Indoor Games for Rainy Days

Indoor Golf

This activity improves throwing accuracy and hand/eye coordination. Golf usually has 18 holes but use 9 holes for this activity. Create around the classroom golf holes like hole #1-garbage can, hole #2-tile on the floor, hole #3-desk, etc. Teacher creates the areas. Each child is paired up. Use beanbags and have the child stand about 2 feet away from the holes. Use masking tape as marker to stand on to toss beanbags. Count the tosses by each pair for each hole. Other pairs go next until the pairs are done to see who has the lowest score to win the golf tournament.

Paper Plate Disk Toss

This activity promotes group cooperation, competition and hand/eye coordination. Each child has paper plate and they put their name on it. The class forms a circle with a garbage can placed in the middle. The child at the sound of “go,” tosses the paper plate into the garbage can. If the child misses, the child goes and gets his named paper plate until all the names are in the garbage can.

What A Drag

This activity promotes cooperation, develops strength and endurance. Using 2 old bed sheets, a child is selected to lay on the sheet (usually the smallest one). There are 2 groups selected. Each group holds on the sheet but does not lift it up. Use a large area with no obstacles in the way. The teacher says “go” and the groups drag the sheets around the room. A gym floor would be excellent for this activity. The children have fun and not go fast. It is the overall experience.


This activity also promotes group cooperation and just enjoying the activity. Two sheets are used. A sheet is held by one group and lined up next to the first sheet of players is a second sheet of players. A nerf ball is placed on one sheet and when the teacher says “go,” the ball is rolled or shaken to go on the second sheet. It is like volleyball as the ball goes back and forth sheet to sheet.

Group Juggling

This activity promotes group cooperation, improves hand/eye coordination and throwing accuracy. The class stands in a circle. Several (about 5 or 6) nerf balls and soft balls are randomly handed out to the children. The children at “go” toss the balls to other children at the same time as if juggling.

Great Shoe Strip

This activity improves group cooperation, improves strength, and physical fitness. Children take off their shoes and pile them up. The children go back to a starting line and at “go” find their shoes, put them on and go back to the starting line.


Repeat the Rhythm

Tap out a simple rhythm and have the children repeat it back to you. Alternatively, you can clap the rhythm or use
musical instruments.

Imitating Drum Beats

The teacher or the child beats on the drum a certain number of times as all the children listen. One child is called to
repeat the same number of drumbeats by clapping. If correct, the new leader will be the next drummer. You can later make it more complex by adding slow beats with fast beats.

Humming a Tune

Hum only a familiar tune like “Old MacDonald,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb” without singing any words.

Divide the group into teams and have one team guess the hummed song to win a point.

Listen Carefully

This activity gives practice to simple directions with crayons by listening. Example: Draw a red line near the top of your page or draw a blue cat in the middle of your page or use a yellow crayon and make a round circle near the bottom of your page.  Later, you can add other directions like “put a black mark in the round circle.”

Classroom Theme Ideas Using the Five Senses

children learn through their 5 senses; therefore, providing hands-on experience
allows children to touch, see, smell, taste, and hear become important.   Many of us have a hard time developing materials.  Teachers in
Pre-school and Pre-K often teach centering on themes.  Teachers need
to think about those real objects and materials for the children to
explore.   Do we think about
the ways children can use their 5 senses? 
One way is to pick a theme and then gather objects and materials.  Children must observe, handle, and
explore from that theme.  Here are a few ideas from this new workshop for teachers: 

See:  Draw
the Other Half.  
The child is given half a picture and must think and draw
the other half like an apple or a chair.

Touch:  Texture Touch.  Place a piece of silk, sandpaper, piece of wood, piece of paper, and others and have the children describe what they touch like is it soft, hard, rough, etc.

Smell and Taste:  Describe the Taste and Smell:  

Show a picture of a
number of food items that include a wide variety of tastes such as jellybeans,
lemons, pretzels, marshmallows, peanuts, raisins, chocolate,
olives, sour apples, pickles, onions, melons, and let the children describe to you how
they taste.  Record words the children
use like possible words: sour, sweet, tangy, spicy, salty, bitter, yucky, etc.  Add the words to your word wall and then find out which are the children’s favorite foods.


the Rhythm.  
Tap out a simple
rhythm and have children repeat it back to you.  Alternatively, you can clap the rhythm or use musical

Hear:  From Arms Up Keep Moving CD (9183) check out “The Senses Song” found in