Fun Indoor Games And Activities For Kids This Summer

Being cooped up indoors can be stressful for your toddler this summer. Try out these fun indoor games and activities to keep your child active and engaged. Go ahead and have fun with your kid!

By Kumudam Berkin and Dr Shyam Kumar  • 11 min read

Fun Indoor Games And Activities For Kids This Summer

Back in the days when we were kids, we loved playing outdoors. But with the onset of technology, more and more children prefer staying indoors and watching TV or videos on gadgets like tabs or mobiles. Studies show that the consequences of excess screen time are very detrimental to your child’s development. Although playing outdoors is very essential for your child’s physical development and social skills, playing indoor games are equally important especially when the weather plays spoilsport. Engaging in indoor activities also teaches children the importance of spending time at home.

This article lists some interesting indoor games and activities that you can play with your little ones.

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5 Interesting indoor games for kids

Here’s a list of fun indoor games that you can play with your toddler.

1) I Spy

This is quite an old game and is called, “I spy something with my little eye.” A minimum of 2 players can play this game. This game will help the kids to learn about colours, textures and shapes. It also improves their power of observation.

What you will need:

  • Items of various colours and shapes that are within sight

How to play:

  • You can pick a topic – it could be anything from colours to objects around them. For example, your kid could say, “I spy something with my little eye, a thing which is blue in colour.”
  • The other kid will need to look around the house to try and guess what he is talking about.

2) Hide and seek

Hide and seek is an age-old game that has not lost its charm one bit. Your child and his friends will have a good time hiding and finding each other out. Just make sure you draw clear rules about hiding places, to ensure safety.

What you will need:

  • A handkerchief to blindfold the child

How to play:

  • One of the kids needs to close his eyes and count up to 5 or 10.
  • The other kids can quickly hide anywhere inside the house before he finishes counting and starts seeking them out.
  • The first person to be spotted will be the next person to count while the others hide again.

3) Treasure hunt

Treasure hunt is another game that will get children moving and keep them active. It helps develop problem-solving skills in children and gives them a sense of adventure. The treasures could be simple like a box of crayons or colouring books. You can make your own clues and hide them at various places around the house. Also ensure rules such as no running around the house.

What you will need:

  • A box of crayons, colouring books, toys, etc.

How to play:

  • Plant the treasure inside the house where the children can find it by following the clues.
  • Place the clues leading to the treasure inside or near objects such as the drawer, bed, pillow, a toy, a book or an alarm clock.
  • Draw each clue on a piece of paper for your little ones to understand easily.
  • Now go ahead and hand out the first clue to the kids so that they can begin hunting their valuable treasure.

4) An indoor obstacle course

An obstacle course is not just for people in the armed forces. Your child can get the required amount of physical activity from this game.

What you will need:

  • Pillows
  • Large cushions
  • Beams with masking tapes
  • Ottomans
  • Stuffed toys

How to play:

Create a trail of sorts with all the above items and let your children jump, roll and perform somersaults over them. This is not only fun but also works up a good appetite in your child.

5) Musical chairs

This game is entertaining for kids as well as adults. All you need is music and a few chairs to keep your little ones busy. Ensure that you resolve any conflicts regarding who first sat on the chair and to comfort kids those who are out of the game.

What you will need:

  • A few chairs
  • A music player

How to play:

  • Set the chairs in a circle.
  • The number of chairs should be one less than the number of kids.
  • The children should walk around the chair as the music plays.
  • If the music stops, each kid should try to sit on a chair.
  • The player without a chair will be out of the game.
  • Remove one chair and resume playing until one kid is the winner.

5 Fun indoor activities for kids

1) Balancing beam

This is a challenging game and two or more kids will enjoy it. You could make it more fun by scoring it. This is a fun indoor activity that helps your child develop balance and coordination.

What you will need:

  • A masking tape that you can stick on the floor
  • A piece of cloth or handkerchief to use as a blindfold
  • Pillows and cushions for safety

How to do the task:

  • Ask your child to walk along the straight line created by the masking tape without losing balance.
  • You could bring in variations by applying a blindfold or even making the kids walk backwards.
  • Use pillows or cushions to soften the landing if the child happens to lose balance.

2) Sorting

This is a fun activity for toddlers that helps them to compare, classify and organise objects based on their similarities or differences. This will not only keep them occupied for a long time but also help them to learn about various colours, shapes and sizes.

What you will need:

  • An array of items such as building blocks, crayons, toys, glasses, spoons, plates or vegetables

How to do the task:

  • Give your kids a variety of items to sort out.
  • Ask them to sort it according to the type or colour of each item.

3) Jigsaw puzzles

An all-time favourite task of kids is playing with jigsaw puzzles. They come in all shapes and sizes. Assembling jigsaw puzzles helps your child with analytical skills. This activity also helps develop your toddler’s creative, cognitive and problem-solving skills.

What you will need:

  • A set of jigsaw puzzles
  • A table to assemble the pieces of the puzzle

How to play:

  • Your kid can assemble the puzzle all by himself or he could gather two or three of his friends to work on it together.
  • What can make this activity even more interesting? You can create your own jigsaw puzzle for your child. Simply draw a picture on a cardboard and have it cut into multiple pieces. This way, you can create a new puzzle every day.

4) Home skit

This activity not only develops your child’s confidence and acting skills but also her imagination.

What you will need:

  • Props and materials relevant for the theme of the skit; also, costume pertaining to specific characters

How to do the task:

  • Give your kid and her friends a theme on which to base the skit or they can come up with their own theme.
  • Then ask them to come up with a script of their own by coming up with the characterisation, writing the dialogues and relevant notes such as time of day, setting, list of props required, costume, etc.
  • Then they can each choose a character to act out and memorise the relevant dialogues.
  • Finally, ask them to act out the skit in front of the whole family.

5) Alphabet game

This is a fun way to keep your kids occupied as well as to improve their vocabulary and language skills. A minimum of five kids will make this game a lot of fun.

How to do the task:

  • Select any theme like animals or colours.
  • Ask each child to come up with a word starting with a particular letter of the alphabet.

Importance of indoor games and activities for children

When children play more outdoors, they do not get an opportunity to bond with their siblings, grandparents and other members of the family. Playing indoor games gives a chance for the whole family to interact closely with each other.

It is the responsibility of parents to initiate and encourage indoor games for their kids. However, both outdoor and indoor games are equally important. An excess of either is not good.

Benefits of indoor activities for toddlers

The advantages of children playing indoors are plenty. Kids are relatively safe from injury in the comfort and safety of their homes. Playing indoors teaches your child to invite other children and bond with peers. Children also learn to bond with older and younger siblings, thereby learning to share and play fair.

Giving children an opportunity to play indoors helps children be happy with whatever they have. Also, they do not get cranky if the weather is bad. It is also less stressful for parents as they can keep a close eye on their little ones.

So, why not have your child play some of these fun indoor games this summer

About the authors:

Written by Kumudam Berkin and Dr Shyam Kumar on 16 April 2017; updated on 20 May 2020

Kumudam Berkin is a professional German translator, interpreter, foreign language instructor for schools and visiting faculty for colleges and corporates.

Dr Shyam Kumar holds a degree in Homoeopathy with an MBA in Hospital Management and has worked across multiple disciplines including healthcare and technology. As a nature lover, he attended the world's first underwater CEO's conference to combat marine pollution.

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