Games for 5 year olds at home

Indoor games: 20 ideas to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day

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Another rainy or bone-chilling day? We see you over there: Restless kids fidgeting on the couch, the clock ticking slower than usual, and you're fresh out of ideas for things to do. Well you've come to the right place. We have your back with this list of the best indoor games you haven't already tried.

1. Pencil-and-paper games

From Battleship to Sprouts, we’ve created a must-play list of pencil-and-paper indoor games that beat TV any day. Gather some pencils and paper and check out our best of pencil-and-paper games.

2. Building

You don’t need a fancy building set for this. Popsicle stick cities, card towers, even buildings out of blocks, or indoor forts out of boxes or pillows, will do just fine. If you want to get competitive, whoever builds the highest tower wins. If your kids love building and want a more advanced set of blocks, check out these magnetic building sets (ages 3-99) your builders are sure to enjoy.

3. Magical Mama (or Papa)

Be your kids’ very own Harry Houdini—without the locks, chains and water tanks, of course. Simply place a coin under one of three cups and shuffle the cups around. Then ask your children to guess which cup holds the coin. Sneaky parents can place the cups near the edge of a table and secretly drop the coin. Watch your tots’ eyes light up in amazement when they learn the coin is gone!

4. Card games

Card games are great for challenging young minds and creating hours of indoor fun. Grab a box of cards and check out our favourite traditional card games.

5. Puzzles

Exercise those creative, cognitive and problem-solving muscles with a good puzzle. You can use a store-bought variety or have the kids make their own. Have your children 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. Indoor games and craft in one fun activity!

6. Freeze!

Choose some of your kids’ favourite tunes and turn up the volume. Ask them to dance until the music stops. When it does, they have to freeze in whatever position they find themselves in – even if they have one leg up. To make the game more challenging, ask the kids to freeze in specific poses: animals, shapes, letters or even yoga postures. Toddlers in particular love this game.

The winner gets her very own gold medal! Make your own ribbons with this easy craft:

7. Board and family games

For a comprehensive list of the best of family indoor games from Nursery Rhyme Games and Candy Land to Clue, check out our handy list of top 20 family games.

8. Paper-bag skits

This indoor game is ideal for larger groups — a sleepover favourite. Divide the kids up into groups. Give each group a bag filled with props, such as a spoon, toy jewelry, a sock, ball or ribbon. Then give them 15 minutes to construct a skit around the props. This game is so much fun that it doesn’t have to be competitive. If the kids want, though, they can all vote on a winning skit.

9. Indoor hopscotch

This schoolyard favourite is sure to be an indoor hit, too. Set up your hopscotch game on any floor surface. Masking tape will do perfectly to form the nine connecting squares. Boxes 1-3 will be placed in a single line, one on top of the other. The next two boxes (4, 5) will be placed side-by-side, followed by a single box (6), two more boxes (7, 8) and the final half-circle “home” base (9). Next, choose a marker, such as a coin, stone or beanbag. The first player will throw the marker into square 1 without letting it bounce or touch the lines. If successful, the player will then hop — one foot on single squares and two feet on side-by-side squares — avoiding square #1. The player may rest on “home” before hopping back. On the way back, he or she picks up the marker on square #1 and, if successful (lands within the lines, hops or jumps with proper footing, doesn’t fall), takes another turn and throws it into square #2. When the player is unsuccessful, the next player takes a turn. Players resume their turns by throwing the marker on the last box played. The winner is the first player to throw the marker home (#9), and smoothly complete the whole course.

10. DIY balance beam

While you have your masking tape out, why not make your own balance beam? We all know how much kids love walking in straight lines every chance they get. Put on some music, and one at a time the kids can take their turn walking one-foot-over-the-other across the straight line of tape. Make the game more challenging by having the kids walk backwards or balance with one foot on the line. We also love this beam to continue balancing practice with! It's challenging enough to help develop their gross motor skills but safe in elevation as they learn to navigate the beam.

11. 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 hider to be found is the next “It.” Warning: this game is often a source of giggle fits. 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.

12. 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. If you want to create the most amazing treasure hunt, follow these 11 tips.

13. Indoor bowling

A great way to reuse water bottles (or you can purchase an indoor bowling set). Line six-10 water bottles up at the end of your hall or living room. Place a line of duct tape at the starting line. Grab a medium-sized indoor ball and start bowling! If you want, keep score and give out trophies at the end. (Note: if you need to stabilize the water bottles or make the game more difficult, simply fill them up with some water. Don’t forget to screw the tops on tightly!)

14. Hot Potato

This game will have everyone giggling. Ask the kids to sit on the floor in a circle. Turn on some tunes and have them pass the potato (a bean bag or soft ball) around the circle as fast as they can. When the music stops, the player holding the potato leaves the circle. Keep going until only one player is left and wins the game.

15. Picnic memory game

Former preschool director and grandmother of three, Marsha Colla, has some innovative games up her sleeve, including this fun and simple verbal memory game, which, Colla says, “challenges the children and makes them giggle.” To play, everyone sits in a circle. The first player says, “In my basket for the picnic, I packed...,” and then says what item he or she packed. The next player then says, “In my basket for the picnic, I packed...,” and then recites what the first player packed and adds his or her own item to the basket, and so forth.

16. The listening game

One of Colla’s go-to indoor games for her preschoolers and grandchildren, this game is sure to both educate and delight little ones. Take out several miscellaneous items. Have the children look at all the items, and then take them away. Next, ask one child to hide his or her eyes and listen as you pick up an item and make sounds with it. Ask the child to guess which item made the sound. Examples of items might be a comb (run your fingers along it), a glass (gently tap it), cymbals, shakers, sandpaper, blocks rubbed together, a pot and spoon. Be creative and have fun!

17. Bubbles

You don’t have to go outside to enjoy bubbles. For this indoor game, you need a plate and straw for each player, some dishwashing soap and water. Place a dime-size drop of dish soap at the centre of each plate. Pour a little water onto the plate and gently mix with the dish soap until some suds start to form. Have the kids place the straw in the suds and blow very gently. Watch as massive bubbles start to form. To make this competitive, see who blows the biggest, or longest-lasting, bubble.

18. Simon Says

This traditional favourite will never get old. To start, choose one player (probably a parent for the first round) to be Simon. The rest of the players will gather in a circle or line in front of Simon as he calls out actions starting with the phrase “Simon says”: “Simon says...touch your toes.” The players then have to copy Simon’s action, touching their toes. If Simon calls out an action without uttering the phrase “Simon says,” the kids must not do the action. If a child touches his toes when Simon didn’t say..., he or she is out of the game. There are lots of great ways Simon can trick players into doing actions when Simon didn’t say: Simon can perform an action without uttering a command, for example, or he can perform an action that doesn’t correspond with the command. Fun! The last player left in the game wins and becomes the next Simon.

