One of the biggest challenges we face as we strive for screen free days is cabin fever.
What do we do when we hit rainy seasons and our children can’t go outside for days at a time? Legos and crafts no longer hold the appeal they once did and our kids wander around the house whining that they’re bored.
This is never fun, because quite often boredom descends into something more distasteful, such as fighting and bickering.
Here are 5 indoor games you can play together as a family to beat the rainy day cabin fever blues!
1. Sack Races – Every home has pillow cases. Give each family member a pillow case. Climb inside and see who can jump the farthest without toppling over. Watch the boredom literally disappear in fits of giggles!
2. Hide and Seek – You can do so many variations of this classic game. You can darken all the windows, turn out the lights and play Flashlight Hide and Seek. Play Seek and Hide, where one person hides and the rest of the family seeks the one person hiding. When they find that person, they hide together with them until the last member of the family finds everyone.
3. Scavenger Hunt – Have one member of the family create a list of items around the home that everyone must find. Make it extra fun and choose obscure items that would be very hard to find. Or make it silly, food related, or toy related. Get as creative with it as you’d like.
4. Cup Stacking – If you have smaller children, drag out all your plastic or disposable cups and create towers or castles with them. See who can stack the most cups before the tower or castle topples over. This is great for hand-eye coordination, it also teaches counting. But most of all, it is a lot of fun!
5. Orange Roll – Have a relay race to see who can roll an orange on the floor the farthest with their nose. Kids find this game so funny that it is sure to cure the blues very quickly.
The clue to maintaining screen free homes is to think creatively and be prepared with a battle plan for rainy seasons.
What other indoor games can you think of that kids love, that will keep them away from the TV and their devices?
This post is day 24 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.
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