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Winter is a really difficult time with young kids if the weather isn’t conducive to outside activity, am I right? I feel like every time I’m grabbing groceries at Walmart I feel the need to do a detour to the toys/game section to find something new to occupy my kids. I don’t want them watching TV constantly, but it seems like they can’t keep themselves occupied longer than a minute!
So I get REALLY excited when I can come up with play date gold – like games that make them move.
My son gets off the bus in the afternoon and its immediate – “I’m booooored…” “I’m hunnnnnggry…”
Does this sound like your house?
Tired of the routine, I decided to get a few other tired moms together for a post-school play date. We are all looking for the same thing; a way to entertain the kids, keep them moving, and avoid bad habits. Plus, it always puts a smile on my face to see my kids enjoying themselves with their friends. 🙂
While I was browsing the aisles at Walmart for toys and games to play, I passed by a stand of Goldfish® crackers and grabbed two of the bulk boxes.
There’s no reason not to stock up on Goldfish, and I make sure to do so whenever possible. My kids love them for snacks, and I’m grateful they aren’t begging me for sugary sweets, just happily snacking.
“The Snack That Smiles Back®”
I did get a little chuckle out of the idea of planning a bunch of games where the kids could – wait for it – go for the gold!
Hey, made me smile.
So, on impulse, I came up with a few games for the kids to compete for Goldfish® crackers! As a kid I loved outdoor games, but Chicago isn’t great for outdoor activities in March. :/ So instead I decided to adapt a few outdoor games to indoors! Here’s a few ideas you can use as well!
No, I haven’t lost my mind. I would never want my kids kicking a ball indoors – but if you have one of those big exercise balls, it works pretty well. I nabbed a kickball set at Walmart and set up the bases. Then it is more or less a race around the bases!
Ok, again, with throwing things inside. But the nice side of those velcro paddleball type sets is that, so long as you put the kids fairly close to each other, there’s very little risk of it going awry. The kids WANT to catch it, so that helps.
Duck, Duck, Goose
This one is a classic, and easy enough to play anywhere!
Another classic. Feel free to jump in with suggestions if the kids are getting a little static with the instructions. You can only touch your toes so many times, right? 😉
Everyone was a winner at something, and those Goldfish® crackers were on hand to celebrate!
If you want more “Go for the Gold” game ideas, check out some awesome ideas here!