Cabin Fever is described as a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group ends up in an isolated or solitary location or stuck indoors in confined quarters for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations. Cabin fever is also associated with boredom.

It’s here; the lull of winter is upon us. Don’t worry friends, Spring will be here soon. Until then, here are 10 ideas to keep your kids occupied indoors. Good luck and we’ll see you on the other side!

#1 Dance Party

A surprise dance party can help both you and your kids shake it off, so make like Taylor and get on your feet. Some upbeat music can help burn some energy and transform your mood. How can you be bored when you’re bopping along to your favorite tunes?

#2 Bake

We admit, baking and/or cooking with your kids always seems like a good idea but can get frustrating very quickly. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Break out the cookie sheets, because cookies always make things better.

These soft & chewy M&M cookies from Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet are always a hit. www.crunchycreamysweet.com/2015/12/04/soft-and-chewy-mm-chocolate-chip-cookies.

#3 Pillow Fort

A fort is a great distraction that can lead to fun all day, that is if you can build a fort that will withstand the test of time…or siblings. Whether you like to pull all the chairs in your house together and drape a blanket over them or you prefer to use the cushions from every piece of furniture you own, embrace the mess and enjoy!

#4 Bath Time

Most women would agree that baths are great at any time of day and most kids would say the same. Gather up any and all tub-friendly toys and dive in! Who cares if it’s 2pm? Your kids may look like shriveled prunes but at least they aren’t driving you crazy, right? Right!

#5 Experiment

There are so many fun and simple experiments that you can do with your kids. Visit Little Bins for Little Hands at littlebinsforlittlehands.com for a ton of great ideas. Here are a few…
• Apple-Cani: littlebinsforlittlehands.com/erupting-apple-science-baking-soda-fizzy-activity
• Lego Zip Line: littlebinsforlittlehands.com/lego-zip-line-homemade-toy-zip-line-kids
• Sensory Bins: littlebinsforlittlehands.com/our-favorite-sensory-bin-fillers

#6 Indoor Picnic

Pack up your lunch and head to the basement, bedroom, or living room. Use your imagination and pretend you’re dining on the top of a mountain or in a secret cave. Your kids will enjoy the change of scenery and maybe you won’t have to ask them 25 times to eat their sandwiches.

#7 Make a Game

So many quick and easy games can be found on the Internet. With a quick search you can find ideas for all ages. Here are a few of our favorites…
• Crepe Paper Laser Maze by Brassy Apple
www.brassyapple.com/2013/05/diy-laser-maze-kids-activity.html
• Balloon Tennis by Little Bins for Little Hands
littlebinsforlittlehands.com/balloon-tennis-gross-motor-play-activity
• Pom Pom Ball Race by Frugal Fun for Boys
frugalfun4boys.com/2013/06/19/racing-pom-pom-ball

#8 Popcorn Olympics

Host your own Popcorn Olympics! It’s fun for the whole family and all you’ll need is popcorn. Or So She Says has all the details on the events. oneshetwoshe.com/2013/03/the-popcorn-olympics-fun-activity-for-kids-she-veronica.html

#9 I’m Bored Jar

“I’m bored” – the parent equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. They can be standing in a sea of toys yet there’s somehow “nothing to do!” While any parent can rattle off 5 to 10 activities for their kids to do, none of them are ever appealing. To solve the problem, create an “I’m Bored” jar. A quick look on Pinterest and you can find ideas for all ages and seasons. Trust us, this one works!

#10 Cardboard Box of Fun

Save all those cardboard boxes from the holidays – the possibilities are endless!
Here are a few ideas for you…
• Cardboard Rocket Ship by Kate’s Creative Space
katescreativespace.com/2012/09/03/rocket-man
• Cardboard Castle by Cornerstone Confessions
cornerstoneconfessions.com/2012/01/cardboard-box-makeover.html
• Cardboard Stick Animals by Flatout Frankie
www.flatoutfrankie.com