What are we supposed to do with our kids all day when we’re stuck at home? These 25 activities to do with kids at home are fun, easy, bargain activities that will keep your kids entertained! These boredom busters will help you keep your sanity while your child is busy indoors.
Sometimes you really need good ideas of kids’ activities when you’re stuck at home
Parents everywhere are panicking.
Definitely because they have health concerns, or worries about money.
But others are panicking about what to do with their kids all day when there is no school.
I am a big supporter of letting kids be a bit bored and letting them come up with their own things to do. This is where creativity comes from and it’s good for kids to not be constantly rescued with entertaining kids’ activities that we set up for them.
This comes with a but:
We are not in normal times, folks.
We all know that. When you are social distancing and staying inside without lots of playdates, well, let’s just say that tests the sanity and patience of everyone living under the same roof.
This is not about becoming a homeschooling genius, if that’s not your thing. You don’t need to accomplish all 25 of these activities to do with kids; there will be no checklist to complete.
This is about providing you fun options when your kids need something to do, and you are just fresh out of ideas.
So I put together this fun list of activities to do with kids, for those times when you need some creative new ideas to keep everyone happy.
I’d love to hear which kids’ activities you want to try!
Also here are 15 Things to do when you’re bored at home – for adults or older kids!
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25 Super fun and frugal activities to do with kids at home
1. Build a cardboard dollhouse via Dad Life Lessons.
Put those cardboard amazon boxes to use. Build a house/dollhouse with your kids for hours of fun!
2. Practice physical skills.
Even in small houses, you can find space to let kids be physical. When they’re more cooped up than usual, being physical is essential to them letting off excess energy, plus it’s just fun for them!
We have a house that is just over 800SF and today we set up mats and my daughter had a blast practicing forward and backward somersaults.
Other physical skills you might want to try: hopping on one foot, do an obstacle course where they have to weave around things, balance something on their head while walking, running backwards, etc.
3. Butterfly clothespin craft for kids via Finding Zest.
Get ready for spring with this butterfly clothespin craft. Toddlers and preschoolers will love this simple and colorful craft featuring cupcake liners!
4. Toilet paper roll race car craft via Toot’s Mom is Tired.
Make a fun race car out of a toilet paper roll!
5. Sensory play activities to do with kids
Keep little hands busy (and away from pulling the cat’s tail…ahem…my house…) with a fun and thrifty sensory activity with things you already have around the house. One of my daughter’s favorite sensory play activities is this one. I find it shocking how long this will entertain her.
6. Shaving cream rain cloud in a jar STEM experiment via Easy Activities for Kids.
This shaving cream rain clouds activity is a fun and easy way to teach children how it rains. Kids will love the magical wow factor and YOU’LL love the easy prep!
7. Science experiments for kids via The Growing Creatives.
If you’re looking for how to keep kids busy, here are 5 Easy and fun science experiments for kids using ingredients you already have in your pantry!
8. Make Cheerio necklaces.
I remember loving this simple activity as a little kid, and my 4-year-old had fun with this activity the other day.
Give them a bowl of dry Cheerios, and a piece of twine or string. They practice fine motor skills as they thread the Cheerios onto the twine. Tie up their necklace when they’re finished, and then they can snack on their homemade necklace!
9. Flashlight games via Mom in the Six.
These no set-up activities only require a flashlight. These flashlight games are great ideas for toddlers and older.
10. Cosmic Kids Yoga.
This super popular channel on YouTube is a favorite of my 4-year-old. It’s all about fun online kids’ yoga classes for the 3+ set. Episodes are between ~10-30 minutes and each one is a different adventure, like Disney’s Frozen yoga adventure, Star Wars yoga, Unicorn and bunny themed kids’ yoga, and so much more.
11. Virtual Museum Tours.
I LOVE this idea and it’s one of my favorite activities to do with kids that will also appeal to bored grown-ups. Twelve famous museums around the world offer in-depth virtual tours, from the Guggenheim Museum in New York to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and 10 more. Check out the virtual museum tour here.
12. Read with your kids.
Most of you probably do this already, and many of you probably read to your kids every day. But while kids are at home for the whole day every day, you could practice their reading skills if they don’t read yet or their comprehension skills if they are older.
13. Capillary action color explosions via From Engineer to SAHM.
This simple experiment uses a coffee filter to explore science!
14. Easy indoor herb garden via The Soccer Mom Blog.
Gardening with kids is a great activity to do together AND with this indoor herb garden you’ll end up with herbs (or veggies) that you can use in the kitchen later!
15. Make homemade bread together.
Not only is this an awesome homesteading skill to learn, it’s super easy for even toddlers and preschoolers to help with. This no-knead bread recipe is super simple, cheap, and crazy delicious.
16. Activities to do with kids using Lego.
Childhood 101 offers a round-up of 25 ways to learn at home with Lego. Check out all the Lego ideas here.
17. Teach your kids to wash their hands properly using glitter via The Soccer Mom Blog.
This germy hands experiment is a fun way to teach kids good habits to help keep them healthier!
18. Make inkblot creatures with watercolor paints.
Kids can learn about symmetry while they are having fun with this inkblot painting project for ages 3-10.
19. Easy unicorn horn craft via Practical Whimsy Designs.
These fun DIY unicorn horns are a fun craft that doubles as a dress up accessory.
20. Play with pasta.
I love this idea for toddlers to practice fine motor skills while they are just having a good time with dried pasta and a colander. 🙂
21. Bake 2-ingredient cookies together via Dancing through the Rain.
Help your little one develop an interest in cooking with these 2 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons! They can help you mix and form each cookie while you handle putting them in the oven. Celebrate your results with a delicious treat!
22. Teach them to tie their shoes.
This is a skill that seems to be becoming a bit obsolete as we live in a world of Velcro, but kids will still eventually have to learn the skill of tying a knot and tying a bow. Why not take this time at home with them to practice?
Their teacher/future teacher will thank you.
23. Make a rainbow using the properties of water via Engineer to SAHM.
Make a rainbow using paper towels!
24. Teach your kids about money.
I love these 4 ideas on teaching kids financial literacy ideas like interest and delayed gratification. Before I came across this article, we did something similar to idea #1 with our daughter; it’s a great way to teach paying it forward.
25. Doodle with Mo Willems.
Another super fun activity to do with kids is to join Mo Willems (author of the hilarious Elephant & Piggie books – we own tons of them) for his daily lunch doodle sesh.
Visit Mo’s art studio every day for a few weeks and learn to draw something new each day. New episodes are live weekdays at 1pm EST. If you can’t watch live, they leave the videos up so you can stream them later.
I love Mo’s words from the website:
“You might be isolated, but you’re not alone. You are an art maker. Let’s make some together.”
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