Ultimate List of OVER 50 Family Board Games- Family Bonding, Survive the Winter, Learn Life Lessons, Endless Fun, and Great Gifts!

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I LOVE board games and card games!! Love, love love them. So much.

Not only are they a ton of fun, but they teach all kinds of life skills to kids. 

In my time working with children, I have spent countless hours playing board games and card games- as an intentional therapeutic technique. During these games, I taught children skills including but not limited to:

  • Cooperation
  • Winning Graciously
  • Loosing Graciously
  • Perseverance
  • Strategy
  • Creative Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Skills
  • Following Rules
  • Numbers, Shapes, Colors, Letters
  • Patterns/Matching Skills
  • Eye-Hand Coordination
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
  • Sharing and Taking Turns
  • Waiting
  • Focus
  • How to Have Safe and Clean Fun
  • How to Be Excited without Being Crazy
  • Planning Ahead and Consider Consequences
  • Learn from Previous Experiences

Obviously, board games and card games are wonderful for children!

boy playing jenga

Now, all this learning doesn’t just come without a little help from a parent. It’s your job to:

  • Point out these lessons so that the child is cognitive of them. It’s easy to let life lessons slip by! Don’t let that happen to you. Make sure you are actively and intentionally teaching the child through the natural play experiences that come from board games.
  • Help the child. Most games will be tough for a child at first, but as the child gets better and better at the game he will become more independent. Make sure you slowly withdraw your help as the child learns more and more.
  • Remind the child of previous experiences to aid recollection and strategy.
  • Work through emotions with the child. Winning and losing is highly emotional.
    • It is stressful and frustrating to lose. Kids don’t naturally know how to handle tough emotions like that. They will need mom or dad’s help to learn how to cope.
    • On the flip side, winning can cause pride and boasting. There is a balance here- it is good for kids to feel pride when they accomplish something that they worked at, like winning a game. Guide the child to win in a gracious way, without making others feel bad. 
  • Teach the rules. Every game is different, and it’s not easy for kids to keep the rules straight. This can be a cause of contention among children if they disagree on what the rules are.
  • Set up social experiences. Provide your child with play dates, time with friends, family night, and other awesome social experiences to practice all these great skills taught by playing board games!

It’s SOOO fun and SOOOO beneficial to kids to play board games and card games.

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And an added bonus—- Board games and Card games make AMAZING gifts!

  • Don’t know what to get your teenager?? There’s something on this list for him or her!
  • Don’t know what to get your family friend? Check here!
  • Don’t want to spend a bunch of money getting something for each person? Get a gift the whole family will love!
  • Don’t know what to get that random cousin whose name you drew for the Christmas Gift Exchange? Look no further!
  • Need a funny and yet functional White Elephant Gift? Check!
  • Want to bring the best gift to that birthday party you were invited to? This is it!

Behold- In all it’s glory- My awesome list of over 50 perfect family games!

It’s everything you could ever want.

And don’t miss the MUST-HAVE GAMES at the bottom of the list. Your home isn’t complete if you’re missing these classics! 


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1) Trekking The National Parks: The Family Board Game (Second Edition)

2) Exploding Kittens Card Game

3) Qwixx – A Fast Family Dice Game

4) Our Moments Kids: 100 Thought Provoking Conversation Starters for Great Parent-Child Relationship Building – Fun Car Travel, Road Trip & Home Card Questions Game for Healthy Loving Family Development

5) Utter Nonsense Family Edition – The Game of Funny Voices and Accents!

6) 5 Second Rule Junior

7) Hasbro Guesstures Game

8) Catch Phrase Game

9) Hasbro Gaming Trivial Pursuit Family Edition

10) Taboo Party Board Game With Buzzer for Kids Ages 13 and Up (Amazon Exclusive)

11) Grandpa Beck’s Cover Your Assets: From the creators of Skull King and The Bears and The Bees

12) Don’t Step In It

13) USAopoly Telestrations Original 8 Player Board Game | 1 LOL Party Game | Play with your friends and Family | Hilarious Game for All Ages | The Telephone Game Sketched Out

 

14) It’s in The Bag! – Newest Game for Family! for Adults! for Parties! Laugh Out Loud in This Game of Teamwork. Describe, Guess & Charades! Act Fast in This Popular Quick-witted Card Game! 4-20 Players!

15) WHAT DO YOU MEME? Party Game

16) Googly Eyes Game — Family Drawing Game with Crazy, Vision-Altering Glasses

 

17) Relative Insanity Party Game about Crazy Relatives – Made and Played by Comedian Jeff Foxworthy – 7441

18) PlayMonster 5 Second Rule Game – New Edition

19) Spontuneous – The Song Game – Sing It or Shout It – Talent NOT Required (Best Family / Party Board Games for Kids, Teens, Adults – Boy & Girls Ages 8 & Up),Yellow

20) Watch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition – The Authentic, Hilarious, Mouthguard Party Card Game

21) HedBanz Game, Family Guessing Game – Edition may vary

22)Platinum Family Feud Signature Game

23)Magilano SKYJO The Ultimate Card Game for Kids and Adults. The Ideal Board Game for Funny, Entertaining and exciting Playing Hours with Friends and Family.

