8 Indoor Activities For Kids To Help Build Outdoor Skills

We all love being outside in the fresh air, but sometimes there are weather-related reasons or school closings that mean staying indoors. To avoid cases of cabin fever, you can use this list of indoor activities for kids to develop outdoor skills that they can practice later.

1. Practice tying new fishing and boat knots.

Learn how to tie fishing knots at home with an extra spool of line or practice tying various boat knots with a piece of rope. You can turn new skills like knot tying into fun indoor activities for kids by making a list of simple to advanced knots and assigning points to each knot type. Keep track for a week to see who is earning the most points for new fishing or boat knots that are tied properly.

2. Learn how to identify different types of fish.

You can use the Explore Fish Species section, search online fish identification graphics from your state fish and wildlife agency, or purchase species identification guides that cover both saltwater and freshwater fish. When children learn more about the characteristics of each species and their diet, they can become better anglers.

3. Put together a 45- to 60-minute indoor exercise for children.

Make exercise one of the fun things to do with your family by adding some stimulating music. These include push-ups, sit-ups, steps or stairs, jogging in place, squats, yoga poses (e.g. tree pose for balance), soup cans as weights for a few sets of bicep curls, skipping rope, hula hoop , Jumping jacks, crabwalks and rowing an imaginary boat.

4. Paint pet rocks or make things from seashells.

Indoor family activities like painting rocks for pets or using seashells for crafts can also be educational moments. Encourage the children to identify the type of rock (igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic) or shell (cockle, olive, murex, etc.).

5. Use a compass app (or a real compass) to teach children to read a compass.

Have the children take turns giving directions to other family members using only compass points about a specific location in the house. In other words, tell them to remember not to use “right” and “left” as they are relative directions and differ depending on your location and direction. However, the celestial compass points are constant. This is one of the fun indoor activities for kids to practice and then use next time they go hiking or fishing with their family outdoors.

6. Practice pitching a tent or building ceiling fortresses indoors.

Of course, you can’t use stakes, but you can encourage children to think resourcefully about what household items could be used for anchors (such as a pile of books).

7. Plant an indoor vegetable garden or container garden project.

An example is growing celery in a bowl of water. All you have to do is place the bottom of a celery bundle in a shallow bowl of water. In a few days it should start taking root.

8. Use a telescope to keep a log of the phases of the moon

Or track the daytime temperatures on graph paper. These indoor activities for kids can encourage them to understand how moon phases and temperature changes can affect wildlife activity.

Don’t forget that in addition to these eight ideas, you can always go to the “Places to Go Fishing and Boating” section to make a list of the places you want to visit when it’s time to be back outdoors.


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