34 Unbeatable Indoor Games For Kids Of All Ages

Fun indoor games for kidsBored of using video games and smartphone apps to engage your child during this inevitable school break? How about some interesting and out-of-the-box indoor games for kids to play with instead?

From traditional Indian games to brain-tickling puzzles we have it all! 

And the best part? 

We’ve got some templates required so you just need to download, print and start playing or you can make your own templates as well 🙂

Let’s get started!

Indoor games for toddlers and preschoolers (2-4 year olds)

  1. Simon Says

Simon Says is quite a popular game among kids. In this game, one person is appointed to be ‘Simon’ who would say ‘Simon says..’ followed by some activities to do. This person will also call out random activities without saying ‘Simon says..’ first. Only the activities before which ‘Simon says’ is said, should be followed.

For example: “Simon says, jump up and down five times,” is a command that should be followed.

“Pull your left ear with your right hand,” is a command that should not be followed as ‘Simon says..’ does was not said before it.

Whoever makes the mistake of following a command without ‘Simon says..’ would lose first. This game helps kids learn new fine and gross motor skills and also reinforces the habit of following instructions.

  1. Tracing objects

What you need : 

  1. A white sheet of paper
  2. Crayons
  3. Small random objects/pieces of coloured paper cut out in shapes

How to play:

In this game, you need to find random small objects that can be toys or anything that’s small enough to draw around on the paper.

Keep the object or objects on the paper and ask your child to trace around it on the paper using crayons. This will help your child develop their fine motor skills.

  1. Making a car or a castle out of a cardboard box

What you need :

  1. Cardboard boxes
  2. Tape
  3. Markers, crayons and chalk to decorate

How to play:

This activity is a fun way to engage with your kid and to teach them to let their creativity flow in any way that they want.

  • You can stack up cardboard boxes in unique ways to make a castle out of them, so your kid could play inside it.
  • Or, you could also cut it out in the shape of a car so your kid could run around the house pretending to drive it!
  • While decorating either, you can use chart, crayons, markers or chalk along with your child, to make it look fun and lively.
  1. Counting and naming

This is an activity for which you can arrange random household items or toys together and count them out loud along with your child.

You can progress each day with this activity. You can start from counting objects till 10 on the first day, go up to 20 the next, and so on. 

Another way to twist around this activity is to name household items with your kid. You could do a room each day.

For example, if you’re in the kitchen on one day, you can point to the refrigerator and say ‘fridge’ and ask your child to repeat after you and do the same with spoons, forks, cups, plates, etc.

  1. Sorting by colour/Finding an object of a colour

What you need for the sorting game:

  1. Paper
  2. Colours
  3. Random toys/small objects

For this activity, you can take a lot of your kid’s toys and other small objects that are predominantly of one colour.

You can then take a few pieces of paper and write the names of some colours on them with a small square coloured the same colour underneath the name. For example, ‘yellow’, ‘blue’, and ‘green’. 

Scatter the toys around and ask your child to put all the yellow toys under the ‘yellow’ piece of paper, put the blue toys under the ‘blue’ piece of paper, etc. 

Alternatively, you can ask your kid to find an object of a particular colour from anywhere in the house, at random. For example, you could ask them to find a green object or a yellow object and see what they come up with!

  1. Finger-painting

What you need:

  1. Chart paper/any thick piece of paper
  2. Different paints
  3. A plate or palette that you can put the paints on

How to play:

This is a really fun way to do something with your child and help your child experience the joy of creating something.

  • Mix some vibrant paints with a little bit of water and lay them out on a palette or plate using a brush.
  • You and your child can get creative by dipping fingers in the paints and placing them on a piece of white paper.
  • You can even wait for this to dry and put it up somewhere in your child’s room to have something positive to remember.
  1. Nondi/Hopscotch

This is a traditional Indian game for kids that most of you must know about! All you need for this home play idea is some chalk. 

Draw numbered boxes using chalk on the floor, either on your terrace, verandah or just the parking area in your house. Draw the boxes in a line alternating with one-two boxes on each row.

Your child will have to go in the order of the numbers and will have to hop on one leg for the single boxes! This game is an oldie but a goodie.

  1. Floor Tape Shape Game

All you need for this game is some coloured tape. You can even use regular black tape if you don’t have other coloured tapes available at home. 

Clear an area in your house that is big enough to play around and stick the tape in random shapes like a ‘T’, a square, a triangle, a circle, etc, that are big enough for your child to fit in. Leave ample space between the shapes. 