24)Hasbro Trivial Pursuit Family Edition Game, Game Night, Ages 8 and up(Amazon Exclusive)

25) Codenames

26) World of Disney Eye Found It Board Game

27)PlayMonster Spoons – The game of Card Grabbin’ & Spoon Snaggin’

28) Ravensburger Labyrinth Family Board Game for Kids and Adults Age 7 and Up – Millions Sold, Easy to Learn and Play With Great replay value

29) Inspiration Play Double Ditto Family Party Board Game

30)Monopoly Deal Card Game

31)Goat Lords — Hilarious and Competitive New Card Game, Best for Adults, Teens, and Kids, Ages 7 and Up. Awesome Party Game for Families, Fun Board Games Nights, etc! – Hard Durable Box – Free e-Book

32)Deer in the Headlights

33)Kings in the Corner Game

34)Quiddler Card Game

35)Slamwich: A Fast Flipping Card Game with Cards

36)Sushi Go! – The Pick and Pass Card Game

37)Not Parent Approved: A Hilarious Card Game for Kids, Tweens, Families and Mischief Makers

MUST-HAVE, CLASSIC GAMES:

38) Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game, Classic Games, Exciting Balancing Game, Develops Hand-Eye Coordination, 12.5″ H x 2.8″ W x 2.8″ L

39) Jenga Classic Game

40) Yahtzee

41) Hasbro Guess Who? Classic Game

42) Rummikub — The Original Rummy Tile Game

 

43) Mattel Games Apples to Apples Junior – The Game of Crazy Comparisons (Packaging May Vary)

44) Battleship With Planes Strategy Board Game Amazon Exclusive For Ages 7 and Up

45) Operation Mania – PC

46) Pictionary Board Game

47) Sorry! Game

48) Trouble Game

49) Spot It!

50) Hasbro Connect 4 Game

51) Clue Game

52) Sequence Game

53) Ticket To Ride – Europe

54) Phase 10 Card Game Styles May Vary

55) Winning Moves RACK-O, Retro package Card Game

56) UNO Card Game

57) SKIP BO Card Game

There you have it! Let the fun begin!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

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Best Christmas Crafts on Pinterest

 

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Crafts are amazing! They allow us personal expression, they let us focus on making something more beautiful than it used to be, and it lets us think critically.

Great skills to practice- and it’s so so so fun!

Let’s divide this year’s BEST Pinterest crafts into two sections: adult crafts (for those of you amazing DIY junkies) and kid crafts (for those who just want to have a little fun with their little ones)!!

That awkward moment when you fall in love with something you're crafting for someone else and you try to rationalize keeping it for yourself . . .

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What is YOUR favorite Christmas craft on Pinterest? Or your favorite Christmas craft that SHOULD be on Pinterest?

I hope you enjoy getting into the spirit of Christmas this year- using crafts! I love using crafts as a way to decorate my house for the season, get my kids excited for the holidays, and create special memories and mementos that I can keep for years!

person hand with green and blue paint

Kid Crafts:

Do your daughters and sons love to create?

Building and designing teaches children to value their own abilities, shows them that they can accomplish hard things, and helps them be bold to share themselves with the world.

It is very, very healthy for kids to craft.

Foster that love and appreciation by giving them tons of opportunities to participate in fun creations with you!

Check out these awesome foot/hand/finger print crafts!

My favorite kind of kid crafts are the ones that use their cute little hand prints, foot prints, or finger prints! Not only are they a super fun sensory experience for the child to create, but they also remind mom and dad of the wonderful years with their little kids before they got big!

  • 10 Handprint Christmas Crafts for Kids: This post includes such fun ideas as a wreath made from paper cutouts of the child’s hand, an adorable reindeer that you’ll have to see to believe, Santa- including fuzzy white beard, snowflakes, mittens, and more- all using your sweet pea’s tiny and perfect hands!
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  • Footprint Reindeer Keepsake Card: I love this cute reindeer footprint! Who would have ever thought that a footprint would look like a reindeer?? But how cute is this!!! I can’t get over it. What an adorable tiny Rudolph foot!

  • Footprint Reindeer Keepsake Card
  • Christmas Tree Thumbprint Art: I really like this craft because it uses things I already have at my house! I also love that it’s not super structured. I can put a few colors of paint in front of my kiddos and let them go crazy! No problem! No worrying about if it’ll turn out right! Just enjoy the crafting. 🙂
  • Create this Christmas Tree Thumbprint Art in your kindergarten classroom as your next Christmas craft! It's a fine motor Christmas craft idea for kids.

 

For a great compilation of wonderful and easy crafts for you busy moms, check out this great post!

  • 25 Fun Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids- There’s tons of fun ideas here- including pinecone Christmas trees, sparkly slime, Santa beard masks, button snowflakes, and adorable cupcake liner Christmas trees!!! And seriously, they are all SO DOABLE! No pinterest fails here. Enjoy!!
  • Bird Feeder

 

Another great principle in crafting with kids is to look for a craft that allows some individual creativity instead of using a template that just creates one repeated product.

We don’t want cookie-cutter kids. We want unique individuals who know who they are, what they like, and how to express themselves.

These crafts use a basic template but allow some aspect of individual adaption.

  • Beaded Christmas Ornaments: In this great craft, the child get to choose colors of beads, design of beads, and shape of the ornament he creates. Those choices build children’s personalities and individuality. Plus this one is just plain clever! Using a cookie cutter to melt beads into adorable ornaments?? I love it!!
  • cookie cutter pony bead ornaments

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Adult Crafts:

Who needs some mom craft time- you know, the serious, no joke crafting that only happens after the kids go to bed? Me, me, me!!

Here’s some great DIY challenges for you mamas (or dads) who master the cutesy fluffy beauty of creation.

