Thursday, March 19, 2020


One of my kids favorite activities is riding their Razor scooters around the block. They've gone outside a few times to ride them since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown their school to burn off some energy. It is easy to go stir-crazy when you are eleven years old and there is no place to go. So my son and daughter have really enjoyed getting outside to ride their Razor scooters.

Unfortunately, Spring isn't here just yet and we've had a lot of cold and wet weather to contend with. So what do you do when you have kids stranded at home and you can't get them outdoors to play? Here are some ideas courtesy of Razor scooters and ride-ons for energetic activities that kids can do inside rather than spending all their time watching television or playing video when they can't get outdoors.

Simon Says – This classic game gets an indoor twist with commands like “Simon says hop to your pillow and back,” “Simon Says run up the stairs and back,” and “Simon Says bring me a spoon”

Dance Party – Nothing gets kids going like a dance party! Pick a favorite playlist and crank up the jams! Learn a new move on YouTube or try a round of freeze dance, pausing your music and holding statue-still til it starts up again (Alexa is a great freeze dance partner!)

Tape Shapes – Clear some space on a non-carpeted floor and use painter’s tape to make large triangles, rectangles, squares, and circles on the floor. Assign each child a starting space, then call moves like “crab walk to the circle,” “crawl to the square,” or “jump backwards to the rectangle.”

Balloon Ball – Blow up some balloons, toss a sheet over two chairs to make a “net”, and serve up a round of indoor balloon volleyball – just don’t let that balloon touch the floor!

Laundry Basketball – If your kids are bonkers for basketball, empty out a laundry basket and take turns tossing a Nerf ball into the basket, backing up two steps each time you score. See who can shoot from the farthest distance!

Soda Bottle Bowling – Dig some empty soda or water bottles out of the recycling and set up an indoor bowling alley in your hallway. Roll a soft ball toward your targets and see who can knock down the most “pins” and reset them the fastest.

Long Jump – Using painter’s tape, lay six 2-foot strips, each about a foot apart. Assign a starting spot and see who can jump the farthest!

Potato Pass – Kids waddle their way toward a bucket or bowl – with a potato between their knees – and see who can drop it in first in this half-baked indoor game! Make it tricky by placing the bucket in another room, forcing turns or steps along the way.

Be My Mirror – Pair up your kids and assign a starter to make a series of moves while their partner tries to mirror what they’re doing. Get through the series and switch roles – miss one and begin again!

Hula Hoop Marathon – Grab a hoop and set the timer to see who can last the longest. Expert “hoopers” can try swiveling their hula hoops on their necks, arms, and ankles.

Just because kids may be playing inside doesn’t mean they have to be couch potatoes. Get creative and your kids will follow suit. Plus all these games can all be played outside as well when the weather is nice enough to get out of the house!

Stay healthy everyone!

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