Indoor Fun Stoke
Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent
By Supernanny Team 06/07/2007
When the summer is so hot it drains your will to live (or it resembles monsoon season!) or the winter is too cold for comfort, there will be times when the kids have to stay indoors all day. Thomas the Tank Engine DVDs and computer games will only keep them occupied for so long. But even a sweltering, rainy or freezing day can be fun with these great indoor activities…
1 Cushion mountain
It’s a simple as it sounds: a huge pile of cushions and pillows in the middle of the floor for older babies and toddlers to scale. As well as keeping them amused it’ll give their muscles a workout in lieu of the playground if it’s too wet or chilly to go out! (Don’t leave your baby or toddler unsupervised for this activity, and position the cushion mountain well away any furniture they could bang into if they roll off.)
2 Tunnel vision
It’s amazing how long a special hidey hole will keep a toddler or pre-schooler occupied as she trips back and forth from her room to bring all her toys in there with her. Just throw a couple of sheets over the table or some carefully positioned chairs for an instant den.
3 Rug racetrack
Lay out your child’s books in long lines to form smooth roads for his toy cars to race down. Liven it up with large books inverted over the ‘track’ to form tunnels.
4 Alphabet treasure hunt
Give your child a large empty yogurt pot and tell her to fill it up with as many small things as she can – the catch is that each has to start with a different letter of the alphabet.
5 Indoor snowball fight
Loosely wodge up sheets of old newspaper into balls and let fly – the great thing is they’re too lightweight to break anything!
6 It’s pouring…
Half fill a large bowl or pan with uncooked pasta, oatmeal, rice or beans and give your toddler a variety of spoons and yogurt pots to scoop and pour to her heart’s content (don’t leave her unsupervised if she’s under 3, as she might put objects in her mouth).
Cut a hand-sized hole in a cardboard box or an old shoebox. Place a mystery object inside it and give your child three chances to guess what it is by patting, prodding and squeezing.
8 Air hockey
Put a table-tennis ball on the kitchen table and give each child a straw. The trick is to keep the ball from falling off the table by blowing at it through the straw!
9 Fruit fantasy
Cut, chop, slice and dice a selection of fruit (veg too, if you like), give each child a paper plate and let them create a work of art – a collage, an abstract, a funny face. The rules of the game dictate that after you’ve guessed what it is (or they’ve told you if you’re clueless) they have to eat it!
10 What’s wrong?
Get your child to wait outside the room while you go around ‘mismatching’ things in the room: for example, you could turn ornaments to face the wall, lay photographs on their fronts, move the cushions from the sofa to each corner of the room. Involve yourself too: turn your clothing inside out and p...