When the weather is stormy or too cold to play outside, how do you keep your kids entertained? Most kids nowadays will first think of watching TV and playing video games which is still a form of inactivity. Children need at least an hour of physical activity and cannot achieve this by just sitting in front of a TV all day. There are a number of indoor games that you can plan to play with your kids so that they receive enough exercise. Before you pick a game make sure it is age appropriate. If the game is too difficult your children may become easily frustrated and if the game is too easy they will be bored easily.
One way to encourage indoor activity for your kids is to bring in a skipping rope or hula hoop. Kids love to play, and with these fun fitness tools at their disposal they are very likely to use them. You can motivate them by turning it into a contest, such as who can jump the most in one minute or how long they can go.
Another idea is to create an indoor obstacle course using whatever you have on hand, such as cushions, tables and chairs. Your children can jump, hop and crawl over and under the different obstacles. You can also make it more interesting by encouraging them to complete the course in their own imaginative way.
If your children like playing sports it is possible to move the fun indoors. You will, of course have to adjust the game play so as to avoid injury and damage to furniture. For example you can move basketball indoors by using a bucket and a small light ball. Each player can take a turn throwing the ball into the bucket. You can set up the game to shoot the ball from different distances, and the person who shoots from the furthest distance wins.
Children love finding hidden objects so a treasure hunt would also be a fun idea for a rainy day. Write clues on pieces of paper and leave as many as you can around the house for them to find.
Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek is a classic game and a favourite amongst children. The rules require one person to be the seeker while everyone else hides. There are several places to hide and this is a great way to spend time with your family as children will have lots of fun hiding from their parents and siblings.
Another way to spend some time together is by playing board games. There are hundreds of different type of board games for different ages and it is not hard to find one that will fit your child’s interests. Timeless games like Monopoly and Scrabble can bring the family together. Jigsaw puzzles are also great for developing cognitive, colour co-ordination and problem-solving skills in your child.
These fun indoor activities will keep kids busy, happy and healthy and will have your kids looking forward to the next rainy day.
Colouring & Painting
This is the most ideal indoor activity for kids aged between 2 – 5 years at home or even in school. Kids love colour and to colour images. By giving them safe crayons ( that do not contain any Led) and or food based water colours, with some painting or colouring books, your kids will enjoy this activity especially if you join them.
They also learn different colours as well as what colours one makes when they mix various primary colours.
Moulding using Plasticine
Moulding items using plasticine is another favourite activity for kids. However, this is only recommended to kids above 3 years as any child below that age may eat the play dough which comes in very attractive colours.
Show kids how to make items like cars, a house, animals etc with the play dough.
Lego Building Blocks
Building blocks or Lego have for years been kids’ favourite play items. They not only help the child improve on cognitive skills but also in problem solving and creativity.
Most Legos are only recommended for kids above 2 years especially those with small pieces that a child may swallow. However, there are those that a 1 year old can play with so long as the pieces are big enough and not easily swallowed.
The WheelBarrow Race
This is more ideal if your kid(s) are atleast 4 years old. The it works is that one person walks on their hands as the other lifts both their legs and steers them forward. This can be a very fun activity if the kids together with you as the parent(s) are involved.
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