Shorter days, colder temperatures and wetter weather can mean a lot more time spent indoors with the kids. Any parent knows that after a while repeat shows of “Peppa pig”, reading the same farm books and singing the same nursery rhyme can become boring. Fast.
So here’s a few ideas we’ve put together to help both grown ups and their little ones get the most fun out of the days at home together. Happy memory making! X
Tell your child that you’re going to create a story about anything they want — and it can make it as outrageous or funny as they wish. One of you then provides the opening line, and you take turns adding new sentences. Write the sentences on paper so you can read the story out loud afterward. You can also create instant stories while riding in the car or preparing dinner.
Improve your child’s memory and help them to learn who’s who in your family tree with this photo game. Take nine family photos and arrange them into rows of three, then give your child nine playing cards or checkers pieces to serve as bingo chips. When someone calls out “Daddy” or “Grandma,” your toddler covers the photo with the card. Whoever gets three in a row wins.
Even the most challenged baker can pull off this sweet and simple project. Slice several thick cookies from a roll of refrigerated sugar-cookie dough. Gently flatten them a bit on a cookie sheet to widen them, bake, and cool for about 10 minutes. Next, all of you can enjoy decorating their pies with strawberry jam or red icing for sauce, shredded coconut for cheese, and red M&M’s for pepperoni.
Go outside and grab loads of those gorgeous Autumn leaves. Stick them to a page and encourage your little one to colour around them with non-toxic paints or crayons.
Have some empty cardboard boxes? Cut them out into recognisable shapes, eg, stars, hearts, trees and encourage colouring them in the appropriate colours.
Tire them out for nap time by making this classic a little more active . . . think “Simon says Jump up and down”, “walk like a crab”, “hop like a frog”, “wave your arms above your head”, “shake your whole body” . . . you get the idea!
Young kids love to dance! So why not dim the lights, close the blinds, use any torches to hand (or just your iphone!) then blast out some classics that once had us all running to the dance floor! Get those little feet moving with Whitney Houston “Dance with “somebody, “Dancing Queen,” by ABBA, and “I Will Survive,” by Gloria Gaynor, and watch the disco fun unfold.
A much loved classic for a reason! Once the younger ones are taking their naps why not keep your little disco going buy pulling out some small chairs to start this fun game for the older kiddies!
No list of indoor games would be complete without Hide and Seek! Why not liven up this classic by allowing the seeker to carry a torch or turn the lights on once they finish counting.
Kids love finding hidden objects — especially when there’s a prize at the end. Simply write your clues on some slips of paper — get creative. Place the first clue somewhere easy to find, Then leave as many clues as you like around the house, making a trail to the final clue. For older kids instead of a prize, the treasure hunt can lead to various coins around the house. This way the kids get to collect all the coins and put them in their piggy banks in the end!
If you don’t have an indoor bowling set don’t worry, this is a great way to reuse water bottles! Line six-10 water bottles up at the end of your hall or living room. Place a line of duct tape at the starting line. Grab a medium-sized indoor ball and start bowling! If you want, keep score and give out trophies at the end. (Note: if you need to stabilize the water bottles or make the game more difficult, simply fill them up with some water. Don’t forget to screw the tops on tightly!)
We know, you’ve been meaning to clean those toys for weeks but who has the time for that? Well now your kids do! Simply get a container or basin and fill it with warm soapy water. Put some towels on the bathroom of kitchen floor and let the kiddies have a great time giving their favourite little toys a bath. One stone – two birds 🙂
Got a toddler whose finally taking a nap but still need to entertain their older siblings? Why not crack out a classic board game like Monopoly Junior or Guess who?
Make a pillow and blanket fortress in the sitting room then stick on a classic like Toy Story, the Lion King or Beauty & the beast!