19. Touch-and-feel box

Most preschoolers flock to the classroom sensory table as soon as the teachers pull it out. So there is little doubt they will love this entertaining challenge. Find a shoe box or any box that has a lid on it. Cut a hole in one of the sides of the box —large enough for your child to fit her hand in. If you want, get creative and decorate the box with glitter and question marks. When you’re ready to play, put an item inside the box and have your children guess what it is. They can ask questions about the item if they need to, or you can offer clues. Get as ooey-gooey as you wish (fresh pumpkin seeds or slimy spaghetti are great choices for Halloween), or use such simple objects as a brush, a toy, a piece of fruit. To make it competitive, you can give a point to the first child to name the object.

20. Indoor basketball

You can’t be too little for this version of basketball. All you need is a bucket and a rolled up sock (or a small, light ball). Each player takes a turn at throwing the sock-ball into the bucket. When a player scores a bucket, he or she takes a step back and throws again until missing. The player who shoots the ball in the bucket from the farthest distance wins.

This article was originally published on Nov 12, 2019

8 fun pencil and paper games for kids (+ printables!) - Today's Parent

8 fun pencil and paper games for kids (+ printables!) - Today's Parent - Today's Parent

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Draw a grid on a piece of paper—a square filled with smaller squares. The number of squares can vary, depending on the attention span of your child. Down the left side, put some letters of the alphabet (for example, you could spell out a child’s name: LISA). Across the top, write categories —for example, girls’ names, boys’ names, animals, colours, cars, places. You can make this harder or easier by changing the categories. Players take turns writing in words that fit the category and start with the letter in the left-hand column. (Next to the letter L, in this example, you might have Laura, Liam, lion, lavender, Lexus and Labrador.) Give extra points for words that nobody else thought of.

Get the printable Categories template here


For two players. Here’s another popular game you can play without the official version. All you need is graph paper. Each player needs two grids. Label each grid by writing numbers across the top and letters down the side, so that the squares are easily identified as A8 or F5. One grid will be for locating your own ships, the other for recording shots against your opponent’s ships. Each player places three or four “ships” on his grid, then let the guessing begin. The first person to sink all the other person’s ships wins.

Get the printable Battleship template here


Most people know how to play the traditional version of Hangman. But what about kids who aren’t yet master spellers?

Neal plays a variation suitable for pre-writers. “We play it like 20 Questions—I would think of something, and my son would have to think of yes-or-no questions to guess what it was,” she says. “Each time he got a no answer, I’d add another part to the Hangman figure.”

Get the printable Hangman template here

Dots and Squares

Begin by drawing a grid of dots on the paper. Using lined paper or graph paper can make this a little easier. The first person draws a line connecting two dots beside each other. The second player then draws another line to connect another two dots. The goal is to be the person who draws the last side of a square. Then you put your initials inside the square (or some other abbreviation to claim your square). In some versions of this game, if you complete a square you get another turn. The player with the most squares when all the squares are drawn is the winner.

Get the printable Dots and Squares template here


If you can’t quite master drawing a neat grid of dots, you might find this game easier. Draw dots randomly all over the paper. The first player draws a line between any two dots, and draws another dot in the middle of that line. The next player draws a line between any two dots, and puts a dot in the middle of that line. No lines may cross each other, but they don’t have to be straight, so they can loop around other lines. Only three lines in total can emerge from any one dot. The dots put in the middle of the lines already have two lines connecting them to the two other dots, so they can only have one more line. The game continues until no more lines can be drawn. The person who did the last line is the winner.

Get the printable Sprouts template here


Give everyone a piece of paper. On the top section, draw a head. It can be an animal head or a person’s head, as weird as you like. Now fold that section back, so that it’s hidden, and slide it across the table to the next person. Without looking at the hidden drawing, the next person draws a chest and arms (of a person, animal, alien), folds it back as well and passes it on to the next person. Without looking at the previous pictures, that person draws a body (stomach and hips) and the final person draws the legs and feet. (You can have more or fewer sections depending on the number of people you have playing.) Finally, unfold your papers and laugh at the weird creatures you have created.

Get the printable Foldovers template here

Why? Because.

Why? Because.

Each person writes down a question beginning with why (for example, Why do dogs bark?). Adults can help with the writing for children who find this difficult. Fold the top over to hide the question, and pass to the next person who, without looking at the question, writes an answer starting with Because (for example, Because chocolate tastes good). Then read out all the questions and answers.

Get the printable Why? template here

Building Words

For players who can read and spell. The first person writes down a letter. The next person adds a letter, and must have a word in mind. The next player adds another letter, again working towards spelling out a word. Next player adds another letter, and so on, until nobody can add another letter. If you think the other player doesn’t have a word in mind, you can challenge him, and if he can’t tell you the word, he’s out.

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This article was originally published on Mar 13, 2019


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30 educational and entertaining games

Every mother of a five-year-old often feels the same as the heroine of the cartoon "Go Monkeys!". Preschoolers simply have inexhaustible reserves of energy that need to be directed in the right direction. As the well-known song rightly says, every small child must “run and jump, grab everything, kick with his feet, otherwise he will explode: bang bang - and he’s gone.” Therefore, we suggest that parents study games with a child of 5 years old - firstly, the baby will be busy with work, and secondly, it is in the process of playing that children develop and learn something new. In addition, joint classes contribute to the creation of close contact between parents and children. Time spent together is the best gift you can give your child. nine0003

What kind of games for a child of 5 years to choose? If your kid is active and regularly puts the whole house on his ears, then dance or sports games will come to the rescue. Does your five-year-old like to sing, dance, and put on home theater performances? Here you need fun that will help develop creativity. Diligent kids who love to think, read, learn, intellectual entertainment (for example, board games, games in English, psychological games, etc.)

Kidpassage will tell you what games with children aged 5 should be adopted by parents. With our tips, every adult can easily entertain a bored child, teach him something new and just have fun together. nine0003


  1. Games with a 5-year-old child at home together
  2. Games for children 5 years old at home
  3. Didactic games
  4. Music games
  5. Board games
  6. Games for a group of children aged 5
  7. Logic games
  8. Educational games
  9. Math games
  10. Christmas games
  11. Speech therapy games
  12. Attention games
  13. Role play
  14. Outdoor games for children 5 years old

Games with a 5-year-old child at home together

You don't need a big company to have fun. There are many educational and interesting games for two. It can be a game of a mother with a child of 5 years old or joint activities of two children.

Quiet games for two - checkers, chess, Sea Battle, Tic-Tac-Toe and more. However, it is recommended to alternate calm and active games, because children cannot sit still for a long time, they definitely need to move around, throw out excess energy. nine0003

1. "Fish, birds, animals"

Props : rubber ball.