  • Christmas Nail Art Designs: Ok, these are for sure #1 in the adult crafts section. I know, I know… this is borderline depending on your definition of a “craft….” but honestly, I think this should count! This takes sooooo much talent! These are stunning! And they make me want to hang a stocking, wrap presents, and sit by the fire under a blanket!
  • easy christmas nail art designs
  • Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree: I love how easy but adorable this craft is. You could actually include your kids on this one if you want… or just enjoy yourself…. Either way! I love that this uses natural elements (the stick). I love bringing a little bit of nature into my house. I also love that you don’t need a ton of supplies or time. And it’s still so cute!! I’m sold.
  • Green and Brown Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornament
  • How to Transfer Photos Onto Wood: Whaaaaaa???? Is this possible? Apprently it is. I’m going to have to see it for myself! Can you imagine having your favorite pictures of your kids on your own, homemade, unique, adorable, but still fancy Christmas ornaments??? I’m in! Let’s do it!
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  • Adorable Popsicle Stick Sled: Ok, I can’t handle how this looks like something I’d buy from the store… But it’s homemade. And that’s what DIY crafts always shoot for isn’t it??? I would be proud to have those on my tree! Not one of those “Even though this is terrible, I guess I’ll hang this up because I worked hard on it” sorta things. This is quality!
  • Popsicle stick sleds. These easy handmade Christmas ornaments can be dressed up or done as a simple kids Christmas craft.

 

Now, I want to hear from you- What is YOUR favorite Christmas craft on Pinterest? Or your favorite Christmas craft that SHOULD be on Pinterest?

I hope you all enjoy your holiday, and enjoy your crafting.

Have a great time, whether it’s with the whole family, one-on-one time with a child who needs to connect with you, or just some well-deserved alone time for yourself.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

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What Parenting Is All About

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Do you ever have perfect parenting moments that make it all worth it?

It was so great to accidentally catch one of those on film!

Love my baby!!!

 

What amazing parenting moments raise your spirits? What makes this all worth it to you?? Comment below!

I could seriously just watch that video over and over again. She’s so happy, and silly, and cute, and giggly!

I wish my cute baby would stay like that forever. I don’t want her to ever grow up.

Feeling so blessed! Go home and hug your families! I’m going to do the same.

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

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5 Steps to Create and Implement a Kick @$$ Chore Chart

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Updated: 2/12/2019

Chore charts are a great teaching tool for parents to use.

Children can learn:

  • responsibility,
  • hard work,
  • independence,
  • self-help skills,
  • empathy for the work that their parents do around the house,
  • understanding of how their messes impact the family,
  • confidence in their own abilities,
  • the relationship between our actions and consequences of our actions (cause and effect),
  • the joy of living in a clean space,
  • how to handle frustration,
  • the joy and pride of accomplishing something difficult,
  • and much more!

Children learn that they are part of a family and that means that they need to give back to support the well being of others around them.  

Each family handles the work load differently. It’s tough to know which method to use or who to ask for advice because your family has its own unique needs and circumstances.

Unique needs call for unique methods.

Here are 5 things to keep in mind as you are deciding how to best implement chore charts in your home… as well as some examples of my favorite chore charts.

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1) Too Big for your Britches

Development and age play a major role in a child’s capability to complete chores.

  • Younger children (2-5 years old) have shorter attention spans. They should be expected to complete simple chores that do not require much time (around 2-5 minutes- usually around 1 minute per year of age).
  • As children get older (6-12 years old), they are able to handle more time and focus on a chore (around 15 minutes at a time, again slowly increasing the time spent as they get older).
  • Teenagers should be able to complete complex chores and tasks around the home that may take much longer, such as laundry.
    • They are able to use deductive reasoning to see what needs to get done and follow through with the necessary tasks using time management skills. They should be independent in thinking through chores and taking care of their own areas/belongings. Teenagers with this skill will be capable of managing a home, apartment, or dorm on their own when they move out in a few years.

Choose chores carefully based on your child’s capabilities.

Don’t expect a child to do as much work as an adult would do or the same quality of work that an adult would do. Remember, you are teaching valuable life lessons, even if there are a few streaks left on the bathroom mirror.

Click the image below for a great magnetic chore chart that comes with many chore options for your convenience!
Melissa & Doug Magnetic Responsibility and Chore Chart, Developmental Toys, Encourages Good Behavior, 90 Pieces, 15.75” H x 11.75” W x 0.5” L

2) The Plateau Effect

On the other hand, we don’t want to make chores too easy.

Sometimes, parents implement a perfectly appropriate chore for a child, such as a 5 year old wiping down the kitchen table before dinner. The chore fits the child well and works well for the family.

But, as the child gets older, it’s the parents’ duty to increase the difficulty level.

Fight the rhythm of daily life- don’t get into a routine and forget to do this.

I call it the Plateau Effect. The child continues wiping down the table when she is 7, then 9, then 12. No new chores are added. No new skills are learned. The child is more resistant to learning new chores because all she has ever been asked to do is wipe down the table.

toddler's standing in front of beige concrete stair

Avoid the Plateau Effect by slowly adding chores to a child’s repertoire.

Remember that a child needs to know how to fully care for a house by the time they move out (let’s assume that’s at age 18). That means, you should be teaching each skill needed before that time.

Not only do they need to be able to wipe down the table, but they need to know how to sweep the floor, how to fold clothes, how to run the vacuum, how to dust, how to wash windows…. Everything.

