10 Fun (Tech-Free) Indoor Games for The Entire Family!

Written by Eve Bandusena | Parents Avenue’s Editorial Assistant 

First, it was the unflinching haze that lasted for weeks. Now, there’s the ongoing North East Monsoon wetting our beloved Sabah in the evenings. Are your kids bored as heck from being cooped up at home? Well, we’re going to bring the fun indoors!

Check out this fun-o-licious list we’ve compiled. And, yes. It’s all technology-free! Abandon all tablets, phones and laptops ye who enter here! We guarantee the entire family will have a blast so come on and join in! 

#1 Musical Chairs
 
Isn’t there something about musical chairs that brings you back to the old days? For a simple game, it reaps a lot of fun! The suspenseful build-up, the dramatic searching of empty chairs once the music has stopped and the endless laughter that comes with it. 
 
So, what are you waiting for? Get a couple of chairs, turn on the music and let the festivities take place!
 
Step 1: Get someone to be responsible for stopping and playing the music.

 

Step 2: Arrange chairs in a circle, make sure to reduce a chair for x number of participants.
For example, there should be 4 chairs for every 5 participants.

 

Step 3: Walk around the chairs when the music starts playing and find a chair to sit on when
the music stops.

 

Step 4: Each time the music stops, remove a chair and repeat only until there’s one winner.
 
#2 Simon Says
 

Simon Says is another simple game to play with the kids! Not only is it fun really easy but it also helps kids in relation to focusing and honing their listening skills. Although there are many variations of Simon Says all over the world. The fundamental rules remain the same. So, let the game begin! What will Simon say?

Step 1: Choose a Simon! He will be responsible for instructing the players. Secondly, the command will be given in two different ways which either begins with “Simon says…” or simply an instruction. Simon’s purpose is to eliminate as many participants as possible.

Step 2: Participants of the game must understand that if an instruction begins with “Simon Says…” they must obey the instruction and if it doesn’t begin with “Simon says…” then they must ignore it.

Step 3: As Simon, the instructions can be anywhere from “Simon says clap three times” to “Run around the room…” The possibility for great instructions are endless, so get creative! Repeat this until there is only one winner left.
 
#3 Tic Tac Toe
 
Remember playing this game? It’s pretty straightforward. And, best part is… This game isn’t only restricted indoors, it can be played everywhere! Kids can play it in-between classes or lunch breaks. It helps to teach kids to strategize and retain their attention when playing this game!
 
Step 1: Create 3×3 grid on a piece of paper.
 
Step 2: Have the first player go first. Traditionally, they begin with an “x.”
 
Step 3: Have the second player go next with an “o.”
 
Step 4: Keep alternating these steps until a straight or diagonal rows of “x’s” or “o’s” accomplished.

#4 Touch-And-Feel-Box

 

Wanna take things to the next level? Try the Touch-And-Feel Box. It’s takes a short time to construct one but lasts a long time in keeping kids on their tippy toes. This game will have kids entertained as they explore the world through their senses. Watch them wonder, laugh and grimace as they guess what’s in the box.

Step 1: Choose something intriguing to put in the box

Step 2: If you’ve decided on a theme, for example like the beach with your kids, you can fill the box with sand and seashells. If you are discussing shapes, you can put an object inside and have the kids tell you what shape it is.

Step 3: Ask Good Questions. Have the kids describe the object. Get the kids thinking about what their senses are telling them. Let them guess what is inside. Ask questions like the following: What shape is it? Is it smooth or rough? Is it hard or soft? Until they figure it out.

#5 Blowing Bubbles
 

While blowing bubbles isn’t technically a game. It’s still a fun, engaging activity to do with your kids. There’s something entrancing and engaging about bubbles. Is it the shape of the bubbles? Seeing them pop as they get further away? Hmm. But one thing’s for sure. Kids love them!

Step 1: Mix soap and water together. Soaps that will work are liquid dish soap, body wash or shampoo. Stay away from commercially-produced detergent, which may not be safe for kids to use. Chemical-free laundry detergent can be found at health food stores.

Step 2: Make a little bubble wand. The wands that you can purchase in the store are usually made from plastic, but any material with a hole in it can be used to blow bubbles. Look around the house for materials you can bend or shape into a bubble wand.

Step 3: Blow little bubbles. First go outside, since bubbles look most beautiful when the sun shines through their iridescent swirls. Dip the small bubble wand you made into the bubble solution. Hold the circular part of the wand close to your lips and gently blow. Watch as bubbles stream from the wand and float away, then burst.
#6 Human Bingo
 

Human Bingo is bingo but with a twist. Think you know your kids? And do you think your kids know you? Get to know each other in this fun game. All it takes is some pen, paper and imagination. It’s gonna be a blast!

Step 1: Prepare the cards. Use a standard 5 x 5 square grid (as used in the regular bingo games). Create one card for each person attending the gathering. Have pen or pencils for each card.

