6 Fun indoor Games & Activities for Multicultural Kids

Pouring rain today and kids are bored at home?  We’ve put together a list of indoor fun games and activities to entertained your multicultural 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 the box, allow your child to lead their desire, climb in and out, smash, jump. Playing hide and seek or paint the box with the markers are some great ideas to interact with your kids.

2. Hopscotch 

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, 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 types of combinations to engage with your multilingual kids. It is a fun way to develop vocabulary in your target language. 

Hopscotch Combinations

  1. Numbers: we have asked our bilingual kid to jump through a set of numbers and name them in target language.
  2. Animals: Pronounce the name of the animal or make the animal sounds while jumping through the combinations. 
  3. Essential vocabularies: Name the shapes, express, colors and objects in your target language.

3. Create Storyboard from Reuse & Recycle Unwanted Toys

Storyboard is an easy indoor games and activities, you can create one from the reuse and recycle toys.

Many of us stock up tons of 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 allow you to expand the functionality of your unwanted toys, promote sustainable to children, create your own storyline by building the content based on what can generate his or her interest and improve children’s imaginations.  Throughout the process, you may use your target language to interact with children. 

4. Playdough Playtime

Playdough is another fun indoor games and activities for children at 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. 

Playdough Recipe

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 gram) 
  •  4 Tablespoon of lemon juice
  •  4 Tablespoon of oil
  • Food coloring as desire

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the liquid form ingredients (except for the food coloring) and divide them into 4 separate bowls. 
  2. Add food coloring to each bowl as desired
  3. Mix flour and salt in a container and divide them into 4 separate bowls. 
  4. Turn on medium heat, 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.
  5. 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 a fun indoor games and activities to foster your little kid’s creativity. 

6. Coloring ABCs

Coloring is a great indoor games and activities for children. it is easy to start, and also offers an advantage for your child to express their creativity. Special thanks to Judy Wang Art for her cuttest printable.

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. 

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