During this unique time in the world we find ourselves at home with our children. Running out of ideas to keep them active and busy is a real problem.
At Experior we understand that you want to keep your kids healthy, moving and thinking while at home and so we scoured the internet looking for great ideas for things to keep our kids motivated and doing activities other than video gaming.
We found a great list of activities for kids at this link https://www.care.com/c/stories/3775/101-indoor-games-and-activities-for-kids/ and wanted to share them with you. We’ve gone ahead and added an additional item to make it 102.
We hope this list is helpful for your family and that it helps you stay positive and focused on your family during a time when the focus seems to be on the news of the day with Covid 19.
1. Set up an indoor hopscotch grid using painter’s tape.
2. Play a classic game like “Old Maid.”
3. Bake and decorate sugar cookies.
4. Make a giant crayon cupcake craft out of old, broken crayons.
5. Play a game where kids shut their eyes and you feed them different types of food. Have them try to guess what they’re eating based on flavor alone.
6. Make cards for loved ones like grandparents and put them in the mail.
7. Have a sing-a-long.
8. Learn how to whip up homemade body lotion and lip balm, and have a DIY beauty spa day.
9. Collect all your kid’s toy cars, and have a mini car wash in the sink.
10. Play pickup sticks.
11. Have an indoor picnic for the family room. Everyone can pick out or make something to share.
12. Construct an indoor sandcastle using paper towel rolls and miscellaneous
cardboard and construction paper.
13. Build a homemade telescope using a paper towel roll.
14. Set up a miniature train and village.
15. Build a skyscraper out of blocks or Legos.
16. Create a touch-and-feel box by cutting a hole in an old shoebox and filling it
with different items that your child will be able to identify by feel.
17. Look out the window to see how many different birds you can spot. Research the type birds to see if you can name them all.
18. Build a pillow fort.
19. Collect family photos, and make an album.
20. Set up a “balance beam” using masking tape on the floor.
21. Play musical cushions, just like musical chairs but using cushions spread out on your living room floor.
22. Color dry beans and make art.
23. Construct marshmallow toys using mini-marshmallows and pretzel sticks.
24. Create a DIY “Twister” game using masking tape and colored paper.
25. Sing karaoke.
26. Sit in a circle or around a fire and tell each other ghost stories.
27. Cook a special family dinner.
28. Play hide-and-seek.
29. Make your own Bingo cards and play.
30. Set up an indoor basketball game using a bucket and a rolled up sock.
31. Have a dance party.
32. Try a concentration game by setting up a group of stuffed animals. Take one away and ask your child to figure out what’s missing.
33. In a basement or large space, try the crab walk or wheelbarrow.
34. Teach them how to tell a joke.
35. Try some easy, kid-friendly yoga stretches.
36. For sports fans, make your own sports triangles.
37. Using string, play “Cat’s Cradle.”
38. Wash the family dog.
39. Cut up magazines and newspapers and create a collage.
40. Have a pillow fight.
41. Using a broom, try out some “Limbo.”
42. Start a piggy bank or coin collection.
43. Have an indoor snowball fight using balled up socks.
44. Dress up in old costumes, or create new ones.
45. Make cupcakes for a friend.
46. Set up indoor bowling using empty water bottles and a tennis ball.
47. Create snowflakes with scissors and a sheet of paper.
48. Make your own lava lamp and make science fun for kids.
49. Plant indoor flower pots or herbs.
50. Play “Follow the Leader.”
51. Make your own tic-tac-toe or hangman games.
52. Play patty cake.
53. Find a hula hoop and see how long you can keep it going.
54. Make your own bookmarks for story time.
55. Pick favorite animals or people and play the “who am I?” or “what is it?”
56. Get large pieces of paper and trace one another’s bodies on the floor.
57. Gather around the fireplace and sing camp songs.
58. Build an ocean in your bathtub and fill it with toy boats.
59. Play “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.”
60. Do some silly shakes when you need to get the energy out.
61. Host your own matinee movie.
62. Play the “I Doubt It” card game.
63. For older children, try out “Cranium.”
64. Take turns at playing doctor.
65. Play your favorite rhyming game.
66. Place a balloon between one another’s torsos and see how far you can walk without dropping it.
67. With that balloon, you can also play “Keep It Up.”
68. Write a story together.
69. Pick out your favorite songs, and play the “Music Freeze” game.
70. Get some exercise, and do a few jumping jacks
71. Play “Guess Who?”
72. Create your own paper beads out of magazines for a necklace or bracelet.
73. Play “I Spy.”
74. Set up a stage, and put on your own show.
75. Using sheet paper, make an origami fortune teller.
76. Learn a few good magic tricks.
77. Build an indoor mini-golf course using plastic cups set up around your living room.
78. Create noise makers out of empty bottles and beans or rice.
79. Play “Duck Duck Goose.”
80. Prepare breakfast in bed for someone special.
81. Using a bandana, try out “Blind Man’s Bluff.”
82. Play the “Clapping Game.”
83. Make dream catchers out of paper plates and string.
84. Play “Scrabble” or “Boggle.”
85. Set up an indoor obstacle course.
86. Grab a potato, beanbag or ball, and play “Hot Potato.”
87. Take turns reading to each other. Everyone reads a sentence or a page.
88. Paint or draw a picture on cardboard, cut it into shapes and create your own puzzle.
89. Gather objects from around the house (pots, spoons, paper towel tube, etc.) to make your own musical instruments, and play your favorite songs.
90. Fill a balloon with a little sand using a funnel, and blow it up halfway to make a fun ball to play with.
91. Drag out the costume box and have a fashion photo shoot. Must-haves include feather boas and necklaces.
92. Take the items you found on your last nature walk, and use them to create
multi-textured art. Glue flowers, sticks and sand to a piece of construction paper.
93. Look up popular YouTube dance videos for kids and follow along with the
94. Make binoculars out of TP rolls and personalize them with art supplies.
95. Make pancakes for breakfast (or breakfast for dinner!) and see who can come up with the most creative shapes.
96. Inspire a future decorator or architect, and design a dream house out of clay.
97. Practice chemistry that smells nice by making your own perfume. You only
need three things.
98. Get out the face-painting kit, and make crazy faces on each other.
99. Try different hairstyles on each other.
100. Learn how to sew, and make hats with colorful pom poms for yourself.
101. Create colorful bracelets and necklaces for friends and family out of colored thread.
102. Plant seeds for your spring garden!
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