Being stuck inside stinks. Especially if you’re a kids. Whether you’re staying inside because of the pandemic, the weather is yucky, or your kids just prefer to be inside, there are ways to keep them moving. You don’t always have to be outdoors to have fun. Check out some of the ways we’ve learned to keep kids active indoors. I’ve learned that I just have to focus on the small things. What children are able to do inside is going to be way different than what than can do outside.
How to Keep Kids Active Indoors
Utilize Those Stairs
If you have stairs in your home, then this is one way you can keep kids active. When your children start getting ancy and need to move around, doing a few activities on the stairs just makes sense. Here are a few stair activities your kids can do to keep kids active indoors:
- Step-ups – This is when you go up with one foot and then the other foot follows. Then you go back down. You only need one step to do this!
- Up and down – Your child can just walk up and down the stairs. If they’re feeling extra motivated, they can run.
- Throw up and down the stairs – If you don’t mind the noise and the kids need something to do, have them throw a soft ball up and down the stairs.
Stairs are truly a great tool to help kids gain motor control and gain strength and hand/eye skills.
Running Around the House
I know that running around the house can be annoying for parents, but sometimes it’s the only tool you have! Keeping kids active indoors involves running and getting their energy out. You can set up an indoor obstacle course to keep the kids on the right track.
You can set up rules like keep your shoes and socks off, so you don’t run too hard and there is no slipping around. Your kids might even be surprised when you give this as a suggestion for keeping active.
Believe it or not, but it doesn’t take much to do indoor bowling. You can pick anything that falls over easily. Grab a few soft balls and go to town with bowling. Your kids will stay active by setting up the pins and then “bowling.” Indoor bowling can be a lot of fun, so give it a try!
Hula Hoop Contest
While I DO prefer that my kids hula hoop outdoors, I’m not beyond bringing the hula hoops inside and calling for a hula hoop contest. It makes for a fun activity that can wear them out. If your hula hoops have seen their finer days, consider getting a pack of size adjustable hula hoops. That way, the littles are not unfairly disadvantaged in the contest.
Fort Building Activity
Adults aren’t the only ones that sweat when they make a fort. One way to keep kids active indoors is to allow them to build a fort. And not just any fort, a big one! Let them use up a whole room and build the biggest fort that they possibly can.
Don’t have enough blankets for a fort? Consider a Tote A Fort Kit or a box fort. Box forts are so much fun, and allow for a lot of creativity. Especially if you let the kids color it. ;)
Indoor Snowball Fight
One of our all time favorite indoor activities is an indoor snowball fight. I picked up a couple packs of indoor snowballs and keep them stored away for days when we’re stuck inside. The kids LOVE when I pull them out for a snowball fight. We’ve even taken them to church and used them in kids ministry.
Just last weekend I took a pack up them and used them with our rainbow parachute to throw “clouds” in the air. It was a perfect activity for after we talked about rainbows and God’s promises.
The next time you’re trying to keep the kids busy, use some of these indoor activities for kids. Staying active indoors isn’t as hard as we think, but parents do need to be willing to let their guard down, so the kids can have fun and be active indoors.
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