Inspirational indoor play ideas!

We all want to do our very best for our kids, but sometimes, especially during the school holidays, it can feel like we’re expected to be one-person entertainment factories! We’re not exactly blessed with the weather at times, let’s face it, so every Irish parent needs some rainy day ideas in their arsenal to counteract the inevitable cries of “I’m booooored!” But while most of us get the playdoh or the paints out, some parents have gone the extra mile to keep their kids occupied. Check out these indoor play ideas – sheer inspiration for the creative among you!

Indoor climbing wall

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Indoor climbing wall!

Perfect to strengthen and develop motor skills and keep little monkeys occupied throughout the day. And more importantly tire them out for bedtime!

Blackboard wall

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Blackboard wall. Hours of fun right there!

What kid doesn’t like to write on the walls? Make it easy for them (and you!) and give them an entire wall dedicated to the art of wall-scribbling! Perfect for a bedroom or playroom.

Secret room

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A secret room; every kid’s dream being able to hide away from us! Are we really that bad?

They’ll love this idea – why not go the extra mile and make it a space that’s completely their own? They’ll love spending time in their little hideaway while you take advantage of the peace!

Still bored? Check out these more accessible rainy day ideas!

Stair slide

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This is indoor slide is clearly for parents. m&i loves!

This is definitely on our list! We love this idea for parents as well as kids – the morning routine just got a lot more fun!

Home gym

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An indoor jungle gym – this is how to ensure your kids are tired out every, single, night.

Your kids will be in their element playing on their indoor climbing frame! What’s more, they’ll be keeping themselves fit and healthy while having a great time too!

Magnetic wall

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Magnetic wall – surely this wouldn’t be to difficult to DIY?

A lot easier than it seems. Simply get a can or two of magnetic paint from retailers like Smarter Surfaces and give it a coat or two and you’re away! This will be great for your kids fine motor skills, while also developing their literary and numerical skills (if you get the letter and number magnets!). But any kind of magnet is sure to delight kids!

Lego wall

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Lego wall – even better!

Even better than magnets – but this one might have to be regulated to the playroom! Whack up a few lego boards and you’re away! Excellent fine motor and logic skills development! See what your kids build when they have both vertical and horizontal dimensions to work with!

Food shop

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What kid doesn’t love playing supermarket? And this would look so pretty in any kitchen. A toy we actually wouldn’t mind being in the kitchen – who’d have thought!

Not only does every kid ever enjoy playing shop, but this one actually would look kind of nice in our kitchens too! If you do anything – get the bunting! A cheap and easy way to add colour and texture to your room or children’s play area!

Felt wall

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Fuzzy felt wall – this is a really great idea and a great development tool for toddlers

Your toddler will love making scenes out of this gentle, malleable material. Simply buy or cut out a few choice shapes and you’re flying! Try a farm, a town or a house to start out. Just don’t forget all the animals and objects that go with it!

Paper roll

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Could this be the answer to our prayers? No more writing on the walls!

Take the temptation away and give your kids a canvas to work on. They’ll love the way they can pull the paper down, and you’ll love your sparkling walls!

Stage

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Every little popstar dreams of having their very own stage. So cute!

Give your kids a stage for those little plays, performances and dances they like to show you! They’ll love having their own creative space – just make sure you have your camera ready!

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