Does your teenager know how to do laundry? How to clean a bathroom? How to organize their belongings?

Switch up a child’s expected chores so that they can experience all aspects of caring for a living space. Each time you change it up, expect to spend a little quality time teaching the child the necessary skills for the new task.  Then slowly fade yourself away, offering less and less coaching as the child figures gets better at the new chore.

Slowly increase the difficulty of chores or expect a more thorough completion of the chore throughout childhood until a teenager is capable of completing all the necessary tasks to live on their own- and can do each task well.

  • Example: If you ask a child to clean the bathroom at age 5, he picking up his bath toys.
  • By age 6, teach him how to pick up his bath toys and take out the bathroom trash.
  • By age 7, teach him how to pick up his bath toys, take out the bathroom trash, and wipe down the counter top.
  • By age 8, teach him to put away any stray objects in the bathroom, take out the bathroom trash, wipe down the counter top, and clean the toilet.

Click the image below for a chore chart intended for older children!
Chore Magnets for Older Kids (30 piece set)

3) Spruce It Up

Here are some of my top favorite chore chart ideas to make things a little more fun… and increase cooperation!

  • Let the kids make choices. This is a great way to decrease resistance to chores by allowing the child to take some responsibility. It helps the child feel heard and valued as a member of the family. They take more pride and responsibility when they get to have a say.
    • Some parents allow the child to choose which chores are on the chart and then the parent assigns a chore off the list each day.
    • Some parents choose the chores on the list and the child chooses a chore each day.
    • Some parents allow the child to choose one chore and the parent assigns one chore each day.
    • Some parents choose the chore, but allow the child to choose any time of the day to complete their chore. Some parents need to assign a specific chore time to make sure it gets done.
  • Make it a spinning wheel of chores. Whatever chore the wheel lands on is the one you complete!
  • Make it colorful and add cute pictures. Not all kids will respond to this, but some will like the chart more if it is visually appealing.
  • Add fun rewards- like music, a fun outing, tickling, a treat, a game, time using electronics, time with friends, one-on-one time with a parent, a small toy, stickers, or anything else your child is excited about! It doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to be fun! 
    • The reward should match the job done. If it was an easy job, the child should only receive a small reward. If it was a difficult chore or the child completed chores for an extended period of time, they can earn a larger reward.
  • Work alongside the child. This makes cleaning more fun, but it also teaches the child that you also work hard. This develops empathy in the child for the things you do around the house every day. It also shows the child that you are fair. You are willing to work hard too.
  • Try chore sticks! Click the image below!

Creative QT Chore Sticks for Kids – Make Chores a Game – Interactive Family Activity Combine Responsibility with Rewards – A Fun Alternative to a Chore Chart

  • Include all siblings in some degree. Again, this shows that you are fair as a parent. It also teaches each child the valuable lessons from participating in chores rather than just one child. Don’t make the mistake of letting the oldest do all the work!

Click the image below for multi- child chore chart! 2-3 kids can participate using this chart!
Multiple Kid Chore Chart for 2 or 3 kids use Dry Erase markers many themes

  • Make it a competition. Let’s see who can do their chore the fastest, or who can get the windows the cleanest, or who can throw trash into the trashcan like a basketball hoop, etc.
  • Break it down. If a new chore is too difficult for a child, teach pieces at a time and offer small rewards throughout. For example, if a child’s chore is cleaning the bathroom, you might teach him how to clean the toilet one day, then the next day teach him how to clean the sink, then the mirror, then the tub. Eventually, he’ll be able to clean the whole bathroom on his own!
  • Have a dance party while cleaning!
  • Set a timer. Some kids respond better when they know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Rather than cleaning until a particular task is done, children can clean until a timer goes off. The parent will need to decide if the timer signals the end of chore time or if it is just a break from chore time for a while.
    • Make sure the child does not get in the habit of cleaning slowly just to run down the clock!
  • Limit how many toys children have out at once to make the mess less overwhelming!
  • Clean often. Have a nightly pick up that involves the whole family. It goes fast with so many helpers, and it keeps the mess manageable. No buildup!
  • Let kids use tools. Cleaning tools, that is. It’s fun to try to work the vacuum, or use a duster, or a sponge, or play with soap spuds.

Click the image below to purchase child sized cleaning supplies!!
Melissa & Doug, Let’s Play House! Dust! Sweep! Mop! Pretend Play Set, 6-piece, Kid-Sized with Housekeeping Broom, Mop, Duster and Organizing Stand for Skill- and Confidence-Building

  • Get an app for that! Click the image below for a fun chore app that will help your kids enjoy chore time!

ChoreMonster

4) The Nitty Gritty Daily Challenges

  • Get into a Routine and Stick to It 

Once you have decided on a system that works for your family, stick with it!

Children tend to resist change at first, so they might not like the new chores that they are being asked to do. The more you apply your chore chart consistently, the less resistance you will face.

But if you cave here and there, you’ll have to fight that battle all over again from the beginning. Again. And again. And again… each time you try to get your kids’ help around the house.

Stick to your guns. It’s easier in the end. 

Click the image below!
My Responsibility Chart, Magnetic Dry Erase Wooden Chore Chart with Storage Bag, 24 Goals and 56 Reward Stars by Imagination Generation

  • Let Children Know What to Expect

It is easier for children to comply with parent demands when they can anticipate them.

Adults are the same way. Imagine your boss randomly changed your duties on the job and expected you to complete whatever task he threw at you at any time. That would be stressful and frustrating!

