Create a fun-filled day for your child in your apartment.

Activities for Kids to Do in Apartments

by Erica Loop

It doesn't take a mansion to host entertaining and educational activities for kids. Although your little ones might not have the option of running races through your home, a variety of games and projects are possible for kids who live in a limited space.

Gross Motor Activities

Toddlers can walk along, move with music, jump in place and even walk on their tippy toes. While a large outdoor space is ideal for building those and other gross motor skills, plenty of activities can be done in an apartment. Play follow the leader (with you as the leader) doing funny walks, hopping like a bunny or silently sneaking on the tips of your toes. Weave around the furniture, helping your little one to keep her balance and build coordination.

Fine Motor Activities

By the time your toddler is 2 years old, she can use a crayon to scribble with ease. Apartments aren't always conducive to activities such as sporting play, but they are well-suited for fine motor projects such as art. Spend an afternoon with a box of crayons and a stack of paper drawing what you both see from the apartment's windows or making up your own picture book. Assemble the drawings into a journal by stapling the edges together or hang them up on the fridge.

Literacy Activities

Even a small apartment is perfect for a story-telling or book-reading session. Create a cozy library space in the living room. Make a circle with throw pillows or put a few couch cushions down on the carpet. Choose age-appropriate books to use for your literacy-learning activity. The national early childhood organization Zero to Three suggests simple, bright board books with familiar pictures for babies, rhyming or simple stories for toddlers and concept books that focus on a theme for preschoolers.

I Spy

Small doesn't equal boring. Most family apartments have plenty to look at and see inside. If you are looking for an imaginative way to use your apartment for an activity day, try adding in a game of I Spy. Choose a specific theme such as colors or shapes or just go with a basic game. Take turns choosing objects (just don't tell your partner) and let the other person guess what you are looking at. Give clues or, if you are playing with a preschooler or older, allow the child to ask questions.

About the Author

Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.

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