15 Indoor Games For Kids
Children are always erupting with bursts of energy. When combined with their small attention spans, keeping them occupied can be a bit tricky. Thankfully, there is a tradeoff. Because they are easily entertained, any number of indoor games for kids a good option. All it takes is a bit of movement combined with a relatively simple objective and you’ll see smiling faces galore. There are many options, some of which require a few children. Others require a smaller room, while some need a larger group and bigger space like a gym. Wherever you happen to be each of these indoor games for kids should leave them smiling and having a great time.
1) Chair Basketball: This game simply requires a balloon and some chairs. Have the kids sit in chairs about five to ten feet apart, depending on the available space. To start, one child will have the balloon and the person across from them will have their arms out to form a hoop. The one with the balloon will attempt to shoot it into the hoop, and continue on from child-to-child until each has made a basket. The game is won if everyone has made a basket under a certain amount of time, which is kept by the referee (the adult).
2) Alphabet Back Game: This is a fun game which only needs two people to play, as well as knowledge of the alphabet, of course. One person turns around, and the other traces a letter on their back. Take turns until somebody does not correctly figure out the letter.
3) What Am I: Have somebody write a specific object on a post-it note, like a car or bird. One child then gets the post-it note put on their forehead, and they get to ask questions until they figure out exactly what the object is that has been written on the post-it.
4) Indoor Bowling: This game can be played with any number of objects, either to make things easier or a bit more difficult. Simply place objects to be used as pins, such as empty soda cans, and something else to be used as the bowling ball, like a rolled-up pair of socks. Don’t worry about knowing the complicated scoring system of real bowling – just have each player take two turns and add up all the pins they knock down to simplify things.
5) Charades: A very old game but still one of the best and most entertaining. It has literally been around for centuries, but there’s a reason for that! Just make sure the kids get a subject simpler than what adults might.
6) Freeze Tag: This game will require a bit more space, but it remains a classic. It is the same as regular tag, but instead of players being “it” when they are tagged, just one person is “it,” and whoever they tag must freeze.
7) Indoor Obstacle Course: Creating an obstacle course indoors will require little more than some creativity. There are an endless amount of objects which can be jumped over, crawled through, or otherwise maneuvered around.
8) Telephone: Another classic indoor game for kids, this one probably needs no description, as it is a game played by children around the globe. For the few who may not be familiar, it starts with the adult coming up with a short phrase. They will whisper that phrase into the ear of one child, who will then whisper it into the ear of the child next to them, and so on until the phrase reaches the last person. The last person then calls out what they heard, which will almost certainly be something entirely different (and much sillier) than the original phrase.
9) Paper Airplane Contest: Everybody loves paper airplanes, including adults, so this is a game they can participate in if they wish. Have each child make their own paper airplane, then line them up next to each other. On the count of three each will toss their airplane. The child whose plane goes the furthest wins.
10) Dodge Ball: Though dodge ball will require a bit more space and is likely best suited for children a bit older, it has been around for ages and combines competition with fun. Simply divide the kids into two even teams and put as many soft rubber (or foam, etc.) balls in the middle (so if there are two teams of five that would mean five balls should be used). On the word “go,” each team races to pick up the balls. When someone is hit they are out. If the ball is caught then the person who throws it is out. This continues until one team has no players left.
11) Treasure Hunt: Finding hidden treasure is a great indoor game for kids of any age. Just place a “treasure” in a hiding place and make a map that gives the general location. Then try to help the little one find it.
12) Laughing Game: A simple game, it can also be called something like “Giggle Tag.” One person is chosen to be “it,” and they will then have a certain amount of time (10 or 20 seconds) to make someone laugh. If they do, the person who laughed will become “it,” and they will try and make someone else laugh and so on.
13) Bombers: This game needs only two people and a couple of tennis balls, or something comparably soft. To play, one person places their ball on the ground. The other stretches their arm out horizontally, and drops their ball, trying to hit the one on the ground.
14) Two Truths: Sometimes called “Two Truths and a Lie” or “Two Truths and a Fib,” this game involves having one person say three different events – two of which are accurate and one which is untrue. The questioners each get a set number of questions before they have to guess which of the three events is a lie.
15) Simon Says: A game about teaching kids how to follow directions is a great way to have fun. It starts out by the parent taking the role of Simon. Simon says, "Simon says" followed by a command. If a person fails to follow the command as stated that person loses.