes (such as these festive eggs for Easter!)

You'll need:

  • cardboard
  • dried beans/seeds
  • school glue

How to:

  1. Cut egg shapes (or your desired shape) out of recycled cardboard
  2. Attach dried beans or seeds using school glue
  3. Let dry!



More ideas!
  • The @cincinnatizoo introduces their cute animals on daily Instagram lives! A great way to have some educational screen time.
  • @amandajanejones created a paper rainbow in her window to spread a little joy!
  • @campstores created an activity book to download-you can download it HERE.
  • Try yoga with Cosmic Kids!
  • @busytoddler has great activity ideas to keep your little ones learning!
What activities have you done with your kids?