As moms, we know the days all too well when we are stuck inside with our kids who are bored out of their minds and as a result are driving you crazy. Whether the rain or heat is keeping you inside, or you’re too sick to take your kids anywhere, or you are working from home and need to keep the kids entertained, here are a few suggestions for indoor games to keep those antsy kiddos out of your hair:
1. Balloon Paddle Ball
What is it about balloons that make all kids go crazy over them? If they see a balloon it’s like a moth to a flame. They can’t resist playing with it. Hence, I’ll be willing to bet your kiddos will be so excited to play this homemade game. Just take some popsicle sticks and glue them onto the back of some paper plates and you’ve got paddles. Then, blow up a ballon and now you’ve got your ball. This game is perfect for playing inside because the ballon is so soft and light that if it touches anything in your home it won’t break it. Sounds perfect to me!
2. Streamer Hallway Maze
We know the scene from the spy movie where the the spy is moving through a maze of lasers. How fun would this be to create in your own home for your little ones to play in? Buy some crepe paper from the dollar store and stream them up in a hallway with tape. You can make them go really high, really low, or anywhere in between. You can also make it as difficult or as easy as you’d like depending on the ages of your kids. Such an easy, and not to mention cheap, game to keep your little ones occupied for hours.
3. Paper Plate Tic-Tac-Toe
For this game you don’t need any special supplies. You can use supplies you already have in your home. Take 10 paper plates (you can even use regular paper if you don’t keep paper plates in your home) and write X’s on 5 of them and O’s on the other 5. Then take some tape (painters tape, duct tape, washi tape; any of those will work) and tape down a square with 9 smaller squares inside. Now you have a giant Tic-Tac-Toe game for your little ones to play with.
4. Paper Plate Ring Toss
Who knew that paper plates had so many uses? Cut out some holes in your paper plates, then tape a cardboard roll from paper towels or cling wrap and tape it down onto an uncut paper plate. Now you’ve got your rings and your stand to throw the rings on. I’m sure the kids will love this one.
(If you are looking for more creative games and activities to do with your kids like this one, look through A Little Learning For Two‘s blog. There are so many great ideas that will keep your kids minds and bodies moving and learning).