Too cold to take the children outside to play? Try these Commonwealth and Olympic inspired indoor play ideas in your home to keep children active in winter.

Commonwealth Games stadium - Build a stadium. Use the spare room, a child’s bedroom or transform the living room using bed sheets, furniture and clothes pegs to create an Olympic stadium. Ideal for opening and closing ceremony performances or re-enacting Commonwealth Games events.

Virtual games – Modern technology has been attributed to inactive children. Use modern technology to encourage children to be active using devices such as the Nintendo Wii to play virtual sport. Go bowling, play golf or have a dance off in the comfort of your own home.

Opening Ceremony - Put on a concert to perform at the opening ceremony. Create a dance routine, dress-up and hold a mock parade or act out a skit or play.

Wrestling - Here comes the tickle monster. Engage in safe rough and tumble play with the tickle monster out to catch children. Ensure this game is played at an appropriate time, ground rules are set and accidents are understood to enable your children to manage their emotions.

Indoor sports – Create indoor friendly variations of your favourite sports such as carpet bowls and hand hockey. Get down on your hands and knees and play hand hockey. Use a soft ball, pillows or cushions as “goals” and place a sock over your hand to use as the “hockey stick”.

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23rd until August 3rd. The Youth Olympic Games will be held in Nanjing, China from August 16th until August 28th.