Step 2: Fill in the bingo boxes. Think of interesting human characteristics, personalities, and life facts for the bingo matches. Some examples could be: owned or owns a pet, has visited another country, is an avid reader, etc.

Step 3: Tell the players that they must interview each other. Have each player go around the group and ask other people to check off one box that applies to them. Names or signatures on multiple boxes won’t count. If your party has a very small amount of people, the signature rules are more lenient and can be signed upon if any trivia applies to the person. Reinforce that socializing is a must! This entire game is based around getting to know each other, so encourage chatting and getting to know one another.

Step 4: Declare winners when a row (across, up, down or diagonal) has been checked off; this depends on whether you want to speed things up or not.

#7 Shrinking Island
 

Everyone knows Shrinking Island. It’s a quintessential game at any party and now it’s making its way into your home! What’s best about this game is that it fosters a closer bond between partners, and it stimulates problem solving. How are we going not going to get knocked off our axis on this little paper? Get inventive!

Step 1: Appoint someone to stop and play the music.

Step 2: Pair the players and hand them each their island (a newspaper)

Step 3: After every song, the island will get smaller and smaller. It can either be torn or
folded.

Step 4: Repeat until the remaining team wins.

#8 Charades
 

Charades is for every family member which involves acting out words and phrases that’s been selected by them on a slip of paper. The main challenge is getting your team members to guess your answer simply be gestures a lot without any talking. It’s an easy game to prepare, it’s full of laughs and requires a lot of genuity!

Step 1: Divide players into even teams. Technically, you don’t need even teams to play, but every extra person on the other team is one more person who might guess the answer. Once teams are decided, have each team head to a separate room, or at least opposite sides of the same room.

Step 2: Write phrases or words on slips of paper. Write out common words or phrases on slips of paper with a pen or pencil. Keep these secret! These phrases will be given to the opposite team to draw at random when it’s their turn. There are six common categories in traditional charades: book titles, movies, TV shows, song titles, plays, and well-known quotes or phrases.

Step 3: Act things out until your team gets it right or you run out of time. The more hints you
give your team with gestures, the more likely they’ll be to figure it out. When your team
guesses the answer, the round ends and your team gets a point. Then the other team repeats
this process. If your team doesn’t guess the answer and time runs out, your team passes the turn without getting a point, then the other team tries.

Step 4: Play until you run out of slips or there is a clear winner.

 

#8 Charades
 

Human Bingo is bingo but with a twist. Think you know your kids? And do you think your kids know you? Get to know each other in this fun game. All it takes is some pen, paper and imagination. It’s gonna be a blast!

Step 1: Prepare the cards. Use a standard 5 x 5 square grid (as used in the regular bingo games). Create one card for each person attending the gathering. Have pen or pencils for each card.

Step 2: Fill in the bingo boxes. Think of interesting human characteristics, personalities, and life facts for the bingo matches. Some examples could be: owned or owns a pet, has visited another country, is an avid reader, etc.

Step 3: Tell the players that they must interview each other. Have each player go around the group and ask other people to check off one box that applies to them. Names or signatures on multiple boxes won’t count. If your party has a very small amount of people, the signature rules are more lenient and can be signed upon if any trivia applies to the person. Reinforce that socializing is a must! This entire game is based around getting to know each other, so encourage chatting and getting to know one another.

Step 4: Declare winners when a row (across, up, down or diagonal) has been checked off; this depends on whether you want to speed things up or not.

#9 Blow, Wind, Blow
 

Blow Wind Blow will definitely get your rethinking about indoor games. It’s exciting, fun and doesn’t require any heavy prep work. This game definitely touches on individual uniqueness and a kid’s listening skills. While playing this game, also ensure that’s it’s in a room with a lot of space for the kids to stretch out and run around.

Step 1: Everyone sits on chairs in a circle. Ensure there is one chair less for the total sum of players.

Step 2: The game master needs to stand in the middle of the circle and say, “blow wind blow!” The participants will say “blow what?” And the game master can say “blow all those with brown eyes” as an example.

Step 3: The participants in that category will have to stand up and switch their seats with someone in that same category. This allows the person in the middle to steal a seat as well. The last person standing will now have to stand in the middle and repeat step two.

#10 Duck, Duck, Goose
 

Ready to have some fun? Kids are active and can rarely stay in one place for a very long time. This is where duck, duck, goose comes in. This game helps kids be kids. They’ll run, laugh, and just like some of the games listed on here, it’s very simple and requires no prep work beforehand. So, let’s see who’s going to be the goose!

Step 1: All the players, except the first person who is It, sit in a circle. It walks around the circle, tapping each player on the head, saying “duck” each time until he decides to tap someone and say “goose.”

Step 2: That person becomes the goose and runs after It, trying to tag him before It can take his seat. If It successfully reaches the goose’s seat without being tagged, the goose is the new It.

Step 3: If the goose tags It, then the goose keeps his spot in the circle and It must either continue to be It for another turn or sit in the middle of the circle until another It is tagged.

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