Winter can be quite a boring season. It prevents people from enjoying the outdoors. While there are also winter sports that can be enjoyed during the season, many still prefer to just stay indoors to be safe and warm covered in their thick quilts while reading their favorite novel or just enjoying a down time with the whole family. Sometimes however, kids will feel bored if they stay indoors too much. That’s when a parents’ creativity should take over like thinking of exciting and fun indoor games. If you can’t play outside, why not enjoy some other games inside your own home? It is safe, warm, and you will have a chance to bond with your family.
One problem though would stem from not having enough indoor game ideas that will be enjoyed by everybody. There is no need to worry as this article will give ideas about different fun indoor games specifically indoor games for kids or indoor party games for kids and indoor games for teens. Keep reading.
Indoor Games for Kids
Kids are hard to please especially when boredom strikes. One moment they are in the living room and the next they are playing outside in the heavy snow. This could mean danger and a possible case of flu or cold. As much as you want to keep them indoors, you may not be able to do it as there is nothing else to do inside the house aside from thrashing it. It’s time to change and think of creative and fun games that will keep them entertained and stay within the comforts of your home.
Pencil and Paper Games for Kids – There are a lot of pencil and paper games that can get kids hooked for a few minutes to hours depending on the type of game. While these types of games are great for entertaining kids for a few minutes like when you wait for your order to arrive, it can also be played at home during the winter season. All you need are pencil and paper. This type of game is usually played by 2 participants. Some examples of pencil and paper games are the classic tic-tac-toe, hangman, and dots and squares.
Child-Friendly Card Games – Card games are classic games that could keep the kids hooked for several hours. They are so easy to play without needing complicated tools, just a deck of cards. Card games will also teach your kids how to count, strategy as well as sportsmanship. Examples of card games for kids are listed below with their mechanics:
Remember That Pair – This card game is somehow similar to common memory games on a mobile device. Get a number of paired cards. Make sure that kids can already distinguish the similarity and difference of the cards. For instance, you can get a set of 5 paired cards. Lay them face down. Let the players open the cards and remember every card. Put them back face down and let them choose exact pairs. One who gets more pairs of cards correctly wins. This kind of card game will help improve your child’s memory and concentration. Kids 3 years old and above can play this type of card game and can be played by at least 2 players. You can also make use of all 52 cards to make the game trickier especially when your kids are good in memory.
The Old Maid – This is a common family card game which can both be participated by adults and children. Take a deck of 52 cards and keep one queen which will serve as the old maid. Deal the cards to every player in a circle until there are no more cards left. Each player will have fewer cards when there are many participants. After the cards are dealt, each player will lay down every single pair of cards he has. He has to keep the unpaired cards. When everyone is done, a player to the left will let the person next to him choose from his remaining cards without seeing them. When he picks a card he can pair to one of his, he lays it down and the next person does the same thing. The person who lays down all his paired cards is safe from losing. The person who has the old maid which he can’t pair with any of the cards loses the game and is the one next to deal the cards to start the game over.
The Classic Treasure Hunt – A treasure hunt with prizes at the end of the hunt is an exciting and fun activity for kids. It will also develop and improve their thinking faculties and understanding of clues you leave behind. You can set a perimeter where they can only search for the treasure. Of course, there are areas of the house you want them to avoid for some reasons so it’s really up to you. Leave clues behind that will lead them to a treasure like a gift or coins they can add to their coin bank.
Indoor Games for Teens
Kids are easy to please when you have enough games ready for them. Teens however are different as games may turn out as boring and at times, childlike for them. So you have to think differently and tailor the games for their age. It must be fun too. Teens like silly games that they can laugh a lot about. Examples of indoor games for teens are as follows:
Guess Who – This is a fun game especially when participated by the whole family. Family members can form 2 groups. Each group will have a participant to impersonate someone (a neighbor, relative, another family member, celebrity, friend) and have someone on his team to guess who the person is. When nobody can guess the person correctly, the other team will have a chance to steal and have a guess. If they guessed right, they can have the points. The team with more points wins.
Charade – This is a classic guessing game that is mostly played indoors. The whole family can participate in charade. Unlike the game “guess who”, which only impersonates a person, charade can have various categories and the interpreter can do sign languages or word counts to better relay what the “thing” really is to his team mates. Charade categories can include a person, a place, a thing, a song title, celebrity or any word. You can always set a category for your own charade.
Write items to interpret on sheets of paper and place them in a box or bowl. The team’s representative can then pick one and interpret it as best he could so his teammates can guess it correctly. It is a timed game. After a couple of minutes, the other team will have a chance to guess when his own team can’t. The team that gets more correct guesses wins the game.