Lap Games for Indoor Days

by Kate on December 7, 2020

Winter. Stuck inside again. Instead of baking yet one more batch of cookies, try playing a little lap game with your wee one. These are good for babies all the way up to toddlers. My older daughter is 4 and she still loves playing, albeit she flails a bit more and likes to throw herself off my lap at the end. She’s very dramatic. (Mom, I hear you snickering!)

First: get on the floor. Yes, all the way on the floor. Legs straight out so you can bounce your knees up and down.

There are two pony songs we sing: Trot, trot, trot and Trot, trot, trot to Boston. The specific tune doesn’t matter so much as the knee bouncing and the falling over at the end part. I always add a ‘weeeeee’ as I fall, to be extra silly. They go like this:

Trot, trot, trot
Go and never stop.
Pony you must gallop faster
If you want to please your master.
Trot, trot, trot, trot, trot
Go and never stop!

Trot, trot, trot to Boston
Trot, trot, trot to Lynn
Be careful when you get there
that you don’t fall…In!

I learned a horse shoe putting on song, too, that is fun to do right before. Take your little one’s foot in your hand and slowly pick it up, stroking it from toe to heel as you say it. Then you pat the foot with each ‘nail.’

Pitty patty polt
Shoe a little colt
Here a nail!
There a nail!
Pitty patty polt

What do you do to pass the time on a cold winter day?

photo credit: rolands.lakis

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Adventures In Babywearing December 7, 2020 at 11:10 am

I just got the Play-doh out and we do a LOT of book reading!


Ruby T. December 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Cushion fort-building; wooden blocks (good for everything from towers to roads to castles) and my fave lap game rhyme is this one:

Smooth road, smooth road (sway child gently on your knees)
Bumpy road, bumpy road (gentle bouncing)
Rocky road, rocky road (much more vigorous bouncing)
Hole in the road! (open your knees and let child slip down a little)

Mine LOVES this rhyme and asks for it a lot.

k8 December 7, 2020 at 9:46 pm

YES to pillow forts!!!

I also just recently discovered watercolors. I didn’t see my kid for 3 days because she was so focused on painting. And they’re a breeze to clean up compared to fingerpaints!

Henny Ort December 7, 2020 at 11:21 pm

Can’t be pregnant and play this. Any other options that i can do from the safety of the couch?

Kate December 16, 2020 at 11:53 am

@Ruby - Love it!

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