Ask your child to start at one point and give them commands such as ‘run to the T’, ‘crawl to the circle’, and ‘hop to the square’. You can get creative with these commands and come up with innovative ones.

An alternative way to play this game is to simply stick tape to the floor in parallel lines that are about one foot above each other.

From the start point, you can challenge your kid to see how far he/she can jump from the first line, or how far they can jump if they get a running start.

You can also see how far they can hop on one leg and count which line they are able to reach each time. With practice, they’ll definitely get better!

  1. Antakshari 

We’re sure you’re familiar with this traditional Indian game of singing songs! It involves each player taking a turn to sing a song, and the next player having to start singing a new song with the syllable that the previous player ended on.

Your child might be too young to be able to play this game on their own, so you should definitely play it with them.

Have a game of Antakshari using only nursery rhymes and have someone like a parent, sibling or anyone at home team up with your child and sing rhymes the child is familiar with, in a game of Antakshari. This would be loads of fun for you as well as your child!

  1. Dumb Charades

Versions of this game are played all over the world but this is a game we could not skip while writing a list of the traditional games of India that can be played indoor by kids. There are many different ways in which this game can be played with your children. 

 You could make cards that have the names of different emotions, animals, or even actions such as ‘brushing your teeth’ and ‘dancing’ written on them.

You could pick these cards/pieces of paper out and tell your kid what it says and ask them to act it out for another parent or sibling and have them guess what your child is doing! This would be an engaging and fun-filled family activity.

  1. Matching games

Make drawings of your own on paper to play matching games with your child!

Your child can match different pictures of the same animal, halves of fruits/vegetables, and can even match the time displayed on a clock, although they might need your help doing that.

These are all intellectually challenging games that your child is sure to enjoy.

  1. Memory card game

Draw images on a piece of paper and cut them out to play a memory game with your child.

Have all the paper pieces lay in a neat rectangle, shuffled up, on the floor.

Your child can only overturn one piece at a time unless they’re picking a pair.

They need to find the matching images in the whole square and pair them up. 

This is one of many indoor games that can be played repeatedly and helps improve their memory a lot!

Super Fun Indoor Games For 4-8 Year Olds

1. BINGO

Materials Required 

  • Bingo Card Templates
  • Pen/pencil

How To Play

– Give your little one a bingo card. Help them identify all the elements on the card. Print out a template for yourself.

– Call-out an element and ask them to strike that element on their card, you will strike out the same on your card. Next, your child calls out an element you both will strike it out.

– Continue calling out different elements and let them continue to strike those elements on their cards.

– The player to strike off the elements in 5 rows or columns — vertically, horizontally or diagonally to complete the game.

– The player who completes the game first calls out ‘BINGO’ is the winner.

– Repeat this fun indoor game for kids with the other templates.

  1. SUDOKU

Materials Required

  • Sudoku templates 
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

Prepare

– Take a print out of the sudoku puzzle templates. There are 4×4 grid and 6×6 grid templates, each with 2 levels of difficulty.

How To Play

– Give one sudoku template print out to your child and encourage them to fill the missing spaces in the grid with numbers.

– In level 1A, they fill the numbers in such a way that the numbers are not repeated in a row vertically or horizontally.

– In level 1B, they fill the numbers such that there is no repetition vertically, horizontally and within each quadrant.

– In level 2A, they fill 6 numbers with no repetition vertically and horizontally.

– In level 2B, they fill the 6 numbers such that there is no repetition vertically, horizontally and within each quadrant.

– Refer to the answer templates for the solutions.

3. Pictionary

Materials Required

  • White board/paper 
  • Pencil/ markers
  • Bowl

How To Play

– Write different clues and elements on small chits of paper. 

– Fold and place them in a bowl.

– You and your little one take turns at picking up a chit. 

– Draw the element on the whiteboard or paper. If the other player identifies the element correctly, they score a point.

– Repeat by alternating turns.

– The player who scores more points wins the game!

  1. Think Outside The Box

Materials Required 

  • Paper 
  • Pencil

How To Play 

– Call out different items and have your child identify a use for the item. The uses may be different uses from the obvious one. 

– Your little one may jot down ideas of different uses of the materials.

– Give them points based on their answers, 1 point if it is a generic use; 2 points if it is unique; 3 points if it is truly out of the box idea. You will take a call on the points!

– For example, you can pick up a hair clip and say: this can be used to hold paper together, it can be used to scratch your head, it can be used to poke, etc. 

– The objective of the game is to get children to think outside of the box. 

