I’ll go into a little detail of how you can entertain your children in your home. Be your kids' own Harry Houdini--minus chains, the locks and water tanks, of course. Simply place a coin and then shuffle the cups around. Then ask your children to guess which cup holds the coin. Parents can put the cups near a table's edge and drop the coin. You don't need 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 middle of each plate. Pour on the plate before some suds begin to form and gently mix with the dish soap. Have the kids blow gently and place the straw in the suds. Watch as bubbles start to form. To make this competitive, see who blows the biggest, or longest-lasting, bubble.
Exercise muscles with a puzzle. You have the kids make their own or can use a variety. Have your children draw a picture. Then use a pencil to outline puzzle pieces directly. Cut the pieces out mix them up and get solving. The winner gets her own gold medal! Make your own ribbons with this craft:
Card games are great for hard young minds and creating hours of indoor fun. Grab a box of cards and check out our favourite traditional card games. You don't want a building. Popsicle stick cities, card towers, even buildings out of blocks, or indoor forts from boxes or cushions, will do just fine. Whoever builds the highest tower wins if you want to become aggressive. This traditional favourite will never get old. The remaining players will gather in a circle or line facing Simon as he calls out activities starting with the phrase"Simon says":"Simon says...touch your toes." The players then have to replicate Simon's action, touching their feet. If Simon calls out an action without uttering the term"Simon says," the children must not do the action. If a child touches his toes when Simon didn't say..., he or she's out of the match. There are a number of great ways into performing actions when Simon did not say Simon can trick players: an action can be performed by Simon without uttering a control, as an example, or he can perform an action that doesn't correspond with the command. Fun! The last player becomes and wins the next Simon.
Kids love finding objects when there's a prize at the end. Simply write your clues on some slips of paper -- get creative. Put the clue somewhere easy to find, like within cereal bowl or your child's snack. Then leave as you like around the house, making a trail to the last clue. The treasure hunt can lead around the house. This way the kids get to collect all the coins and put them in their banks in the end. This schoolyard favourite is guaranteed to be an indoor hit, too. Set up your hopscotch game on any floor surface. Masking tape will do to form the two linking squares. Boxes 1-3 will be put one on top of the other, in one line. Choose a marker, such as rock, a coin or beanbag. The marker wills throw into 1. If successful, the participant will then hop -- one foot on single squares and 2 toes on squares square. The player may rest on"home" before hopping back. The next player takes a turn when the player is unsuccessful. Players resume their turns by throwing the marker on the previous box.
No list of indoor games would be complete without Hide and Seek, now would it? In this classic game, 1 person ("It") covers their eyes and counts while the other players hide. When"It" is completed counting, he or she starts looking for the hiders. The last hider to be discovered is another"It." Caution: this game is a source of giggle fits. To be safe, make sure there aren't any loose items on the ground. If you would like, let"It" to carry a flashlight or turn the lights on once"It" finishes counting.
To play, everyone sits in a circle. The next player then says,"In my basket for the picnic, I packed...," and then recites what the first player packed and adds their own item to the basket, etc. Most preschoolers flock to the classroom table as soon as it is pulled by the teachers out. So there is little doubt they'll love this entertaining challenge. Locate any box which has a lid on it or a shoe box. Cut a hole in one of the faces of the box --large enough to fit her hand in. If you want, get creative and decorate the box with question and glitter marks. Guess what it is when you are ready to play, put an item in the box and have your kids. If they want to, they can ask questions, or you can offer clues. To ensure it is aggressive, it is possible to give a point to the child to name the object.
A great way to reuse water bottles (or you could purchase an indoor bowling set). Line up water bottles at the end of your hallway or living room. Put a line of duct tape at the starting line. Catch start bowling and a ball! If you want, keep score and give out trophies at the end.
You can't be too small 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, she or he takes a step back and yells again before missing.
From Battleship to Sprouts, we have created a must-play list of pencil-and-paper games which beat TV. Collect some pencils and paper and check out our best of pencil-and-paper games.
While you've got your masking tape out, why not create your balance beam? We all know kids love walking in straight lines. Put on some music, and one at a time the children can take their turn walking. Make the game harder by having the children walk balance or backwards with one foot on the line.
Select some of your kids' tunes and turn up the volume. Ask them to dance until the music stops. They have to freeze in whatever position they find themselves in -- even when they have one leg up when it does. To make the game more challenging, ask the children to freeze in particular presents: animals, shapes, letters or even yoga postures. Toddlers in particular love this game. You can even use your doorbell camera to play stop and go because it has a microphone and video recording. This game will have everyone giggling. Ask the kids to sit on the floor in a circle. When the music stops, the player leaves the ring. Among Colla games for grandchildren and her preschoolers is sure to delight little ones and educate. Take out several items. Have the children take them away, and look at all the things. Ask one child to hide their eyes as you pick up an item and listen and make sounds with it. Ask the child. This indoor game is ideal for larger groups -- a sleepover favourite. Divide the kids up into groups. Give each group a bag filled with props, like toy jewelry, a spoon, a sock, ball or ribbon. Then give them 15 minutes to construct a skit. This game is so much fun that it doesn't need to be competitive. If the children want they all could vote on a skit that is winning.