It’s easier to know what your day at work will look like. You know what your boss expects and what tasks you will complete.

Make things easier on your kids. Let them know what’s coming by keeping the routine the same and telling them of any changes to the routine as soon as possible.

  • Heads Up for the Kids

Don’t let chore time sneak up on your kids. Give them warnings beforehand. You can say things like “In 10 minutes we will start chores. Now there’s 3 minutes left. Now I’ll count down- 5, 4, 3, 2, 1- Chore time!!”

person holding white mini bell alarmclock

These warnings help kids anticipate when they will need to transition from whatever they were doing into a new task.

This can decrease frustration and tantrums because it allows kids to finish up whatever they are doing. It also allows them to prepare mentally to do something they don’t want to do.

  • Fight the Temptation to do the Work Yourself 

We all know that a kid’s attempt to clean the bathroom, or wipe down the table, or make a bed isn’t perfect. They try their best, but adults are just better at this stuff. We’ve had more practice after all.

Parents often have a specific way in mind that they like things done, and that’s even harder for a child to live up to.

Resist the temptation to fix your child’s work to make it “your way” or to make it perfect. This sends the message that the child did not do it right and that their hard work isn’t good enough for you.

person wearing gloves cleaning toilet bowl

If you really struggle with the child’s level of completion, complete the task side by side with your child.

  • Praise the things they do right.
  • Offer gentle guidance to teach them how to improve things that need work.
  • Slowly decrease the level of help that you are offering your child until they are able to do it all on their own.

This method takes time and patience, but it builds a child’s confidence and abilities rather than bringing them down.

5) Make it Happen!

This is the nitty gritty, get it done, just keep swimming, nuts and bolts, hard work of it all.

Now it’s your job as the parent to follow through and keep the system in place.

There’s nothing to say to make it easier... Except that you’re a rockin’ mama and you’ve got this!!! Good luck!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

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Over 60 Indoor Activities for Families on a Rainy Day

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Updated 2/8/2019

 

Hey parents,

Are you stuck indoors?

Are your kids getting antsy?

Are things getting loud and crazy since your kids are cooped up with no way to let their energy out? And I’m sure your energy is depleting by the second.

Here are some great indoor activities that will save the day! Just keep a few of these tucked up your sleeve for those rainy days and your kids will be entertained for hours!

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  1. Build a fort.

This is a classic activity that every kid loves! All you need is something for a base (chairs, card table, couches) and blankets to cover the top. You can make an extensive and detailed fort with windows, doors, hallways, various rooms, etc. Or just a basic fort.

2. Create a maze of string.

The parent asks all the kids to hide in their room for a while. While they are away, the parent ties one end of the string to the doorknob of the child’s room. Then the parent loops and winds the string all over the house. The child has to follow the string to the end. The parent can make it a “hide and seek” game by hiding an object at the end of the string. If there are multiple kids, they can work together and follow the same string or they can each have their own string of a different color.

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3. Play “Hot and Cold”

Choose an object in the house to hide. One person leaves the room while the others decide on where to hide the object. When the object is hidden, the seeker begins to look for it. Everyone else gives the seeker clues. If they are moving in the right direction towards the object, they say “hotter…” but if the seeker is going in the wrong direction away from the hidden object, they say “colder….” These clues help the seeker find the hidden object.

4. Play “Hide and Go Seek”… with a twist.

This is a classic game. Everyone hides while one person covers their eyes. The seeker counts to a designated number (usually 30). Once he is done counting, he can begin looking for the hidden people until he finds everyone! There are some twists to this game to make it fun and new!

-Once you have been found by the seeker, you can sneak away and hide again if he is not looking.

-Hidden people can change their hiding places instead of staying in one place.

-Hidden people can give clues to the seeker, like making noise.

-Once you are found, you can help the seeker find the rest of the hidden people.

-All the hidden people can hide as a group, making it more difficult to find a good hiding place.

-One person can hide while everyone else is seeking.

-For very young children, everyone can hide partially in view.

5. Have a dance party.

man doing breakdancing on gray surface

Everyone loves a dance party! Just turn on your favorite music and let loose! You can teach your children new dance moves, they can teach you dance moves, you can have a dance off, etc.

We love to change the genre of music we are dancing to. We tell the kids to do whatever dance they think best represents the music. We put on lots of different things, like country, hip hop, classical, kids tunes, etc. to see what dances our kids come up with!

The kids also love choosing what songs they want to dance to.

6. Go “camping” in the living room.

Indoor camping features include a tent (if you don’t have one, you can build one with blankets), a sleeping bag (or blankets folded into a sleeping bag), pillows, marshmallows and/or hot dogs, flashlights, stuffed animals, etc.

Set up your tent and other supplies in the living room, a bedroom, or the back porch.

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7. Watch a movie with a twist.

Make a movie night more exciting and interactive. Everyone chooses a word, color, number, etc. to look for throughout the movie. Whoever finds the most wins!

8. Create a scavenger hunt.

Create lists of items to find. Have races to see who can find each item on their list the fastest! Topics can include: things we use every day, things we can see outside from the window, things that make noise, our favorite things, etc. There are many variations on how to play.

-To build memory skills, you can ask a child to find three items and see if they can remember all three.

-To practice writing and creative thinking, the child can write their own list for a given topic and then find the objects.

-To practice reading, the parent can write the list down and ask the child to complete the scavenger hunt without help.