This is a game that is very similar to "Edible - Inedible", but in a newer, unhackneyed interpretation. The leader throws the ball to the participant and says one word: “fish”, “birds” or “animals”. The participant must answer the corresponding name of the representative of the fauna. So, the leader says “fish”, the participant answers “pike” and returns the ball.

2. "Sumo Tournament"

Props : two large home t-shirts, rope, two pillows, two straps.

This game is suitable for two children of about the same age. A rope is made into a circle, and with the help of pillows, straps and T-shirts, children turn into sumo wrestlers. The task of young sumo wrestlers is to push the enemy out of the circle.

Interesting games for two at home are easy to come up with on your own: it can be tug of war, basketball with a wastebasket and hand-made balls from A4 sheets, dress-up fun, and dancing. nine0056

Games for children 5 years old at home

Parents often have a question about what to do with their child at home. Bad weather on the street, holidays at school or quarantine in kindergarten - and now the baby is already bored in the apartment or entertains himself with gadgets. However, as soon as parents turn on their imagination and involve the child in the gameplay, boredom disappears instantly! Sofa cushions and blankets turn into a fairy-tale palace, a mop becomes a knight's sword, and a house cat becomes a fire-breathing dragon. After a while, the laundry basket already turns into a basketball basket, and an old T-shirt stuffed with padding polyester into a soft ball, safe for mirrors and furniture. What to do at home with a child of 5 years old is not a problem for creative moms and dads! nine0003

3. "Border on the castle"

Props : blanket, soft toys.

The room should be divided into two parts with a blanket - the "border". On one side is the child, on the other is the parent. Each participant in the game has the same number of toys. On command, the players must transfer as many of their "shells" as possible to the side of the enemy.

Important: use only soft toys (hollow rubber balls, balloons) to avoid injury, damage to furniture and mirrors in the house. nine0056

4. "New life of old objects"

Props : box or bag with various household items.

Various items are placed in the box: cubes, a broom, kitchen utensils, pens and pencils. The child pulls out one item at a time and, together with his parents, comes up with how it can be used again. So, a broom can turn into a bouquet if you decorate it with beads and ribbons, and pots make good helmets for motorcycle racing. nine0003

Didactic games

Didactic or educational games are the main tool for kindergarten and primary school teachers, but parents can also use educational games to not only have fun, but also spend time with their children in a useful way.

As a rule, educational games involve the use of various visual materials. These can be story cards, cubes with letters, numbers or image fragments, cards and much more. nine0003

5. "Detective and robbers"

One of the participants is assigned as a robber who needs to hide from the detective. The host should come up with some kind of detective story in advance. In order for the robber not to be seen through, he needs to properly disguise himself. The rogue leaves the room and changes something about his appearance, and investigators need to notice and point out these changes. The game perfectly develops imagination, associative thinking and memory.

6. “True or False”

The facilitator names different facts, some of them are true, some are not. If the children hear the truth, they clap their hands; if they hear a lie, they stomp their feet. To make it more interesting, facts can be thought up in poetic form, for example:

  • Daisies bloom in the garden in winter ( not true ),
  • The iron will iron your shirts ( true),
  • In winter, hares have black fur ( not true ),
  • The lion in Africa is the most cowardly of all ( not true ).

Music games

This category includes two types of entertainment - dance games and singing. Musical games are good because they allow you to reveal the creative abilities of the baby, as well as spend extra energy. Every hyperactive child will appreciate the fun, where you can dance to your heart's content. nine0003

7. “Invented song”

Props : task cards, backing tracks of various melodies.

Singing is a great way to cheer up, especially if you sing funny funny songs of your own composition. The child draws a card with a task written on it (“a song of a hungry wolf”, “a foreigner who does not speak Russian well”, “sad bells”, etc.). The task of the participant is to complete the task either to the backing track of a well-known melody, or a cappella, without musical accompaniment. nine0003

8. “Aram-zam-zam”

At the beginning of the game, the parent shows the movements:

  • “aram-zam-am” – claps on the knees, three times, with repetition;
  • "ghoul-ghoul-ghoul-ghoul" - rotations in front of the chest with arms bent at the elbows, clenched into a fist;
  • "arafik-arafik" - leaning forward with arms crossed on the chest, first from left to right, then from right to left.

When the child remembers the movements, you can move on to the game. The essence of the game is to correctly repeat the dance when the song is turned on. The catch is that the tempo of the melody gets faster each time. nine0003

9. "Guess the performer"

Props : a record of songs performed by various cartoon or fairy-tale characters, and cards with images of these performers.

This game perfectly develops the musical memory of five-year-olds. The rules are quite simple: the parent plays a fragment of a song from the cartoon to the child, and the child must choose an artist card. You can complicate the task and take songs and characters that are not familiar to the young player so that he can guess the artist according to the meaning of the song. For example, include a fragment of the song "Chunga-Changa", which will correspond to a picture of funny little islanders. You can also let them listen to the line “And then my girlfriends are leeches and frogs,” and the child must guess that it is Vodyanoy who sings. nine0003

Board games

Properly selected board games may well replace full-fledged developmental activities. "Monopoly" will teach you how to count, "Erudite" (aka "Scrabble") - to compose and learn new words, "Alies" will pump up the acting abilities of children. First of all, board games help to improve mathematical skills, because in any game you need to keep track of moves and points earned. Not to mention that it is an excellent training of perseverance, thinking and attention. nine0003

Entertaining games in this category can be of different topics: about animals and plants, dinosaurs, fairy-tale worlds, connected with history or literature, etc. It is important to choose exactly the topic that the child is keenly interested in - then it will be much easier for him to learn the rules and join the gameplay.

Tables also come with cards, chips, dice, puzzles. The simplest ones are “walkers”, where you need to roll a die and move a chip on the playing field for the number of steps that have fallen out. The most difficult type of board games are strategies, where you need to calculate your every move and think about what consequences it may have. Five-year-olds are also very fond of funny games, such as Twister. nine0003

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10. "Puzzles"

Props : pre-prepared puzzle pieces.

You can buy a ready-made puzzle, but it's much more interesting to make it yourself. Parents together with their children can draw a picture on a sheet of cardboard, and then cut it into several parts, or approach the task more creatively and apply their own drawing: for example, on several ice cream sticks, pebbles, cotton pads, and so on. nine0003

11. "Flea"

Props : chips, coin.

