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Indoor and outdoor Games

 

By: Astha Raghav. 

Indoor games for kids don't have to mean sedentary play. Many kids love to kick soccer balls and shoot hoops outside, but they can't always do that if it's dark, or if their playing area is covered with snow and ice, or the temperature is dangerously high. For those situations, the solution is to bring active outdoor games inside.

These simple—and fun—ways to turn the outdoor play into indoor games are a great way to motivate kids to play more actively inside, and to help them practice their sports skills even when weather or other challenges keep them indoors.

Get Indoor Game Gear

Using your child's favorite sports as inspiration, invest in some simple toys and supplies that they can use to play indoors. Usually, that means equipment that's smaller, lighter, and/or softer than what you use outdoors, such as:

Balloons, beach balls, fabric balls, Nerf balls, or bean bags to kick, roll, and throw

Mini basketball hoops, knee hockey goals, boxes, or baskets for targets

Indoor versions of horseshoes, darts, or bowling

Knee hockey sticks and knee pads

Hula hoops and jump ropes (if you have some room to use them; for jump ropes, you need a reasonably high ceiling)

Ping-pong table, or improvise with paddles, balls, and a portable net (or even a piece of painter's tape stretched across a large table)

Practice Outdoor Sports Skills Indoors

Depending on what kind of space you have available indoors, kids may be able to practice some of the skills they need for their favorite sports, even in the off-season!

Soccer: Dribble a ball along the floor; juggle with feet (in a space free of breakables)

Tennis: Gently bounce a ball up or down with racquet held horizontally; or play ping-pong

Golf: Putt into a practice cup, or even just a plastic drinking cup turned on its side (secure to the ground with painter's tape if needed). Or go all out and challenge kids to build their own mini-golf course with cardboard and other recyclables and household items.

Basketball: Dribble the ball (in a garage, carport, or basement)

Hockey: Shoot pucks or wooden training balls into an indoor net, or a wall reinforced with cardboard or plywood

Figure skating: Practice spins with a skate spinner (buy from Amazon)

Lacrosse: Practice tossing the ball using a CradleBaby (buy from Amazon).

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