Indoor Activities for Kids

indoor activities for kids

Crafts are great indoor activities for kids!

Families around the world who live in poverty help their kids create their own toys and crafts. As you create these crafts and do these activities, discuss how children play around the world. Share with your kids that children use everyday household trash to create toys, balls, and craft supplies.

If the craft is from a specific country, have your children locate it on a map and encourage them to research the area. What are the neighboring countries, bodies of water, languages spoken, and religions? What is the main source of income? Do kids sell crafts to help pay for food and supplies?

Indoor activities for kids can turn into a learning opportunity!

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Stompin' Feet

Adult help needed.

Families who live in poverty often can’t afford toys, so kids make their own. You can do the same by recycling cans and pretending you’re one of the baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust!

  • 2 empty tin cans
  • punch-type can opener
  • black marker
  • bright fingernail polish or acrylic paint
  • googly eyes
  • scissors
  • nylon stretch cord or sturdy string


  1. Place cans open-end down, which will be the elephant feet. Punch 2 holes in each side of cans near the tops.
  2. With marker, draw an outline of 4 toenails on bottom open edges of cans. Paint toenails and let dry.
  3. Cut two cords to about 5 or 6 feet, depending on your height. Thread cord through holes, then tie loose ends in a knot.
  4. Stand on cans, pulling up on cords, and try walking around. You could even have an elephant-feet race!