15 Ways To Keep Kids Active Indoors (Even If You Don’t Have Much Space)

15 Ways To Keep Kids Active Indoors (Even If You Don’t Have Much Space)

15 Ways To Keep Kids Active Indoors (Even If You Don't Have Much Space)

There will be days when the weather is nice enough to distract your children from the TV, cell phone, and laptop. After all, kids have several means for going on adventures, such as bicycles, jumping jacks, sit-ups, swimming, hiking, ice skating, skiing, running, and setting up an obstacle course.

But what about when it’s pouring outside, the wind is howling, the snow is too deep, or you don’t feel like leaving the house? And, of course, you still want kids to be physically active and enjoy some vigorous play and not waste away sitting in front of the computer all day. YouTube is great for kids to find exercise videos under their parent’s supervision.

Here are some creative ideas to keep your children active indoors with the whole family involved:

1.      Build The Ultimate Fort

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This is a fantastic way to keep kids entertained and active at home. Collect delicate household items like pillows, blankets, and sheets and go to work on your fort. Are you planning on transforming your defense into a comfortable theater experience? Sparkle lights, please! Children may take their construction talents to the next level with cardboard boxes or a fort-building kit.

2. Play Balloon Badminton

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Nothing beats balloons when it comes to keeping the attention of young children. This is a great way to spice up your child’s playtime indoors. You probably already have the materials you need, including paper plates and tape, lying around the house to put the game together.

3. Set Up A Maze

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Create an embroidery thread “laser” maze in the main hall. Use a zigzag pattern with yarn hung at varying heights to give kids a fun task. You can also use empty water bottles to make them look more attractive.

4. Hallway Soccer

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Playing soccer doesn’t necessitate a backyard. Place some masking tape on the ground at one end of the corridor to create a net. After forming into teams, the fun can truly begin with the simple addition of a small plastic ball.

5. Freeze Dance

No one can resist a good dance-off. Get your kids off the sofa by having them get up and move to some of their favorite songs by having them do a little dance party. Freeze dance is a great way to improve your listening abilities. The instructions are straightforward: everyone should dance while the music is playing but stop immediately as the DJ calls time.

6. Ball Activities

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Relax in a seated position with your legs stretched apart and your feet are touching. Extend the game by seeing whether you can roll and catch it with one hand or by trying to catch it blindfolded.

Ball relays are much fun and may be played with many people. If your home is arranged in a perfect circle, you can swiftly tour the entire house by starting in one room and working around each other. A couch or a rug might serve as a landing spot as well.

7. Read Stories Together

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Reading to your toddler is a beautiful way to spend quality time together and promote language development. Pick some of their favorite books, and read them to them while cuddling together.

If you’re in an imaginative mood, you can even invent your tales! To make the game more instructive, establish a sight word scavenger hunt or add a flashlight for added excitement.

8. Play “Red Light, Green Light.”

Playing this game with your child is a great way to get them up and active. “It” stands at the far end of the room or arena. Everyone else begins at the far end and must wait for the “it” player to signal the “green light” before approaching.

Anyone who hears the phrase “red light” must immediately come to a halt. The winner of the game is the first player to touch the “it” player.

9. Balloon Taps

Tie a balloon to the top of the door frame, just out of your child’s reach. Then dare them to put their hand on it and tap it. Please track how many they can do in a row without failing (this will get old fast!). Raise the stakes by seeing who can leap highest and touch the balloon with their head first.

10. Sticky Spider Web

Make a web pattern on a doorway with painter’s tape. Give your children newspapers they can tear and then throw at their computer screens. You might also be imaginative and use something like balloons that are similarly light. To add more depth to the lesson, have students keep track of how many things stick and how many don’t.

11. Toss + Catch Sock Ball

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The rules of this game couldn’t be more straightforward. You can do it anywhere with just a sock and some open floor. Generally, you should begin each throw/catch sequence nearby and increase your distance greatly.

If you lose the sock, proceed forward one step. It’s an excellent method to practice throwing abilities and have some friendly competition simultaneously. Brothers and sisters can compete against one another, or the whole family can join in and play kids vs. parents.

12. Laundry Basket Basketball

Struggle to enlist your children’s laundry-folding assistance? Consider a game of laundry basket basketball with some rolled-up garments. It’s easy to achieve this by placing laundry baskets at the end of a corridor and tossing the garments inside. One game variation involves kicking an absolute or stuffed ball down the hall and into an empty basket.

13. Catch And Clap

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This is a fun game that one or more people can play. Children play a game in which one throws a ball or cotton bag to another, who must clap before catching it. If your kid is old enough to play independently, have them try tossing the ball into the air and clapping before they cache it. Is there a record for consecutive throws and catches?

14. River Bank

Have your children form a line on a rope or string across the room. Put one person on the other end of the line to play the role of the caller. Take your kids to the river and show them which side of the rope is the water and which is the bank. Players must move to the water’s side when the caller says “river.”

Kids know that when they hear “bank,” they need to cross the rope in the opposite direction. To add variety to their calls, the caller can repeat the word “water” or speak more quickly. A new game round begins when the caller switches places with the youngster who jumped in the wrong direction.

15. Have An Indoor Picnic Or Tea Party

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Children benefit significantly from engaging in some form of physical activity every day, but winter weather might make it challenging to organize outdoor activities for kids. Kids will be overjoyed to do indoor activities, something as ordinary as eating lunch on the floor with a tablecloth outside.

If you’re looking for a snack in the afternoon, you could also make some tea (my daughter loves blackberry) and serve it in teacups with saucers, maybe with some crackers or toast.


Your children still need to keep active regardless of the weather. You already know that getting your kids’ excess energy out is crucial beyond just getting them to sleep during nap time.

Some other activities other than those mentioned above can be designing a toy race car track or making a learning station with some gadgets from the store can also work. No matter what activity you choose, make sure your kid is enjoying it.

Jim Yi