Playing with kids without having to get up. Sounds too good to be true?”Mommmmmmy, do you want to play?”, I would consider myself a “fun” mommy. I like to join in crafts, building lego, playing games outside, and even do great voice impressions while reading to my six-year-old. But..some days I cannot do much due to chronic pain. And sometimes mommy’s just tired. Can I lie down on my lounge chair for a while?
Time for an inspiration list with simple children’s games: playing with kids without getting up, so ? A bit like games for road trips and plane flights.
So Mommy’s sometimes tired
I tidied up, took care of the lunch, and just installed myself on the lafuma chair outside for a quick read in my Kindle and then… “Mommmmyyyyy!” Does this sound familiar?
Letting my son have some extra screen time does seem tempting, but I have a good screen schedule in place and I don’t want to start making exceptions. (Torrential Storm and having to take him with me to the doctor are already the exceptions)
Playing with kids without getting up
So the kids are basically about their mother’s attention. Me. Maybe I can suggest a few games so I can play with my son without me having to get up.
Let’s give it a try…
Number and word games (guessing)
The classic guessing games are always good for moments like this. You can come up with guessing games by color.
Bumble Bee Bumble Bee
I see something you don’t see
and the color of it is red
But you can also play with letters or numbers. I’m looking for something in this place and it starts with the letter K… Or something with numbers: Name 3 things in the closet that have to do with getting dressed. Or look for 7 red things around us.
- I see I see and the color is. What is it?
- I’m looking for something with the letter K, in this area. Rara, what is it?
- Name 3 things from this room that have to do with getting dressed. What is it?
- Look for 7 red things around us. What is it?
Playing with kids without getting up is also possible with fun word games. For example, invent an animal and the other has to invent a new animal with the last letter. Like with: a horse – dragon – kangaroo. Or choose one of the other games below.
- Word game with animals, invent a new animal with the last letter. Like with horse – dragon – kangaroo).
- Which number am I? Describe the number. I have a dash and a circle. Or I am two balls on top of each other, but they are not completely round.
- Turn a string into a number. The other one has to guess which one.
- Recite the alphabet and makeup words.
Fun fantasy games
A super fun game without getting up is fantasy hide-and-seek. You take turns pretending to be hiding somewhere in the house. The other is going to guess where, by asking yes-no. Are you in the kitchen? Are you in the cutlery drawer? The nice thing about this is that you can choose ALL the places you can think of. And there’s more:
- Fantasy hide-and-seek
- Making up a song together
- Making up a story
- Draw faces on fingers or toes and add them into a game
Moving on the spot
Finally, some fun motion games. One of my clever inventions is the game “circus”. This is simply that the kids show me their tricks and capers. By the way, this one is always good for the last energy just before bedtime.
The kids are jumping and jumping while I secretly stay on my bed. I can’t deny that this often ends in frolicking, but still ? Other fun games with movement on the spot:
Playing without getting up is short-lived
Enough fun, right?
Well, you can still play board or card games, lego, artsy coloring, learn how to draw animals together, puzzels?….I’ve tried and approved them all.
Oh, wait, I know one more! Do you know this one from the olden days? We’re playing: WHO’S BEEN QUIET THE LONGEST……..?! Ha-ha. Playing without having to get up, hmm? Do you have any smart suggestions?