When the kids are bored, sometimes I randomly make up silly games to entertain them because the brain strain to make up a silly game is less than what it takes to deal with whiny kids. So as a result, I am sharing an easy, fun and successful activity which you can try with your children. All it requires is some painter’s tape and random colored/shaped objects.
Use painter’s tape to make a tic-tac-toe box on the floor. Then give instructions to the kids that the boxes are numbered 1-9 from left to right, top to bottom (use very simple terms to explain the numbered boxes of course). Then use colored shaped objects as the “tossers”. We chose pretend food shapes from a play kitchen. When the game starts, instruct them one-at-a-time to:
Choose a green one and toss in square 1…or
Choose a red one and toss in square 5…etc.
My son is almost 5 and he loved the challenge and the math involved and trying to toss it into the right square so that it stayed without bouncing out. My daughter is 2.5 years and we gave her more simple instructions like:
Choose a red one and place it next to the bacon…
Choose a green one and place it next to the croissant…
She really loved finding the right food items and colors. The numbered squares were a bit tricky for her, but just naming objects and placing colors was great. That’s actually her running out of the picture after placing her item successfully.
Give it a try on some rainy day when you are stuck inside with the kids!