Instead of letting your kids watch TV or play games all day, why not introduce some fun new games and activities that will keep them on their toes? Children will especially love playing with you!
Here are 5 exciting indoor activities you can try with your kids:
Young children love to pile things up and knock them over, which is why bowling is an ideal game to play! You can easily find a toy bowling pin in a store, but you can also choose to make your own.
This is what you need:
- Space to play
- 10 empty soda cans
- Tennis ball (or any toy ball larger than a tennis ball)
- Scotch tape
Create a bowling alley with the duct tape. Take your child’s age and physical abilities into account when determining the length of the lane. Place the cans at the end of the lane and then teach your child how to hit them. Keep a scoreboard or change the rules to make the game more fun and competitive!
Building a Fort
Children love the idea of having their “own space”. So when you introduce them to the idea of a fort, they’d love to build it as much as they’d love to play in it. Pillow forts are the most popular; all you need are pillows of different sizes, blankets to stack or to use as “doors” and some sturdy furniture that will hold the fort together.
You can also build a cardboard fort – you’ll need a few large boxes and just tape them together to create room to play (better if you could crawl too!). Once you have a fort in place, provide a flashlight and some books to read or play your favorite toy with.
This is a simple activity that can have a great positive impact on your child. All you need is a game of dominoes. Start lining up the dominoes in whatever pattern you want (let your child decide the arrangement), then ask her to help you stack.
Once all the tiles are in place, prepare the video camera before asking your child to flip the first one. Voila, instant entertainment!
We all loved crawling under chairs or climbing over tables when we were kids, so why not make it a fun activity? Create an obstacle course in your home using your furniture and some of your children’s toys.
Review it first to show the children what to do in each part, and then rate them according to how quickly they finish the course. Just pay special attention to ensure the safety of children.
If you want to do something calmer, play cards with the little ones. Start with simple, easy-to-teach games that encourage logical reasoning, organizational skills, and number identification.
Start with classic games like Go Fish, Memory Game (requires 2 decks of cards) or Crazy Eights. Other card games like Uno or Blink would also be ideal.