Indoor Games & Activities for Young Kids
Pouring rain today, and kids are bored at home? We’ve included a list of fun indoor games and activities to entertain your kids at home.
1. Indoor Cardboard Boxes
Empty boxes are fun and great for physical activity to play at home. There is no right or wrong way to play with the box. Allow your child to lead their desire, climb in and out, smash, and jump. Playing hide and seek or painting the box with markers are some great ideas to interact with your kids.
Hopscotch helps children to master body control and to manage body rhythm. The movements of jumping the boxes involved in building body strength, body balance, and eye-hand coordination. Most importantly, it is easy to implement as an indoor game and activity as it does not require too much space.
If you are raising bilingual kids, feel free to use different combinations to engage with your multilingual kids. It is a fun way to develop vocabulary in your target language.
Indoor games Hopscotch Combination
Numbers: bilingual kids can jump through a set of numbers and name them in the target language.
Animals: Pronounce the animal’s name or make the animal sounds while jumping through the combinations.
Essential vocabularies: Name the shapes, expressions, colors, and objects in your target language.
3. Create Storyboard from Reuse & Recycle Unwanted Toys
The storyboard is easy indoor games and activities. You can create one from the reuse and recycle toys.
Many of us stock up on many toys at home for an extended period. It’s a good idea to declutter house space and reevaluate the possibility of reusing it or donating them.
Tailoring your own storyboard allows you to expand the functionality of your unwanted toys, promote sustainability to children, and create your own storyline by building the content based on what can generate their interest and improve their imaginations. You may use your target language to interact with children throughout the process.
4. Playdough Playtime
Playdough is another fun indoor game and activity for children of all ages. It improves the young child’s motor skills by strengthening their little fingers, hand, and wrist. During the process, children gain control over their hand-arm and eye-hand coordination. Have fun and enjoy the creativity.
1 cup of flour = 1 Ball = 1 color
- 4 cups of Flour (120g/cup)
- 1 cup of Salt (Around 16 tablespoons)
- 2 cups of water (Around 480 grams)
- 4 Tablespoons of lemon juice
- 4 Tablespoons of oil
- Food coloring as desire
- Mix all liquid form ingredients (except for the food coloring) and divide them into 4 bowls.
- Add food coloring to each bowl as desired
- Mix flour and salt in a container and divide them into 4 separate bowls.
- Turn on medium heat, and combine liquid and flour mixed in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir constantly until it starts to clump together. (3-5 minutes) Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to stir until the entire mixture has turned to a dough consistency.
- Let the dough cool down for around 15-30 minutes and store it in an airtight container. Leave in the fridge for at least 3 months.
5. Handprint activities at home
Sensory play like finger painting is vital for every child’s development, and also fun indoor games and activities to foster your little kid’s creativity.
6. Coloring ABCs
Coloring is a great indoor game and activity for children. It is easy to start and offers an advantage for your child to express creativity.
There are several fun indoor games and activities we can always implement at home, such as LEGO. However, scientists continue to suggest that the best way for bilingual kids to learn a new language is through guidance and structure.