This is a popular game played by our mothers and fathers, grandparents. On the edge of the chip, the role of which can be played by a small stone, bean / pea, the player presses with a coin, as a result of which the chip bounces like a flea. The essence of the game is that as many player's fleas as possible "jump" onto the opponent's playing field. The playing field can be made from a box of chocolates by dividing it in the middle with a straight line. nine0003

Games for a group of children aged 5

Playgrounds, playrooms or parties tend to be crowded with children who also need to be organized and offered fun activities. Group games can be sedentary (quizzes, riddles, puzzles) or active (relay races, races). All children will definitely enjoy an exciting quest, which combines the moment of an intellectual game - the search for clues and clues, and an element of activity, because, as a rule, you need to run for clues. Five-year-olds love to compete, so you can offer them team games on the score. nine0003

12. "Human knot"

Children hold hands and, at the command of the leader, begin to get tangled without disengaging their hands. After the “Stop” command, the leader must unravel this human knot without breaking the hands of the participants. You can complicate the game and limit the time of unraveling. If the leader does not meet the deadline, then the children unhook their hands and rush in all directions, and the leader must catch one of the participants. Whoever falls into his hands becomes the new leader.

13. Centipedes

This is a fun game for a group of children. Participants line up and hold the one in front by the belt, thus forming a long centipede. At the command of the lead centipede, it must simultaneously perform the following tasks:

  • raise the right paws;
  • raise left legs;
  • run in circles;
  • move back;
  • catch your tail;
  • move forward by jumping.

In addition, you can arrange an obstacle course for the centipede or blindfold the “head” - the one in front.

Logic games

Games for the development of logical thinking are held in kindergarten and primary school, some tasks parents can take on board and deal with the child on their own. No kid is born with the ability to think logically, this is an exclusively acquired skill that must be developed from childhood. In this, the association game, puzzle, matching, quiz will help teachers and parents. nine0003

14. Trick problems

To solve trick problems, children need to be attentive and use their imagination. Such tasks also teach that sometimes you need to deviate from the usual algorithm in order to find the right solution.

Questions that can serve as an example of logical problems:

  • What is impossible to eat for breakfast? (lunch or dinner).
  • What is as big as an elephant but weighs nothing? (Shadow of an elephant).
  • The girl dropped her ring into the coffee, but the jewelry remained dry. Why? (Coffee was not a drink, but was in beans or ground). nine0012
  • What does half an apple look like most? (For the second half).
  • What invention allows you to see through walls? (Window).


"Guess the object"

The host hides a small object in his fist. The child must guess what it is by asking leading questions that can only be answered with “yes” or “no”. For each correct answer, the leader extends one finger until the whole fist is opened, or the child can simply guess until the end, until the answers lead him to a clue. nine0003

The same principle can be used to play theme games and guess, for example, animals, fairy-tale or cartoon characters, etc.

Educational games

The main goal of cognitive games is to teach a child something new, to expand his knowledge about the world around him, to replenish his vocabulary. These can be games about dinosaurs, space, the world around us, seasons and much more.

16. Orchard

Props : images of fruit and forest trees, cards with drawings of fruits.

The child needs to find exactly the trees that grow in the garden, and attach cards of the corresponding fruits to them. When choosing a tree, the child should pronounce its name and explain what helped him to recognize the tree (leaf shape, bark, fruits). Parents should be told how fruit trees differ from forest trees, what fruits can be seen on certain types of trees, and so on. nine0003

17. "Professions"

Children need to complete the poems:

The pilot lifts the blue sky... (airplane).

The roof is being painted before the children's eyes... (painters).

Every day a newspaper is brought to our house by... (postman).

I have been treating dolls since morning, today I… (nurse).

The facilitator should be told about each profession, you can ask the child what he knows about it.

nine0008 Math games

Useful mathematical games will strengthen the knowledge of oral and written counting among five-year-olds. Such fun will be an excellent preparation for school.

18. "Missing number"

Requisite : cards with numbers from 0 to 9.

The leader lines up the numbers in a row, first hiding one or several. The task of the child is simple - to find out which numbers are missing in the digital series. You can lay out all the numbers correctly, then ask the child to turn away and remove one card or swap several cards. nine0003

19. “Big construction site”

Props : 2-3 toy trucks, bricks, Lego and other “building materials”.

Invite your child to play builders. The truck needs to take 12 cubes to the construction site. All of them will not fit into one car, the child needs to find a solution to the problem (use two cars, each of which will have six cubes; also ask the preschooler the question: “And if you take three cars, how many cubes will each of them have?”) . nine0003

In addition, you can perform various "building" tasks with the help of "Lego". For example, build a tower with seven blue blocks and three red blocks, then add three green blocks and subtract one blue block, etc.

New Year games

New Year is the favorite holiday of all children. Every year, kids look forward to decorating a beautiful Christmas tree, hanging an advent calendar on the wall and counting down the days until Santa Claus arrives. But it is the parents, and not the fabulous red-nosed Grandfather, who give children a magical holiday. To make the New Year fun and memorable, you should carefully choose options for entertainment. It is recommended to alternate active fun and games at the table, dance competitions and quizzes. nine0003

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20. "Dress up the Christmas tree"

Props : bag, party paraphernalia, clothing elements, funny accessories.

For this game, you can divide into two teams, then there will be two "Christmas trees" that you need to dress up. One participant from each team is designated as a “Christmas tree”, all other players take turns blindly taking one item out of the bag and dress up their “New Year's beauty”. nine0003

21. “Bring a snowball”

Props : cotton snowballs, spoons.

Guests are divided into two teams and lined up. Each first participant takes a spoon in his teeth, on which he puts a “snowball”. The player's task is to run to the Christmas tree and back as quickly as possible, without dropping his burden, and pass the baton to the next participant.

Speech therapy games

“No detectives. No giggles, but short and clear: fifks! - a phrase from the work of V. Dragunsky "Deniskin's story", which became an aphoristic joke. But in every joke, as you know, there is a fair amount of truth. Indeed, many preschool children have difficulty pronouncing certain letters, and in fact, beautiful clear speech is of great importance in adulthood. Parents can help their child practice pronunciation, but turn speech therapy exercises into an exciting pastime. nine0003

22. “Guess what sounds”

Phonemic games help preschoolers to distinguish sounds by ear and, as a result, pronounce them more correctly. In addition, correct phonetic perception affects the level of understanding of what was said.

The simplest version of the phonemic game is to choose a few objects that make sounds (squeaker toy, tambourine, pot lids, etc.). The child closes his eyes, and the parent uses one of these items, after which the kid must guess it. nine0003

23. “Feed the kids”

Props : images of the faces of a boy and a girl with slits in place of the mouth, cards with images of products and other items.

