25 Inside Activities for Kids
A great way to reuse water bottles. Line 6-10 water bottles up at the end of your hall or living room. Place a line of duct tape at the starting line. Grab a medium-sized indoor ball and start bowling!
This game will have everyone giggling. Ask the kids to sit on the floor in a circle. Turn on some tunes and have them pass the potato around the circle as fast as they can. When the music stops, the player holding the potato leaves the circle. Keep going until only one player is left and wins the game.
There is something magical about obelisk - kids just love it! Whip up a batch of ooblek and your kids will love you forever! You can find the recipe HERE
Find a shoe box and cut a hole in one of the sides of the box —large enough for your child to fit her hand in. If you want, get creative and decorate the box. When you’re ready to play, put an item inside the box and have your children guess what it is. They can ask questions about the item if they need to, or you can offer clues. Get as ooey-gooey as you wish or use such simple objects as a brush, a toy, a piece of fruit. To make it competitive, you can give a point to the first child to name the object.
You are the customer and your kids are the cooks. Let them take your order, make your food, serve you, and then clean up after. They will love this idea and they will also be happy when it is over and it is your turn to serve them again!
Indoor obstacle course
This is a fun activity that can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it. The winner is the first player to complete the whole course.
Make Puppets and Put on a Puppet Show
You can use brown paper bags or socks and add paper, yarn, uncooked noodles, etc. Let your kids be creative and you will be surprised at how much time they will spend just making the puppets. Then help them with a puppet show plot and allow them to perform.
Kids love finding hidden objects- especially if there’s a prize at the end. Simply write your clues on some slips of paper. Place the first clue somewhere easy to find, like on their toothbrush. Then leave as many clues as you like around the house, making a trail to the final clue.
You can’t be too little for this version of basketball. All you need is a bucket and a rolled up sock (or a small, light ball). Each player takes a turn at throwing the sock-ball into the bucket. When a player scores a bucket, he or she takes a step back and throws again until missing. The player who shoots the ball in the bucket from the farthest distance wins.
The Listening Game
Take out several miscellaneous items. Have the children look at all the items, and then take them away. Next, ask one child to hide their eyes and listen as you pick up an item and make sounds with it. Ask the child to guess which item made the sound. Examples of items might be a comb (run your fingers along it), a glass (gently tap it), shakers, sandpaper, blocks rubbed together, a pot and spoon. Be creative and have fun!
I can not say enough good things about games - they are entertaining, educational and a great time to bond with your kids. Here's a list of the top 10 family board games:
BubblesYou don’t have to go outside to enjoy bubbles. For this game, you need a plate and straw for each player, some dishwashing soap and water. Place a dime-size drop of dish soap at the centre of each plate. Pour a little water onto the plate and gently mix with the dish soap until some suds start to form. Have the kids place the straw in the suds and blow very gently. Watch as massive bubbles start to form.
Write Letters With actual paper with actual pens and pencils, write to out-of-town relatives or friends. For younger kids, have them draw pictures.
Magical MamaSimply place a coin under one of three cups and shuffle the cups around. Then ask your kids to guess which cup holds the coin. Sneaky parents can place the cups near the edge of a table and secretly drop the coin. Watch your tots’ eyes light up in amazement when they learn the coin is gone! Then let the kids try.
Domino RunSet up dominoes to make a domino run by standing them on end in long lines so that when the first tile topples, it topples the second, which topples the third, then the fourth, until all of the tiles fall. Begin with relatively few dominos and increase the number and difficulty of the design with each subsequent run. Kids will spend a great deal of time with this exercise.
Hide and SeekNo list of indoor games would be complete without Hide and Seek, now would it? In this classic game, one person (“It”) covers his or her eyes and counts aloud while the other players hide. When “It” is finished counting, he or she begins looking for the hiders. The last hider to be found is the next “It.”
Pencil-and-Paper GamesPencil-and-paper games that beat TV any rainy day. Gather some pencils and paper and get going on these top 10 pencil & paper games:
You don’t need a fancy building set for this. Toilet paper roll buildings, Popsicle stick cities, card towers, world of legos or blocks, etc.
Exercise those creative, cognitive and problem-solving muscles with a good puzzle. You can use a store-bought variety or have the kids make their own. Have your children draw a picture on a sturdy piece of cardboard. Then use a pencil to outline puzzle pieces directly on their drawing. Cut out the pieces with a good pair of scissors, mix them up and get solving.
Choose some of your kids’ favourite tunes and turn up the volume. Ask them to dance until the music stops. When it does, they have to freeze in whatever position they find themselves in – even if they have one leg up.
To play, everyone sits in a circle. The first player says, “In my basket for the picnic, I packed…,” and then says what item he or she packed. The next player then says, “In my basket for the picnic, I packed…,” and then recites what the first player packed and adds his or her own item to the basket, and so forth.
This traditional favourite will never get old. To start, choose one player to be Simon. The rest of the players will gather in a circle or line in front of Simon as he calls out actions starting with the phrase “Simon says”: “Simon says…touch your toes.” The players then have to copy Simon’s action, touching their toes. If Simon calls out an action without uttering the phrase “Simon says,” the kids must not do the action. If a child touches his toes when Simon didn’t say…, he or she is out of the game. There are lots of great ways Simon can trick players into doing actions when Simon didn’t say: Simon can perform an action without uttering a command, for example, or he can perform an action that doesn’t correspond with the command. The last player left in the game wins and becomes the next Simon.
Card GamesCard games are great for challenging young minds and creating hours of indoor fun. Grab a box of cards and check out these top 10 card games for kids:
Balance Beam Using masking tape, make a balance beam. Put on some music, and one at a time the kids can take their turn walking one-foot-over-the-other across the straight line of tape. Make the game more challenging by having the kids walk backwards or balance with one foot on the line.
Paper-Bag SkitsThis one is best with 3-4 kids and even better if you have enough for two or three groups of kids. give kids a bag filled with props, such as a spoon, toy jewelry, a sock, ball or ribbon. Then give them 15 minutes to construct a skit around the props.