A few days ago I was talking with a camper about recess at his school. Our conversation went something like this…
“Harrison…what happens during indoor recess? What kind of games do you play? Anything cool we could do at camp?”
He looked up at me, thought for a second, and then responded with….. “No. They turn on a movie.”
End. Of. Conversation.
I know we have become increasingly reliant on TV, computers, video games and on-demand “entertainment” however; children don’t need time in front of a screen…they need to PLAY.
This got me thinking…what would exercise students’ brains during inclement recreation time? So, I started to make a list….
10 Things Shelby Would Do For Indoor Recess
- Playdough. So much playdough!
- Matchbox car racing. Just think of how cool it would be to have tracks going over and under all the desks!
- I SPY and Where’s Waldo, Hang Man, FUN word searches and brainteasers!
- Box hockey. I LOVE box hockey.
- DANCE PARTY!
- Legos! Seriously, the possibilities are endless.
- Coloring. Not just with crayons…but with cool paper, stencils, or even stamps.
- Puppetry or make believe play with costumes and props.
- Mural painting. Wouldn’t that be cool? A giant mural on a classroom wall that kids get to work on during inclement recess.
- Fort building. Desks, stools and a few blankets could easily become some amazing forts.
See! Why would anybody want to watch a movie when there are endless opportunities for creating, exploring, imagining and fun!? Recess isn’t a break from learning…it’s a time for kids to use their brains in a different way! A way that is so healthy and important to their development.
So parents, keep this list in mind. Next time you are faced with a snow day or a rainy Saturday afternoon pull out one of these activities or come up with an awesome one on your own! It is always great to watch your kids imaginations soar!
Also, feel free to visit us on Pinterest to see some more awesome ideas for kids activities indoors.
Take care RDC,