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Date added: 09/30/2014 Top 10 Things to do Indoors

As the weather starts to get colder and nights get longer we all find ourselves spending more time indoors. But don’t fret, even if you’re spending more nights inside getting warm, that doesn’t mean you have to limit the amount of fun you can have.

We took a look around the web and came up with our favorite things to do that are fun and indoors and perfect for fall.

1)      Make a Scarecrow

Scarecrow Fall
photo credit: jeff_golden via photopin cc

Autumn is never complete without the fun of making a scarecrow. Rustling in the fallen leaves and stuffing them into old clothing brings out the kid in everyone. For those who like to be different, you can always make an indoor scarecrow at any time of year, using newspaper or paper towels as stuffing. Thanks to Lifehack for this great idea!

2)      Have a Photo Shoot

Gather together some props and outfits and take family pictures. Make sure each member has individual shots as well. Acting as a professional photographer, be creative in the photos you take. Take funny pictures. Take serious pictures. Take candid shots. The joy of digital photography is that you can take as many photos as you like and delete what doesn’t work. Make sure you add props to make it interesting! Thanks to Lifehack for this great idea!

3)      Have a Spa Night

Plan an evening where you can do an at-home spa night. Light candles, put on relaxing music, and make your atmosphere resemble a spa. You can do facials, manicures, and pedicures. You also can have bubble baths. Schedule it so that each person is doing a different thing and rotate the process. Your family will enjoy this time of pampering and relaxing. Thanks to Lifehack for this great idea! 

4)      Host a Themed Movie Night

There are many movies that have sequels. Pick a genre that your family would enjoy. Plan for a whole evening of back-to-back viewing of the movies. Make sure you have plenty of popcorn and snacks on hand! If you want to be really creative, find props that go with the movie and set them out. You can even make a dessert that matches the movie theme. May the force be with you! Thanks to Lifehack for this great idea!

5)      Bake cookies

Here is a great recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies thanks Mandy’s Recipe Box 

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

 

2 cups of all purpose flour 

1 1/2 cups of oats 

1 teaspoon baking soda 

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon 

1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice 

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup of butter, room temperature 

3/4 cup brown sugar 

1/2 cup of granulated sugar 

1 cup of pumpkin puree

1 egg 

2 teaspoons vanilla 

1 cup chocolate chips 

 

Directions

  •  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cookie sheets with parchment or a baking mat. 
  •  In your stand mixer, blend butter and sugars. Once fluffy, add the pumpkin, egg and vanilla.  Beat well.  
  •  Add the flours, oats, soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt; mix.
  •  Add the chocolate chips. Mix until distributed.
  •  Drop by spoonfuls onto your cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes.
  •  Makes about 30 cookies.

 

6)      Save up those TP rolls and wad up your socks

Arrange TP rolls like bowling pins on one end of the hall.  Stock up a few balled-up socks on the other.  Bowl or throw at the “pins,” and you’ve got an indoor bowling alley. Thanks to The Art of Simple for this great suggestion!

7)      Watch Home Movies or Look Through Old Photos

It never gets old reminisce with your family about fond or funny moments from the past. Take some time to remember the good times, and create new ones by looking through mementos from the past.

8)      Make Homemade play-doh

Play-doh made from scratch is incredibly easy, and you can make an endless array of colors with basic food dye.  Plus, it doesn’t have that awful commercial-brand smell.  Spread the outdoor tablecloth on the floor, and give them dull knives, a rolling pin, and some cookie cutters. Check out THIS LINK for easy play-doh recipes. Thanks to The Art of Simple for this great idea!

 

9)      Have them help with cooking

If they’re old enough to stir, sift, and pour, let them help you with the basics—pasta and pizza sauces, muffins, and breads are all kid-friendly.  And it’s a good chance to teach about numbers, fractions, nutrition, and providing for the family. Thanks to The Art of Simple for this great idea!

10)   Write a book

With just a few simple craft supplies you and your family could be creating your very own collection of literary magic. Even if your kids haven’t. Check out the full craft on Imagination Soup!

Fall Indoor Activities