Indoor games can save the day when you need to entertain kids and going outdoors is not an option. Whether they're purely for fun or contain an educational element, whether they're energetic or low-key, the variety of games that kids can play in the house is abundant.
Scavenger hunts are an exciting and easy game to stage for three players. The object of the game is to have the kids hunt for objects around the house and bring them back to you. Give a list of items to each kid and have them cross off each item when they find it and bring it to you. The one who finds the most objects on her list within a pre-set time limit wins the game. To get more creative, select a theme for the scavenger hunt.
Send two players off to hide while a seeker slowly counts to 10. Have him close his eyes and face a corner to make sure he doesn't see where the others go. At the count of 10, the seeker calls out "Ready or not, here I come!" and heads off to find the others. You may want to set some boundaries as to which rooms are accessible and which are off limits.
I Spy has been a favorite with kids for decades and is suitable for most age groups. One player seeks out an object in the room and describes it to the rest of the group, starting with the words, "I spy..." until someone guesses what the object is. The first person to guess the object gets to go next.
Play music and have the kids dance around until the music stops. Whoever stops last is out of the game. Play successive rounds for as many kids as there are, eliminating one in each round until only one player remains and wins the game. Add some variety to the game by calling out specific moves the kids have to make while dancing.
Simon Says is another old favorite during which kids have to try to keep up with what the game leader "Simon," says to do. Simon gives order for the kids to follow, changing them often and without notice, while the kids try their best to keep up with the instant changes. The last kid to make the change with each order gets eliminated. Play until one child remains and wins the game
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