Looking for an indoor activity to do with my kids who were inside for the third day in a row, we crafted the Infamous Indoor Olympics… games that are more about the best giggles than races.
- I put out toys to make an obstacle course using things found around the house. A table to crawl under, a bucket to run around 5 times, and beanbags to toss into the bucket from 4 different spots. I thought we were finished after a few rounds, until the kids announced it was their turn to create an obstacle course for me (which, ahem. Included a cartwheel.)
- Fort building. Grab all the extra blankets and task the kids to create the biggest/most complicated/simplist/tallest/shortest… forts they can. Do them together and work against the clock, or separate and make forts for each other.
- Everyone laydown on your side and roll to the other end of the room. Without giggling. Go!
- Beanbag toss. Rather than using water balloons, pair up and toss a bean bag, stepping further away with each drop. When one member drops the bag, come back together and start over.
- Three-legged race. This game is really fun, especially when mom or dad is involved. And there’s no need for a race against someone else. Race against the clock. Or come up with funny ways to get across the room on your own.
- I bet you can… hop on one leg! Stand on tippy toes for 60 seconds! Slither like a snake across the hall without hands! Take turns coming up with silly tasks–but know that if you challenge someone to do something, you have to do it, too.
- Olympic parade–what‘s an Olympics without a parade? Create costumes and medals for each activity you do and parade around the house to celebrate.
Share your favorite, easy activities for when you’re stuck indoors with the kids.
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