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Indoor Fun For Preschoolers (Part 2 of 2)

When it’s too icky or cold to play outside, good behavior often flies south when boredom sets in. However, with a little creativity, imagination, and a few items you probably already have laying around, you can turn on the fun without turning on the television.

Here are a few ideas to get you started. But try building a bigger list of your own, then write each idea on a small piece of paper, put them all into a hat, jar, shoebox, etc. The next time the kids are bored, let them draw an activity out of the activity jar in order to decide what to do first!

Imaginative Play

Hide the Object- Using any ordinary object (stuffed animal, ball, cup, etc), play this fun, no-run, version of Hide-And-Go-Seek game with your children. Simply have your child cover or close their eyes, then “hide” the object somewhere in plain view (on a shelf, on top of the TV, on the back of the couch, etc) and then have them look for it. You’d be surprised at how long this game can keep them enthralled.

Coloring Pasta- Place a handful of dry, uncooked pasta, such as ziti, rotini or bow-tie, into a plastic zip-lock bag. Add about a tablespoon of white vinegar and a few drops of food coloring. Close it up and have the kids shake away until the pasta is completely colored. Spread the damp noodles out onto a paper plate or paper towel and to dry. Use several baggies if you’d like to make a few different colors. Once the pasta is dry, kids can use yarn to string together pieces to make necklaces and bracelets, or glue them to paper plates or construction paper to create their own works of art.

Build a Fort- A big blanket or sheet thrown over a sturdy table, couch cushions propped against each other– it just depends on what you have available. Let your child have a blast crawling in and hiding out in their new temporary fort. This game usually ends with a fort-style nap. Check out these great fort building ideas.

Indoor Fun For Preschoolers (Part 1 of 2)

Parents of preschoolers know the benefits of keeping the little ones entertained. Luckily, it’s not that difficult. Here are some types and examples of fun, inside activities that will keep your babes busy for hours…

Board Games

These types of games can help children learn new information, improve motor skills, develop strategic planning abilities, and get better at following instructions.

A few I recommend:

Chutes and Ladders- A classic that helps kids learn their numbers (and the inherent danger of trying to steal from the cookie jar) while having fun. If your child is a fan of Spongebob Squarepants, you might want to pick up the newer version of the game called Eels and Escalators.

Sorry- This game helps little guy and girls learn to be better sports– even if the game is not going their way. Because players are prompted to say “sorry” after moves that set other players back, this game is full of extra polite fun.

Hullabaloo– This high-energy electronic board game mixes music, sounds and movement to create one of the most exciting games in recent years that really gets kids moving. Just start the machine and it will play music while telling you how to move from one shape to the other. For example, “Tip toe to a musical instrument.” At some point the voice will say, “freeze!”, and announce, “whoever is standing on ___, you win!”

Stay tuned! Tomorrow we’ll look at some games that only require a few household items and a healthy dose of imagination.

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