Instead of just letting your kids watch TV or play their games all day, why not introduce new fun games and activities that will keep them on their toes? Kids will love playing with you!
Here are 5 exciting indoor activities you can try with your kids:
Young children love to stack things and top them over, which is why bowling is a great game to play! You can easily find a toy bowling game in a store, but you can choose to make your own as well.
Here’s what you need:
Space to play
10 empty soda cans
Tennis ball (or any toy ball bigger than a tennis ball)
Create a bowling alley using masking tape. Consider your child’s age and physical abilities to determine the length of the path. Arrange the boxes at the end of the track, then show your child how to hit them. Keep a dashboard or change the rules to make the game more fun and competitive!
Building a fort
Kids love the idea of having their own space. So when you introduce the idea of a fort with them, they would like to build it as much as play in them. Pillow forts are the most popular – all you need are a few different sized pillows, blankets to stack or use as “doors” and some sturdy furniture that will hold the fort together.
You can also build a cardboard fort – you’ll need some big boxes and just tape it together to create room to play in (better if you could crawl in, too!). Once you have a fort in place, provide a flashlight and a few books to read or play their favorite toy with them!
Dominoes in free fall
This is a simple activity that can have a great positive impact on your child. All you need is a game of dominoes. Start aligning the dominoes in any model you like (let your child decide on the arrangement), then ask him to help you with stacking.
Once all the tiles are in place, prepare the video camera before asking your child to return the first one! Voila – instant entertainment!
We all enjoyed crawling under chairs or climbing tables like a child, so why not make it a fun activity? Create an obstacle course in your home with your furniture and some of your children’s toys.
Go through this first to show the kids what to do in each game, and then give them scores based on the speed at which they finish the course. It is enough to pay special attention to ensure the safety of children.
If you want to do something quieter, play card games with young people. Start with simple, easy-to-teach games that encourage logical reasoning, ability to arrange and number identification.
Start with classic games such as Go Fish, Memory Game (requires 2 decks of cards) or Crazy Eights. Other card games like Uno or Blink would be ideal, too.