Indoor Play Ideas And Activities

Indoor Play Ideas And Activities

Play is both fun and educational and is essential for children’s well-being, helping them build resilience and cope with stress. Play allows children the opportunity to learn new skills and make sense of the world around them. As we face worrying and uncertain times it’s important that children have the space and time to play every day.

Take a look at some play ideas for children to try out below.

Picasso Box - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Picasso Box

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Word Association - Play Ideas - PlayBoard-NI

Word Association

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At My Birthday - Play Ideas - PlayBoard-NI

At My Birthday

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Den Building - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Den Building

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Paper Chain Snake

Cotton Tip Daisy

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Elmer The Elephant - PlayBoard NI

Elmer The Elephant

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Coconut Shy

Coconut Shy

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Eco Activities - PlayBoard NI

Eco Play Activities

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Paper Chain Snake

Paper Chain Snake

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Dress Up Role Play - PlayBoard NI

Dress Up

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Activity Checklist For Older Kids - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Activity Checklist For Older Kids

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Handprint-Birds

Handprint Bird

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Handprint Bird

Handprint Bird

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Magic Box - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Magic Box

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Indoor Wimbledon 2020

Indoor Wimbledon 2020

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Magic Potion - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Magic Potion

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Pastel Fish

Pastel Fish

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Bug Hotel - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Bug Hotel

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Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

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Shadow Drawing - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Shadow Drawings

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Fairy Garden House - Play Ideas - Playboard NI 1

Fairy Garden

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Bubble Socks - Play Ideas PlayBoard NI

Bubble Socks

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Milk Carton Bird House

Milk Carton Bird House

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Make Slime - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Make Slime

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Learn To Juggle

Learn To Juggle

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Who Am I - Play Idea - PlayBoard NI

Who Am I

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Alphabet Game - Play Idea - PlayBoard NI

Alphabet Game

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Magic Ink - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Magic Ink

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Indoor Hopscotch

Indoor Hopscotch

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Hopscotch - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Indoor Hopscotch

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Crayon Etching

Crayon Etching

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Etch Fireworks - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Etch Your Own Fireworks

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Make Playdough - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Make Your Own Playdough

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Indoor Activity Checklist - Play Ideas - PlayBoard NI

Indoor Activity Checklist

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Lates News - Indoor Play Ideas

Indoor Play Ideas

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Other Online Play Ideas

Other Online Play Ideas

There are lots of resources and activities available for children online. We have gathered together some ideas below. If you would like to add your organisation to the list email the details to info@playboard.org

dogdaymedia

Sylvie Bloom ‘Corona, Corona, Corona’ – Watch as Sylvie finds out what it is, how she can help and how she is passing the time at home with her family at https://youtu.be/ukCOWPNAkQc from Writing for Tiny and Tiny Health.

Ineqe Safeguarding Group

What is Coronavirus? An explainer for children from Ineqe Safeguarding Group https://youtu.be/FqaXBtSaiUE

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Coronavirus explained for children from BHSCT https://youtu.be/WKS_WMwis9k

WheelWorks Digital Arts Festival

The Make, Do, Create Festival will see a series of artist-led creative workshops take place every day for 6 weeks. Go to www.wheelworksarts.com

Playful Ideas for Active Minds

Stranmillis University College PGCE Early Years students have compiled ideas and activities to help parents keep their children playing and learning. Go to www.stran.ac.uk/ideas-for-active-minds/

Venture Kids

Check out their new kids activity packed YouTube channel

ni4kids

Sign up to receive the ni4kids free digital magazine and regular updates at: https://ni4kids.com/sign-up/

LONG Creations ‘Covid-19 Time Capsule’

LONG Creations created a ‘Covid-19 Time Capsule’ for children to complete at home. You can find the free PDF document at https://s3.letsembark.ca/long-creations/2020-COVID-19-Time-Capsule-EN-US.pdf with an alternative front cover at https://s3.letsembark.ca/long-creations/2020-COVID-19-Time-Capsule-Alt-Front-Page.pdf

Northern Ireland Forest School Association

The Northern Ireland Forest School Association share lots of great ideas on their Facebook page including nature weaving, making nature crowns and printing with nature. Check out their suggestions at www.facebook.com/Northern-Ireland-Forest-School-Association-527218757325407/

EA Youth Service

EA Youth Service have collated a wide range of ideas and activities to help young people learn new skills, connect with others, look after themselves and have some fun. Check them out at www.youthonline.org.uk

The Play Trail

The Play Trail’s Facebook page has ideas for playing at home and outdoors including bug hunts, bird watching tips and scavenger hunts. Find more at www.facebook.com/theplaytrail/

WWF

The WWF have posted some fabulous ideas for things to do at home. Check out their ideas, which can be tried individually or as a family, at www.wwf.org.uk/things-to-do-home

Belfast Print Online

Belfast Print Online have shared some brilliant colouring sheets on their Facebook page to support the NHS and frontline workers. Get your children involved in showing support by downloading the images at www.facebook.com/belfastprintonline/

The National Trust

Visit the National Trust at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/northern-ireland for a host of lovely things to do at home this spring. Get involved in the monumental building challenge, take part in a flower and insect timed count, get busy in the kitchen, and try 50 activities to do in your back garden!

Mae Murray Foundation sessions

Live virtual sessions including laughter yoga, music and dance at www.facebook.com/maemurrayfoundation/

Play Ideas from Play Scotland

Daily play ideas and more at www.facebook.com/nationalplayscotland/ and www.twitter.com/playscotland

Play Ideas from Play Wales

35 indoor play ideas and more at www.twitter.com/PlayWales and www.facebook.com/PlayWales

Parenting NI

Daily well-being tips at www.twitter.com/parentingni and www.facebook.com/ParentingNI

Libraries NI

Sign up for the eBook service and free magazines at www.librariesni.org.uk #KeepChildrenReading

The Scouts Great Indoors

The Scouts have gathered over 100 activities to try indoors with your children at www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/ #TheGreatIndoors

Into Film NI

Fifty free film guides to use at home with prompts to discuss after watching a film at www.intofilm.org/news-and-views/articles/film-guides-to-use-at-home

PE with Joe Wicks

Join Joe at 9:00am on weekdays at www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 #PEwithJoe

We Will Draw with Will Sliney

Will posts a drawing challenge for children every day at www.twitter.com/willsliney #wewilldraw

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

Every day at 11:00am you can listen to one of David Walliams’s World’s Worst Children stories at www.worldofdavidwalliams.com

LEGO Challenge

Daily building challenge at www.twitter.com/LEGO_Group #BuildTogether

Story Starters from Alex T Smith

Daily prompts to help children start writing their own stories at www.twitter.com/alex_t_smith #StoryStarters

Irish Rugby

Games and skills that families can try at home at www.youtube.com/user/IrishRugbyTVOfficial

Book Trust

Online books, games, quizzes, fun activities, recipes and more at www.booktrust.org.uk/hometime and check out their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/Booktrust/ which has a playlist of illustrators showing you how to draw their characters.