When the weather outside is just too awful for your kids to play, you might be tempted to turn on the TV. (I know I am.) But this year I really wanted to try to spend more screen-free time with my kids, even when we’re all stuck inside on a blustery day.
So here are five indoor games for kids to play on cold days that we’ll be trying this winter! Try some of these with your family!
5 Indoor Games for Kids to Play on Cold Days
I’ve been saying for years that I’m going to learn how to play chess. I have yet to actually do so. But it’s definitely a game I want my kids to learn, so this winter we’re learning to play! Chess is great for building critical thinking skills, plus it’s quiet. That’s always a plus for parents, right?
To find some great websites featuring online chess lessons for kids, stop by Look! We’re Learning! to read about five of our favorites!
If you’re new to the idea of Minute to Win It, these are games that involve one-minute challenges using common household objects. Two or more family members each try to finish a task within one-minute. First one wins! You could start with simple challenges such as balancing styrofoam cups on your head and walking across the room. For more tips, the Chaos and the Clutter has some awesome Minute to Win It game ideas!
Charades is still a fun game, especially for kids. Just come up with a few visual clues, scribble them on notecards, and let the kids take turns trying to act them out while the rest of the family makes guesses at what they are. For young kids, you could use animals. Older kids might do well acting out famous events in history.
If you don’t have time to make your own cards, try this super fun Charades for Kids game!
Sometimes the classics are best and that goes for playing card games too! Teach your kids some of the card games you played as a child: Go Fish, Old Maid, War, Crazy Eights, and Slapjack are all still pretty popular with little ones. (My kids played Crazy Eights for hours.)
If you need some ideas for card games to play with kids, Delia Creates has rounded up 40 suggestions!
Do you have matching flashcards? Then you’re ready to play concentration! Simply mix up the cards, lay them face-down, and have kids take turns trying to turn over matching pairs.
Since concentration is such a simple game, you can easily modify it to be educational. In fact, if your kids are learning about money, check out the Dollars and Cents Concentration Game over at Look! We’re Learning! Or use some printable flashcards to make your own concentration games!
What indoor games does your family like to play on cold winter days? Share your favorites in the comments!