Simple Indoor Games for Kids

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Simple Indoor Games for Kids
Kids can have just as much fun playing inside as they do outside. (happy kids image by Marzanna Syncerz from Fotolia.com)

Kids dislike being stuck indoors on rainy days. They also dislike sitting inside at night when they'd rather go play. Indoor games are the perfect cure for the "stuck indoors" blues. Kids can play all sorts of inside games. Educational board games are popular choices. Low-key physical activities also make suitable games for indoors.

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Twister

Twister is a classic indoor game created by the Milton Bradley Company. Since 1966, kids have enjoyed twisting their bodies like pretzels to play the game. All you need to play Twister is a spinner, the Twister mat and your body.

The object of the game is to place your hands and feet on coloured circles. The spinner determines if you move your hand or foot, and which colour to pick. To start, each player puts one foot on a yellow circle and the other foot on a blue circle. Players continue to move around based on the spinner's directions. You're out if you fall, or your knee or elbow touches the mat. The winner is the last person standing. Twister is for ages 6 years and up.

Scrabble Junior

Scrabble Junior is a kid's version of the popular Scrabble board game by Hasbro. If you've played traditional Scrabble, you'll notice similarities between the games. Similarities include the way players select letter tiles. The tiles are in a bag, and each player pulls seven letters from the bag. The game board also contains letter grids, just like traditional Scrabble.

The Scrabble Junior board has words already printed on it. Players don't have to find their own words. The goal is to match tiles from the bag with tiles on the board. Players take turns matching tiles to letters on the board. Each letter is worth points. Scrabble Junior was created to help young kids learn to spell and recognise letters. The game is for ages 5 years to 8 years old.

Bingo

Bingo is a classic game of chance involving matching numbers on a playing board. Each player has one or more cards with rows of numbers printed on them. The game also includes numbered pieces with numbers on them as well. All of the pieces are placed into a container and removed at random. A caller shouts out a number, and players check to see if the number is on their card. The first player to get an entire row matched wins the game. Bingo is suitable for any child able to recognise numbers.

Picture bingo is an alternative. It's played the same way as traditional Bingo, except the numbers are replaced with pictures. Picture bingo is suitable for young children learning to recognise objects.

Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a party favourite. You need a picture of a donkey, a blindfold, some tape and some tails. Kids take turns trying to pin the tail on the donkey. Hang the donkey picture on a wall within reach of all the kids. Give the first player a donkey tail attached to a piece of tape. Blindfold the player and spin her around. Let her go and see if she can find the donkey picture. The goal is to stick the tail on the donkey.

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