Oh my goodness! You’re trapped indoors? The world is over!!! Ugh!
How dramatic… Sometimes we may find ourselves at home with children or adults for that matter on a rainy day. I am here to tell you not to fret because I believe I have the solution. Now first and foremost, I have said in my other posts- everyone is different. One person may like hide and seek and the other may want to be a drummer on the pots and pans.
Now, you may be wondering: why is Orama talking about playing but is not incorporating sensory toys? Well, for this indoor games post, all you need are: your family, friends, neighbors, and yourselves- oh and you also need to be indoors.
Beware The Tickle Monster
Hmmm… Tickle monster? Yes, you read correctly. This game is like tag meets the “Walking Dead”. Whoever is the tickle monster must tag an individual by chasing and tickling the person. Once that person has been tickled, they too become a tickle monster. The game ends once everyone has been tickled, and you start again.
Pros of the game:
- If you enjoy being tickled it will be fun
- Accelerates decision making processes
- Promotes extreme movement
- Encourages interaction
Cons of the game:
- Will not be fun if you don’t like to be tickled
- It is loud
- Children may run into each other or other things if they do not yet understand the concept of distance between themselves and others
Hide And Seek Game
Hide and seek is a fun game that people can play indoor and outdoors. The way it works is, you close your eyes and count to 10 to allow the person to hide. Once you are done counting, you say: “Ready or not- here I come!” Then you go find that person. This is a turn taking kind of game and is not one-sided. Be sure to set rules for where one can not hide.
This is my personal favorite game. Since I am on the shorter side, I enjoy hiding in small places and once someone finds me, I don’t just surrender. When I’m found, I transform my face by: scrunching it up, widening my eyes, and opening my mouth. Then I let out a ferocious growl, thus frightening the person or people who came to find me. By the end we all end up laughing and then the roles would be reversed. Then it would be my turn to find them.
- You can take on a character when playing hide and seek
- It prompts problem solving
- Facilitates learning about cause and effect
- Depending on the age of the individual or if they are autistic, they may not yet understand the concept of the hiding part of the game. Before playing this game, be sure to model what the individual should be doing by doing it with him, her, or them.
- Beware of rooms that can be locked as an individual can be either locked in or out of a room
- Person may attempt to hide in an unsafe place
The Senses Game
This game may be called something else but I am unaware of what it may be. That’s just what I call it.
It’s dark and wet outside and you’re stuck in a tent with a person who is terrified of the sound of thunder. You need a distraction but all you have is: a stick of minty gum, a piece of chocolate, a spiky hard ball, and a lighter. The person with you is now frantic with each sound and tells you they are afraid. You comfort them and say, “You know what? Let’s play a game!”
How does the game work? Well, whatever you have in your home or wherever you may be that is indoors, you will be utilizing them to target all five senses. The example can be used with the person above who is afraid in the tent and you are the one who will be starting the game off. So, you already know that the individual is notorious for swallowing gum so you keep that for yourself.
You can start by telling the person that everything is going to be alright and then explain the rules of the game. The rules are to try everything and be open minded. Step one would be to ask the person to look around and tell you what they see. Then, you could ask them to close their eyes and place the spiky ball in their hand. While the ball is in their hand, ask them to squeeze it and sing one line of a song they may know. Ask them to identify the song and describe the characteristics of the ball. Then they could open their eyes and analyze what they see.
You can ask them once more to close their eyes and place a piece of chocolate in their hand (you will not be telling them what it is). Then direct them to insert it into their mouth. Ask them what they can taste and wait for an answer. While they are eating that piece of chocolate, you can place the minty gum in your mouth and lightly blow into their face. You can say: “You can open your eyes. Did you smell anything?” Then you can turn around so your back is facing them and blow a bubble. Lastly you can ask the person if they heard anything. You can even ask them to be specific.
There are so many ways to play this game, with so many items in the house. You can get very creative. I just gave the example above because I wanted to show you what can be done with a few items to test one’s senses.
- Helps to explore the unknown, as many times one’s eyes will be closed
- Assist in trying new foods as a surprise
- Increases observational skills
- Great for problem solving, as you have to identify various things
- Can be dangerous to play if one has allergies or choking issues. The person who is the starter of the game should be sure to prepare for any dietary or allergy issues ahead of time.
All of these games should be played with an adult or an adult figure. I hope you enjoyed the post. If you have any: questions, concerns, suggestions, requests, or you want to share your indoor games with me and others, feel free to do so!