Fun Indoor Games To Play With Kids- My Top 3, Ready?

 

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.

Pros:

  • You can take on a character when playing hide and seek
  • It prompts problem solving
  • Facilitates learning about cause and effect

Cons:

  • 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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

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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!

12 thoughts on “Fun Indoor Games To Play With Kids- My Top 3, Ready?”

  1. What a great Site. Loads and loads of info on how to have lots of fun while learning at the same time. Dealing with Sensory issues is a big deal and can get frustrating. You have some wonderful ideas to help with some of those issues.

  2. I’m really glad i came across your site. We just found out our 2 year old has Sensory Processing Disorder. Some of the treatment his therapist has described to us are similar to some stuff I read here. Now i have a place to get some ideas to help my son work through his sensory problems!
    Thank you!

    1. I am so happy that you found my site helpful. If there is anything you feel as though you would like to see on this site or if you have any questions at all,don’t hesitate to share or ask. 

  3. Thanks for writing such a great article. My dad, brother and I used to love playing our version of ‘tickle monster’ especially when we would go to like an indoor jungle gyms. Reading your article brought back some awesome childhood memories!

    I’ve never heard of the senses game but it sounds very interesting. Can you play it with many people or is it better just for two?

    It may not be suitable for very young children but my friends and I used to play a variation of hide and seek where whoever was ‘it’ was a ‘monster’ and had to walk around with their eyes closed and we all had to avoid them with all the lights turned out. Needless to say it would get pretty creepy sometimes with the monster making scary noises and running around blind!

    1. So the senses game is just what I call it. You can play with more people; however, for everyone to participate, there has to be a rotation between the people presenting the items or foods and the ones engaging the acts given to them. You can also use blindfolds if that helps. This can be used with both children and adults. It can also be used during holidays- or whenever. Get creative and think outside of the box. 

      I love your version of Hide and Seek by the way! It sounds absolutely amazing! You also triggered one of my childhood memories. My dad used to pretend to be a ghost and while it was dark, he would gently pull my leg off my bed. I would freak out but it was funny and frightening every time. 

  4. Great post, I have a 1 year old and I am constantly amazed by how much fun the simple games can be.
    She loves being chased around the kitchen table – which really only involves me stamping my feet because she can’t run yet;)
    Tickling is works well for us too.

    1. Thank you Allie for sharing your indoor games. That is so cute and I love how you are encouraging movement with your daughter. 

  5. I enjoy the senses game. We do tickles and hide and seek in my home. But I had not heard of the senses game before. It’s one that I will definitely try with my little one. I love that you can really use whatever you have available in your home to do this activity. It’s also wonderful for exploring their senses and helps them develop their communication skills as well.

  6. I enjoyed rediscovering good-fun games. I especially enjoyed the “Senses” game. My girls and I will definitely be playing that tonight! I liked the Pros and Cons section too. The information was helpful to know just how, even a simple game, can be beneficial to my children. Any games for teens?

    1. Linda, I am so glad you enjoyed it and decided to try the senses game! Let me know how it goes. Now, when it comes to games for teens, that’s a whole other thing. You can actually use the senses games for all ages. I would recommend an indoor obstacle course that involves climbing, crawling, dodging swing items, and of course falling. You can find these activities at gyms that specialize in the exploration on ones physical abilities. You can also try indoor rock climbing races and stunts. They are really fun. 

      If you are looking for something free, I’ve got you covered. As a teen, I really enjoyed exploring my home in complete darkness, which can be extremely fun but dangerous. I would close my eyes and see if I can get into all the rooms in my home without falling or walking into a wall. My sister and I would do it together so we would have to be aware of one another as well. This game allowed us to be more aware of our: surroundings, sounds, and feeling- as we would use our hands and feet to shield ourselves from potential missteps. I would just recommend confining the activity to one floor of your home to ensure no one falls down any stairs. Always walk slowly and with caution. Let me know if that helps.

      Thanks again for your comment.

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