5 Fun Games to Play at Home with Your Kids

Posted by on 4/2/2020
Are you stuck inside looking for things to do with kids to keep everyone sane?  If you have school-aged children, you know how tough it can be to keep them occupied and NOT in your business all day. 
Whether they’ve been sent home from school sick or if you’re under lock down from a worldwide pandemic, having a few ideas and games to play at home with your kids can be a true lifesaver. 

So today, we’re going to give you a few carnival game ideas to keep your kids entertained, regardless of the reason why you’re stuck inside. 

Ball & Cup Game 
Ball and Cup Game
What You’ll Need: 
  • Knife or scissors
  • Ping Pong Ball 
  • String or Yarn 
  • Plastic Water Bottle 
  • Screw Eye Hook 
Putting It Together: 

Step 1. - Grab a bottle with a wide bottom and narrow neck. 
Step 2. - Cut the bottom of the cup to create a wider opening. 
Step 3. - Create a small hole opening in the ping pong ball and then add the screw eye hook into that opening. Keep the lid on. 
Step 4. - Attach your yarn to the hook and the other side to the end of the bottle. Take the lid off the bottle, add the yarn to the inside, and then put the lid back on and tie the yarn to the bottle.
 
Viola! You’ve created a DIY cup-and-ball toy that can be used inside all day long. Make duplicates to create a group activity for all your kiddos. 

Sensory Boxes 
Sensory Box
What You’ll Need: 
  • Shoe boxes or small boxes 
  • Random household items that have different textures
  • Non-toxic paints, glitter, and decorative items
  • Scissors 
Putting It Together 

Step 1. - Grab your kids and all the previous items above. 
Step 2. - Have your children decorate the outside of the sensory box to their liking. 
Step 3. - Place sensory items inside the shoeboxes. 
Step 4. - Cut a hole in the top of the shoebox. 
Step 5. - Have your children place their hands inside the boxes and guess what they are feeling. Ask your kids to take turns guessing what is inside the box. 

This is a great game to help young children use their imagination and inspire learning.
 
Nerf War Games 
Nerf Guns

 Targets
What You’ll Need: 
  • Plastic Cups 
  • Construction Paper
  • Marker 
  • Nerf Guns 
Putting it Together 

Simply cut construction paper and make a target. Or use paper to write down numbers and apply that to the outside of the plastic cups.
Gather your children and have them use their Nerf guns to point at the target. Create a ranking for the target to encourage your children to engage in healthy competition. Have them shoot at the targets from about 10 feet away. Record points and then create a small reward for whoever wins.

Indoor Bowling 
Indoor Bowling
What You’ll Need: 
  • Empty plastic bottles 
  • Small ball (tennis ball or even softball—nothing too heavy)
Putting It Together

Step 1. - Find a level space in your home. 
Step 2. - Set up the plastic water bottles in the same way you would bowling pins.
Step 3. - Have your kids take turns tossing the ball down to the pins. 

Use the same point system you would if you were really bowling! Kids can even decorate their own bowling ball to add a bit of creativity to the game. 

Claim the Prize Game 
Lucky Poke Games
If you’re looking for carnival game ideas, we have a special treat for you. The Lucky Poke Game has 24 assorted prizes hidden inside it and makes the perfect prize for any carnival themed game. Your kids can get bouncy balls, cars, toys, and even school supplies. Each kid can take turns poking holes inside the unique game to claim their own prize. Have the first place winner get 4 turns, second place can get up to 3 turns, and third place can have 2 turns. Grab the prize game here. Keep the kids coming back for more with each game!

We hope you get a bit of inspiration from our selection of games to play at home, and just maybe your kids won’t make you want to pull your hair out by the time your lock down has ended.