Having kids indoors 24/7 can become overwhelming, especially when they get bored, and they get bored easily, fast! Once you hear “Mum, I’m bored!” rest assured that they will soon start entertaining themselves, and this is where disasters can easily happen. We know it is easy to get stumped on how to keep them occupied in the house.
So, whether it is raining outside, the kids have pushed you up the wall, or you just want your kids to decompress indoors, below are some activities you can do with your kids.
We all know that there are benefits of reading to young children, and this is a great way to build this habit, and the earlier, the better. Reading is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to entertain children indoors.
Reading helps build a child’s vocabulary, increases their empathy, helps with their cognitive development, facilitates bonding, and is a superb way of reducing screen time.
You can easily find books that are appropriate for all ages. You can also use audiobooks as a wonderful substitution for those who may not necessarily enjoy physical books.
It is quite evident that children love to play games and parenting websites such as playeatgrow.com have a variety of games that you can play with your kids in the house.
Board games are always a fun way to spend time with loved ones, especially if you have many kids in the house. From Candy Land, Super Mario, Twister, Ludo, and Monopoly, you have a wide range of board games to choose from.
Besides being loads of fun, board games can also be used to sharpen various life skills and instill life lessons.
A scavenger hunt will keep your kids busy all day, and they are unlikely to get bored as quickly as with activities such as reading. You can make a list as long or as short as you want.
You can add things the children like, which they can keep once they find them. You can also invite the kids’ friends over and turn it into a team sport where the team with the most items found wins the game. Adding a prize to it will definitely make it better.
Obstacle courses are a wonderful way to bring outside games indoors. This is a great way for them to exercise and have fun at the same time. Ensure that you take into account the ages of all the kids.
This will help you avoid making it too hard or too easy. If it’s too easy, they will be done in a short time and start asking for something else to do. If it is too hard, they will give up faster and feel discouraged.
Your obstacle course can include:
- Jumping rope.
- Crawling under chairs.
- Walking on a balance board or table.
- Throwing a ball into a bucket.
- Balancing an egg on a spoon (this one can get really messy).
Puzzles are a fun way to develop fine motor skills in children. They also help your kids to develop hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, and memory skills. Begin with easy puzzles and move on from there.
Depending on the age and whether they are beginners, you can show them the picture at the back of the puzzle and let them use it to figure out where each piece goes.