Summer is known for sunshine, ice cream and notoriously rainy days accompanied by thunderstorms. If you are trapped indoors with a couple of kids who are relying on you to make the rain stop so they could resume playing, we got you covered. No, not with stopping the rain part, but with the playing. Here are 4 indoor activities for kids to have fun, learn and stay engaged on those rainy summer days.
1. Space Board Game
This is one of the fantastic indoor activities for kids to bring the wonders of space into your living room.
You Will Need
- Markers, coins, legos, pebbles or something similar to mark each player’s position
- Books or a smart device to find information about different planets and space
Together with the children search for information on different planets using the books or online material. Observe the different colors, surface patterns and sizes of the planets in our solar system. Furthermore, identify other objects in space such as moons, stars, asteroids, etc.
First cut out a paper square about 18 inches (~ 45 cm) on each side. Then draw, color and cut out the different planets and other space objects. Don’t forget the Sun! Paste the planets in order of their distance from the sun on the paper square. Mark the distance between each planet with multiple ‘X’s. The aim of the game is to reach the Sun and ‘X’s show the positions along the path players have to follow.
Race You To The Sun
The most fun part is coming up with the rules. Look at where the comets, satellites and the quirky aliens are on the game board. What happens if a players gets to a ‘X’ near them? What if someone lands on a planet? You could simply skip a turn, do the ‘Neptune Dance’ or put on a hat when passing a meteor shower! Once the rules are decided, roll the dice and jump on board this extraterrestrial adventure.
2. Fun Learning Worksheets
Worksheets are excellent indoor activities for kids to develop numeracy, vocabulary and fine motor skills while having fun. Remember to have the sheets printed beforehand if you are escaping to the wilderness with no access to a printer. Armed with a box of crayons your little ones can pour over the worksheets on the kitchen table or the living room floor. You can find over 25 worksheets designed and curated by pedagogical experts on FunLearning.com for FREE.
3. Digital Learning Games
If you have a smart device in your household kids can use it to play, learn and have fun through meaningful use of technology. Digital games in general are rich in content and highly immersive. It can take your little ones on great adventures from under the sea to out of space with a single swipe. Digital learning games have the added value of supporting kids to develop their knowledge and skills while gaming. There are many high quality apps you can download for free online such as Fun Academy Patterns and Space Nation Navigator. To learn more about digital learning games, balancing screen time and supporting kids to be smart technology users visit our blog page.
4. Puppet Show
Use any props available around the house such as plush toys, socks, dolls and even pillows and put on a puppet show. Alternatively you can make your own little paper puppets.
You Will Need
- Popsicle sticks or skewers
- Blanket or something similar to create a screen
- String or rope to hang the screen
Guide kids to draw different characters and animals on pieces of paper. Help them to cut out the paper puppets and glue each cut out onto popsicle sticks or skewers. Hang up the blanket to create a screen for the little puppeteers to stay hidden. When you have the props ready together with the children create the most whimsical story.
Now you and your puppets are ready to get this show on the road! Gather around the puppet theater and watch the story come alive. Encourage the kids to use different voices and movements. Ask the puppets questions about the story line and their acting careers. You can also record the show so the kids can have a look at their own performance later. Moreover, they can decide how they would like to change and improve the puppet play for the next showing!
We hope these indoor activities for kids will inspire you to make most of the rainy days this summer. Next time you are cooped up inside during a thunderstorm give the worn out Monopoly and Jenga sets a break. Take a Fun Learning adventure together with your kids instead!
If you missed it, don’t forget to check out our previous week’s blog on 4 Outdoor Activities For Kids To Make The Summer Awesome!
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