Whether it’s a rainy day or you need to organize a children’s party, with this list of fun games for children between 4 – 7 years old you will fight boredom. From simple games for kids to fun activities that wouldn’t be out of place at a birthday party. Indoor games don’t have to be just board or card games (also fun, but then I’d rather refer to the fun games for the whole family article). And simple indoor games certainly don’t have to be boring! Here we have listed 19 games and activities for children between 4 and 7 years old.
1. The listening game
The listening game is not only fun for children aged 4 – 7 years, but is also really good for the child’s listening skills. With this game, the child is forced to concentrate because he has to listen very carefully. The game proceeds as follows. You collect all kinds of objects. Think of a comb, a forehead, a guitar, a pen, a watch, you name it! The object must have a somewhat unique sound. You show the objects to the children and then you put a bandage on the children. Now you take one of the objects and make a sound with it. If the child guesses correctly, they get a point. Whoever has the most points wins the game.
2. Tap tap, who am I?
This game is a hit with preschoolers! One person sits with his back to the rest of the children. The children take turns tapping that person’s back and saying ‘tap, tap, who am I?’ with a strange voice. If the person tapped on the back guesses correctly, they can nominate another person to guess. So simple, but a super fun game to play in between e.g.
3. Finish the story
Perhaps you know the variation where children take turns writing down a piece of a story which ends up being a strange story. This will not work for children aged 4 – 7 because most of them cannot yet read and write. But it’s fun to come up with a story together. Start a story and let the children finish the story. They do this by taking turns adding a few sentences to the story. The story keeps getting a twist and is often completely illogical, but it’s fun! Sometimes children tell things that really happened to them. It is a perfect game to play indoors, for example when sitting at the table together.
4. Hold the balloon up
This is a simple indoor game that kids love! All you have to do is pop some balloons and tell the kids not to let the balloons fall on the floor. And let the party begin! I have to admit that children between the ages of 4 – 7 can get very fanatical about this. And so this game can get a little rammed indoors. Put the fragile things aside for a while. Here you will find many more ideas for balloon games.
5. The search game
We all know the game hide and seek. But with this game, the children are not looking for each other, but for objects. This makes indoor hide and seek much easier to play. It goes like this. Make a list of things from your house, such as red scarf, black socks, Jip and Janneke book, etc. and let your children find these things. Each time the item is found, they bring it to you and tell you the next item to look for. Children who can already read a little can be given a list of objects.
6. A feeling box
A touch box is a great indoor game that lets children aged 4 – 7 focus on the sense of touch. Children must feel, guess which object they have in their hands. A shoebox is perfect for this. You can put a tea towel over the box so that the children can easily feel inside the box. Or you cut two holes in the lid, that is also possible. You can also add decorating the boxes as an activity to the game! Fun during a children’s party.
7. Walk a line
This is a very simple game that you can play in a (spacious) living room. All you need is colored tape and a creative mind. You stick lines on the floor with tape, which the children have to walk on. But of course they don’t just have to go, they also have to do tasks. Think of playing hopscotch, with a book on your head, walking backwards or with a tray full of plastic cups in your hands. For example, they must follow the line, without taking a step next to the tape. Because when you step off the line, you’re done of course. A fun game for children between 4 and 7 years to play indoors that also involves some movement. You can expand this game by using different colored ribbons to create different routes.
Whatever you can do indoors with tape on the floor: an old fashioned hop!
8. Hot potato game
This game guarantees fun and excitement for children between 4 and 7 years old! The hot potato game is about giving the ‘hot potato’ to someone else. The game proceeds as follows. Set a timer for 1 or 2 minutes. Pick up rolled up socks and throw them at a child. Tell him to throw to someone else as soon as possible. Each child repeats this. When does this game end? Who knows? Just throw it away, because when the timer goes off and you’ve got the hot potato, you’re done!
9. Animal tips
For children aged 4 to 7 years, Animal Tips is a fun variation of the classic tip game. Hints is played indoors during a children’s party or just fun on a Saturday night with your family. Write a number of animals on slips of paper, put the slips in a container and you have to guess the animal you catch.
