As the COVID-19 is currently on its peak, it is definitely recommended that you lock yourself and your kids in your home, besides, there are many other occasions when you are at home with your kids due to rains, or a normal weekend where you haven’t planned anything, such days surely bring some amount of boredom and usually you end up sitting in front of screens for long.
Well, these are the moments when you can connect with your kids and your inner child too. It is highly advised that you also indulge in some activities. There are a umber of advantages when you do fun activities with your family like you connect to the, a sense of teamwork within family is emerged, sense of creativity is formed and most of all, you can pass your time.
So, here we are, with 12 fun time pass games to play with your family.
1. Building Forts
This is a game that can be played with any item that is available in your home. You could use stationary like cardboard, paper, cards, Popsicle sticks, etc or you can even use mattresses, pillows, etc. The rule is to build fort using these materials and the person to build highest fort, wins. You can even team up to play the game.
2. Card Games
Card games are very logical and keep you busy for a longer time. There are a number of card games that you can play with your kids including Go Fish, Slapjack, Spoons, Crazy Eights, etc.
Buying puzzle is old school, if you have more time to spare, ask your kids to draw a nice picture on a piece of cardboard, outline puzzle pieces on it and cut it using pair of scissors. You can challenge your kids by making more intricate puzzle pieces. This would keep them busy for longer and also will include aspects of art and craft with games.
4. Dots and Boxes
It is a paper and pencil game where you draw a grid of dots. The players take turns to draw a horizontal or a vertical line from one dot to another. The player who completes the fourth line to complete a 1×1 square gets one point. The strategy is to not let others complete the square. The player who has made most squares, wins.
Turn up the music and dance with your kids. Some has to stop the music and as soon as it stops, everyone has to stop dancing and freeze in the same position. The person in-charge of the music has to make the frozen statues laugh. The last one to remain is the winner.
This is a great two player game. The challenge is to complete the word before the hangman drawing finishes. The player thinks of a word or phrase and draws blank for each letter and then draws an empty rope. The second person has to guess the word letter-by-letter and for every wrong letter, a body part is added to the rope.
7. Board Games
There are a number of board games that improve logical, reasoning and analytical skills in a kid. These are family games and can be played with 2 to 8 players. Some of the best board games include Chess, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Operation, Monopoly, Scrabble, etc.
8. Tic Tac Toe
This game is one of the basic paper and pencil games that your kid can learn. Draw a 3×3 grid. Players are supposed to choose 0 or X to put on the box that they choose during their turn. The goal is to fill any three boxes, vertical, horizontal or slanting to win the game.
9. Treasure Hunt
Everyone loves finding hidden object and becoming a detective. Make a treasure hunt map for your kids and leave clues for them to find the ultimate treasure. This game does take a bit of preparation but it is fun to watch your kids struggling and using deduction to find their present.
10. Passing the Parcel
A very classic indoor game. Take a ball or a pillow and sit in a circle. When the music starts, the parcel should be passed among the players as quickly as possible. When the music stops, the person holding the parcel is out. The last person remaining is the winner.
11. Musical Chairs
Another classic indoor game. Place empty chairs in a circle, facing outwards. Make sure there is one less chair as compared to the number of players. When the music starts, everyone is supposed to move in a circle and as soon as the music stops, the players are supposed to look for the nearest chair and sit on it. The person who is not able to find a chair is out. One-one chair is removed after each round and last person to be able to sit in the one chair remaining wins.
12. Complete My Drawing
Take a large chart paper and a lot of color pencils. One person starts drawing something, and next player adds on to the drawing. Predetermine the number of turns each person gets and then see the end result of your combined family drawing.