Top 5 Indoor Games for the Occasional Rainy Day

You’ve finished your homework and your daily chores and can’t wait to run outside and play. Unfortunately, an obstacle called Mother Nature is standing in your way. However, there is no need to fret, even if you don’t have access to any mobile games or a PlayStation/Xbox/Wii/Switch. There are plenty of indoor games that you can play inside the comfort of your home and even involve the family.

5. Card games

Card games are great for challenging young minds and creating hours of indoor fun. Grab a box of cards, whether they are a regular pair, or you could even bust out some Uno cards. In all honesty, card games are classic and not many activities can help alleviate boredom.

4. Puzzles

Exercise those creative, cognitive and problem-solving muscles with a good jigsaw puzzle. You can use a store-bought variety or make your own. It is quite simple, draw a picture on a sturdy piece of cardboard or Bristol board. Then use a pencil to outline puzzle pieces directly on their drawing. Cut out the pieces with a good pair of scissors, mix them up and get solving.

3. Board Games

Board games are another great way to help kill time and encourage some family bonding. Games like Ludo, Monopoly, MAD, Scotland Yard, Pictionary and many others can be used for entertainment.

2. Hide and Seek

No list of indoor games would be complete without Hide and Seek, now would it? In this classic game, one person (“It”) covers his or her eyes and counts aloud while the other players hide. When “It” is finished counting, he or she begins looking for the hiders. The last person to be found is the next “It.” Families with older children might want to take things up a notch and play Hide and Seek in the dark. Just to be safe, make sure there are no loose items on the floor. If you want, allow “It” to carry a flashlight or turn the lights on once “It” finishes counting.

1. Treasure Hunt

Kids love finding hidden objects — especially when there’s a prize at the end. Simply write your clues on some slips of paper — get creative. Place the first clue somewhere easy to find, like inside your child’s snack or cereal bowl. Then leave as many clues as you like around the house, making a trail to the final clue. Instead of a prize, the treasure hunt can lead to various coins around the house. This way the kids get to collect all the coins and put them in their piggy banks in the end.

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