Here is a list of materials you can use to complete the activity. 

  • Paper
  • Cloth
  • Mirror
  • Cotton
  • Stone
  • Rope
  • Chair
  • Plastic bottles
  • Spoon 
  • Shoes
  • Comb

5. Dot Art 

Materials Required

  • Activity Sheet – Printable
  • Cotton Buds
  • Paints

Create

– Demonstrate how to dip the tip of the cotton bud in the paint and print on the activity sheet. 

– Encourage your child to place dots all along the lines on the activity sheet. 

– Use white to follow the lines in the ocean. Use yellow to follow the lines in the starfish. Use orange and red to fill the body of the starfish. 

  1. Magazine Collage 

Materials Required 

  • Recycled Newspaper 
  • Recycled Magazine 
  • Artwork Template Printable
  • Adhesive 

Create 

– Give your child the newspapers/magazines and the artwork template. 

– Discuss the artwork and discuss the different colours which can be used for each element. 

– Apply glue on the artwork.

– Help your child tear the bits of paper and assemble it on the artwork. 

  1. Stick Puzzle Riddles 

Materials Required 

Matchstick/ ice cream stick 

How To Play 

Read out the different puzzle questions and have your little one solve the puzzle! 

  1. Building Structures 

Indoor games for kids - structuresMaterials Required 

  • Clay 
  • Sticks (ice cream sticks, toothpicks, cotton buds) 

Create 

– Help your child create structures using the clay and sticks. 

– Roll and place a ball of clay on either end of the sticks and continue to add clay and sticks to hold your structure. 

– You can create an arch, bridge, building, etc. 

  1. Checkers 

Materials Required 

  • Checkers Printable Template 
  • 24 Pawns (2 sets of 12) 

How To Play 

– Each player places their pawn on every other dark square of the template. 

– Player 1 moves on of their pawns. You can move it diagonally in two ways:

  1. Move it diagonally forward to the next dark square. 
  2. If the other player’s pawn is in the next square and there is an empty square by it. You ‘jump’ over the other player’s pawn and remove their piece. You can repeat the jumps if they are lined in a forward direction. 

– The player to collect the most number of pawns wins the game 

  1. Naerkodu / Ner Kodu / Line King Game

Materials Required 

  • Nerkodu Base Printable
  • 6 Pawns (2 sets of 3) 

How To Play 

– Each player takes a turn at placing their pawn at each intersection. 

– Once all six pawns are on the board, each player takes a turn at sliding their pawn to the next intersection on the board. 

– Your pawn has to follow the line of the board and move to the closest position.

– The player to move their pawns to create a line with three in a row diagonally, vertically or horizontally wins the game.

Incredible Indoor Games For 8-12 Year Olds

  1. Bingo 

Materials Required 

  • Paper 
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

How To Play

– Give your little one a sheet of paper and a pencil. 

– Help them create a 5×5 grid on the paper. If required, draw the lines for them. 

– Call out a number, start from 1, and ask them to randomly write it in a box on the grid. Call out numbers 1-25. Repeat the same to create another bingo grid.

– You should have a bingo grid with numbers 1-25 placed randomly in the grid. 

– You and your child can take turns at calling out a number and striking out the number on the grid. 

– The player to strike out five complete lines which may be vertical, horizontal or diagonal wins the game. 

– The player to finish first must then shout out ‘bingo!’

  1. Aadupuliattam/Aadu Puli Aattam

This traditional Indian puzzle game is also known as Lambs and Tigers Game, Game of Goats and Tigers — Aadupuliyattam in Tamil, Puli Judam/Puli Joodham or Meka Puli Aata in Telugu and Aadu Huli Aata in Kannada.

Materials Required: 

  • Aadupuliyattam board
  • 15 white stones (Goats)
  • 3 orange stones (Tigers)

How To Play

  • Both the players take turns in placing their coins on the board
  • The tiger can place the stone on the desired point at the start of the game
  • The goats can be moved only after all the 15 goats are placed on the board
  • Players can move only one adjacent point along the lines of the board
  • A point cannot accommodate more than one goat (or) tiger
  • A goat can be captured from the board if a tiger jumps over the goat onto an empty point
  • A tiger can jump over a goat only along the lines of the board 
  • A tiger cannot jump over more than one goat at any given point
  • The goats can restrict the movement of the tiger by surrounding them on all points. 
  • If all the tigers are surrounded by the goats, the goats win the round. 
  1. Pictionary

Materials Required

  • White board/paper 
  • Pencil/ markers
  • Bowl

How To Play

– Write different clues and elements on small chits of paper. 