Word games, as a rule, are aimed specifically at the development and correction of speech. The game "Feed the kids" also develops thinking. There are several options:

  • The host calls the letter, and the child must “feed” the drawn boy and girl with food that begins with it (for example, the letter “P”, products: fish, rice, radish). nine0012
  • The host says: "Feed Masha with bakery products, and Misha with meat products." The child chooses products and at the same time says: "Masha ate a sandwich, and Misha ate a barbecue. "

The facilitator can also name the products (you can come up with a small poem from the names of the dishes), and the child must determine by ear which of the named products are among the cards given to him.

24. Capricious doll

The game is aimed at developing speech, gives children an understanding of what antonyms and synonyms are. The host invites the children to play with a capricious doll, which does everything the other way around, and even teases. The host says: “Doll, go to sleep, it’s already night outside the window!”, And the child answers for the doll: “No, it’s day outside the window!”; presenter: "Cover, otherwise it's cold", puppet: "No, it's hot now!" nine0003

Attention games

Games like Spot the Differences, tasks where you need to remember the location of cards, search for errors and inconsistencies are excellent for developing attention.

25. "Strange Beasts"

The leader reads the story, the children listen attentively. As soon as the child notices inaccuracies in the narration, he immediately claps his hands.

Example of a story:

Once in a hot winter, a hare with a long fluffy tail and short ears decided to build a hibernation den for himself. He began to dig a deep hole and frightened off a fox, which was just nesting in a tree. Suddenly, a blue wolf jumped out at the hare, but the hare was not at a loss and decided to swallow it, then he grunted in fright and disappeared into the forest thicket. Then the hare picked up spruce branches so that he could sleep softly on them in the den. And all around - beauty: flowers bloom, butterflies fly, berries ripen, in a word - winter! nine0003

26. "Repeat the route"

The child is blindfolded and guided along an easy route. The task of the participant is to repeat this path as accurately as possible. The facilitator can give verbal prompts: "Three steps forward, turn right, four steps forward, turn left, etc." In the future, the exercise is complicated by additional actions or obstacles. “Three steps forward, now step over the obstacle. One small step back, turn around and take two steps forward.” You can also give deceptive hints - for example, the leader says: "Turn right", although there were no turns on the route to be repeated. The child should not fall for this bait. nine0003

Role play

Story games are of great importance in the development of five-year-olds, because it is through the game that children learn to interact in society. “Mothers and Daughters” shows the traditional family model, the hospital game illustrates the relationship between the patient and the doctor, teaches the rules of behavior in the clinic, and the kindergarten game can tell parents a lot about what happens to the child in the kindergarten group.

What kind of theatrical games can be offered to a five-year-old? Lots of options! nine0003

27. "Bunny's Birthday"

Props : toys, dishes (toy or disposable).

Invite the child to imagine that the Bunny (or other toy) has a birthday today. He invited his friends, and now Bunny needs to set a table for them. Guests also need to follow the rules of etiquette during the feast and prepare a gift and congratulations for Bunny.

During this game, preschoolers will learn the rules of courtesy, learn how to behave at a party and set the table, as well as expand their vocabulary (“name day”, “serving”, “service”, “meal” and others). nine0003

28. "Flight into space"

Props : illustrations of our planet from space, other planets and celestial bodies.

Almost every preschooler would be happy with the idea of ​​going on a space trip. But in order to become an astronaut, you need to undergo a medical examination, pass sports standards and learn many important points (what is gravity, how astronauts eat, etc.). During the "space flight" the parent or leader talks about the planets, celestial bodies, galaxies. It will be even more interesting if the astronauts meet with aliens - invite the child to establish contact with the inhabitants of Mars or Venus and tell them about the Earth. nine0003

Outdoor games for children 5 years old

Every parent needs to know not only what to play at home with a 5-year-old child, but also how to entertain their child on the street. It is not enough just to bring the kids to the playground and leave them to themselves, you need to offer them examples of children's games, tell the rules and maybe even take part in children's fun.

Some children's games at the age of 5 are considered timeless classics and never go out of style. You can offer children entertainment from your childhood: "Classics", "Rezinochka", "Bouncer", "Hide and Seek", "Cossacks-robbers" and others. And you can also learn something new, parents are advised not to limit themselves to options from the past, but to regularly look for original ideas for games with a child of 5 years old. nine0003

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29. “Flight of the owl”

Parent/facilitator – “owl”, child/children – “mice”. When the host says "Day", the mice run and frolic, but as soon as the command "Night" sounds, everyone should freeze in random poses. At night, an owl comes out to hunt, the task of mice is not to move or make any sounds. To make the game more interesting, the owl may try to make the frozen mice laugh.

30. "Museum of wildlife"

Props : cards with the inscriptions "Grass", "Earth", "Tree", etc.

Invite the child to create a museum of wildlife and prepare interesting exhibits for this. The search for exhibits will be an exciting activity, during which the parent will tell the child a lot of interesting things about the world around them. When the exhibits are found, they need to be placed in the museum and put next to the corresponding card - this task is especially useful for five-year-olds, because usually at this age children learn to read. nine0003

Tips for parents: words should be written in large block letters. You can also write them in certain colors: "Grass" - green, "Cone" - brown, "Sand" - yellow, etc.

It is difficult to think of a more natural activity for a child than play. It is through the game that the child develops, learns the world around him and learns to interact with it, reveals his creative abilities. In addition, joint games with a 5-year-old child help create a warm, friendly atmosphere in the family. nine0003

Time spent playing with a child is a huge contribution to a child's development. If you want to be a friend to your child and gain his boundless trust, then do not underestimate the value of joint games. For more ideas, check out KidPassage's article Playing with Kids at Home: 42 Fun Ideas. Have an interesting and exciting pastime!

42 ideas for a great time

In the era of flourishing technology, endless cartoons and the same endless feeds in social networks, both children and parents began to forget about simple communication, looking into each other's eyes, and not at the screen of a TV, tablet or smartphone. Think about how long it has been since you played with your child? Oddly enough, even the ideas for the simplest and once popular games have long been lost in memory and have undeservedly lost their relevance. nine0003

Games for children are not only a great way to spend time with the family, but also an opportunity to develop thinking, memory, logic, reaction speed. We have collected the best children's games that will captivate the whole family and give a charge of vivacity and positive for a long time.


  1. Children's games at home
  2. Entertainment games for children at home: types
  3. Active games
  4. Sports games
  5. Competitions
  6. nine0011 Development Games
  7. Speech games
  8. Construction of houses
  9. Math games
  10. Interesting games for two children
  11. Role-playing games
  12. Unusual home games
  13. Music games
  14. Water games
  15. Interesting games
  16. Advice to parents

Children's games at home


Entertaining games for children have many advantages: they bring together all family members who take part in the process, allow you to spend time rich and exciting, without gadgets and TV. The game is a powerful tool for the development of your child. If you are going to spend time together, blowing dust off a box of checkers or a long-forgotten Monopoly, remember some nuances:

  • Try not to prompt your child. Make an exception to the rule only if he does not yet know the rules. Let them learn to make mistakes and draw conclusions. Undoubtedly, you know more, but let the baby be independent. nine0012
  • Do not give in, you must be equal. Therefore, it is worth choosing interesting games for children, where the process does not require encyclopedic knowledge or vast experience, and the rules are simple and understandable for everyone.
  • You need to play only with pleasure, getting pleasant emotions. If you notice that the children don’t like the game or they get bored, it’s better to switch to another one: it’s definitely not worth forcing anyone to have fun.

