Keep Kids Active Indoors with These DIY Games

Finding new ways to keep children entertained indoors — especially during the winter months — can be challenging. 

The following activity suggestions will not only keep your children busy, but they’ll learn new physical skills, motor skills and problem-solving along the way.

Fun Indoor Activities

You don’t need an elaborate list of supplies to keep your child active inside — these fun indoor activities all use items you likely already have in your house.

  • Go bowling in your hallway. Use toilet paper rolls or empty water bottles as pins. Roll a small ball to knock them down.
  • Shake your booty. Your dance party doesn’t have to be structured; just select a few songs and start moving to the beat. 
  • Freeze. Dance like nobody’s watching. Then, when the music stops, freeze in your pose and hold it until the music starts again.
  • Stomp Bubble Wrap. Have Bubble Wrap lying around the house? Have your child pop it under his feet while practicing jumping up and down. You’ll want to get in on the action, too.
  • Throw a parade. Raise your knees high as you march around the house. Play musical instruments or use pots, pans and wooden spoons as drums.

Warding off cabin fever is always a challenge, for children and adults alike. Remember to keep moving. Physically active and skillful children will have the tools to enjoy and benefit from daily physical activity throughout their lives.

Check out these resources to learn more about keeping your children active year round:

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