Maybe the weather outside means that the kids have to stay inside, or maybe everyone has to stay home and you don’t have a backyard to play in – these kinds of situations call for indoor play. Some kids are more used to playing indoors than others. For example, as an apartment dweller in downtown Los Angeles, when we’re hanging out at home this means we’re playing indoors.
For those kids out there who are less used to playing indoors, it can be challenging to hang out inside for long periods of time. It’s easy to fall into bad habits like sitting on the couch and zoning out to bad television shows, or watching the same movies over and over.
This is where some engaging toys can help in creating indoor games for kids that really spur the imagination. Here are five ideas:
1. Zoos – Empty out a toy box full of animal toys in front of some bored kids in the family room and in moments they’re busy examining the toys and blasting off into imaginative play. Zoos seem to be a favorite kind of game with animal toys, making this a favorite of indoor games for kids using animal toys.
2. Fantastic Animal Adventures – I have to admit that this is one of my favorite indoor games for kids, and one of my favorite ways to play with animal toys. Basically, what it involves is combining your animal toys with other toys in the playroom or toybox. For example, combine your animal toys with your legos, with your other building toys, your favorite dolls or action figures – soon your toys have embarked on the most fantastic adventures.
3. Bathtub Animal Adventures – Bath time instantly gets many times more fun when you got some animal toys to play with! Get some sea creatures like dolphins, whales, sharks, rays, or jellyfish… or take your land-based toy animals for a swim or for some fantastic underwater adventures.
4. Animal Shows – Sort of related to the zoo idea, you can use your animal toys to put on “animals shows” like dog shows, horse shows, cats shows, and circuses.
5. Animal Town – It’s probably no surprise that my kids have got a lot of animal toys. In particular, my youngest daughter has an impressive collection of dragon toys which, as a huge lover of dragons, she spends hours playing with. Thanks to having quite a few animal toys at their disposal, sometimes the toy animals edge out the toy humans. Fix yourself an iced coffee and hang out on the sidelines and watch as your kids build interesting and often hilarious “animal towns” where humans are gone and animals are running things for themselves! Most recently, my youngest built a “Dragonopolis” – an all-dragon city – that was pretty amazing to watch her play with.