Fun games for kids at home: 9 types0009

What kind of games are there in a confined space? When thinking of entertainment, consider the possibilities of an apartment or house and the age of the child. Excessive noise should not be raised late in the evening, and too primitive games are unlikely to be appreciated by a senior student. Therefore, alternate, experiment, and you will definitely select exactly those family games that will captivate everyone, and just spend time with children without a computer.

Active games

1. Let's go! nine0051

Have your child pretend to be a car driving down a dark road. To do this, put a few chairs or other objects, give the child a steering wheel or its round substitute, and blindfold. You are a navigator, a kid is a car, turn on and go! Try switching places so that the child also tries himself as a helper.

Suitable for age: 5-8 years old.

2. Hold the balloon

This kids game will require a balloon and some skill. Task: move the ball from one end of the room / corridor to the other without touching it with your hands and without letting it fall. Let the children be smart: you can blow on the ball, push it with your nose, chin, knees. nine0003

If there are two children, arrange a competition: who will bring the ball to the finish line faster. For older participants, the task can be made more difficult by building a path or placing small obstacles to get around.

Suitable for age: 5-15 years old.

3. Cross the river

Ropes, ribbons or two pieces of rope, laid out at a distance of one and a half to two meters from each other, can play the role of banks. From paper, cut out circles that will replace the pebbles. nine0003

Invite the child to "get over" from one bank to another, stepping over the stones without "wetting" the legs. The game is simple, but perfectly develops coordination of movements in children 3-5 years old.

Suitable for age: 3-5 years old.

4. “Brilliant” basketball

In the conditions of an apartment, entertaining games for children with a ball are not very convenient, but if we replace it with small foil balls, and build a basket from a children's bucket or a cut five-liter bottle, then we get quite a decent basketball. nine0003

The competition can be made more difficult: throw in turn with the left and right hand, count who will have more hits per minute, vary the distance from the player to the basket.

Suitable for age: 5-13 years old.

5. Classics

The good old “jump” is definitely worth remembering and playing even within the limits of an apartment or house. With construction tape on the carpet, “draw” a classic, a round candy box can be used as a “bit”. The main thing is to remember the neighbors below and try not to disturb their peace in the evening. nine0003

Suitable for age: 5-10 years old.

6. The fastest turtle

Turning into a turtle is easy! Get on all fours, put a pillow on your back and go to the finish line, so that your "shell" is not lost along the way. You can arrange a competition "Who is faster?" or which of the "turtles" will show the best time.

Suitable for age: 4-7 years old.

7. Insidious ball

Throwing the ball within the apartment is not the safest activity, so you can think of other activities with it. Lie on your stomach opposite each other, put the ball between your heads. Try to stand up while holding the ball with two hands, without the help of hands. nine0003

Another option would be to compete, in which case two balls would be required. Get on all fours and, on command, start rolling the ball, touching it with your forehead or nose, without helping with your hands. Whoever crosses the finish line the fastest wins.

Suitable for age: 5-10 years old.

Sports games

It is possible to entertain children at home with games not only for the purpose of entertainment. Motor activity is necessary, especially for a fidget baby. Come up with stories, remember your favorite animals or fairy-tale characters, accompanying interesting stories with movements as the story progresses. The child will be happy to imitate a bear, jump like a monkey or stretch his neck like a hissing goose. Mobile children's games will allow you to spend all the extra energy that the baby has accumulated, directing it in the right and useful direction. nine0003

8. Jumper

Hang the balloons from the ceiling at such a distance that the child can reach them only by jumping. Pre-fill them with foam balls, large confetti or other light fillers.

The child's task is to jump up, hitting the ball with his hand, and reach it. You can diversify the game by taking multi-colored balls and placing them at different heights, and then, naming the color, ask them to jump to each of them.

Suitable for age: 3-5 years old.

9. Gulliver and the Lilliputians

This activity is suitable for a group of children. Ask them to stand in a circle and tell them that everyone can imagine themselves both very small and very large, the main thing is to be attentive.

At the command of "Lilliputians!" (as an option for children: dwarfs, kids) children should sit down, at the command “Gulliver!” (or "Giants") - stand up. The most attentive wins the game.

nine0002 Suitable for age: 4-5 years old.

10. Take off the feathers

The following game will help you run and practice your agility. Divide the children into two teams. One attach several clothespins to clothes. The task is to get rid of the “feathers” by attaching them to the clothes of the second team members. The one who first removes all the "feathers" from himself will win.

Suitable for age: 6-7 years old.

11. Who is faster?

If you need to keep the children company at home, offer them something like a small relay race. From the options for passing the distance, use:

  • squatting;
  • walking around the room with a balloon without touching it with your hands;
  • walking with a bag of beans (or a book) on the head;
  • jogging over obstacles (for example, without stepping on spread out pillows or, conversely, jogging on sheets of paper), etc.

Suitable for age: 5-10 years old.


Sedentary children's games will also help you out in a situation when children need something to keep them busy, especially since the place or time may not allow active movement. Such an activity requires, albeit minimal, but preparation. And it, as you know, is no less interesting than the process of the game itself. nine0003

12. Quiz

Invite the child to be the host and prepare a competition, say, for a family dinner or tea party when the whole family gathers at the table.

Tell me what questions or riddles to choose, prepare prizes for correct answers, choose the winner, dilute the script with a musical break, turning on karaoke or dance music.

Such quizzes can eventually become thematic and turn into a good family tradition.

Suitable for age: 7-13 years old.

13. Answer within a minute

Prepare a list of easy questions and arrange for children to play together at home if you have two or more of them. Offer to try to give as many correct answers to the questions as possible in a minute.

In this way you will train the speed of thinking and the speed of reaction. Select questions from the area of ​​​​general knowledge or on topics that children know well, as well as in accordance with age. nine0003

Suitable for age: 7-15 years old.

Family games for development

Entertaining games can be organized with children at home, using the simplest objects. Thus, you will develop logic, thinking and help your child explore the world. Do not forget that during the game the child learns.

