Indoor Fun and Game
Keeping your kids active on those rainy days
We all know how difficult it can be to keep your kids entertained during those rainy days but with this great pack your kids will never be bored again. These games also ensure that your little one’s stay active and keep on the move to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
What time is it Mrs Wolf
Pick one child to be Mr Wolf, that child will then stands at one end of the playing area.
The other players must stand in a line at the other end of the room, while Mr Wolf turns his back to commence play.
The players call out, “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” and Mr Wolf turns and answers with a time (i.e. 3 o’clock).
The Wolf must then turn his back again while the children advance again shouting “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” To which Mr Wolf will continue to respond until the players come very close.
Once Mr Wolf thinks that the players are close, he can respond to line with “It’s dinner time!” at which point, he will chase the players back to the starting line with the aim to catch one of the them, who will then become Mr Wolf for the next round of the game.
Before the game starts you must hide a number of items around the house.
You must give each player a list of objects to find and collect within a given length of time.
Write the list on a paper bag, which can then be used for collecting the items. The list can be made up of any house hold items and the first to collect all items on the list is the winner.
All you need to do is build an obstacle course out of your own furniture and household items. You can do it inside on rainy days, or set up outside if you have the space!
Here are some suggestions:
- Line up the dining room chairs to make a tunnel to crawl through. You could also throw a blanket over the top to make it really dark in there.
- Crawl under a coffee table.
- Tie a cord between two chairs for the kids to slide beneath, commando-style on their tummies.
- If you want to do this outside, you can set up a leap frog section with towels spaced apart – kids then have to leap from towel to towel.
- Tie some balloons under the table and crawl through them without moving any.
- Roll up some towels and make a long ‘balance beam’.
Cross the Sea
What you need
- a carpeted area
- magazines or paper plates
Pretend the carpet is the sea and place the cushions, magazines or paper plates across the carpet so they act as stepping stones.
Challenge your child to cross the sea using the stepping stones.
The objective of the game is to cross the sea without getting their feet wet.
What you need
- sheets of newspaper
- wastepaper bin
Use sheets of newspaper to make lots of balls by scrunching them up small.
Start off practising by having a competition to see who can throw the ball the furthest.
After you have finished practising it is time to play some basketball. Place a wastepaper bin a meter or so away and see who can land a ball in it the most times.
Catch the balloon
Arrange the children in a circle on the floor and have them count up – eg the first child is one, the child next to them is two, and so on.
Put the highest number in the center of the circle to act as ‘IT’. ‘IT’ holds a balloon and calls out one of the children’s number while dropping the balloon to the floor. The holder of that number then tries to catch the balloon before it touches the floor. If the player is successful, ‘IT’ tries another number. If the balloon touches the floor then that player is ‘IT’.
The children must sit around in a circle and pass a beanbag while the music is playing. The children must pretending that the beanbag is hot potato.
When the music stops, the person holding the beanbag is out. The game continues until their is one person left in the circle.
What you need
You will need lots of planning time for this activity! You need ten boxes, each with a posting slot and labelled with a different town or street name. Colours or shapes can also be used for the younger kids.
The boxes must be hidden around the house or garden. Each player gets ten envelopes, each one addressed to match each box. Starting from a central point, players pick up one envelope at a time, write their initials on the back, then run off to post it in the right box.
They then run back for another envelope and continue this, posting all ten envelopes.
When they have posted all their envelopes, open the boxes and check the envelopes inside, the player with the most posted correctly and in the fastest time wins .
Funny mummy wrap game
Split the kids into pairs.
One child plays the role of the “mummy,” the other is the “mummy wrapper.”
Announce it is a race to see which mummy wrapper can wrap their mummy in toilet paper the fastest.
The fastest mummy wrapper to wrap their mummy from head to toe wins.
Stretch a piece of string across a room and tape it to each wall. The height of the string should be determined by the ability of the children to hit balloons over it.
Use the string to act as a net and blow up balloons for the children to hit over the string to each other.
Start off with one balloon and add more if necessary for greater challenge and more fun!
Leaping Lilly Pads
Imagine that your carpeted area is a pond and that your child’s favourite soft toy needs rescuing.
On the carpeted floor, spread some cones or socks around the toy in the middle and have your toddler hop or leap from one sock to the next.
The goal is to snatch up their favourite soft soy and bring them back to shore.