• Have a bear hunt Collect your child’s soft toys and hide them all over the house See if they can find them, using ‘hot’ ‘cold’ to help them
• Make a hut or den Drape a blanket or sheet around the bunks, over a clothes horse or over two couches pushed together and have a picnic inside
• Play a preschooler version of the memory game Gather household objects, put them on a tray, let your child look at them for a while and then cover the tray with a tea-towel and see how many items they can remember
• Play hide and seek Strategically place a couple of large blankets around the house to add extra hiding spaces It’s best if you play too
• Make tunnels out of stools or furniture and design an obstacle course for your child to climb through
• Play pretend games - doctors, kings and queens, beauty salons or take turns being a shop keeper
• Create an orchestra: get out the pots and team them with wooden spoons to make a kitchen band Plastic containers filled with rice make good shakers Or play musical statues or turn down the lights and have a disco
• Push all the lounge furniture back, get out the blocks, Lego, train sets, toy towns, cars and trucks and create your own city
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For those days when you're stuck for ideas, here's a list of fun things to do indoors together.