I have to say, we are lucky that this whole forced home school and stay at home orders are happening during Spring time. This gives us and the kids more opportunities to get outside, and get fresh air. Play time can consist of riding bikes, scooters, play with chalk and so many more activities…but what about the rainy days, or time we’re stuck inside?
I’ve put together some great energy-burning activity ideas perfect for indoor play! If you have any ideas I’d love for you to comment those below. We are all stuck for a least 30 days. So we all need all the inspiration we can get. Get kids of all ages to unplug, get up, and MOVE, even inside, with these indoor activity ideas.
Indoor Activity Ideas to Keep Kids Busy
- Simon Says – This is a classic game. Use commands like “Simon says hop to your pillow and back,” “Simon Says run up the stairs and back,” and “Simon Says bring me a spoon”
- Dance Party – Nothing gets kids going like a dance party! Pick a favorite playlist and crank up the jams! Learn a new move on YouTube or or TikTok. Try a round of freeze dance, pausing your music and holding statue-still til it starts up again (Alexa is a great freeze dance partner!)
- Tape Shapes – Clear some space on a non-carpeted floor and use painter’s tape to make large shapes. Like triangles, rectangles, squares, and circles on the floor. Assign each child a starting space, then call moves like “crab walk to the circle,” “crawl to the square,” or “jump backwards to the rectangle.”
- Balloon Ball – Blow up some balloons, toss a sheet over two chairs to make a “net”, and serve up a round of indoor balloon volleyball. Just don’t let that balloon touch the floor!
- Laundry Basketball – If your kids like basketball, empty a laundry basket and take turns tossing a ball (or pair of socks) into the basket. Then backing up two steps each time you score. See who can shoot from the farthest distance!
- Soda Bottle Bowling – Grab some empty soda or water bottles out of the recycling and set up an indoor bowling alley in your hallway. Roll a soft ball toward your targets and see who can knock down the most “pins” and reset them the fastest.
- Long Jump – Using painter’s tape, lay six 2-foot strips, each about a foot apart. Assign a starting spot and see who can jump the farthest!
- Potato Pass – Kids waddle their way toward a bucket or bowl – with a potato between their knees – and see who can drop it in first in this half-baked indoor game! Make it tricky by placing the bucket in another room, forcing turns or steps along the way.
- Be My Mirror – Pair up your kids and assign a starter to make a series of moves while their partner tries to mirror what they’re doing. Get through the series and switch roles – miss one and begin again!
- Hula Hoop Marathon – Grab a hoop and set the timer to see who can last the longest. Expert “hoopers” can try swiveling their hula hoops on their necks, arms, and ankles.
Just because they are playing inside doesn’t mean they can’t be active. Get creative and your kids will follow suit. And these can all be played outside as well! Look forward to seeing you and your kids playing and getting active. Be sure to share these with me over on Instagram or Facebook! I love seeing you guys enjoying the things I share.
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