With the wet weather we have been having, and the forecast for the next few days, many educators are looking for ideas for indoor recess. And many families are wondering what to do when children are at home and inside. Here are a few suggestions that can work with a variety of ages:
-For younger grades/ages, set up some open-ended art materials (paint, markers, paper, etc..)
-For older students, set up a craft they can do in pairs or individually (ie: make a birdhouse with a milk carton)
-play Simon Says
-play “I Spy”
-Tic-tac-toe Tournament for older children
-Have a cupboard with age appropriate board games for your classroom (purchase at garage sales, etc if your school does not have many). You can also use card games if you have a couple decks of cards. At home, you can make it “Family Game Time”.
-Roll out mural paper on tables and get children into groups to create murals, or create a family mural you can display in your house
-If you can use the gymnasium, play Four Corners, relay races, or do simple exercises to get some of the students’ energy burned. At home, do simple Yoga, or stretches if you do not have a lot of space.
-If your classroom is large enough that the students can dance safely, play a CD and either let them dance to a few songs or do a game to music like Freeze. Can also use music to play musical chairs, hot potato, etc… At home, you can clear a small area to dance in.
Hopefully, the sun will reappear soon, and the children will be able to get outside to play! In the meantime, I hope at least one of these ideas work for your children.