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15 Indoor Games to Engage Your Toddler

Games That Can be Played at Home

It is not always important for children to have access to complex setups to have a good time and learn something. This can be done from the comfort of your home at no or very minimal expense.

Read on to learn about some of the best games you can engage your child in.

  1. Dancing – this needs no introduction. Just some fun music and props, and you are all set for a dance party at home. Dancing is an easy way to help your child burn off some energy and, at the same time, gives them an interesting option for stress release and emotional expression.

  2. Balloon games – one of the inexpensive ways to engage your child is through playing with balloons. Various games can be played using a balloon. A game where the balloon must not touch the ground, reaching a marked point with a balloon between your child’s knees, and blowing the balloon to a designated spot.

  3. Ball games – it is fun for a child to catch a ping pong ball using a small cup or throw them into a cup. You can even have a bowling alley set up using paper cups as bowling pins.

  4. Funny walks – crab walk, duck walk, and frog jumps are all ideas for races that would keep the entertainment high for your child. Rules and obstacles can be introduced impromptu, like including hurdles or balancing a toy simultaneously - the more random, the more fun.

  5. Scavenger hunts – this probably is one of the oldest and yet the most interesting game of all time. Hiding items across the house and leaving clues around will probably be as engaging for your child as for you. Bonus points if you can keep intriguing clues that make them do fun actions or activities.

  6. Blocks – it’s easy to give your child’s creativity free rein with blocks. Imagining something and then being able to create the same gives immense satisfaction to the little minds.

  7. Paint – another one in the messy play category. Painting gives your child an invitation to engage all their senses while learning about techniques, colors, and mixing.

  8. Board games – the choices available in this category are large. Your child can be interested in chess or monopoly, but the underlying qualities they learn are patience, teamwork, and the ability to accept failure.

  9. Puzzles – even adults can be engaged with an interesting puzzle. It not only teaches your child perseverance but teaches them concentration as well.

  10. Obstacle courses – this is one game that can get as creative as you. From having simple obstacles around to having sections divided off with tape or even toilet paper. This promotes physical activity that enhances your child’s agility, concentration, and planning.

  11. Cooking and baking – one of the best places to involve your child is the kitchen. When they are actively involved in the preparation of food, they not just appreciate the effort that goes into it and understand complex concepts like balance, flavors, and proportions.

  12. Reading – reading gives your child an opportunity to escape into a wonderful world of imagination. Along with increasing their language and communication skills, reading also enhances your child’s creative expression.

  13. Arts and crafts – Arts and crafts help your child unleash their creativity. The best thing about this is the fact that random materials that are even considered waste can be put to good use through crafts.

  14. Knitting, crocheting, stitching – these skills can come in handy anytime during your child’s adulthood. These teach your child the complex skills of precision, patience, and calculation.

  15. Memory games – this is another easy game that can be played with things found around the house. All you need to do is have your child see a pre-decided set of items in order or a specific arrangement and then have them identify and replicate the pattern within a set time. This helps your child concentrate and retain information better.

It is not difficult to keep your child engaged at home, all you need is a little time and some creativity, and you are all set (a little extra cleaning might be the only disadvantage). So don’t fret about the coming vacations or the group of kids that turn up at your house at short notice. Gather a few items, share the rules, and let the children play!

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