Baby development: The ultimate guide to kids indoor activities
Play! Play! Play! is what all kids want. While going outdoor is not feasible all the times, indoor games can be as interesting as outdoor too. Apart from engaging the kids with the gadget technology, here are a few interesting indoor games which would make your child filled with fun and excitement.
Exercise those creative, cognitive and problem-solving muscles with a good puzzle. You can use a store-bought variety or have the kids make their own. Have your children draw a picture on a sturdy piece of cardboard or Bristol board. Then use a pencil to outline puzzle pieces directly on their drawing. Cut out the pieces with a good pair of scissors, mix them up and get solving.
You don’t need a fancy building set for this. Popsicle stick cities, card towers, even buildings out of blocks, or forts out of boxes or pillows, will do just fine. If you want to get competitive, whoever builds the highest tower wins.
Hide and Seek
No list of indoor games would be complete without Hide and Seek or popularly known as peek a boo, now would it? In this classic game, one person (“It”) covers his or her eyes and counts aloud while the other players hide. When “It” is finished counting, he or she begins looking for the hiders. The last hider to be found is the next “It.” Warning: this game is often a source of giggle fits. Families with older children might want to take things up a notch and play Hide and Seek in the dark. Just to be safe, make sure there are no loose items on the floor. If you want, allow “It” to carry a flashlight or turn the lights on once “It” finishes counting.
Make fruit flavored ice pops
Summers are a perfect time for ice pops and they are a great way to get some fruits into kids. Making fruit flavoured ice pops is a quick recipe and you can make them with kids without much trouble.
Bubbles are always a hit with the kids and it is simple to make your own bubble liquid. Spend a day making bubble liquid and then blow giant bubbles with the kids.
Have a movie night/day at home
Who says that you need to go out for movies. Make your sofas comfortable, dim the lights, make some popcorn and have a kiddie movie marathon. Movies like Sound of music, Wall E, Wizard of Oz, The Lion king, Madagascar are all movies kids and adults enjoy alike.
Play Charades/ Dumbcharades
I am a big fan of charades and although kids can’t enact movie names but they can definitely enact actions, animals, emotions etc. Take some index cards and write various words like jiggle, dance, leap, roll eyes, sad, anger etc and help kids to play charades with them.
Have a dance party
For this you might need to have atleast a few kids around. So call in your child’s friends, put on their favorite music and let them groove. You can also build in a game of musical chairs or freeze dance in the party.
Card games are great for challenging young minds and creating hours of indoor fun. Grab a box of cards and go heading having fun with cards.
Why not nurture your child’s interest in art and craft? If they love colouring take out the pack of crayons, paint brushes and let them go explore their creativity. Just make sure they don’t run out of paper. Let them try some paper craft if you’ve got rolls of tissue paper to spare. It’s a creative way to spend the day and will even get the full family roped in.
Here are few handy indoor activities that can be useful:
1. Make an ant farm.
2. Bake cupcakes.
3. Make a cubby house under the table.
4. Invite friends over to play.
5. Make homemade pizza.
6. Play carom / Scribble board games.
7. Have a theme day. This may be butterflies, pirates, princesses, fairies, dinosaurs or a particular colour.
8. Make an inside obstacle course with cushions, pillows, boxes, chairs and blankets.
9. Ice biscuits.
10. Play dress ups and do a play.
11. Make a themed play space: in a large rectangle bucket or tray create your own play scene. For example: use a smaller container (like an empty margarine container) filled with water, and in the rectangle bucket place rocks, small twigs, bark or sticks from trees for an outdoor scene.
12. Go on a colour hunt in your house. Collect objects of a certain colour and take a picture of your finds to make a collage. Also an idea by Picklebums.
13. Buy a note book and get the children to write a school holiday diary (or draw pictures every day for young children).
14. Reorganise the children’s room (with their help).
15. Do face painting.
16. Write a letter to someone.
17. Hang a sheet from a tree to make an outside cubby house.
18. Fly (cut to length) crepe streamers in the wind.
19. Eat outside.
20. Do general gardening or plant a vegetable or herb garden.
21. Make an outside obstacle course.
22. Play Backyard games.
23. Paint a picture.
24. Do an outside treasure hunt.
25. Create an outdoor play garden. Create a small space of dirt and fill with pots, small rake, bucket, spoons, utensils and solid plastic toys like animal figurines. I like this one from The Imagination Tree.
Hence Moms have fun while your little munchkin has!