Indoor Sports Activities for Kids

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Indoor Sports Activities for Kids
Many games can be adapted for indoor play by using a foam ball. (Eight year-old boy holding a baseball bat. image by Lisa Eastman from Fotolia.com)

When the sun retreats behind the clouds and the rain starts to fall, your kids won't have any less energy. If you live in a rainy climate, this could be a frequent problem. It will help if parents and physical education teachers have a list of indoor sports activities on hand to keep children entertained and active when they have to be cooped up inside.

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Foam Ball Sports

Many sports can be converted into indoor games with the simple addition of a foam ball. An area cleared of breakable materials and obstacles can be a perfect venue for just about any sport, from two person affairs such as catch to games of touch football. When you have a foam ball you are limited only by the amount of space that you have for children to run around in. Kids can even play solo games such as catch by bouncing a foam ball off a wall. For more controlled activities, children can take turns shooting hoops with a foam ball into a basket.

Limbo

Limbo provide the opportunity to train children in balance, flexibility and physical strength. The game works well indoors due to the lack of fast-paced physical activity. Limbo is a game that can be played in just about any space, even a living room filled with fine china. Two people hold a stick while one person at a time attempts to go underneath the stick by bending backwards. The stick moves progressively lower until players can no longer go underneath it. The player who is able to go the lowest wins. Get kids into the spirit of this game by playing "The Limbo Song."

Bowling

You don't need to take kids to the alley for bowling. All you need are some empty plastic bottles and a ball. Set the bottles up in the triangle fashion of your local lanes. Kids then can take turns trying to get the highest score. This also presents an opportunity for kids to work on math skills, as the system for scoring in bowling is more complicated than most.

Hula Hoop

The hula hoop provides cardiovascular exercise. It is also relatively safe to play with indoors provided that there is enough room cleared around the child to prevent her from knocking things over. Depending on the amount of available space and the number of children, you can also have groups compete by rolling a hula hoop in a relay race.

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