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Our 10 favourite physical indoor activities for kids.

10 physical indoor activities for kids

Why physical indoor activities for kids are so important?

Nobody wants to be locked at home. Literally NOBODY. Because you can go insane. Especially when you are a kid. A very active kid. So, when the weather is not nice and you can’t go even to your garden, the only solution is to find some interesting indoor activities.

So, why we need physical indoor activities for kids? We know that being active it’s very important for kids in every age. It’s good for their health. Mostly it is important for their healthy growth and development. According to NHS

Pre-schoolers should spend at least 180 minutes (3 hours) a day doing a variety of physical activities spread throughout the day, including active and outdoor play. The more the better. The 180 minutes should include at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity.

We are coming with a little help. Here you have our 10 favourite physical activities which everyone can do at home. And what’s most important you don’t need to have a big house or a long hallway. And everything that you can use during those games you probably have at home. So, basically, you have 10 games for free!

Our list of physical indoor activities for kids

Pillow fight– obviously hide everything that has a value for you and it’s made from glass and etc. I think nobody needs an explanation of how this works 😉

Dance party– just turn your favourite music and lets the kids jump, wiggle and do the silly pose. Whatever they like. And of course, do not forget to join them. Also, you can try a ‘freeze dance’ which is a really awesome game.

A race– that’s our son’s favourite indoor activity but our a little bit less. Because he is never tired but we are…after a few courses. How do we play? We always use commends like’ ‘who’s first in the kitchen’ who’s the first one the sofa’ ‘who’s the first in playroom’ and so on.

Jumping on the bed– I don’t believe I’m saying it but yes sometimes we allow him to jump on the bed. It’s not bad to try everything to burn some of the energy. At that moment we always play the song ‘Five little monkeys jumping on the bed’ so he knows when the song is finished he needs to stop.

Obstacle course– we are using everything that we have at home chairs, pillows, table.

Clean up race– Our boy doesn’t like to clean toys after play so, I always try to change it in good fun and we do the race. He always wants to win so, in the end, he cleans most by himself 😉

Follow the leader– The person who will be a leader is saying what the rest need to do and you can come with various commends like jumping, stomping, squatting, jumping jacks, etc’

Wrestling– I always keep that activity for Daddy. They love it. You can use a mat or try it on the rug.

Animal races– Use your imagination and pretend you are animals and hop like a frog, stomp like a dinosaur, jump like a kangaroo and so on.

Don’t touch the lava– who doesn’t know this activity? Obviously, the floor is lava so you need to do everything to not to touch it. You can put on the floor pillows, mats, sheets of paper whatever you want and jump from one to another without touching the floor.

After you finish your physical activities you can try some free educational resources to keep your brain in good shape. Not only mussels are important!

Let us know if you try some of those physical indoor activities for kids and if you know some more do not hesitate to share! More means better especially nowadays.


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  • Reply Nayna Kanabar

    These are some lovely games ideas to keep little ones engrossed and busy .

    6 April 2020 at 22:07
  • Reply Amber Myers

    I like these ideas. I think my kids would have fun. We have done an obstacle course.
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    7 April 2020 at 01:08
  • Reply Julia Hess

    Oh how we have been trying every new thing possible to keep us occupied while being locked inside. This list has some great new activities that we will have to try out. Loving the cleanup race, anything to get my boys excited about cleaning up their toys.

    7 April 2020 at 13:56
  • Reply World In Eyes

    amazing ideas to keep your kids busy…….especially in such a panic situation the indoor activities are the best one to keep yourself engaged as well as safe…..

    7 April 2020 at 14:29
  • Reply Krysten Quiles

    Sharing this with my brother! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

    7 April 2020 at 16:23
  • Reply Britt K

    I remember playing ‘Don’t Touch the Lava’ as a kid haha – Reading that was a trip down memory lane! You’ve got some great ideas. I LOVE the idea of a cleanup race! What a great way to get the work done

    7 April 2020 at 17:45
  • Reply Marie Phillips

    We have done a lot of these activities in the past week. One thing I have been loving is when we have been out walking I have noticed a lot of kids of all ages playing with each other in their yards and in front of their houses. Because of electronics, this is something I haven’t seen in a long time. It’s nice to see siblings enjoying each other again!
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    7 April 2020 at 17:49
  • Reply Heather Prudeaux

    I needed some of these. I have my 3-year-old nephew sometimes, and I run out of games to play. These are some good activities.