9. Find something that starts with every letter of the alphabet.

This is a great game for 4-5 year olds, but kids of all ages enjoy it. Walk around the house together looking for an object that starts with the letter A. This might be an apple, an avocado, an airplane, or the alphabet. Once you have found something that starts with A, look for something that starts with B. Continue through the entire alphabet.

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10. Play “The Floor is Lava”.

Begin the game by standing on the couches. The floor is “lava.” Anyone who touches the floor is out. The goal is for the group to get from point A (the couch) to point B (anywhere you want- the kitchen, a bedroom, etc.). Use household items to stand on, such as couch cushions, pieces of paper, toys, etc.- Anything to keep you from stepping on the “lava”. Try to get the whole group across the lava without touching it using only the items you have around you.

11. Teach your kids “Rhythm games”.

There are lots of rhymes and songs that accompany a rhythm that the participants make by clapping, stomping feet, or patting their legs.

Make a rhythm (Ex: Clap, clap, pat. Clap, clap, pat.) Everyone joins in and must keep the rhythm steady. Sing a song to go with the rhythm without losing the rhythm or try one of these ideas!

-Think of a topic, such as colors, celebrities, shapes, states, etc. Begin the rhythm. On each down beat (the first beat in a rhythm- for example, if the rhythm is “Clap, snap, pat, Clap, snap, pat” then the downbeat is the clap), the person must say something that fits under that topic. For example, if the topic were states, I could say “Arizona” on the downbeat. Then the next person has to think of a different state to say on the next downbeat. You are out if you miss the downbeat, if you can’t think of a new state to say, if you repeat a state that has already been said, or if you get off rhythm.

-Each person is assigned an animal. The group makes a rhythm. On the downbeat, the first person says the animal of anyone else in the group. That person must then keep the rhythm and say someone else’s animal name on the following downbeat. For example: Person 1 says “Cat” on the downbeat. The cat person says “Horse” on the following downbeat. The horse person says “Bird” on the following downbeat. You are out if you get off beat, if you forget your animal, or if you forget the animals of the other people in the group.

12. Finger paint.

Messy, but worth it! Put down a drop cloth, an old table cloth, or an old shower curtain to limit the mess. Make sure you wear old clothes that can get stained, or choose washable paints (click the image below)!

Crayola Washable Kids Paint, Classic Colors, 6 Count, Painting Supplies, Gift

13. Try to paint on a piece of paper that is hanging from a string.

This is creative art. Tape one end of string to a piece of paper. Tape the other end to the table. This will hang the piece of paper in the air. The child sits on the ground and tries to paint with the paper moving around!

It is best to put some kind of cloth underneath to limit the mess.

14. Cover the table in paper and color the whole thing!

Use your hands, feet, elbows. This is a great chance to get some energy out while using gross and fine motor skills!

This and many other crafts are easier with large butcher paper. Click the image below!

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15. Have a colored bath.

Put food coloring in with your bath water! It does not stain skin or the bathtub.

We enjoy starting out by putting a few drops of one color into the water, like blue. The child can watch the color spread until the whole bath is blue. Then, we add another color, like red, and guess what will happen to the color of the bath. It is so exciting to see the color slowly change to purple.

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16. Cook together.

This is a great way to get something done that you have to do anyways- but still entertain the kids! Dinner is ready, and everyone had fun.

If you need to use eggs in a recipe, I recommend having the children crack the eggs into a separate bowl first. That way, if there are egg shells in the egg, you can get them out easier rather than having egg shells mixed in with your food.

17. Play “Zip your Lip.”

Choose a “buzz word” that is off limits for the day. If you catch someone saying the “buzz word” they are out! See who lasts the longest without saying the word.

You can also give each child 5 clothes pins to put on their shirt sleeve. If you catch someone saying the buzz word, you get to take one of their clothes pins and put it on your sleeve. Whoever has the most clothes pins in the end wins! This can be a fun variation because nobody is ever “out”. If you run out of clothes pins, you just keep listening for others to say the buzz word and you can get your clothes pins back!

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Honey-Can-Do DRY-01410 Plastic Clothespins, 50-Pack

18. Play charades.

Write down lots of things that a child can act out. These can be easier for younger kids or more difficult for older kids. Some ideas include: animals, movie characters, actions like going fishing or wrapping a present, or places. Write each thing on a separate piece of paper. The child draws one piece of paper and they must act out that thing without making any noise. The rest of the group tries to guess what they are acting out.

19. Play the “Telephone game”.

Everyone sits in a row. The first person in the row thinks of any phrase. They whisper it to the next person. That person repeats what they heard to the next person, and it continues down the line. You can only whisper to each person once- no clarifying! The last person says what he heard out loud to the group. At this point, the phrase has usually been changed as it was passed down the line. Often, it doesn’t even make any sense! The first person shares what the original phrase was.

20. Build something with household objects, like silverware, toothpicks, qtips, etc.

This is a great game to build creativity and problem solving skills! And it’s just plain fun.

21. Tell stories.

These can be true stories- parents can tell about their childhood, kids can tell their favorite family vacations, etc.- or they can be unique stories that we imagine.

person holding string lights on opened book

22. Tell stories- with a twist.

This is a group story telling activity. Each person gets to participate in telling the story- but each person can only say one sentence to add to the story at a time. The first person starts out with one sentence to begin the story (Ex: “Once upon a time, there lived a fair maiden.”) Then the next person continues the story (Ex: “She lived in Narnia!”). Everyone gets a turn to say one sentence at a time.

