Our creative inspiration this week comes from the desk of Juhi Khanna in San Francisco, USA. Juhi wears several imaginative hats – she runs a paper crafts business, designs cards for stamp companies, does freelance craft blogging and is a UX designer. She has a 5-year-old daughter who loves paper crafts as much as her; needless to say they have a lot of fun crafting together. Follow her on Instagram for inspiration! In her words…

My daughter’s birthday happens to be in December when it’s almost always cold and gloomy. So we are left with no choice but to have Little Miss K’s birthday celebrations indoors. Over the years, she’s mostly had parties at indoor playgrounds. Now that she’s a bit older and has been learning about recycling at school we’ve decided to do things a little differently this year. We are going to have a party at home with some fun DIY indoor games!

Over the weekend we came up with 3 fun and easy indoor party games using stuff found around the house.

indoor games kidsYou will need:

  • Empty small Pringles cans/toilet paper rolls/tin cans
  • Patterned paper
  • Painter’s masking tape
  • Hot glue
  • Pom poms
  • Toy golf stick
  • A Ball

Bowling Game

  1. Cover the cans with patterned paper using hot glue.
  2. Create a bowling alley using painter’s tape.
  3. Mark the beginning and the end, stack the cans, and you are ready to play!
  4. To add to the fun, we filled one of the cans with pom poms and left its lid open, the player who manages to spill the pom poms get extra points.
  5. Each player gets three turns, the player with the most toppled cans wins.

home bowling DIY

Basketing the Pom Poms

This game is similar to the famous minute to win it games. The instructions are deceptively simple, but the game isn’t! All you have to do is place an empty can behind a fixed line.  Players take turns to aim pom poms into the can from behind this line. Whoever throws the maximum pom poms into the can in a minute wins.

minute to win it pompom kids game
Looks easy – but look at the number of misses! Pom poms aren’t easy to aim and tame.

When we tried this at home, aiming the pom poms at the optimal angle with just the right amount of force was tricky but a lot of fun at the same time!

Roll the Can Race

  1. Using painter’s tape, make a zig-zag race track broad enough for a can to just fit in.
  2. The players have to roll the can along the track to the finish line. They have to start again if the can rolls out of the tracks.

roll the can indoor gameWe took turns to play on a single track due to lack of space. If you have the area to spare, it would be a lot more fun to create multiple tracks and race in parallel.

A rainy weekend provided us with the perfect opportunity to try these games out with Miss K and a few of her friends. We had a lot of fun and can’t wait to try them out at her birthday party!

-Juhi

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