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Situation: school is out and the kids are home – but going out isn’t an option. What can you do where you are to stay occupied and still have fun with little ones? Check out this list of fun things to do with kids at home.
First: The basics of fun things to do with kids at home
This list is designed to be a guide for ideas that you can use at home. Some activities require more planning than others. A few of the activities in this list are best completed outside, if possible, such as in a front or back yard. With that said, we hope you enjoy this list of ideas!
1Host a dance party
Turn up the music to their favorite tunes and start dancing along with them. Dancing can boost a child’s confidence in participating in public activities.
2Introduce them to new music
Your children have their favorite songs, and you have yours. Turn on the radio or your own personal Spotify playlist and let the kids choose their favorite tunes from the lineup.
3Build a cushion fort
As long as they can fit, let your kids build a cushion fort out of couch cushions or from a love seat. Being king or queen of the cushions can be a fun way to let children rule their own empire for a bit.
4Camping at home
Have your kids help put up a camping tent inside your home or in a back yard. If you don’t have a tent and want to set something up inside, take a bedsheet and put it over chairs for a similar, simple approach.
5Prepare a meal together
Have your kids help out while you prepare a meal. Give them simple tasks such as stirring a mix or pouring water into a glass or setting the table. Helping out feels good and can speed up the process.
6Host a puppet play
Create a stage or simply hide behind the couch and perform a puppet play for your captive audience. Puppets don’t have to be complicated. You can make your own with simple paper sacks or even your own socks! Pretend you are Jim Henson and let your imagination (and your kids’ imagination) run wild.
7Read (and write) poetry
For young children, read nursery rhymes out loud to them, or other poems along with them. For older kids, read some poems and have them try their hand at writing their own. You may discover a new skill!
This ancient art form is a favorite of many. Take some time to learn origami methods with your kids. It doesn’t have to be difficult. Many origami methods are quite simple.
9Watch your favorite DIY craft videos
Spend some time watching DIY craft videos and then try them out for yourself to see the results. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and in the end you are learning a new skill.
10Play board games
If you have them, board games are a classic way to have fun with family while at home. Classic games include Sorry!, Monopoly, Apples to Apples, and more.
11Read a book
Discovering a new book or reading a book again is a great way to escape into the world of a story, page by page. Even if you have read a book before, the act of reading helps with vocabulary in children and builds the mind and imagination. What is your favorite book to read?
If your kids are complaining of being bored, have them draw something. Even if they say they can’t draw well, give them a goal or target of something to attempt and let them give their best shot. You might be surprised with the results!
13Put a puzzle together
Pull a jigsaw puzzle out of the closet and have everyone pitch in to put it together. Make sure it has lots and lots of pieces!
14Have a movie night
Stay in and put on your favorite movie – new or old! Introduce your kids to timeless favorites of yours or let them choose what they want to watch. You can even have a discussion afterwards on what everyone thought of the film.
15Bubble bath time
Turn ordinary bath time into a fun-filled bubble bath time! For young kids, this can be a fun alternative to the usual cleanup routine. A little goes a long way with bubbles.
If you live an a rural area or don’t have too much light pollution at your home, take your kids stargazing in the front or back yard an try to point out as many constellations as you can find. Learning star patterns is fun and can also help with directions while hiking or out camping.
17Make homemade jewelry
Use dry noodles like macaroni to make jewelry for kids. Pass a thread through them and even paint them if you have paint available. Then let them dry on a sheet. What creative styles can you come up with?
18Write a letter
Telephone, email, and video chats are commonplace, but sending a letter through the post is still available. Have your kids write a letter to a loved one far away or even across town. If they can, let them place the stamp on the envelope and seal it for sending.
19Search for four-leaf clovers
If you have clover in your yard or garden, see if your kids can find a four-leaf sprout. There aren’t many of them, and it is time-consuming, but they can be found. Good luck!
20Build with blocks (or Legos)
If you have building blocks or Legos, pull them out and have your kids construct something new and exciting. Once finished, let them tell you what it is and explain why they made it that way. Using blocks to build is a fun way to learn and extend a child’s creative spirit.
21Have a sack race
If your kids are small enough, have an indoor sack race to see who wins. You can substitute pillow cases for sacks if needed. Just make sure there is enough free room for someone to take a safe tumble if they fall down. Safety first!
22Play card games
A classic playing card deck has 52 cards and dozens of different games available to be played. Games like Rummy, Speed, War, Hearts, Spades, and many more can provide hours of fun. What are your favorite classic card games?
23Host a scavenger hunt
Pick out several items from around your house and hide them, then give your kids a list of clues to find each one! This can be done individually or as a group, and can also be done in your front or back yard.
24Play video games
Not everyone has a video game console or games on their computer, so this one is last. But if you do, this can be one way of passing time with your kids while they are at home. Video games do require certain motor skills and many are single player only, so be sure to take turns or play multiplayer games so everyone can take part.
This list isn’t an exhaustive one, but it is made to showcase some of the many ideas you can use for fun things to do with kids at home. Do you have any favorite at-home things to do for family? Let us know in the comments!
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