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Child development expert and paediatric nurse, Tara Mitchell, explains why kids need to spend time on indoor fun too.

Talking to 9 Honey ,Ms Mitchell said, “I find many parents feel obligated to ensure their little ones are entertained at each point of the day. Whilst it’s important to interact and engage with your little one, it’s also important to allow your child the chance to use their imagination, problem solve, and find activities they naturally gravitate towards — not simply because it’s on the to-do-list.”

Ms Mitchell says there are a variety of different activities children can play indoors that have significant benefits to their cognitive and physical development.

“Activities such as puzzles, blocks and tea parties still have significant benefits for your little one’s imagination, fine motor skills, language, problem solving and cognitive development.

“Quiet, inside play can have so many benefits. I am all for outside play, but balance really is the key,” says Mitchell.

Here are five indoor activities you and your children can share:

Cooking
Reading
Arts and Crafts
Independent Play
Watching TV

Ms  Mitchell says imagination is critical for our children’s ability to cope, problem solve and ponder. “Many children also experience a sense of calm when they are playing alone,” she adds.

Do your kids get a good balance of both outdoor and indoor fun?

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  • Mine got a good balance of 50/50 indoor and outdoor and most of the indoor 50 was at school. Don’t think this happens as much these days with so much tech devices.

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  • While i agree with this, i think kids get more indoor time than parents realize. Even just play time in the morning before breakfast is enough for the day really. My kids wake at 5am and we eat at 0630. Thats and hour and a half to play.

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  • Same situation here. Our little one is starting to talk more – a lot of it in his own lingo. We can understand a few words. Surprising how much Building blocks can make when knocked down, especially if it is deliberate and done with force, then the giggling starts. They all love musical toys. There is times when each child plays independently for awhile. I always discreetly check on them when all is quiet. It sometimes that one or all of them are getting into mischief. The little one is learning to play hide & seek. All is quite then laughter erupts.

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  • Ha. Indoor play is never quiet here.

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  • Balance for sure with indoor and outdoor play – not that cooking sessions are ever quiet at our place – always lots of mess and noise! :)


    • Indoor and outdoor play – independent and together is of equal importance for all round development.

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  • Yes, quiet inside play is certainly good for their independency & fantasy & calmth. Outside play is often more energizing and wild. Both are good for our kiddies.

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  • Of course they do. Like anything, it’s all about balance.

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  • I love reading articles with different ideas. I’m always looking for new ideas inside or out to do with the kids.

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