The Floor is Lava
Kids, especially 2-5 year old kids, love playing the floor
is lava. Rather than building a fort out of couch cushions and throw pillows,
use them to create islands and safe zones along with books, painters’ tape
marked safe zones, step-stools, chairs, etc. for a house-wide game of the floor
Red Light, Green Light
It’s a classic, but did you know you can add new colors? Here are just a few examples:
Light: slow crawl
Light: jump like a frog
light: try to touch the sky
light: silly dance
The camp sites might be closed, but that doesn’t mean that you
can’t pitch a tent in your backyard and make s’mores.
Don’t have a grill or a
fire pit? We’ve found that sterno cups do the trick just fine!
These ideas can be used as an additional challenge in a lot of
the activities listed here, or on their own. Add an extra challenge by
balancing a beanbag on their heads, or doing the course with one hand behind
Here are a few obstacle course suggestions:
Hoops to jump through
*Line of tape to balance on (try making the
line zig zag or curve for an extra challenge)
cushions to hop between
to crawl under
across two chairs to crab walk through
or traffic cones to hurdle over
animals or pillows to roll over
cups or cones to run around
Whether the kids create an outfit for mom and dad to model, or
the kids get to model their parents’ clothes, this is an activity that is
sure to crack everyone up.
Mom vs. dad, boys vs. girls, however you play it, this is a great
bonding activity that will ensure some tasty results. For a fun twist, choose
some cake decorating or cookie decorating recipes for “Nailed It” results.
Don’t Let the Balloon Touch the Ground
There are many variations you can try on this game that has been
around forever! Here are a few ideas:
one balloon in the air
more than one balloon in the air
to keep a balloon in the air with one hand behind your back
a balloon in the air while playing “the floor is lava” with pillows, painters’
tape safe zones, furniture, etc.
Waddle: keep the balloon between your legs, and, for an extra challenge, do this
with an obstacle course
the balloon from touching the ground by holding it between the hips of two
increase the challenge by seeing how fast they can go or by doing relay
a balloon from the ceiling or a door frame, then see if kids can jump to reach
Then see how many times they can touch it by jumping before they miss.
on the ground and hold legs straight up at a 90 degree angle. How long can you
balance a balloon on your feet?