With winter’s cold and gloomy days approaching its time to start planning a list of fun and interactive indoor games for your kids. Staying indoors doesn’t have to mean that they can’t have fun, it just takes a bit more creativity and a few necessary items to keep them busy, happy, excited and occasionally independent.
A few classic ways to spend winter’s day inside and avoiding boredom are: watching movies and reading. A good family movie is always a great way to spend a few hours calmly enjoying something on TV all together. Online streaming platforms often offer an incredible selection of family friendly movies and TV shows to enjoy together. For example, you can check out all of the movies and TV shows on uk.chili.com, for great recommendations.
Reading is also a great way to spend time indoors. Not only does it allow for your little ones to practice their reading skills, but it can be a wonderful way to keep their brain active and develop their mind with new information.
Activities like painting, making origami, baking and playing with play-dough are also great interactive ways to spend the day. Why not teach your kids to bake and decorate some delicious cookies that they can enjoy! Painting and creating origami are also great ways to stimulate the brain and one’s creativity while creating something memorable. A nice homemade activity can also be creating a necklace or bracelet with large pasta noodles or items found at home. All you need is a piece of string to thread the pasta on. All of these suggestions are great for stimulating fine motor activity.
Old fashioned board games such as monopoly, scrabble, snakes and ladders and chess or even Lego are also fantastic suggestions to keep the kids occupied throughout the day. As these games require multiple players, they are a great excuse to invite friends over so that the kids can all play and enjoy some time together. A few more interactive games that can also be played with a few friends inside are: musical chairs, all you need is a space large enough to accommodate a number of chairs and ample room for kids to move around safely; free dance, perfect for all ages and all you need is an open, obstacle free area and a bit of music; hide and seek, a home always has a million places to hide and Simon Says, perfect for small or large groups who will follow the command of one leader and do exactly as they say!
While staying indoors during the winter may not seem as exciting as playing around outside in the warm weather, there are infinite possibilities as to what to do and how to keep children happy and excited indoors. Traditional board and card games are always a great go-to option and there are also a number of homemade games that can be created on the spot with what’s available in the house. If you’re ever in need of a new and creative idea, the Internet also offers a variety of unique lists and ideas!