Anyone getting cabin fever yet? The kids are getting bored and tired of all their toys at home, but you can’t just keep buying new toys to keep them entertained, right? Here’s some ideas you can do with a household item!
1. “Scooterboard” (you will need a hardwood floor or place a sheet down on the carpet to reduce friction)
- A) Have your child lay on their belly on the pillow(s) and use their arms to pull across the floor
- B) Sit on the pillow and use your legs to pull yourself forward or push yourself back
- C) Have your child sit on the pillow criss-cross style (making sure no body parts are touching the ground), give them a rope or something to hold onto and pull them around then house! The goal is to not fall off!
2. Inchworm across a hardwood floor –
Have your child start on their knees and hold the pillow in two hands. Slide the pillow forward while maintaining that belly off the floor, then walk those knees forward.
Game idea: set a start and finish line and race to see who can get to the other side first!
3. Jumping – Jumping on a pillow adds a little challenge since the surface is a little more unstable.
Line them up and have your child jump from pillow to pillow (the floor is lava!!)! Just make sure the pillows are on a non-slip surface (carpet, laid on top of non-slip material, etc.) so they don’t slide around everywhere.
4. Throwing – Okay, this might sound like a bad idea because of the mess it can make, but it’s a great overall strengthening activity!
Throw them into laundry baskets, onto the couch, through their legs, over their heads!
5. Pillow fort – Pillow forts allow your kiddos to use their creativity and there are endless possibilities!
As a bonus, make them squat down for a pillow, or hold a pillow above their head to make them tip toe for their next pillow!
What else can you think of?