8 Ways to Make Playing Indoors More Fun For Kids
Playing indoors can be a treat for both kids and their parents since it's convenient for Mom and Dad and the kiddos have an array of toys to keep them entertained (in theory). But when little ones are forced to stay inside due to weather or time constraints when they'd much rather be running around at the park, a quiet afternoon can get old — very quickly. Instead of dealing with eye rolls and whining, check out these eight tips that will make indoor play way more exciting for your kids.
Bring the Magic, Not Just the Technology
If your little one gets used to the idea that being stuck inside means playing on a gadget, they may get bored of the idea before the day even gets started. Break up the routine by going back to basics and bringing imaginative crafts and projects — not just tablets or gaming devices — to an afternoon spent inside.
Change the way your little one views the room he or she is playing in in order to create a wow-worthy experience. Whether you build a fort in the living room with blankets or play to their imagination by renaming the kitchen as an underwater submarine, transforming a room either physically or imaginatively will have a major impact on their day.
Don't Count Out Physical Activity
Just because your little one is inside doesn't mean they have to be doing something sedentary. From indoor hopscotch competition to basement hula hooping, it's possible to get out your child's energy in a constructive way without leaving the house.
Engage With Them
If you set a chunk of time dedicated to participating in the activity with them, it not only will keep their interest but it will also prevent them from giving up and wondering what you're doing that's more interesting. By giving them some uninterrupted fun time before establishing that you need to slip away after, you will get them engaged and will also be able to accomplish what you need to do without as many disruptions.
Don't Go For the Expected
If you have a list of the same games or projects that you always suggest, consider having a day with entirely new options, no matter how much fun your kids usually have with the routine ideas. Whether you pull from your childhood or source online for completely new ideas, being armed with fresh suggestions will block any indoor boredom from starting.
Create a Dedicated Space
Kids can quickly feel cooped up while playing in the house if they are surrounded by rules limiting what they can actually do. If you have a dedicated space for fun where it's OK to get messy, make some noise, and bounce around during indoor playtime, they will have a more enjoyable time.
From classic instruments to digital games like Rock Band and karaoke machines, incorporating music into an afternoon isn't just educational, it can also be a great way to get everyone involved.
Bring the Playground Inside
Swings, slides, sandboxes, and ball pits don't have to be limited to the park. Depending on your space and imagination, it's possible to bring all of your kid's favorite elements from the outdoors into your home.