Indoor Games for Active Children


Active kids can get restless pretty easily if they’re cooped up inside the house with nothing to do. To ease the stress of keeping them occupied and pleasant, consider the following indoor games for active children.

Active kids can get restless pretty easily if they’re cooped up inside the house with nothing to do. To ease the stress of keeping them occupied and pleasant, consider the following indoor games for active children.

The Floor is Lava

This is a classic indoor game that requires some imagination and a sense of adventure. The idea is that the floor is molten lava and if you step on it, then you lose. Set pillows or pieces of clothing on the floor as stepping stones to get from one end of a room to the other. Make it a challenge by asking the child to get across the floor using the least amount of steps or by timing them to see which route is fastest for crossing the lava. Be sure to make the area safe for jumping and remove any sharp-cornered objects, in case of excited slippage.

Scavenger Hunt

To keep the kids busy for a while, try setting up your own scavenger hunt with items hidden throughout the house. Make lists on sheets of paper with clever clues about each item and where they can be found. Be sure to include rules about certain rooms or areas that are off-limits for searching. And don’t forget to include prizes, which can range from candy to extra TV time or maybe a later bed time. At the end of the hunt, make clean up easy by turning that into a game, too.

Miniature DIY Cornhole

Cornhole is usually an outdoor game that requires large boards and bean bags, but you can make an easy indoor version for your kids to play. Rolled-up socks or plastic bags with actual dried beans inside work well for tossing, instead of buying bean bags from a store. For the board, you can tape the bottoms of plastic containers or cups to a piece of cardboard. Be sure to note the size of the “bean bags” before choosing the containers, so you know that they can fit inside. Assign different point levels for certain cups and let the competition begin.

Animal Charades

To get your kids to work on their reading and comprehension skills while also having fun, try making your own animal charades game. Write a bunch of different animals on small pieces of paper, fold them, put them in a bowl and start playing. Try playing with sounds first to get them excited about the game, and then switch to no sounds allowed to really see them use their brains to figure it out. The kids will learn to read the different animal names as well as work on their problem solving skills by acting out the animals’ characteristics.

Knee Ball Drop

The name of this one sounds odd but it can create hours of fun. Grab a soft, small ball and some jars or containers that you have lying around the house. Set the jars at one end of a room, with your child at the opposite end. Have them place the ball between their knees, waddle over to the jars and attempt to drop the ball into the jars. Make it an extra challenge by assigning different points to each jar and have prizes available for achieving a certain amount of points.

It can be a struggle to keep kids entertained throughout the day, but these fun indoor games can keep your active children amused even on the coldest or rainiest of days.

 

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