– Fold and place them in a bowl.

– You and your little one take turns at picking up a chit. 

– Draw the element on the white board or paper. If the other player identifies the element correctly, they score a point.

– Repeat by alternating turns.

– The player who scores more points wins the game!

  1. Think Outside Of The Box

Parent rewards childMaterials Required 

  • Paper 
  • Pencil 

Play (level 1) 

– Call out different items and have your child identify a use for the item. The uses may be different uses from the obvious one. 

– Your little one may jot down ideas of different uses of the materials.

– Give them points based on their answers, 1 point if it is a generic use; 2 points if it is unique; 3 points if it is truly out of the box idea. You will take a call on the points!

– For example, you can pick up a hair clip and say: this can be used to hold paper together, it can be used to scratch your head, it can be used to poke, etc. 

– The objective of the game is to get children to think outside of the box. 

Here is a list of materials you can use to complete this fun indoor game. 

  • Paper
  • Cloth
  • Mirror
  • Cotton
  • Stone
  • Wire
  • Chair
  • Plastic bottles
  • Spoon 
  • Shoes
  • Comb 

Play (level 2) 

– You can call out an action or a movement. Your child will have to identify different ways of completing said action. 

– For example: ‘pouring water.’ We can use a bucket to pour water, a coconut shell, a large shell, a large folded leaf, etc. 

  1. SUDOKU

Materials Required

  • Sudoku Printable Template
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

How To Play

– Help your child complete one template and encourage them to complete the rest. 

– They fill in numbers in such a way there is no repetition vertically, horizontally and within each quadrant.

  1. Stick Puzzle Riddles 

Materials Required 

Matchstick/ ice cream stick 

How To Play 

Read out the different puzzle questions and have your little one solve the puzzle! 

  1. Join The Dots 

Materials Required 

  • Paper 
  • Pencil

How To Play 

– Give your child a paper and pencil. 

– Help them create dots on the paper. Create a row and column of dots with even gaps, instruct them to complete filling the page with dots. 

– Once the dots are filled, each player takes a turn at drawing a line between two adjacent dots. 

– The line can be drawn anywhere but it must be horizontal or vertical. 

– The goal is to complete a box, once the player draws the final line to close the box, they write their initials in it. 

– The player to complete more boxes wins. Isn’t this a fun indoor game for your child?

  1. Watermelon Chess 

Materials Required 

  • Watermelon Chess Baseboard Printable 
  • 12 Pawns (2 sets of 6)

How To Play 

– Place each of your pawns at each intersection on the half that’s facing you. 

– Move each pawn across the line from point to point. 

– The goal is to surround the opponent’s pawn and capture them. 

– The player with the higher number of the opponent’s pawn wins the game. 

  1. Naerkodu / Ner Kodu / Line King Game

Materials Required 

  • Nerkodu Base Printable
  • 6 Pawns (2 sets of 3) 

How To Play 

– Each player takes a turn at placing their pawn at each intersection. 

– Once all six pawns are on the board, each player takes a turn at sliding their pawn to the next intersection on the board. 

– Your pawn has to follow the line of the board and move to the closest position.

– The player to move their pawns to create a line with three in a row diagonally, vertically or horizontally wins the game. 

  1. Mandala 

Materials Required 

  • Mandala Colouring Page Printable
  • Coloured Pencils 

Create 

– Encourage your child to colour each section of the mandala a different colour. 

– For added zen, as your children colour the mandala, play Tibetan music in the background!

Conclusion:

Hope these indoor games help in keeping your child actively engaged! These activities largely help in the development of essential skills such as coordination, analytical thinking, communication and social skills, logical reasoning and motor skills!

We hope you found the above ideas useful! Another quick idea for you to have fun with your child indoors would be to set up a tent inside the house using a blanket draped over some sofas and chairs, or even an actual camping tent, and have a fun time reading and playing in the tent while devouring some healthy snacks.

You could also make some picnic sandwiches, pack up some cut fruits and juices, and put out a blanket on your terrace or your balcony and have a cute picnic with your child from the comfort of your home! 

Setting up a fun treasure hunt using your child’s toys and drawing out a map for it is another great indoor game idea. 

Please also ensure that even while indoors, your child gets to engage in physical activities to stay fit and healthy!

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Marwah loves to write, solve crossword, and share tales about food! An ardent foodie, she knows the best places to eat, cooks up a storm, and bakes delicious cookies. Having worked as a curriculum designer, she now works at Flintobox!

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