Now that we’re all going to be cooped up at home with our kids for the foreseeable future thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak, it’s time to look for something to pass the time.
As for me, I have included playtime as part of my children’s’ daily routine and they love it.
You have to remember that although there is a Coronavirus outbreak, there’s simply no way you can keep your kids from playing.
So what can you do? You want them to play and have fun without being in danger of contracting the virus. So why not indulge your kids in creative and safe indoor games?
I have to admit, I had a difficult time getting my kids interested in the idea of indoor games that didn’t include video games or games on mobile phones.
It took a couple of tries to get them fully on board but when they saw how fun my indoor games were 😎, they were all in.
In today’s post, I’m going to share with you some of the indoor games I’m enjoying with my kids.
20 Highly Enjoyable Indoor Games for Children
1. Indoor Bowling
It’s very easy to create a bowling alley in the house.
To start with, I looked for a room with a flat surface which turned out to be the living room. Then, I found 10 empty bottles and spray painted them so they can look like actual bowling pins.
To create a bowling lane, I used some tape that I found in the garage. My kids then helped me to arrange the bottles at the end of the lane and voila! My bowling alley was done and ready to be used!
Buy It: KOVOT Foam Bowling Set.
2. Indoor Obstacle Course
Believe it or not, this idea actually came from my kids. They had seen an obstacle course in their school and so they wanted one just like it.
However, since we’re in quarantine, I had to use readily available materials to try and come up with a worthy obstacle course.
So, I had the kids gather chairs, blankets, hula hoops and anything else that they would love to see in their obstacle course.
I have seen some obstacle courses in movies and so I tried my best to mimic the setting and to be honest, I don’t think it turned out that well, but my kids still seemed to enjoy it!
Check out this awesome video of an indoor obstacle course!
3. Building a Fort
Although building a fort is not a game, I did it to keep my kids active and occupied. On top of that, the kids needed their own space because it can get a bit claustrophobic because of the quarantine.
Building a fort is very easy and fun especially if you involve your kids. So, I had the kids gather pillows, blankets, chairs, etc and we got to work building a fort.
As a bonus, I used sticks and a blanket to build a tepee tent that my kids absolutely loved!
4.Hide and Seek
There are so many places to hide in the house so this game is perfect for quarantine. On top of that, you don’t need any materials to make it happen!
This game is very easy to play. Simply ask one child to close his eyes and count to 20 while the rest go and hide. After he’s done counting, he has to go find the others!
5. Treasure Hunt
I actually drew a treasure map for this one 🤣. I gave hints and clues at each location and to keep the kids excited, I left currency coins along with the clues.
They spent hours trying to find the treasure which turned out to be a 5 dollar bill!
You can enjoy bubbles indoors without creating a mess! All you need is a straw for each child, dishwashing soap, and a plate.
Put the dishwashing soap on the plate and mix in a little water until suds begin to form then let your kids put the end of their straws straight up and down into the suds so that a layer of soap forms over the end of the straw.
Then blow gently from the other end to make bubbles. It’s as simple as that!
7. Simon Says
There is no better way to ride out the Coronavirus outbreak than a classic game of Simon says. All you need is space to play and you’re set.
How To Play
- Instruct your kids that they are to do what you say only if you start the command with the phrase ‘Simon says…’
- If you say anything without saying the phrase, they aren’t supposed to do it. If they do, they will be out of the game.
- The last person to follow all the commands accurately wins and gets to become the next Simon.
Fun Variation: Emoji Says
8. Balance Beam
Contrary to popular belief, the balance beam game can be played indoors. Use colored tape to tape down a line of any length on a flat surface and you’re set to go.
One of the rules is that you have to walk on the tape and if you fall off, you’re out of the game. You can make it more challenging by setting different rules.
Buy It: Healthstar Foam Balance Beam 6″ Blue.
9. Design a Driving Course
You’ll need the painter’s tape for this game. Design a road map on the floor where your kids will be driving their matchbox cars and mini vehicles.
This game could easily occupy the kids for hours allowing you to have a few extra hours to yourself.
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Make a few “snowballs” out of pairs of socks, get a laundry basket, and let your kids take turns throwing the sock balls into the bucket in a game of mini basketball.
To make the game more fun, tell them to move farther away from the basket for a longer shot after each turn.
11. Hot Potato
This game is very simple yet packed with fun. Get a potato or a ball and sit in a circle. Play music and start passing the potato or ball to each other. Stop the music and whoever has the potato is out! The goal is to pass the potato to the other person before the music stops
Buy It: Hot Potato Family
You’re missing out if you haven’t played this classic game. Charades is a fun indoor game that involves acting out a word or phrase using no spoken words whatsoever.
It can be modified for any age group so you can play it with your kids. For full instructions click here.
14. Musical Chairs
This is probably one of the most popular games for children and adults to play indoors. It needs at least 4 or more people playing and 1 additional person to stop the music.
Here is a song you can use for your musical chairs game:
15. Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is all about finding items from a list in certain rooms or areas. You can create lists of items you want each child to find.
For items that may be difficult to find, leave clues and hints that will make it easier for them to find. The kids will love the adventure and challenge of a scavenger hunt!
Buy It: Scavenger Hunt for Kids.
16. Pitching Pennies
All you need to play this game are Pennies or currency coins and large-sized paper or plastic drinking cups.
How to Play
- Place the cup on a chair on the table in front of the children
- Give each child 5 coins each
- You can ask the child to take a few steps away from the cup in accordance with his age
- Explain to your child that he has to toss the coins, one at a time, into the cup
- The person with the most coins in the cup w
17. In and Out Hangman
This game provides a fun way for the kids to learn. To play this game, the children need to know letters so they can make correct guesses. You will need a white or blackboard and a marker.
How to Play
- Ask your child a question and on the board draw tiny blanks to correlate with the number of letters in the answer. Allow enough space between two words to make it easier for the child to guess the answer
- Instruct your child to guess one letter in the answer and one letter that isn’t in it alternatively.
- Your child is allowed seven wrong guesses, which is the number of steps it takes to complete a hangman figure
18. Board Games
Board games are the ultimate indoor games to ride out the Coronavirus outbreak because it distracts your mind for some time. Here are some of my favorite board games for kids;
INDOOR GAMES FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES, CATEGORIZED
1. INDOOR GAMES FOR KIDS AGES 2-4
- Balance beam
- Touch-and-feel boxes
- Sorting – Sorting games make good color games for preschoolers.
- Keep the Balloon Up
2. INDOOR GAMES FOR KIDS AGES 5-8
- Scavenger & Treasure Hunts
- Simon Says
- Duck, Duck, Goose
- Hide & Seek
- Indoor Obstacle Course
- Musical Chairs
- Paper Games
3. INDOOR GAMES FOR KIDS AGES 9-12
- Indoor Bowling
- Sock Basketball
- Board & Table Games
- Card Games
- Dice Games
- Rube Goldberg Machine
- Quiz Games
What games and indoor activities have you planned for your kids during this Coronavirus outbreak? We would love to hear them. Leave us a message in the comments.