As we navigate these challenging times, finding safe ways for children to engage in physical activities, even indoors, is essential. Here are some fun and safe indoor recess games that your class can enjoy during the pandemic:
- Simon Says: A classic game that can be easily adapted for indoor play. The designated “Simon” gives commands, and the players must follow them only if the command is preceded by “Simon says.” This game helps improve listening skills and coordination.
- Charades: Split the class into teams and have them take turns acting out different words or phrases without speaking. The other team members must guess what is being portrayed. This game encourages creativity, teamwork, and communication skills.
- Card Games: There are numerous card games that can be played indoors, such as Go Fish, Crazy Eights, and Old Maid. These games not only entertain but also help develop memory, concentration, and strategic thinking skills.
- Indoor Scavenger Hunt: Create a list of items for the children to find within the designated area. Provide them with clues or riddles to solve in order to locate each item. This game promotes problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork.
- Dance Party: Turn up the music and let the children burn off some energy with a dance party. Encourage them to freestyle or teach them simple dance routines. Dancing not only improves physical fitness but also boosts mood and creativity.
- Yoga or Stretching: Engage the class in a guided yoga or stretching session. This helps to promote relaxation, flexibility, and mindfulness. There are many online resources and videos available for age-appropriate yoga routines.
Remember to ensure that the indoor recess games you choose adhere to safety protocols, such as maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and sanitizing any shared equipment. By providing these safe and engaging games, you can help your class stay active, healthy, and engaged during indoor recess periods.