I’m always looking for inventive ways to keep our kids off of video games. When our triplets invited two friends over to spend the night, and with rain in the forecast, I had to act quickly. I rummaged through our closet of board games to come up with some ideas.
Thus…The INDOOR CHALLENGE OLYMPICS was born!
Challenge: Paper Airplanes.
Each child was given one piece of paper. The children had two minutes to construct and test their paper airplanes. The kids each threw their plane, and I helped them measure the distance the plane flew. Points were awarded by distance.
I found a Marvel Memory game in the closet. Points were awarded based upon how many matches each child found.
It started out as a checkers tournament, but it was taking too long, so we switched to Tic-Tac-Toe! The kids drew numbers to see who would play first. The winner of the first game played the next child, and so on. The tournament winner was the only one to earn points.
Challenge: Alphabetical Order
I found a set of alphabet books in the closet. I mixed up the books and dropped them on the floor. I timed each child on how quickly he/she could put the books in ABC order. I was surprised how much they liked this one! Points were awarded based on order of time (least to greatest).
The kids each had 5 minutes to set up a run of dominoes. If the dominoes fell, and it was still within the 5 minutes, the child was allowed to rebuild. At the end of 5 minutes, the child would start the domino chain reaction. The child then counted the number of dominoes that were successfully used. Points were awarded from greatest to least.
Challenge: Jenga Tower
Each child was given 2 minutes to build the tallest tower possible using Jenga blocks. Each tower was measured. If the tower fell, the child rebuilt it and then we measured it. Tallest tower was awarded the most points.
I stopped at the dollar store on the way to pick up the triplets’ friends, and I found gifts all less than $2 each. The person with the most points picked a prize first.
I just made up some numbers, but you can adjust to fit your needs! In each competition (except for Tic-Tac-Toe where the winner was awarded 10 points), the points awarded were: 15, 13, 10, 9, 7.
The kids had so much fun, and they stayed busy for almost 3 hours! (We also played the game Guesstures, but couldn’t decide how to incorporate the points!).
I hope this post inspires you to create your own INDOOR CHALLENGE OLYMPICS!