The story often takes many unexpected twists and turns as each person gets to put their own unique spin on things.

23. Do the limbo!

This is great for kids who need to get some energy out. Find a stick (a broom handle works great). Two people hold each end of the stick high in the air. The participant must walk under the stick leaning backwards without letting any part of their body touch the stick. If they make it, they get to try again with the stick a little lower. Gradually, the stick is closer and closer to the ground and it becomes more and more difficult to limbo under the stick! You are out if you touch the stick, if you fall, or if you touch the ground.

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Get Out! Wooden Limbo Set, 5’ Feet Tall – Colored Limbo Stick with Self-Standing Base – Fun for All Ages and Occasions

24. Try yoga poses, somersaults, standing on your head, or other tricky poses!

These are great to help kids use energy in a focused way instead of being crazy! These kinds of tasks also build coordination.

25. Have races with random objects.

Roll marbles down a ramp, race cars across the table, slide washers down a string, etc.

26. Play card games.

Some of my favorites to play with kids are: Spot It, Go Fish, Uno, Old Maid, Crazy 8’s, and War (in this one, all you have to do is flip over two cards and the winner is the person with the highest card).

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Hoyle Kid’s 6 in 1 Fun Pack- Card Games (artwork may vary)

27. Play board games.

I really like Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders because they can be played with all ages.

There are lots of great games for every age group!

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28. Mix food coloring in a cup.

Guess what color the water will change to next??

This can also be a fun thing to do while cooking. For example, the kids can choose what color to make the pancakes.

29. Create your own board game or card game.

The rules don’t usually make sense when kids make their own games, but they have a blast doing it!

All they need is paper and crayons to decorate their cards or board game. Oh, and a patient parent who is willing to play a game with no structure in which the child is sure to be the winner in the end.

30. Ask each other “get to know you” questions.

These are great for some relaxing fun. They also help a parent get to know the ins and outs of their child’s life.

Fun topics include: the child’s future, the child’s favorite things, the child’s fears, the child’s friends, the child’s day to day routine, events coming up, fun memories, things they would like to do, etc.

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Peaceable Kingdom This or That? Quick and Clever Get to Know You Game for Friends and Family

31. Don’t let the balloon touch the ground!

I tried this game with a ball once. I recommend the balloon because there is less of a chance that the balloon will break something.

The game is simple- throw the balloon in the air and work as a team to keep it up. Don’t let it touch the ground!

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King’s deal 100(10color x 10) Latex Balloons – 11 Inch – Assorted Colors

32. Try science experiments.

Mix water and corn starch. Roll the mixture into a ball. When it is moving, it is a solid. As soon as it is still for a few seconds, it settles and dissolves into a liquid.

Color a jar of water with your favorite food coloring. Put white flowers into the colored water. The flowers will soak up the color from the water!

Put pop rocks into a bottle of soda. Put a balloon over the opening. The balloon will inflate!

Mix borax and glue to make homemade slime.

Use lemon juice as invisible ink. Write a message to someone, then use a blow drier to read the message.

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Be Amazing Toys Big Bag Of Science +70 Activities

33. Read a story.

Books are wonderful. Reading to children when they are young will foster a love of reading and learning that will last into adulthood.

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Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)

34. Write your own story.

This is great practice for writing in school! Tell your child that they are going to be the author and illustrator of their very own book! Then sit back and watch them imagine and create.

35. Tell jokes.

What do you call a bear with no teeth? Gummy bear!

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Silly Jokes for Silly Kids. Children’s joke book age 5-12

36. Count cars that drive by the window.

For more fun, each person can choose one color of car to count. Whoever counts the most cars of their color wins!

37. Think of something you can do to make a friend smile.

Tell a joke, make them something, write them a letter, tell them thank you, give them a hug….

38. Write a letter to someone who lives far away.

Tell them everything you are up to. Ask them about themselves. Tell them your favorite memories of the two of you. Tell them what you miss about them.

39. Call your grandparents.

This is a great way to teach your kids to think about others as well as develop strong friendships with their extended family.

40. Plan a vacation.

Dream of places you would love to go. Get online and research sites you could see, restaurants to eat at, hotels you could stay in, etc. Learn about the culture and language of that area.

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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the World

41. Make a budget.

Yes, this is a great activity for kids.

It doesn’t sound exciting, but kids get super excited to save money for something that they really want. Help them think of ways to earn money. Then identify what they need to spend money on and help them realize that the only way to get the things they want is to save some of their money in a special place until they have enough for the things they want.

Then stick to your guns. Don’t give them extra money for no reason or step in and buy them the thing they were saving for. That ruins the fun and the learning.

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42. Look for something to fix around the house.

Leaky faucet? Does the dresser need a fresh coat of paint? Is there a tear in the couch?

Kids are super excited to do things they have never done before. This can be a great opportunity to teach them some life skills and also get things checked off your to do list!

43. Sew something simple together- like a bean bag or a pillow case.

Square objects tend to be the easiest because you only have to sew in straight lines. Kids can learn to sew by hand or to use a sewing machine- whatever is safer for your child.

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44. Tie a fleece blanket.

This is an easy project that can be a lot of fun! Buy two pieces of fleece material- each 1.5-3 yards. One piece will be the top and one piece will be the bottom of your blanket. It is fun to get patterns that are different but that still match.

Cut your material to the size and shape that you want. Both pieces should be exactly the same size and shape.

Cut fringes along all edges of the fleece. Each fringe should be about 3 inches long and 1 inch thick. When you get to the corners, cut out the corners to match the fringe length.

