Rainy Day? Too much screen time? Enjoy these Indoor Games List. Indoor games for kids to play on family game night, at youth group, in a classroom or for a birthday party. Download and print our indoor games printable PDF to have all your resources on hand.
Indoor Games for Youth
Need some boredom busters? Tired of electronics. Get the kids active and engaged with these indoor games for family. Enjoy this creative list of indoor activities at home or take it to your youth group, classroom, or next party gathering.
List of Indoor Games
Enjoy the following Popular Indoor Games for groups including youth, tweens, & kids – they are perfect for kids of all ages. They can be played in small groups (family game night or on a rainy day) or with larger group (birthday parties or youth group.) They pair very well with our 18 Minute to Win It Games or grab both Indoor & Outdoor Games for Kids to keep the kids engaged and active both on sunny and rainy days.
For this relay race, split players into two teams. Have each players place a potato between their knees & race to a finish line where they have to drop it into a designated bowl or bucket. After it land sin the bucket, they run back to the start line to tag the next player. If the potato is dropped on the group, or if hands touch it, they have to go back to the start line and try again. First team for all players to finish the race, wins.
Supplies: Potatoes, bowl or bucket.
Balloon on a String
In this fun balloon game, tie a balloon to each players ankle with a piece of string. Once everyone has a balloon tied to their ankle, start playing some music. When the music plays, people walk around. When the music stops, the aim is to burst another’s balloon & protect your own. The winner is the last person left with a balloon.
Supplies: Balloons, string, music.
In this 60 second challenge, each player has blow up a balloon and then use the air that’s inside of it to knock over as many plastic cups as they can in one minute. If they still have time on the clock they can repeat the steps blowing up a balloon and knocking down any leftover cups. The player who knocks over the most cups in one minute, wins. If you play over and over, you can keep a running number of points until each team member hits a certain number of points (i.e. 50 points.)
Supplies: Balloons, plastic cups.
Sticky Spider Web
Use sticky painter’s tape to make a web-like design on a doorway opening, the sticky surface facing the same direction. Give your kids newspaper to scrunch up and throw up at the web. You can also get creative and use other light-weight objects like balloons, cotton balls, socks, etc. Points are awarded for how many items stick in 10 throws.
Supplies: Painters tape, newspaper, cotton balls, balloons and/or socks.
Charades is always a fun as long as you choose animals, titles, songs and films that play to the right age group. Write down your person/places/things on charades cards. Each player has to blindly act out the charade only using their hands and body. No talking. Their team has to guess correctly what they are acting out in a certain amount of time. A point is awarded for correctly guessing.
Supplies: DIY Charades Cards Template (provided in the Indoor Games printable packet.)
Use painters tape to draw a line down the center of a large space (living room/basement/etc.) Outline a rectangle space using tape or objects like a couch. Using fly swatters, you must play tennis over the tape. One or two players per team. A point is earned when the balloon hits the opponents floor. Play until 10/15/20 points or for a certain amount of time.
Supplies: Balloons, fly swatters, painters tape.
For this indoor basketball game, place a large bowl or bucket in each room. Give each player a rolled-up sock set. Have the players stand in the doorway and take aim, trying to get their sock into the bowl. As each player scores, he/she progresses to the next room. The first person to complete the entire circuit of basketball hoops is the winner.
Supplies: Socks, bowls.
Have each player stand on a chair. Set a plastic cup on the ground in front of them and give them three ping pong balls. The object is to get all three balls in the cup without missing or having any bounce out. Once they get all three in, they win. Repeat with a player who has not played against the winner until there is only one winner left. Last man standing is the winner.
Supplies: Plastic cups, ping pong balls.
For this indoor challenge, pour a big bag of skittles into a large bowl and give every child a drinking straw. On the other side of the playing area set up an individual plastic cup with the player’s name written on it. On the start of go, the kids must rush to get as many Skittles as they can into their cups by sucking the skittles onto their straws and running it over to drop in their cup. They may not touch the skittles with anything other than the straws. At the end of time, the player with the most Skittles in their cup wins.
Supplies: Skittles, large bowl, straws, plastic cups, markers.
This classic game is loved by all. To play, number the corners of the playing room 1-4 and explain where each corner is. One child is chosen to be IT. IT stands in the center of the room and is blindfolded. Then, the other players have 20 seconds to go quietly to a corner. After 20 seconds, everyone should be in a corner. Next, IT calls out a corner number. Anyone who was in this corner is out. repeat the game until only one player remains. The last player standing is IT for the next game.
Play some upbeat music and let the kids dance like crazy. When the music is paused, each child must freeze like a statue. If anyone is caught moving, they’re out. Repeat until there is one dancer left. Last one standing is the winner.
Create a list of things to find, sticking to a theme works great. Split the group in two. The first team to find the entire list, wins. You can make this easier or more challenging based on the age of the group.
Supplies: Scavenger hunt clues.
Chocolate Bar Game
Put a bar of chocolate on the plate with the knives & forks and sit the children around the chocolate in a circle. Throw the pile of dress up clothes into the circle like hats gloves, scarves, an oversized shirt, oversized pants etc. Give one child two dice. Children take turns to roll the dice on the floor, passing them around the circle to their left. If a child rolls a double, they leap into the center of the circle, put on the dress up clothes, and start to unwrap, then eat, the bar of chocolate – but only using the knife & fork. That child keeps going until another child rolls a double, at which point they take over dressing up and eating the chocolate with a fork and knife. Tips: If you have a large number of kids, have two sets of dice going and extra chocolate bars.
Supplies: Chocolate bars, forks, knives, dress up clothes, dice.
Hide and seek reverse style. One child hides and the rest seek them. When they find the hidden person they hide with them. All cramping into one space until there’s only hunter left. Play again with the last remaining hunter, hiding this time.
Pass the Parcel
Wrap a present in several layers using wrapping paper, newspaper, bubble wrap, or saran wrap. Sit the kids in a circle, play some music. While the music plays, the kids to pass the parcel. When you stop the music, the child holding the package removes one layer. Repeat until the present is revealed. You can have small presents on various layers.
Supplies: Wrapping paper, bubble wrap and/or Saran wrap, small gifts and/or candy, music.
Blind Van Gogh
Divide players into pairs, blindfolded one player. Set a timer for two minutes and show the partner (who can see) an object. The seeing partner then describes the object without saying what it is while the blindfolded player tries to draw it with a pencil on a piece of paper. To make it fair, each team should have the same object. When time is up, take the blindfolds off and let the “artists” see how well their drawing looks like what they were supposed to draw. Best drawing, wins.
Supplies: Paper, pen, objects around the room, blindfolds.
Cotton Ball Crawl
Dump a pile of cotton balls on the floor in one room and place empty bowls on the floor of another room (one bowl per player). Set a timer for 4 minutes and have players move one cotton ball from one room into the bowl—using a spoon and crawling on hands and knees, then go back and get another. The cotton balls are so light, they’re likely to go flying. Player with the most balls in their bowl at the end of time , wins.
Supplies: Cotton balls, bowls, spoons.
Indoor Games List PDF
Stay organized at your next gathering. Your can print out these 17 Indoor Games with directions and supply list. These are kids games using household items you can find in your pantry or home. The set includes DIY Charades Cards Templates.
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Games for Kids
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