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Let your living room be a playground for a day, rainy days are playful too

If staying home and indoors is the only option use your living room for a five-game contest that keeps everyone busy and happy.

Living room with sofa and coffee table, with an ongoing origami-folding and drinks-and-snacks session.
Living room with sofa and coffee table, with an ongoing origami-folding and drinks-and-snacks session.

Five games beginning with origami

Arrange a pentathlon that rewards imagination and brain power as much as physical ability. Kick off easy by gathering over a round of snacks and drinks, and combine it with an origami folding game. Here we've folded frogs and made a racetrack using a roll of coloured tape, but you’re naturally free to make your own rules.

Work out the numbers in a math test

Colourful math problems go well with a light-hearted competition. Fewer numbers let all ages join. A roll of drawing paper on the wall makes preparation, restart and clean up easy. (Keep it for easy-access drawing at any and all times.)

Bring out your inner action film star

Create an obstacle course from cushions, a rug and laser beams (yes, made of tape). Now get into character and act out your best spy-movie avoid-the-alarm moves.

Dress the mannequin

Fashion a dressing duel from two mannequins and a wardrobe full of clothes. Best outfit of the day wins. On your marks, get set, go!

Get rid of the clutter

Simple and genius: set up a basket and use it for storage. The same principle can be applied for any room and ask the children to help with the cleanup (only soft objects, and don’t tell anyone they’re helping you tidy up).