The fringes should be exactly the same on both pieces of material.

Tie each coordinating fringe together. This will hold the front and back together.

Or, get a kit that will take you step by step through the process by clicking on the image below!
Creativity for Kids Deluxe Easy Weave Fleece Blanket Making Kit – Makes 1 No Sew Blanket

Melissa & Doug Created by Me! Flower Fleece Quilt No-Sew Craft Kit (48 Squares), 4′ x 5′

45. Learn about your culture or ancestors.

Do family history research to learn who your ancestors were. Read their stories. Learn about their culture. Try to incorporate that culture into your own life.

46. Plant seeds.

You can use the old-fashioned dirt in a pot method, or you can plant seeds in a Ziploc bag. Place the seed in the Ziploc bag. Get a few cotton balls wet and put them into the Ziploc bag with the seed. Tape the bag to a window. Watch the seed grow!

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Mr. Sprout Sunflower Starter Kit – Plant Growing Kit for Kids, Adults Or Gift Idea – Flower Seed Starter Kit Includes Peat Pots, Nutrient Rich Soil Pellets, and Plant Tags

47. Make a “dream board.”

Think of your perfect future. What would your job be? Where would you live? What things would you have? Cut pictures out of magazines or print pictures from the computer to represent your dreams. Compile them onto a board and share them with your friends/family.

48. Have a pillow fight.

Just like when you were 12 years old!

49. Learn something new by researching something your child is interested in.

Dinosaurs, volcanoes, cowboys, princesses, mermaids, outer space… What is fact and what is fiction?

50. Look at family pictures.

This is especially fun to see how the child has grown and changed over the years. Show them what they looked like as a baby.

Or show them what you looked like as a baby, and as a child, and as a teenager.

51. Have “parent interviews”.

This is one-on-one time with each child. The parent interviews them to learn more about them individually. What do they like to do? Who are their friends? What are their favorite things? What are their dreams? What are they working hard to do? What do they need from you right now?

52. Have a “family meeting”.

This is a lot like a parent interview, but the whole family is involved together. The parent conducts the meeting. Kids and parents get to express concerns, ask questions, create goals, check up on each other, learn about each other, and be more united.

silhouette of man standing beside shore under brown sky during daytime

53. Make shadow puppets.

Shadow puppets are made out of paper in the shape of an animal or object. Glue the paper to a Popsicle stick. Then have a puppet show using a flashlight to project the shadow of the puppets onto the wall!

54. Make hand puppets with a flashlight.

No time for crafting? Skip it and use your hands to make shadows! Use the flashlight to project your shadow puppet show onto the wall!

55. Sing along to your favorite songs.

Whoever can remember the most words to the song wins!

56. Tell spooky stories.

Make sure the kids know that they aren’t real. Hopefully there won’t be any nightmares.

57. Play “The Quiet Game”.

See which child can be quiet the longest. Whoever speaks first is out! Whoever is quiet until the end wins!

toddler holding her lips

58. Play “Duck, Duck, Goose”.

An old classic! My kids love to come up with new names instead of “duck” and “goose”. We have played “cake, cake, doughnut” and “worm, worm beetle”…

59. Sing Nursery Rhymes.

Adding hand motions to go along with the words can add fun to the songs or rhymes!

60. Bake cookies for a neighbor or friend.

This is a great excuse to stop in to say hi.

Or it can be anonymous. My kids love to ring the doorbell, leave the plate of cookies, and run away so that nobody knows who did the good deed.

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Betty Crocker Cookie Mix Variety Pack of Popular Flavors: (1) Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix + (1) Peanut Butter Cookie Mix + (1) Oatmeal Cookie Mix + (1) Sugar Cookie Mix. (4 flavors per order)

61. Make a house out of a large card board box.

Add windows, spare rooms, bedrooms, doors. Draw curtains, couches, kitchens, dressers, and other decor. Make it just like home!

62. Play “No Bears are Out Tonight”

In this game, one person is the “bear”. They hide somewhere while all the seekers close their eyes and count to 30. There is a designated “safe area” that the bear cannot enter. Once the seekers are finished counting, they must walk around the house looking for the bear. The bear tries to chase and tag the seekers. If you are tagged, you become a bear as well. Then, both bears hide while the seekers count. Both bears try to tag more and more people until there is just one seeker left and many bears. That person is the winner!

fiver person running on the field near trees

63. Play “Musical Chairs”.

Count how many people are playing. Create a circle of chairs, but make sure that there are not enough chairs for everyone to sit down. One person plays music for the group. While the music is playing, all the others walk in a circle on the outside of the chairs. The person playing the music randomly stops the music. When the music stops, those walking in a circle hurry to sit down. One person is left without a chair and is out. Remove one more chair from the circle and restart the music. Each round, one more person is left without a chair and is out. See how long you can keep your chair! The last person sitting in a chair wins.

64. Find objects that look like the letters from A-Z.

A chair might look like a capital A. A window might look like a capital B. Find objects throughout the house the look like hidden letters. Try to find the whole alphabet in your house!

65. Have a Spa Day! 

Just follow the link above for lots of great spa day ideas! Enjoy some relaxing time with your kiddos and take a load off yourself!

66. Get some Chores done!

If you’re inside anyways… you might as well get something done, and teach some great life lessons along the way! Use any of these fun activities as a reward for the work.

With a little creativity, even a rainy day inside can be a lot of fun! Happy indoor adventures!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

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