Parenting

Indoor Games for Rainy Days

I spy, with my little eye, something that is … grey. And windy. And rainy. And hey, would you look at that, snowy, too.

Yes, I just “spied” the sky, or at least what it was like earlier today. And, considering spring’s just begun, there are probably a lot more days like this one coming up (though hopefully without snow).

Because of that, I decided to share a few indoor games for rainy days. I’ll admit that some of these are the same games I remember playing as a kid, but at least I can assure you they don’t require a lot of extra tools and don’t take long to set up!

Tabletop Shuffleboard (2 or more players)

Materials: a bare tabletop (it doesn’t have to be large) and a few coins for each player — make sure you know which coins are whose! Masking tape is optional.

How to play: Players slide their coins from one end of the table to the other, trying to get the coin to stop/land as close to the edge as possible without it falling off. You can also use masking tape to separate the tabletop into sections, so that kids get more points for getting the coin to stop in certain sections, like this.

First Letter, Last Letter (2 or more players)

Materials: None! This game is all about quick thinking.

How to play: Player #1 says one word, any word. Then, the next player says a word that begins with the last letter of the first word. The next player after that comes up with a word that begins with the last letter of the second word. So the words might go: “cat”, “table”, “elephant”, and so on!

If the players want more of a challenge you can ive the game a theme — for example, the theme could be ‘places in the world’: “Toronto”, “Ottawa”, “America”, and so on. This game is best for kids who are old enough to spell, though.

Masking Tape Hopscotch (2 or more players)

Materials: All that’s needed is a bit of floor room — a corridor would work well — some masking tape, and a beanbag.

Use the roll of masking tape to draw a basic hopscotch grid on the floor, like below:

The squares of a hopscotch game, numbers descending from 10 to 1.

How to play: It’s very similar to outdoor hopscotch. The first player throws a beanbag at the “1” square, and if the beanbag lands in the square, they start hopping their way to the top of the grid.

There are three main rules for hopping: (1) to avoid the square the beanbag is in, (2) to land with one foot on single squares and two feet on side-by-side squares, and (3) if the player lands on a line or fall at any point, it’s the next player’s turn.

At the top (“10” square) they rest, then turn around and hop down the grid to the bottom. If they do all this without landing on any lines or falling, they get to go again, this time aiming the beanbag at the “2” square.

For other fun masking-tape-on-the-floor game ideas (like “balance beams” or “bullseye bowling”), check out this post at the parenting blog, A Student at Mama University!

(Masking tape is the best!)