A few fun ideas for those winter evenings
Winter is here and with it the rain! If you are looking for things to keep your kids entertained indoors, and we’ve gathered a few ideas for you!
- Movement Chain: This game needs at least 2 players - the first person begins by performing any movement. This could be jumping 2 times, or maybe even a cartwheel! The next person then performs the first movement and adds on another. The following person does the previous 2 movements, plus adds their own… and so on!! They can keep going until someone forgets a movement, catching them out, and whoever is last is the winner!
- Potato Drop: This is a bit of fun for the kids (and maybe for you too!) Everyone puts a potato between their knees and runs to a finish line where they drop it into a bowl or bucket. If the potato is dropped on the way, or if hands touch it, they have to go back to the start and try again!
- Lego Color Hunt: This is a quick and easy game – which you don’t have to supervise! Simply put 4 pieces of coloured paper down and then collect 10 Lego pieces that match each one (ie. 10 yellow Lego pieces for a yellow piece of paper). Now hide all of the Lego pieces in one room/area of your house and lay out the coloured paper on a table or the floor nearby. Start the clock and have your kid(s) start hunting.
Once they’ve found a Lego, they need to return it to the piece of paper that matches in colour. See how long it takes them to find them all and then re-hide so they can try and get a better time. Once they’ve had enough of the game, challenge them to have a little quiet time and make a cool rainbow structure out of the Legos!!
- ABC Hunt: Have your kids go around the house with a basket, collecting items that start with each letter of the alphabet (A for apple, B for Barbie, C for Crayola, etc) – give them a checklist to mark off each one as they go. Time them so they run!
- Scavenger Hunt: Send your kids around the house collecting various items that you’ve listed. Make it fun by including specific things like “your favourite shoes” or “a woolly hat” to more general categories like “something from the kitchen beginning with the letter B”. And set a timer! (If you have a room that can get dark enough by turning off the lights and closing the curtains, why not try a Dark Scavenger Hunt where they have to find certain hidden items in the dark using a torch!)
Ideas borrowed from: https://whatmomslove.com/kids/active-indoor-games-activities-for-kids-to-burn-energy/