Just as the leaves begin to change their colors, from shades of brown to the bright hues of orange and red, the weather turns cold. Not only does the wind blow bitterly against your face as you go get the mail, but the kids energy level remains the same with no place to run free. Not to worry though, there are many activities to do indoors that are both fun and educational. If your child is into games, one of the best ways to get their busy brains moving is to play a game of Memory. Two by two, each person playing takes a turn picking up two tiles to find a match. The simple pleasure of trying to remember where you last saw that cow or horse helps aid in memory retrieval. Secondly, it is just pure fun to see your child get so excited about finding two elephants. If you don’t have a Memory game already, take a trip down to Wal-Mart or Target for the latest game. (Also, their websites will have what your are looking for http://www.walmart.com, http://www.target.com) If you are of the creative type, you can even create a memory game yourselves by cutting out square of paper or cardboard and drawing figures (animals, numbers, letters, etc.).
If the memory game comes to a halt, another option for indoor play is an indoor scavenger hunt. Kids love to find things that are hidden and this is no less the case with a scavenger hunt. Take a few items from their treasure chest of toys and hide them in a specified location. For very young children, you might need to tell them what room the toys are in. As the children get close to an object, tell them if they are hot or cold, close or far. This game is great fun while also adding to their investigative skills.
One last game that is a great hit with many kids is a game of twenty questions. Now, twenty questions might be stretching it for the younger children, but five questions should be adequate. Ask your child to think of something in his/her mind, say an object, a food or animal. Then begin to ask them a series of questions about that object that relates the characteristics of it. Soon, the child will become interested in both answering the questions alongside asking you questions too. This game is a great way in remembering the identity of an object but also getting children to remember details that will come in handy later in life. However, if your child begins to tire of this game, it might be a good ides to move on to something new.
Here a just a few games that might interest your child in the event when the weather turns cold. As you begin to play different games with your child, you will soon find out what sorts of games they are most interested in (ex. puzzles, board games, hide and seek). Part of the joy of caring for young children is seeing that their personalities come to the foreground at such an early age in connection to the types of games they most enjoy. Watching your child grow is just part of the joy of being a parent.