Stuck Indoors? Our Favorite Pinterest Finds to Keep Kids Busy

This winter has been a real tough one with a busy 2-year-old. We spent a lot of days stuck indoors due to polar vortexes and blizzards. Just when spring rolls around and we think its safe to step outside come the all day never-ending showers. Grey days that just make you want to curl up and stay inside.

Here are some activities I tried this winter to keep Eyan busy (most of which were found on Pinterest – click the headers for links!):


Construction Sensory Box

There are a lot of cool ideas for sensory boxes online but Eyan has little construction vehicles so we went with this theme. I threw rice and beans in a tupperware bin (that had a lid for easy storage!) and hoped it wouldn’t be a huge mess. But of course it was. I’m still finding little pieces of rice in our living room! But he was entertained for an hour straight – priceless when you’re stuck indoors.


Colorful Geometric Sun Catcher

We recently tried this one and our result is not as nice as the above! I think that’s called a #pinterestfail?

The tutorial is in Spanish, so I used what we had around the house – wax paper, glue and tissue paper. It was a fun activity for Eyan though – that’s all that counts!


Aquarium in a Jar (aka easiest pet ever!)

We did this one in art class and its very simple. You just need:

– Clean pasta or mason jar

– Clear hand or dish soap

– Hot glue gun or super glue

– Rocks

– We used plastic fish but you can cut fish from construction paper or foam sheets

– We cut up green sponges for our sea plants


Glue your sea plants to the bottom of the jar. Add rocks. Slowly pour in your soap (don’t worry, the bubbles will settle!) Add your fish and glue the lid on. Done!


Make a Fun Snack

Why not…you have the time!


When in doubt…bake!

Browsing Pinterest always makes me so hungry! These peanut butter stuffed chocolate chips cookies are next on my rainy day baking list. I’m sure I’ll have a happy sous chef!

Here’s to hoping for sunny days ahead! But if you’re stuck inside hopefully this list helps you pass the time. If you want to see more of our pins, find us @HalfPintShop.

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