10 Indoor games for you kids
Preschool students seems like never getting tired of having games anytime. Whether it is indoor, or outdoor, they are always happy and have a lot of energy to do it with their friends. In school days, teacher usually organize a lot of fun games for the preschoolers. But what should the teacher do when facing wet and chilly days of fall and winter? When going outside to run off some energy just isn’t possible. The school should not become a boring place for the preschoolers.
Here are more than ideas for games and movement activities that you can do indoors and still keep active preschoolers moving and having fun.
Good for reviewing vocab. Pick a preschooler and show him/her a picture or whisper a word into his/her ear. The preschooler draws the picture on the board and the first other preschooler to guess the picture gets to draw the next picture. This can also be played in teams with a point system.
Have all preschoolers sit in a circle. Use a fake apple and toss it to one kid. But you must say one English word as you pass. The kid then throws to another preschooler and says a different English word. If the student you threw it to drops it, he/she is out. And the game keeps going until you have one winner. It can be played with different categories, such as Food, Animals, Etc. Students would love it!
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.
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.
A good activity for young kids. Get some pieces of A3 paper and draw a large circle on each one. Pin the circles on different walls in the classroom. Model the activity: Say “Blue”, take a blue crayon, walk over to one circle and color a small part of the circle. Do this for each color you plan to teach. Then, say a color (“Blue”) to a student and she/he should pick up the blue crayon and go over to the circle you colored in blue. Let him/her color it a little and then call him/her back. Continue with other kid.
Give the students a topic and an object to pass around. Each student has to say a word in that topic (e.g. food – apple, cake etc.) before the time runs out. If the time limit ends the student left holding the object loses.
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.
Have the preschoolers sit in a circle with you. Teacher starts by saying a word, then the student to the teacher’s right must make a word that starts with the last letter of the word that the teacher said (e.g. bus — steak — key — yellow — etc.). Continue around the circle until someone makes a mistake.
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.
Have students cut out a picture of a person in a magazine. Students should describe the person, how old they are, what their job is, what their hobbies are, etc. and then present that person to the class. This is good for practicing adjectives.