Are you bored with the same old board games? Are you spending a lot of time cooped up indoors lately with the family? Are your kids actually getting tired of video games? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then we have the perfect remedy for you! We have found some great family friendly indoor/outdoor games that you can start playing right now for little to no out of pocket cost, you just have to be creative. Let’s look at some, shall we?

 

Indoor/Outdoor Hockey

You might be thinking that hockey is absolutely not an indoor game and could be a little too wild but just stick with us! This version of hockey is much more like air hockey than ice hockey. It can be done with two players and requires little to no setup. You just need a flat smooth floor surface or table and few supplies and you’re off to the races! 

 

First, you’ll want to make a “puck” which can be done using something like an altoid tin or maybe a few layers of cardboard circles glued or taped together. Then you’ll want to get your sticks together. You can use spatulas or even fly swatters. Sit each contestant at either end of a table and put a piece of masking tape about 4 inches from the end of the table. That is the goal line. Each player will take turns hitting the puck back and forth across the table in order to get across and into the opponent’s goal area. You can even tape a shopping bag or canvas bag to the edge of the table to catch the puck as it passes over the goal line. It’s all the fun of hockey without the full contact!

 

Book Draw And Swap

Time for some creative activities. This game requires paper, stapler, pens, pencils, and or crayons or markers, and time. Each participant takes some paper and creates a 10 page blank book by stapling pieces of paper together. Then, they will use the pens and markers to illustrate a scene on each page of the book, but leave any text or thought bubbles blank. After the books are illustrated, each participant trades their book with someone else and fills in the text of the story to go along with the pictures. After that, each person will then see what story got added to their book and you can read each newly completed book aloud! 

 

Save The Ice

This next activity is a bit more scientific in nature than the other ones. We are going to do a little science experiment that will be fun and engaging that anyone can do. You’ll need crafting materials like construction paper, tin foil, cardboard, and the like and you will also need four ice cubes per person. This activity has kids wrapping their ice cubes in different materials and then setting them out on a plate for a while. You then get to observe the results and see which kid’s ice cube lasted the longest. Here’s the full walk through: https://californiasciencecenter.org/file/day-2-keep-a-cube.pdf