When the weather is too hot, too cold, too rainy, or too icy, my kids always seem to have the most energy. They know they’re trapped indoors and go stir-crazy about five seconds after they look out the window. Keeping the playroom or living room clean on days like that? Forget it! The struggle is entirely too real.
So, instead of lamenting the impending chaos, we break out some of our favorite indoor games for kids. The activities get them moving, help them burn off some energy, and give us all a fun workout. The best part? They cost little to nothing to play and make use of things you probably already have at home.
Here are five of our favorite indoor games.
Fun Indoor Games for Kids
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1. Balloon Pit
There’s nothing more fun than sitting in a pile of balloons playing balloon games. We have a pop-up toddler activity space from when the kids were younger, so that becomes our “pit.” Instead of using hard plastic balls, we opt for balloons. It takes about 50-70 balloons to fill our Balloon Pit up, so not only does the playing keep the kids busy, so too does the blowing up of balloons! They play games like Balloon Toss, where they bat a balloon back and forth with their hands, and Keep It In the Air, where they have to keep their balloons from touching the ground. They’re simple games, but the kids love them! About a year ago, we ordered a pack of 500 balloons, so we always have some on hand!
If your kids like to act things out, this movement-based game is exactly what they need on those days when going outside isn’t an option. We’ve used these free printable Charades for Kids to get them moving, but you can also just jot down activities on cards or pieces of paper. The best part? There’s always a ton of giggles and it makes for great photo and video opportunities!
3. Giant Tic-Tac-Toe
A few years ago, we saw one of the large Tic-Tac-Toe mats at the store. It was great, but we forgot to get it before the next inclement day. So, we whipped out the blue painters tape and made our own giant Tic-Tac-Toe board on the area rug instead! I printed out large X and O pages that the kids then cut out to use as the pieces. It turned into the most epic Tic-Tac-Toe game ever and gave the kids a chance to practice their indoor game playing strategy!
Like Charades, Pictionary is one of our favorite family indoor games. There are tons of different versions of the original Pictionary game, but we still like the one that’s been around for years. Kids might enjoy the Disney Pictionary game though!
5. Just Dance-a-thon
As a Personal Trainer and Youth Exercise Specialist, I am all for indoor games that get kids up and moving. One of our family favorites is a Just Dance-a-thon. We have a variety of Just Dance games, so we pop them in and choose the multi-player settings. By the end of the round, we’re laughing, sweating, and all ready to just chill with a good movie. It’s a great way to burn off energy and shed some calories while challenging each others’ dance moves! Don’t have a game console or Just Dance? No problem! Turn on the radio or look on YouTube for kids’ dance videos!
So, the next time the weather puts a kink in your outdoor plans, don’t worry. The five indoor games for kids above are sure to be little-people pleasers for sure. Be sure to grab your camera and record their smiles and laughter, because there are sure to be plenty!