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Family Fun Activities: Indoor Games for Children

Updated on October 26, 2012

Indoor Family Game Ideas

  • Marshmallow eating
  • Puppet show
  • Mummy wrap
  • Talent show
  • Art time
  • Chair maze
  • Bath time

No school today!

I asked the kids what they wanted to do. The kids yelled back quickly, “Family games!” My kids love our annual outdoor tradition of family relay races. However, today might rain so we decided to create a new list and bring the games indoors. It was time for start a new family tradition: Indoor Family Game Day!

Preparing for Indoor Family Games

We needed to brainstorm ideas. I gave the kids a piece of paper and asked them to start creating a list of game ideas while I started one, too. I was pleased to see that they kept electronics off the list! I reviewed both lists and I was able to come up with the agenda for the day.

We reviewed the rules:

  • Play Fair
  • No crying
  • Have fun

My camera is charged and it was time to start the games!

Marshmallow Eating

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Children enjoying a marshmallow eating contestAttach a marshmallow to a rope, but you can't use your hands!Kids working together to eat a marshmallow
Children enjoying a marshmallow eating contest
Children enjoying a marshmallow eating contest | Source
Attach a marshmallow to a rope, but you can't use your hands!
Attach a marshmallow to a rope, but you can't use your hands! | Source
Kids working together to eat a marshmallow
Kids working together to eat a marshmallow | Source

Marshmallow Eating Contest

Our kids love incorporating snacks in our games! I decided to hang a rope from the 2nd floor railing extending down to the great room. Using a ponytail holder, I attached a giant campfire marshmallow to the rope. We started out by having my daughter eating the marshmallow without using her hands. I quickly realized this was going to take all day. I let her twin brother jump in and they were able to work together to eat the marshmallow. Their turn ended when the marshmallow was too small to stay on the rope with the ponytail holder.

The next group had three members. They worked together balancing the marshmallow against each other and quickly ate the marshmallow.

As the kids prepared for the next game, my two year old asked for a second turn by himself, this time using his hands.

Time for a Puppet Show!

Kids using stuffed animals for a puppet show
Kids using stuffed animals for a puppet show | Source

Puppet Show

Our kitchen has a shuttered window separating it from the great room. It is a perfect ledge for a puppet show. The kids scurried upstairs to get their stuffed animals. I gave them five minutes to prepare a puppet show. When they were ready, I thought I had the best seat in the house for a puppet show. Instead, I watched a bunch of giggly kids and dancing stuffed animals.

The show was better than I expected!

Use Toilet Paper for a Mummy Wrap

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My son loving his mummy sister!The boys had fun wrapping up their sister with toilet paper and turning her into a mummy
My son loving his mummy sister!
My son loving his mummy sister! | Source
The boys had fun wrapping up their sister with toilet paper and turning her into a mummy
The boys had fun wrapping up their sister with toilet paper and turning her into a mummy | Source

Mummy Wrap

It is about a week before Halloween so we needed to get some holiday festivities included in our indoor games. The kids wanted to do a mummy wrap. We decided that my four sons would wrap up my daughter. The boys’ faces were super smiley getting to finally wrap up their sister! She was giggly underneath the toilet paper, too.

They had fun showing me the end result: their mummy sister!

Have a Talent Show at Home

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My daughter's hair raising gymnastics displaySon displaying his gymnastics skillsTime for a handstand during the talent showSon taking on a battle with a rope during the talent show
My daughter's hair raising gymnastics display
My daughter's hair raising gymnastics display | Source
Son displaying his gymnastics skills
Son displaying his gymnastics skills | Source
Time for a handstand during the talent show
Time for a handstand during the talent show | Source
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Son taking on a battle with a rope during the talent show
Son taking on a battle with a rope during the talent show | Source

Talent Show

We turned on some music and the kids practiced their talents. When practice time was up, we watched one at a time as the kids showed off any exercise related talent that made sense inside the house.

Adding this rule is key!

My two year old decided to fight the rope used from the marshmallow eating contest and the rest of the kids showed off some gymnastics skills.

At the end, we played their favorite song again and they all just got to jump around dancing.

Let's Make Cards for Dad

Art time during indoor family games
Art time during indoor family games | Source

Art Time: Making a Card

It was time to mellow out a bit. My son suggested art time. We decided to make Dad a welcome home card. He had been gone all week and they were eager for him to return. Each child took a piece a piece of paper and shared the pencils and crayons. Their cards included “Welcome Home!”, “We Miss You!”, “We Love You!” and a picture including a rocket ship and a mummy.

My husband will be excited to see his ‘mail’ tomorrow when gets home!

Make a Chair Maze

Using a rope and chairs, create a chair maze and let the kids challenge themselves by crawling through
Using a rope and chairs, create a chair maze and let the kids challenge themselves by crawling through | Source

Chair Maze

We lined up six chairs, I took a giant rope and made a chair maze.

The goal: try to get through the maze without touching the string or just slithering along the floor.

The kids weren’t able to make it through without touching the string. However, they had fun lining up and taking turns making attempts through the maze.

I decided to leave the chair maze up for a couple of hours. The kids continued to have fun challenging themselves in the maze.

Make Crazy Hair during Bath Time

My daughter said that bath time was the best ever!
My daughter said that bath time was the best ever! | Source

Bath Time Fun

“Go get your swim suits on!”

The kids went crazy. They thought we were going swimming. All day they wanted a contest for holding their breath. We decided to combine bath time with the breath holding and crazy hair contest.

Each child had two tries to see how long they could hold their breath under water. After their turn, they had to wash their hair and make it look crazy! They had fun counting loudly as each took turns holding their breath and laughed at the hair creations.

Best of all, they are clean and baths are done!

Indoor Family Game Time Success

The games were over for me. They decided to do one more by playing hide n go seek in the house.

Today was an absolute success. My kids are usually great at making up things to do, but they love when we organize a couple of games, too.

Next time all your kids are home all day, try a couple of our indoor game ideas.

Our family will definitely do indoor games again. I love knowing that my kids are old enough to remember these childhood activities.

Days like today are priceless.

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      Karen Lackey 4 years ago from Ohio

      I prefer our outdoor olympics, but these work as well! The kids loved the marshamallow game! Hope yours do, too, Chrissie.

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Every winter we do indoor olympics and my kids love it. We will have to try the marshmallow one, that looks like fun!

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      Karen Lackey 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, randomcreative. The kids had so much fun. They were ready for another round the next morning and they have been begging for a bath!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You and your kids have so much fun! These ideas will keep kids busy on rainy or cold days for hours. Thanks for the great round up and awesome pictures.

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      Karen Lackey 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for reading Vicki. I am not ready for winter yet, but I think the cold days are coming! Good to keep the kids active and unplugged this time of year, too!

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      Vicki 4 years ago

      Great new ideas for cold winter days!

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      Karen Lackey 4 years ago from Ohio

      I was guessing you would have done many of these, too. The kids had so much fun trying to get the moving marshmallow. The chair maze was used for hours! What a fun day. Thanks for reading, Angela_michelle.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 4 years ago from United States

      These are some great ideas. I actually have done many of them myself. Not the marshmallow idea or the chair maze though