Posted on: March 25, 2019
Whether it’s a rainy day or too hot to go outside, the garage is a great place to put together some activities for your kids! Open the door while it’s raining to enjoy the cool breezes, or keep it shut to keep out the heat.
Before you start planning some games for your kids in the garage, make sure it’s ready. Put away any objects that aren’t safe for the kids, like gardening tools and gasoline for the lawnmower. You may want to supervise them during their playtime to make sure they’re staying away from anything unsafe, too.
If you’re trying to brainstorm some fun and safe things for the kids to do in the garage, check out these three activities!
1. Make a Four Square Court
Making a four square court in your garage is fast and easy, and it’s also a great way to get everyone in the family playing together. Make a big square using chalk or tape on the floor of your garage, somewhere between 10 and 20 feet on all sides. Then, divide that square into four equal squares. After that, you just need a ball, and you’re ready to go!
Read up on the rules of the game, too. It’s pretty simple, but there are a lot of different ways to play. Write the rules on a chalkboard or whiteboard, so everyone knows how to play ahead of time.
If there are a lot of kids in the neighborhood, invite them over for a four square tournament. You could even turn it into a fun themed birthday party!
2. Indoor Art Studio
Let your kids get creative with a mini art studio. If you want to keep them busy for an entire afternoon instead of a few hours, set up a few different mediums for them to work with.
Get some clay or Play-Doh for one area and let them create whatever they want to make. Set up something simple for them to replicate in a drawing in another part of your “studio.” Then, do some abstract painting with some splatter painting. Put down a cheap plastic tablecloth on the ground and let them get out some energy.
3. Set Up an Obstacle Course
Set up a fun and simple obstacle course in the garage! You can create a variety of different obstacles, whether they’re physical ones or puzzles. You can create different routes depending on your kids’ ages. If you have younger kids, you can create easier obstacles and even ones that can test them on recognizing letters of the alphabet or solving simple math problems. If you have older kids, you can create obstacles that are more challenging.
Once the kids have gone through the course a few times, you can add challenges to it, like hopping on one foot or making animal sounds during certain parts. Or, you could use a stopwatch to time how fast they can get through the course. See if they can beat their time!