Sometimes, playing outside is overrated. Sure, it’s a good idea to get the kids moving and get in some physical activity that might even help tire them out for nap time, but sometimes playing outside just isn’t in the cards. Whether it’s because of inclement weather, cold temperatures, or just wet grass from the previous day of rain, it’s important to also know some fun indoor games for kids.
Anyone can break out the video games or stream a movie to rein in the kids for the afternoon, but there is so much fun to be had with the classic games from your own childhood. You know, the ones that don’t require screens or batteries. There isn’t a kid alive who doesn’t love hide and seek, for example. And when you convert your living room into an intricate fort, it suddenly opens the door for a plethora of other games to engage your child’s imagination.
When trying to figure out what indoor games for your kids to play, the name of that game is finding something that goes beyond the typical Barbie or Lego play sessions. Sure, those are fine options too, but there are some classic indoor games for kids that you should probably introduce your kids to like now.
1. Hot And Cold
Everyone has played this game at some point, and the best part is that you don’t need anything outside of the home to have fun. Pick an item or have your child do it and then hide it somewhere in the house. Use the word “hot” to tell them they are close to wherever it is hidden and “cold” to let them know they aren’t close. You can even make things really interesting with a timer.
2. Board Games
You also can’t go wrong with board games. Maybe Chutes and Ladders or Checkers are a little dated, but there are plenty of modern board games for kids of all ages. Go with a memory games based on one of your child’s favorite TV shows or find a trivia game everyone can enjoy. If it gets their mind working, that’s just an added bonus.
3. Hide And Seek
Even toddlers can enjoy a game of hide and seek. Younger ones should probably find a hiding spot with a parent or trusted older sibling, but it’s another fun indoor game that kids and parents alike can enjoy together.
4. Scavenger Hunt
This one might require a little planning on your part, but it’s worth it in the end. Make a list of things for your kids to find around the house (think “something that starts with the letter A” or “the cleanest shoes you can find”) and award a prize to the person who finishes their hunt the fastest.
5. Balloon Ping Pong
Playing an actual game of ping pong can get dangerous, especially if you have competitive kids. Instead, make a couple of paddles out of paper plates and Popsicle sticks and use them to hit am inflated balloon back and forth for balloon ping pong. It’s not quite the same as real ping pong, but it lends some fin creativity to the game.
6. Obstacle Course
Another fun indoor activity for kids that goes up there with building forts is playing in a homemade obstacle course. Whether they create something or you do it for them, it’s a good idea to stay nearby for safety purposes. Still, it can get the kids moving while giving them something to do other than complain that they have nothing to do.
Sardines is sort of like hide and seek. Only, after one person hides, everyone has to find that person. When they find them, they too have to join them in whatever hiding spot they are in. Eventually, the crammed group of hidden people will look like a can of sardines. At the end, everyone who managed to find the hidden spot and stay there wine and the last person to find everyone is the odd person out.
8. Building Forts
What kid doesn’t love turning an entire room into a fort, courtesy of blankets and pillows? It might be a while before your house is back in order, but tasking your kid with turning the living room into a fort or helping them yourself can provide hours of indoor fun.
9. Indoor Parachute
If you have ever played with an indoor parachute in preschool or kindergarten, then you can understand the allure of throwing it up in the air and holding on tight as it slowly makes its way down. If you don’t have one at home, however, a bed sheet works just as well.
If all else fails, you have every right to resort to video games if you just can’t get your kids to fully engage in one of these indoor games. But it’s hard for even the most sullen preteen to say no to an indoor obstacle course or scavenger hunt. The trick is showing your kids how much fun you’re having to get them to join in and see what they are missing. By the end of your first few games, you’ll all be ready for a nap, so it’s a win all around.