10. The Quit Dance
The stop dance is a great game for every now and then. And the great thing about children at this age is that they always move along as soon as the music comes on. So put on a good song and the kids will automatically start dancing. But when the music stops, everyone must stand like a statue. Whoever moves is out!
11. The floor is lava
Not so long ago that you only had to shout this and everyone was looking for a place above the floor. The game is therefore very simple and goes as follows. When someone shouts “the floor is lava”, look for a way to get off the floor as quickly as possible. In other words, feet off the floor! It can be on the sofa or on a chair, but sometimes you are in a place where you need to think a little more creatively. Preschoolers still find this game a lot of fun to play.
12. Color Scavenger Hunt
If you want to make a quick and simple scavenger hunt, make a color scavenger hunt. You give the children five different colors of paper (preferably stickers) and they have to look for objects of the same color inside. Whoever finds all the colors first wins the mission.
13. Photo Scavenger Hunt
A photo scavenger hunt is also great fun, and the best part is that you bring out the creativity of children aged 4 – 7 years. A photo scavenger hunt probably won’t go as you expect. You give the children a camera (today children between the ages of 4 and 7 have a phone) and you instruct them to take pictures. A task could be: take a picture of something red or take a picture of something wet. The task doesn’t even matter that much, because the execution is always good! You will see how creative your child can be.
14. The alphabet game
Children aged 4 – 7 are busy with letters. Therefore, this alphabet game is super fun to play with this target group, and you can easily play this game indoors. The game proceeds as follows. You choose a category, for example girls’ names, animals or food and drink. Now take turns going down the alphabet by naming something from the category. So suppose you have chosen girl names, one starts with Anna, the next should name a girl name with a B, Babette, the next with a C, and so on.
15. What is true?
This is a game that requires a little preparation, but is a lot of fun to play with children aged 4 – 7 years. What you need is a lie and a truth. So you tell the children two situations (one is a lie and one is true) and the children have to guess which one is true. An example: In bowling you have to knock over nine pins or Columbus discovered America. Now the children have to say what is true.
A nice variation of this is to have the children tell a truth and a lie about themselves. In other words, something they have experienced themselves and therefore something they have invented. For example: I went on holiday to Iceland or I went on holiday to South Africa. The rest must then guess what they really experienced. This game is a fun way to get to know each other well.
16. Indoor bowling
Now you might be thinking, well hey! What a game, go bowling inside yourself! But of course I don’t mean that you should make a bowling alley with heavy balls in your living room. No, you can keep indoor bowling very simple. Collect 10 empty bottles and make, for example, a ball of socks. You can enjoy bowling with this without causing too much damage in your home.
17. Soccer ball
Indoor play can be so easy! And for children aged 4 – 7, you really don’t need to think complicated. For example, they think foosball is a great game and they never tire of it! Place a coin, a candy or something else small under one of the three cups and let the sliding begin! Sneaky parents can place the cups on the edge of the table and secretly toss the coin or lollipop. Watch your children’s eyes fill with amazement when they notice the coin or candy is gone!
18. I’m going on holiday and taking…
This is an ideal game to play indoors and in the meantime train your children’s memory about yourself! You can play it at the table while you eat, you can play it on the couch, it doesn’t matter where. The game proceeds as follows. You start with ‘I’m going on holiday and I’m taking… (name an object)’. The next one says the same ‘I’m going on holiday and I’m taking with me… (the item mentioned + another item)’. To which the next one says again: ‘I’m going on holiday and I’m taking… (the item mentioned + the named object + another object)’. And so it goes on until someone makes a mistake.
19. Command flash
Command blink is a very simple game to play indoors. And children aged 4 – 7 also like to imitate, and so they always participate flawlessly. A good game to grab attention. See here for the explanation and variants of the blink command.
And then there is no longer any reason for your children to ask ‘can I watch TV?’. A rainy day or a complete children’s party can be filled with fun indoor games, especially for children aged 4 – 7 years!