How to Turn Outdoor Games Into Indoor Games 2022


Physical activity is great for children and helps with their physical and mental development. Unfortunately, sometimes outdoor play is impossible because of bad weather or a lack of outdoor space. Instead of restricting the physical activity, consider moving the games inside. By converting your equipment and preparing a proper space for the kids to play, you can create a safe and fun indoor environment that the children can enjoy.


Method 1 of 3:Converting Your Outdoor Game Equipment

1Replace hard balls with softer balls. Harder balls, like baseballs, can be replaced with softer variations to prevent damage to the things inside your house. Consider replacing hard balls with balls that would be safer for indoor play, such as beach balls, balloons, or bean bags.

Many toy companies sell softer, lighter variations of outdoor balls marketed towards younger children.

Even a crinkled piece of paper can double as a makeshift basketball.

2Get mini indoor versions of popular sports. Toy companies like Nerf produce small indoor basketball hoops. These hoops can be attached to a wall or the back of a door. Other indoor sports equipment include small soccer or hockey nets. Look online or go to the store and compare brands.

Most indoor equipment will come with age suggestions on the packaging.

3Play hopscotch or foursquare. Games that require chalk to play, like four square or hopscotch, can be played inside using painter's tape. Instead of drawing the grid on the blacktop with chalk, use painters tape to draw a grid on hardwood or tiled floors. Once the kids are done playing, you can remove the tape, and it will be like it was never there.

4Get creative with your furniture. Furniture can represent different things if you use your imagination. For instance, if you're playing soccer inside, you can clear out a room and use two pieces of furniture to represent goal posts. Likewise, two chairs can become the goal posts for a game of nerf football. Think of other things that you can do with the items laying around in your house.

Be very careful when incorporating things into your indoor play. Don't pick anything that can easily get knocked over or shatter.

A trash bin can become a basketball hoop.

Furniture can become cover in a nerf gun fight.

5Think of indoor games that can be brought inside. Other games that are played outdoors can be brought inside with almost no alteration to the game itself. Things like jump rope, hula hooping, obstacle courses, darts, or a paper plane competition can be brought indoors.

Method 2 of 3:Preparing Your Space for Games

1Make enough space in a room for your children to play. Consider the number of kids playing indoors and try to accommodate enough space for them to move around and have fun. Move furniture around and try to find a larger room in your house.

A living room or basement are two ideal locations indoor play.

Electronic equipment should be moved.

2Remove any dangerous or sharp obstacles that may harm the kids. Sharp corners, edges, utensils, or tools should be eliminated from the rooms involving indoor play. Remove objects that can break or shatter from shelves, and be careful to choose a room that doesn't have windows or mirrors that could break.

Lit candles or open flames should be put out before the kids start playing.

3Consider laying down soft mats. If your children are going to be playing on hardwood floors, it may be a good idea to lay down mats in case they fall. You can purchase playmats made specifically for younger children, or purchase wrestling mats online and at larger department stores. Mats can prevent injuries and broken bones if the indoor game gets too physical.

4Set up equipment that they may need. Set up any basketball hoops or inflate any balls that the kids need to play. Some equipment may be complicated, and require you to construct it before it's useable. Set the equipment in a clean and safe environment.

Method 3 of 3:Laying Down Ground Rules

1Be assertive when explaining the rules. Have rules in mind before talking to the children about the indoor play. Set up rules that will ensure their safety and allow them to have fun. It's important that the children stick to the rules. If the children don't want to follow the rules, their safety is at risk and you should tell them that they can't play anymore.

Good rules include only using the designated room, sticking to the designating play items, and a restriction on running in the house.

You can say something like"I set up the basement for playing. Do not go into the side room and follow the rules that we talked about. If you don't want to follow the rules, I won't allow you to play anymore, and I'll take away the basketball hoop."

Don't make exceptions or bend the rules or else you children will try to push their limits in the future.

2Set limits on how physical the games can get. Explain the importance of safety to your children. Even though they are playing, they need to tone down their physicality when inside. Roughhousing could result in breaking something, or worse yet, hurting one of the kids.

You can say something like,"Okay, this mini football game is touch only! Do NOT push down your brothers or sisters, okay?"

3Teach the children what they should do in case of an emergency. Create a plan that your children can follow in case they get into an emergency when playing indoors. This could include a cell-phone number that you provide or the protocol on what to do if something, such as someone getting hurt. If you aren't going to be home, make sure to leave them a list of emergency numbers in case something goes wrong.

Communicate with the kids via text if you aren't going to be home. It may be easier to do this unless there is an emergency.

If you aren't going to be home, make sure that there is a neighbor that can help your kids in emergency situations.

4Be present and available for the children's needs. Being present and attentive is the best way to avoid an accident, and to provide the best indoor play to your children. Listen to what they have to say about how much they enjoy the games, and consider providing alternatives if the kids seem bored or uninterested. While you want the space to be safe, you also want it to be a fun and engaging environment for the kids.