    7 April 2020 at 17:49
  • Reply Katie Lam

    You’re the best mom I’m sure! Keeping kids preoccupied is not an easy task!

    7 April 2020 at 18:00
  • Reply Nyxie

    I love the idea of an obstacle course! I’d love to make one for us but it’s just us two and two cats!

    7 April 2020 at 19:27
  • Reply Tara Pittman

    The dance party is my favorite. These are activities that I need to try

    7 April 2020 at 22:30
  • Reply Alissa Ackerman

    These are all fantastic…
    I’m back living with my family and younger siblings because of all the craziness going on right now–Looking forward to trying some of these with them.
    Honestly, though, some of us adults without kids could probably make use of a good chunk of these “childish” activities right now, too, so we don’t go insane being cooped up because of COVID-19! Acting like a child in times of high-stress can be really emotionally healing.

    7 April 2020 at 22:55
  • Reply Bailey Deziel

    I love this post! These are some great ways to have fun with kids at home. Adding in the personal touch made it all the more enjoyable to read. 🙂

    8 April 2020 at 00:24
  • Reply Jessica Joachim

    While we have been trying to spend time in the yard, we spend most of our day inside. I love finding some really nice indoor activities to play with my kids.
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    8 April 2020 at 00:46
  • Reply littlemisadvencha

    These are all fun things to do with kids. When I was young, I also did wrestling with my father. I miss those times!

    8 April 2020 at 03:14
  • Reply Tiffany

    These are great ideas for the kiddos!

    9 April 2020 at 00:31
  • Reply Tia M

    such great ideas! I have a very rambunctious four year old who is going a little crazy because he hasnt been to his sitters house in like a month!

    9 April 2020 at 04:34
  • Reply Lavanda Michelle Williams

    Thanks for the share! I absolutely love the obstacle course idea!

    9 April 2020 at 12:15
  • Reply Natalie

    Wow this is great. You just gave me so much ideas what to do with my kids indoors. Obstacle course sounds like such a fun game.

    9 April 2020 at 14:49
  • Reply Kez

    As a teacher, I always have an arsenal of indoor activities ready to go!

    10 April 2020 at 14:24
  • Reply Tee

    Really nice post! Entertaining kids isn’t easy, so you got some really great tips here

    10 April 2020 at 18:20
  • Reply Laura Schwormstedt

    Love all of these ideas and we do like a good old pillow fight = such a classic but always fun

    Laura x

    11 April 2020 at 12:47
  • Reply elkyra

    I have been bookmarking pages like this like crazy because I am running out of things to do to keep my son entertained. lol.
    It’s a bit odd that I haven’t thought about pillow fight. Will try this out with my little boy tonight.

    27 April 2020 at 10:40
  • Reply Sally

    These sound so fun. What a great post for some active inspiration. Can’t wait to try these.

    3 May 2020 at 12:36
  • Reply Lydia C. Lee

    Great ideas! For rainy days too! #KCACOLS
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    14 June 2020 at 00:05
  • Reply Jade Page

    Totally need this today as it has been raining non-stop. I love a good dance party and the boys are always jumping on the bed. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time
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    18 June 2020 at 15:36
    • Reply ohmummymia

      Jumping on the bed everyone’s favourite 😉

      19 June 2020 at 16:50
  • Reply Ann

    Jumping on the bed – favourite here but also can be a bit of a disaster #kcacols

    19 June 2020 at 14:53
    • Reply ohmummymia

      true but sometimes I think that even simple thing with my son can be a disaster ;P

      19 June 2020 at 16:50
  • Reply Madeline (This Glorious Life)

    Love these ideas! My son in particular has a lot of energy, we’ve been doing laps of our carpark recently just to get him moving and burning some of it off! x #KCACOLS

    19 June 2020 at 15:14
  • Reply Tracey Carr

    Wow this is an amazing list. There is nothing here that my daughters wouldn’t love to do. They really get so bored sometimes, especially if it is raining outside so maybe we will try some of these. Thank you! #KCACOLS

    19 June 2020 at 19:54
  • Reply Claire at The Ladybirds' Adventures

    Dance party is always a winner in our house. #KCACOLS

    19 June 2020 at 20:21
  • Reply Jenny (Accidental Hipster Mum)

    I rather like the idea of a clean up race! Wears them out and tidies the house. Win-win!


    19 June 2020 at 20:52
    • Reply ohmummymia

      I know it can sound unreal but my son really likes it! 😛

      20 June 2020 at 16:33
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