10 indoor games for bad-weather days

Indoor games for your kids…a must for winter.

A sports parent asks:

Do you have any ideas for indoor games that give my kids some exercise and help them burn off some energy when the weather keeps them inside?

You are not alone in wondering what to do with the kids when the weather holds them inside. Your kids will probably go a little stir crazy and start jumping on the furniture, and hopefully you have sofas built for families!  But maybe you can keep them off the couches and beds with these fun ideas:

Arcade Toss: uses rolled up socks, ping-pong balls or foam balls for target practice.

Balloon Decathalon: using blown-up balloons, these games will take your breath away.

How about the old standbyes? Beanbag race and beanbag throw.

Beat the clock: if you’ve got an egg timer and paper plates or cups, and simple household items, you’re ready to play.

Bocce Ball: Bocce ball with a twist.

Discus Throw: paper plates for this one.

Grid game : poster board and bean bags.

Long Jump: only need string and some kind of object to use as a marker.

Newspaper Golf: got some spare or old golf or tennis balls?

Table Hockey: popsicle stick + paper + books= fun

Tabletop Basketball: ping-pong balls and paper cups…a lot easier on the ankles!

To see all games listed above, click here.

For a more thorough list of fun family ideas, check out this Family Education site.

 

If you have a sports parenting question, please leave a comment or email me at jbmthinks@sportsparents.com.

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12 Responses to “10 indoor games for bad-weather days”

  1. table tops basketball! I still remember that my brother used to do this when we’re still a kid. He actually have his own court in our garage. Since it’s an open garage, he don’t have any other choice but to make himself busy with a small and cups or a medium size ball and our hamper. Who said that we can’t enjoy our favorite outdoor activities inside our home during bad weather days.
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  2. Well said Janis! :)
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  3. Hi ! table tops basketball! I still remember that my brother used to do this when we’re still a kid. He actually have his own court in our garage. Since it’s an open garage, he don’t have any other choice but to make himself busy with a small and cups or a medium size ball and our hamper. Who said that we can’t enjoy our favorite outdoor activities inside our home during bad weather days.

  4. Great list of different games for kids. I will use this.

  5. Great list you got here Janis. I have been following your blog for months and I am getting a lot of good stuff. Thank you. I would like to know what so you think about Waldorf education? I think it complements your concept of ports parenting.
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  6. Hi Janis,

    I send my daughter at http://www.brightwaterschool.org/

    I especially adore their deeper concept of practical training.
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  7. A great list of indoor games to pass the time during the bad weather. I personally would also like to include the board game, LUDO.

    Thanks for the share !
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