14. Magic Pencils

Colored pencils or markers are needed to play. You will repeat the colors and work on the development of observation and imagination in the baby. nine0003

Explain that pencils sometimes come to life and can daydream, imagining themselves as other objects. The red one said that he was a strawberry, the green one - a maple leaf, the yellow one introduced himself as the sun.

Invite your child to "voice" different colors of crayons by naming the corresponding objects.

Suitable for age: 4-5 years old.

15. Touch!

Another way to repeat or study colors is this game. The child needs to touch the object of the color that you name. nine0003

You can play within the same room, or you can complicate the task and look for a suitable color throughout the apartment. As an option, to train your memory, at the end of the search, ask the child to name the items that he found.

Suitable for age: 4-7 years old.

16. Draw a story

Making up stories is a favorite pastime for many children. But it can be diversified by inviting the baby to draw everything that you are talking about. nine0003

A variant of this story: “There was a big house on a green meadow. It had blue walls, a red roof, and gray smoke coming from a black chimney. The yellow sun smiled at the blue sky and blue clouds. Red flowers grew around the house and multi-colored butterflies fluttered.

You can continue the story, add characters and objects, giving them a description. If the child likes this activity, roles can be reversed. Try to draw on paper everything that your creative child will come up with!

Suitable for age: 4-7 years old.

17. Attention to the picture

Children's favorite books usually contain a large number of pictures. For this game, drawings are suitable, which depict many different objects. You say, “I see something red in this picture. It does not know how to speak (as an option - to walk, ride, no pens, etc.).” The task of the child is to guess the object. Roles can be reversed.

Suitable for age: 4-5 years old. nine0003

18. Memory

Game ideas surround you even within the same room, so that with children at home you can develop any thought process even with the help of ordinary toys.

Take a few objects (doll, soft toy, ball, cube, etc.) and arrange them randomly. Ask the child to remember what toys he saw and look away.

Swap them or take one and ask what has changed. Tasks can be complicated when the baby has a little practice. nine0003

Suitable for age: 4-7 years old.

19. Didactic games

Suitable for studying mathematical and geometric concepts, natural phenomena and the world around. With the help of pictures cut out from old magazines or printed on a printer, you can help baby animals find their mother (for example, make pairs of chicken-chicken, sheep-lamb, etc.).

Geometric shapes cut out of colored paper will help you repeat colors and practice counting, while circles cut into segments will introduce you to the parts of the whole. nine0003

The process of preparing such material will be no less interesting and creative than the lessons themselves.

Suitable for age: 4-8 years old.

Speech games

The development of speech is an important and necessary process. Talk to your child on the way home, in the car, look at the pictures together. Cognitive games can be organized at home with children and in a simple conversation, the main thing is to show a little imagination.

20. Write a story

Some children's games are aimed at the development of imagination, and they should not be neglected. And to begin with, try to come up with a story that will be based on just two words. At the same time, they do not have to be combined in meaning. For example, ask one word from your dad (mother), the second - from your sister (brother). Look what a funny story you can make!

Suitable for age: 5-8 years old.

21. Who and what

By asking simple questions, this game can be played both with a child and with a group of children. Tasks can be as follows:

  • Who (what) is swimming?
  • Who (what) walks?
  • Who's talking?
  • What can you eat?
  • What can be cooked?
  • Who (what) can fly? Etc.

There should be as many answers as possible. If there are many participants, there will be a competition.

Suitable for age: 5-7 years old.

Construction of houses

Needless to say, how children love to build things? Moreover, it does not matter at all whether it is an expensive designer, wooden blocks left after repair, shoe boxes or an umbrella and a blanket - the process is always captivating. nine0003

Although, as practice shows, unnecessary boxes or a covered chair usually win in terms of popularity.

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22. Constructors

In any home there are small Lego parts or a box with wooden towers, arches and blocks of different sizes.

Offer a bored child to build a home for his favorite toy: a little man, a doll, a bear, etc. you can go beyond walls and build simple furniture and celebrate the move. nine0003

Suitable for age: 5-8 years old.

23. Cardboard boxes

It happens that shoe boxes have accumulated or a large package of household appliances has appeared. Then the house can be built for dolls (for boys - a garage or parking lot) or for a baby.

Such structures can be pasted over, decorated, filled with furniture - in general, playing with them will captivate young architects and designers for more than one day.

Suitable for age: 6-10 years old. nine0003

24. Armchairs, blankets and umbrellas

The good old version of “housing”, inexplicably of interest to all generations of children without exception. A bedspread or a blanket can be put on the table, fixed with books, two chairs can be covered with it, or something similar can be built using an ordinary umbrella.

Fantasy begins to manifest itself instantly, and sofa cushions, blankets and other improvised means are used. True, after such a game you will have to spend some time cleaning.

Suitable for age: 4-8 years old.

Math games

Don't you think that mathematics is a boring science? Wrong opinion. Usually children like to count, add and subtract, play with geometric shapes. The main thing is to interest them and not turn the game into a long annoying task.

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25. Mathematics in the kitchen

Setting the table is a great way for your little one to practice counting. Ask him to put two forks on the table, bring three cups, take five apples from the basket, or put four cookies on the plate.

Get creative with addition and subtraction using teaspoons, large pasta, or other household tools.

Suitable for age: 4-6 years old.

26. Tasty Numbers

Bake number cookies together. Prepare the dough, let the child roll out the sausages, and you help to add them in the form of numbers. nine0003

You can play with them, build pyramids, stack them up and down, and even make simple examples. It's not scary if a couple of signs suddenly disappear imperceptibly - after all, this is a cookie.

Alternatively, math pastries can also be made inedible. Blind such numbers from salt dough, dry and decorate them, and then open them with varnish. Spreading examples from this counting material will be especially nice.

Suitable for age: 4-6 years old. nine0003

27. Math ball

The ball can be played even within the same room without damaging neighbors or surrounding furniture. Repeat verbal counting with your child.

When throwing the ball to him, name an example, and he, throwing the ball to you, must say the answer. Depending on age, you can take numbers from the first ten, second or three-digit. The main thing is to have time to count yourself in order to check the correctness of the answer.

The variant of the ball game can be like this. When throwing the ball to a child, name the number, and in response he must name adjacent numbers (5 more, 10 less, half as much, etc., depending on age and knowledge). nine0003

Suitable for age: 5-8 years old.

Interesting games for two children

Children often only need to be prompted to play, and they will perfectly play with each other, mostly without paying attention to the difference in age.

Calm games at home can be very different, the main thing is that they are interesting for children.

28. Wonder Beast

All you need is a piece of paper and a pen. The first player draws a head and folds the sheet so that only the neck is visible. nine0003

The second one completes the torso, then again the first one draws the legs (paws, flippers, etc.). Expanding the "picture", the children will see a rather funny creature that you can think of a name for.

