I call this game the “9th month game” because I came up with it when I was in my 9th month of pregnancy and had no energy to move. What’s great about this game is that the kids can get their energy out without you having to move off the couch! You can play it while you’re resting, nursing or just need some quick way to entertain your kids.
Here’s how it goes:
The idea of the game is that you tell your kids things around the home to touch and they have to run and touch them and then run back to you. Start off with simple things and then make it harder.
“Run and touch the fridge and then run back to me.”
“Go touch the front door and then come back.”
Other items can be:
Your bed, the bathroom door, the kitchen table, etc.
Next, have them touch two things.
“Touch the fridge and then touch your bed and then run back here.”
After a few rounds of this, change it up a bit by having the child/children do things
as they are going to touch the fridge (or door or table…)
“Jump all the way to the fridge and then jump back to me.”
“Hop like a bunny to the table and then hop back.”
Other examples: Crawl to the fridge, walk with your eyes closed, walk backwards, walk holding both hands with your sibling (reduces the competitiveness!), pretend to be a chicken all the way to the fridge and then a frog on the way back, etc.
Be creative, and of course, HAVE FUN!