Indoor Winter Play for Restless Kiddos

23 Dec

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Are your kids getting the fidgets, brimming with restless energy? Waiting for Christmas break can be quite the undertaking for young children, especially if cold weather is keeping them indoors. That’s why we want to make sure you have options when it comes to keeping children learning, moving, and having fun! Here are a few indoor ideas for encouraging movement in children during winter months:

Parachute Play!

This activity should inspire cooperative play, build gross motor skills, and work on children’s ability to follow directions to make snowflakes dance.

Having a parachute ready for children to play with is always a great option to encouragement movement, inspire giggles, and create fun from whatever theme you’re teaching. Cut out a couple of snowflakes and bring in winter properly—with lots of laughter and indoor snowfall! Here’s how:

Related Books:

What to Do:

  1. Talk to the children about snowflakes and how they fall.
  2. Show the children the parachute, and ask them to help lay it out flat on the ground.
  3. Ask the children to stand around the outside of the parachute, hold it with both hands, and lift it into the air.
  4. Take out the snowflakes and toss them into the parachute. Invite the children to shake the parachute to make the snowflakes dance.
  5. Challenge the children by having them move to the left or right while making the snowflakes fall. Or have the children make the snowflakes jump slightly or jump very high.
  6. Talk with the children about how all of this requires them to work together.

Pro Tip:

  • Have children practice the moves with an empty parachute first. Direct them to move the parachute up, down, fast, slow, high, low, and so on.

Don’t have a parachute? Never fear! Find your own parachute along with related resources here:

https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/40794/kaplan-12-rainbow-parachute?c=1%7CKTAP16

https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/13018/parachute-play?c=1%7CKTAP16

https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/40534/a-world-of-parachute-play-cd

Source: Learn Every Day About Seasons 

Masking Tape Fun

Tape your floors to create racecar tracks and more for children to play indoors!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to masking tape! Whether it’s taping tic-tac-toe to the floor, taping a track for cars to follow around the house, or creating a hopscotch course, tape is a great way to encourage gross motor skills. Best of all, it doesn’t leave a mess!

Extra: Do your children love cars? Tape three circles to the floor to form a bull’s-eye. Encourage your children to sit the proper distance away and try to roll their cars into the smallest circle. Who can get the closest?

Pro Tip:

  • Blue painter’s tape works best for hardwood floors while masking tape is best for carpets.

Resources:

-https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/82152/family-cars-set-of-3?c=20%7CKTVC08

-https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/88003/little-autos-set-of-4

-https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/142701/wow-friction-powered-turbo-twins?c=20%7CKTVC11

Source: http://www.savvysassymoms.com/blog/wintertime-indoor-activities-for-kids/

Spider Web Obstacle Course

Children will feel like superheroes as they practice balance and dexterity moving through spider webs! 

String yarn in different directions to zigzag across your hallway and create the perfect obstacle course for children! Kids will have to get creative as they weave their way through the course trying not to touch the strings. For more resources to build your indoor obstacle course, check out the products below:

Source: http://www.savvysassymoms.com/blog/wintertime-indoor-activities-for-kids/

3 Responses to “Indoor Winter Play for Restless Kiddos”

  1. Mary McKenna Siddals January 8, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    What a fabulous idea for shaking up a flurry of winter fun with Parachute Play! I’m delighted to find my MILLIONS OF SNOWFLAKES listed as one of the Related Books for this imaginative activity, and thank you so much for including it.

    • Kaplan Toys January 12, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

      You’re most welcome! Glad you enjoyed the blog post 🙂

    • Kaplan Toys February 3, 2015 at 11:06 am #

      You are most welcome! We love your activities 🙂

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