Suitable for age: 6-10 years old.

29. Funny stories

A similar activity can be a variant of the game on paper, when children need to play with each other or with adults. The first participant must write two lines from a song, a poem or just two sentences related in meaning, and wrap a sheet of paper, leaving only the last phrase. nine0003

The next one writes two of his own lines, connecting them in meaning with the previous phrase, and again wraps the sheet. As a result, the bundle will hide a very curious and, most likely, funny story.

Suitable for age: 8-14 years old.

Role-playing games

Children's games, in which children pretend to be adults, are perhaps the most favorite.

From an early age, a child begins to imitate his parents: lovingly puts his favorite toys to bed, builds a garage, cooks food on a toy stove, or builds a semblance of a real store. Play along with the child or switch roles with him, allowing him to become a mom, dad, salesman or doctor. nine0003

30. Shop

There are several variants of this game. You can lay out items on the "counter", set "price tags" and make "money" from cut sheets of paper of different sizes, thereby repeating the count.

Or you can ask the child not to name the product he wants to buy, but only to give him a description. So the game will become a small lesson in the development of speech.

Suitable for age: 4-6 years old.

31. Beauty salon

A role-playing game that captivates absolutely all girls. You can become a model for your child to do hair, make-up, and manicures.

But a doll can also act as a “client” of the salon. At the same time, be sure to discuss the rules of conduct and the culture of communication in the salon.

Suitable for age: 5-7 years old.

32. Construction site

You can organize the activities of both the driver and the builder at the same time by showing your son that a large car can be loaded with blocks, help it get to the construction site, unload the “material” and start building a garage or house. nine0003

You can also include a crane, "worker" figures and build more than one object.

Suitable for age: 4-6 years old.

33. Playing Pirates

Build a ship from improvised means, and look for costume parts in the closet - the preparation process will be no less interesting.

Then, armed with binoculars, you can go in search of treasures to uncharted shores. Alternatively, a small toy man can become a pirate, and a ship can be built from a designer. Depends on what the child likes more. nine0003

Suitable for age: 5-8 years old.

Unusual home games

Family games at home can become a good tradition that will give your children a lot of warm memories in adult life. In the meantime, they are still small, a little imagination, effort and time will help organize fun games and occupy the leisure of the whole family. Get actively involved in the preparation, do not be lazy, think of what you can play, and you will not notice how you will get carried away yourself. nine0003

34. Fantastic patterns

Mix 5 tablespoons of gouache, one of shampoo (dishwashing liquid) and a teaspoon of water. Make a thick foam in the container by blowing into a plastic straw.

Now lightly touch the colored bubbles with a piece of paper. See how the prints turn out, and paint an abstract picture, following your imagination.

Suitable for age: 5-12 years old.

35. Cheerful quest

This activity can be prepared for a birthday or for a group of friends, or you can just please your child with an exciting activity. And if the treasure hunter is interested in the search process, then, believe me, the preparation process will be no less fascinated. nine0003

Hide a small gift or sweet prize (there may be more than one) at home and write step-by-step instructions on how to find it.

You can place notes with clues in the most unusual places, the main thing is that each previous one should be the key to finding the next one and eventually lead to the main “treasure”.

Suitable for age: 6-12 years old.

Music games

Every child has favorite songs, regardless of age. You can just dance, learn new moves or prepare a dance as a gift. nine0003

Joint games of children at home unite, and music will help recharge with positive and good mood.

36. Leg, leg!

Have you ever danced with your neck? What about a nose or a finger? Well, there is a great opportunity to try! Turn on your favorite tune and start with simple movements.

Ask the children to dance with only their hands or only their feet. Then move on to more difficult tasks: dance only with your elbow or finger. And don't forget: you, too, must be actively involved in the game. nine0003

37. Get rid of the balls

For this game you will need a low stretched volleyball net. But as an option, any dividing line in the house is also suitable. Inflate 6 - 10 balloons, depending on the number of players.

The task of two teams (they can have from 1 to 3-4 participants), having received the balls equally, transfer them to the opponent's side.

The game starts when the music is turned on and stops when the music is turned off. Whichever side has fewer balls at that moment wins. nine0003

Water games

Children love to splash in the water, bathe and pour water from container to container.

If you decide to use water as a play area, be prepared for the environment to be wet and your baby's clothes and shoes to become damp. Therefore, be prepared for the fact that at the end of the game you will need to completely change your clothes.

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38. Catch, fish!

Prepare a bowl or bowl of water, take a few small items and put them directly into the water. These can be balls, small figures, chestnuts, etc. nine0003

Invite the child to catch the “fish” with his hands, a spoon, a small net (a small kitchen sieve can act as this), and then carefully place them in a nearby container.

Suitable for age: 3-5 years old.

39. Sponge Bob

Tell your child that a sponge can absorb water and show how it works.

Prepare two containers, fill one of them with water. Try transferring water from one container to another with a sponge, filling it up and then squeezing it out. nine0003

Suitable for age: 3-4 years.

40. Catch the ball!

When your baby goes for a bath, drop about ten lightly inflated balloons into the bath with him.

They will funny jump out from under the water, float like boats if you blow on them, and will be a wonderful field for experiments of a little researcher.

Suitable for age: 3-5 years old.

Interesting games

What other games are there for children at home? Choose according to the mood and preference of the child.

They can be active or calm, with a lot of additional materials or in the form of a conversation, but in any case they should be interesting to the child. As practice shows, games without a phone can also captivate and interest a child.

41. Guess what it is

We explore the world around us with the help of the senses, and touch plays an important role in this. Therefore, it will be useful for a child to mentally create images of things without seeing them, but only by touching them. nine0003

Place several objects in a basket or container out of sight, then give one to each child's hands while blindfolded (or simply cover them).

Let the baby try to guess what he is holding in his hands, examining the object only with his fingers. Tell me if the child is not coping.

Suitable for age: 4-7 years old.

42. Unusual book

Games and activities with children at home can be remembered not only as an interesting pastime with parents, but also as an interesting craft that has been preserved for many years. You can make a book with your child about himself. nine0003

Collect photographs, magazine clippings, interesting small items. They can be glued onto thick sheets of paper and write a story together.

Have your child write the first letter in this book, make the first drawing, circle their pen, or paste a picture they like. After many years, such a craft will evoke very fond memories.

Alternatively, you can make a fairy tale book by inventing a story and decorating it with applications and drawings. The process will take more than one evening and, most likely, will interest the child for a long time. nine0003

Suitable for age: 4-10 years old.

Advice to parents

When spending time with your child, do not be afraid to show your imagination, use any household items for play, talk about the world around you, let the baby try on different roles, dance, jump, get his hands dirty in paint or wet clothes with water. So he learns the world, develops and grows.

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