Stuck inside with the kiddos? Here a few fun indoor games to keep everyone entertained, brought to you by Western Childcare Director Kaila.
This game seems too simple but our kiddos LOVE it! Find an object such as a pool noodle, broom, mop, really anything you are able to safely hold for children to go under! The rules are simple, Turn up some music (your choice), line the children up ( parents are welcome to play as well), send kiddos one by one under the limbo bar! To follow the original rules... it's face up, bending backwards slightly to go under. Once the line starts over it's time to lower! Each round the bar will get lower and the challenge will get harder! If you touch the limbo bar you are out! The most important rule is to have FUN! If you need to take turns holding the bar so everyone can play that is just fine too!
Pool Noodle Volleyball:
Find a balloon or a light ball, think beachball! Next you want to find an item to be the "net". Some ideas are a pool noodle, broom, mop, etc. Next you want to find a semi open space in the house so you have room to move! In this area you need to find a way to secure the "net". Some ideas are on some chairs, stools, or another household item to hold the item of choice up in the air. If needed you may secure the item with some masking tape or another tape that won't ruin the surface you are using. Now let the volley commence! Player one will send the ball over the net and the opponent will try to hit the ball back. You may feel free to set the rules however you would like. Typically we find one on one with a normal point system works best for children! If you miss the "ball" your opponent gets the point and vice versa.
Masking Tape Obstacle/Agility Course:
This easy breezy course is fun for all ages! To start you will need a large open space with carpeting or laminate flooring, even unfinished basements or garages work great! Next find some masking or painters tape! You want to make sure the tape you are using won't be damaging to your floors, so test run a small spot first! The fun part comes next! You are going to tape off an "obstacle course" on the floor using the tape you have. Make a variety of lines, zig zags, arrows, and other special markings to follow through the course! I also encourage you to add props to the course so there is other "obstacles" you have to get through! Some ideas include items to crawl through, under, over, around! You get the idea! I suggest removing the tape when you are done to make sure there isn't residue on the flooring. Enjoy!
Laser Beam Alley:
This specific game will require a hallway, some tape (safe for painted walls), and some party streamers or string! Think spy kids with this game! You are essentially creating a "laser beam" affect by taping streamers or string to the wall to "block" the route. You will want to stagger, crisscross, and place these at various heights and directions! Leave some space for the obstacle to be feasible for your child to get through! If it is too over crowded with the streamers it will be nearly impossible to complete the mission. To start the game simple have the kids line up and try to maneuver their way through the course using whatever movements needed! This is a great brain game to test strategy, as well as using large motor skills! Whoever makes it through untouched by the "laser beams" will be the winner!
Plastic Cup Bowling:
This simple but fun activity is great for all ages! You will need about 10 plastic or paper cups (solo cup style) and a small ball! To start simply have your kids stack the cups in a vertical pyramid style shape! Once you have this tower structure set, you can begin! Stand a generous distance from the "pins". Establishing a line on the floor may be extremely helpful if more than one child is playing. After you established the line, proceed by gently rolling the ball to knock down as many "pins" as you can! If all "pins" fall, STRIKE! You may choose to keep score however you see fit for your children and their ages!
Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Time to get creative my friends! This scavenger hunt is a bit different from your typically one! For this scavenger hunt we will be using descriptions to find our items! For example, something soft, something blue, something heavy, something smelly, something green etc. Get creative and write the ideas down! Then make the "official hunt" list with the options you find best for your kids and household items. Once the kiddos find all the items either have them collect & pile or show you the items! The child with all the items first is the WINNER!