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    Written by Kumudam Berkin and published on 27 April 2021.

    Being cooped up indoors can be stressful for kids. Try out these fun indoor games and activities for children that will help keep your little one active and engaged

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    Fun Indoor Games And Activities For Kids

    With the onset of technology, an increasing number of children are preferring to stay indoors and spend time on their gadgets. Although playing outdoors is very essential for your child's physical development and social skills, playing indoor games is equally important especially when the weather plays a spoilsport. Indoor activities also teach 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.

    5 indoor games for kids

    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 will help children learn about colors, textures and shapes and improves their powers of observation.

    What you will need:

    • Items of various colors and shapes that are within sight.

    How to play:

    • You can pick a topic. It could be anything from colors to objects around them. For example, your kid could say, I spy something with my little eye, a thing which is blue.
    • 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. 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 so as to ensure the safety of the children.

    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 the blindfolded kid 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 as a box of crayons or coloring books. You can make your own clues and hide them at various places around the house. Also, ensure rules such as no running.

    What you will need:

    • A box of crayons, coloring 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, toy, or a book.
    • Draw each clue on a piece of paper for your little ones to understand.
    • 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 engaging 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.

    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 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.
    • 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 activity 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 color 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 toddlers 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 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 colors.
    • 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 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.

    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.

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