Indoor Play Activities

Living in a climate that is cold during the winter months can bring out the boredom comments. My boys knew better than to utter the words, “I am bored!” because I would have them do a chore for me since they obviously did not have enough to do. They actually were talking about that just the other day! 🙂

Here are some ideas to help with boredom for young and old alike.


Kinetic Sand

1 cup fine sand
1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp dish soap
water (as needed)
*Food coloring

Step 1: In a plastic bowl, mix fine sand and cornstarch together.
Step 2: Add the dish soap and then add water a little at a time so that it holds together, but is not too wet. Combine thoroughly until well mixed.
* Step 3: Add food coloring (optional).
Step 4: Let dry for 1-2 hours.
Step 5: Begin playing!

The amazing thing about this sand is that it holds together well and it doesn’t make a mess! whaat?!  Add cookie cutters and plastic knives (if age appropriate) for your children to use. I can’t wait to use this myself! This is a stress reliever, creative play medium and excellent aid for fine motor skills.

School Connections Science- discuss objects have matter; Physical Education– fine motor skills; Health– relieving stress If you have a child who becomes frustrated or stressed, discuss using this as a means of taking your feelings out on an object rather than someone.

Oobleck Ingredients

  • 1 part water (1/2 cup)
  • 1.5 to 2 parts cornstarch (1 cup)
  • Small amount of food coloring (optional)

Mix ingredients

  • Start with the water in a bowl and add the cornstarch a bit at a time.
  • Stir with a plastic spoon until it has a gooey consistency. You may want to use your hands.
  • When the Oobleck is just right, slowly add food coloring, if you want. This can be a challenge to get it mixed properly.
  • Now you can play with it. Be sure to keep it in a plastic container as it is ooey gooey and can stick to surfaces. But, it is so worth making  and playing with it!

Things to do with Oobleck

  • Grab a handful and squeeze it. Let it ooze through your fingers.
  • Make a puddle and quickly drag your fingers through it.
  • Put it into a plastic container and shake it .
  • Jab at the Oobleck and then slowly let your finger sink in.
  • Roll some Oobleck into a ball. It becomes solid, but when you stop moving it, it will melt back into your hand.

Warning! Don’t drop Oobleck on cloth furniture, a deck, or sidewalk. It’s hard to get off.

  • Oobleck isn’t poisonous, but it tastes awful. Wash your hands after playing. Make sure children are supervised.
  • Wear old clothes, as oobleck tends to get messy. While it is messy, it will come out with a bit of water.
  • Lay a couple newspapers on the surface where you are playing.
  • If Oobleck is left out too long, it will dry out and turn back to cornstarch. Throw it away if this occurs.

School Connections:  Science- you can discuss what is a Non-Newtonian fluid. Newton described how ‘normal’ liquids or fluids behave, and he observed that they have a constant viscosity (flow). … We call these ‘strange liquids’ nonNewtonian fluids. …NonNewtonian fluids change their viscosity or flow behavior under stress.  Reading– Read Bartholomew and the Oobleck. You can discuss weather, the consequences of our actions and wishes, being grateful, or what is a hero. 

Video  This is a wonderful reading of the story. Click on the word video to take you there.

 Interactive Book  A fun app to engage your student in the reading of the story. This is especially helpful for those that are not yet reading or not reading at this level, but like to have stories read to them.





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