Whether it’s raining, snowing or you simply don’t have the time (or energy) to step outside, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy indoors. If you’re looking for ways to keep yourself (and your family) entertained without damaging your hardwood floors, this post is for you.
Fun Activities That Are Hardwood Floor-Safe
It doesn’t matter if it’s raining or you’re simply reluctant to go out, there are times when you must stay inside. If you have kids at home, you may worry about how their added chaos will affect your floors.
Below, we list a few fun indoor games that are also safe for your hardwood flooring.
Suitable for both kids and adults, jigsaw puzzles are a fun and exciting way to think strategically while learning reasoning and logic. Since jigsaw puzzles are mostly made of cardboard, they’re gentle on your floor.
If you want something more creative and interesting, draw a picture of your choice and paste it on cardboard. Now cut the picture along its outline and divide it into small pieces. You can encourage children to draw pictures from their imagination or use pictures from adult colouring books to make the game a little more challenging.
Musical chairs is a game of elimination that only requires music, players and chairs (one less than the total number of players). The participants march to music around a set of chairs and rush to sit when the music stops. The one left without a seat is eliminated. A chair is removed, the music continues and the cycle repeats until there’s only one player – left – who is the winner.
While this is a fun game that involves all the players, it also causes chairs to slide all over the floor. Replacing chairs with cushions or pillows can save your hardwood floors from scratches, dents and other types of damage.
A variation of this game is to set the pillows in a pile in the middle of the floor and let the players rush for them as the music stops. Follow the same game rules as musical chair.
This is a fun and creative indoor game, using some regular household items. All you need are some paper plates, long sticks to work as a grip, and inflated balloons (whatever size you prefer).
Attach the sticks to the paper plates using staples or heavy-duty tape. String up a divider or net, divide players into two teams and see how many times each team can pass the balloons over the net without touching the ground. While wooden spatulas could work well for this indoor tennis game, DIY paper spatulas are a great way to encourage team engagement, especially among kids. The team that passes the maximum number of balloons over the net in the least amount of time is the winner.
Place small but interesting items into different containers and have your children take turns touching and guessing what’s inside. While any container will serve the purpose, shoe boxes are easily available and can be cut using scissors. Moreover, you can involve the kids in the box decoration, hence motivating their creativity and imagination. Encourage questions and provide clues when needed.
Focussed as it is on the sense of touch, this indoor game is great at improving your child’s sensory skills. It also trains their mind to associate sensory impressions with some known aspect of the physical stimulus, hence improving their cognition.
Bubble blowing is a typical outdoor fun activity, but this version can be played indoors around a table.
Get a plate and straw for every player and place a dime-sized drop of liquid dish soap on the plate. Pour a few drops of water onto the liquid until lather forms. Each player puts their straw into the lather and moves it straight up and down to get the foam over the end of the straw. A bubble will start to form as a player slowly blows into the straw. The one who can make the biggest bubble and hold it for the longest time is the winner.
Although this game is played around a table, it’s a good idea to clean the adjacent floor afterwards to avoid any slip-and-fall accidents.
It’s raining, it’s snowing, and the kids say it’s boring! A rainy or otherwise bad weather day is a good excuse to stay inside, but it’s also an opportunity to spend some quality time with your family, especially children. Now you know how to keep everyone entertained without affecting your hardwood floors.