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3 Indoor Activities You Have To Try With Your Kids

Published Dec 27, 2018 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

You can bring excitement right into your home with any of these 3 cool indoor activities. They are like a science experiment, meets creativity, meets fun! Guaranteed to be a hit with your kidlets.

It's always handy to have some fun and exciting ideas in your back pocket to pull out on a rainy day. We found awesome indoor activities that we wanted to share. And let me tell you- these will brighten and lighten up your home (literally!). Most ingredients are pretty simple, and many will likely already be in the home. 


Glow In The Dark Play Dough

Take play dough to a whole new level and make it GLOW! You do need a blacklight for this one to work, but they can be found for pretty inexpensive these days. Plus, it might come in handy on nights where you need some quick and easy amusement (what kid doesn't love seeing their white's and bright's light up?!)

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbs cream of tartar
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Food colouring
  • Neon / glow in the dark paints
  • Black light

How to get it set up:

  1. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together except for the boiling water and paint
  2. Add the boiling water to the mixture, and stir well until everything is full combined
  3. Separate the mixture into balls and add your colour of choice to each
  4. Mix in the colouring until it is an even consistency
  5. In a dark space, turn on your black light!

Sand Foam

Who says you need a sandy beach to build sand castles?! With only THREE INGREDIENTS you can bring the beach to your home, and have a sand-like creation that the kids will love to play with. It holds shape, more similar to wet sand, so is perfect for building and play.

What you need:

  • 1 bottle of clear glue
  • 1 cup liquid starch
  • 2 lbs ultra fine sand

How to get it set up:

  1. Bake the sand for 4-5 hours at 120 degrees celsius (to remove the moisture)
  2. Mix together the clear glue and liquid starch in a bowl
  3. If it is too stiff, slowly add more liquid starch to the mixture (you want it to be a bit runny)
  4. Slowly add the mixture to your sand, until you have a consistency you want (note- you will likely not have to use all of the mixture)

Rainbow Soap Foam

Bring a splash of colour to your day! Whether in the bath tub, or in a large tub/container, this is really exciting for the kids and SUPER easy to do. 

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp dish soap
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Food colouring or liquid watercolours
  • A mixer

How to get it set up:

  1. Add the dish soap, water, and food colouring in a bowl
  2. Mix on the highest speed for 1-2 minutes (until it becomes the desired foamy texture)
  3. Scoop into your tub or container, and repeat as necessary

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Comments (7)

April 15, 2015, 5:17 p.m. Flag

Hah! I love the dish soap foam idea. How fun would that be. I remember making play dough back in the day, but ours was the regular non glo type. Isn't it interesting that kids tend to love the same kinds of toys over the years. My kids are all grown and gone now, but I'll hang onto this post for when grand kids come along.


December 31, 2015, 6:39 p.m. Flag

I remember wanting sand foam so badly as a kid. I would always see it on Saturday morning cartoon commercials but my parents always told me it would be too messy. I honestly think I would still enjoy it if I got a chance to play with it now, haha! I love glow in the dark things so I think the play dough would be really fun for little ones as well. The dish soap idea looks so cool! I never would have thought of doing it. Kind of like when teachers used to let us play with shaving cream on the desk top it doubles as a cleaning session.


January 10, 2016, 4:44 a.m. Flag

My daughter absolutely still loves to play with bubbles and playdoh......we'll have to make some of this stuff one weekend, or maybe wait until spring break. What fun ideas. :)


January 11, 2016, 12:16 p.m. Flag

These look like so much fun!! Love the foam soap and the glow in the dark play dough. I think these will be a great rainy day activity for us! Thanks free the great post!!


January 14, 2016, 7:36 a.m. Flag

Wow, all three activities sound and look amazing! Thank you for the recipies, we will definitely try all of them and I believe that my kids will be sooo happy when they hear that we can acually make glow in the dark play dough! :D Your articles are very nice, thank you for sharing this information!


January 20, 2016, 12:58 p.m. Flag

Joelle, these are fantastic ideas! I have never heard of glow in the dark play dough...this is unreal! I am definitely making this this week. And rainbow foam, this is going to be such a hit! I can't believe how simple these are to make. Thanks for the tips, I was running out of ideas and going crazy and we have one more week of holidays before back to school :D


January 17, 2019, 7:50 p.m. Flag

I love these ideas but i find even the simple version off any of these really gets the kids happy. I have a bucket of sand for my seven year old. She has it in a flat Tupperware container that fits nicely under her bed along with its lid. My daughter spends hours playing with it. She buries and searches toys, she builds, she puts animals in there dinos. Tiny little creatures, tiny little dolls. It’s an endless ideas of creativity.
It can be purchased clean and sanitized from any hardware or Michaels. Pst cheaper at hardware stores. Or take a bucket and sanitize it yourself by baking it for 20 minutes on high. Enjoy!


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