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Easy and Affordable Activities for Children at Home
- Throw an indoor dance party. Put on
your child’s favorite music and encourage them to show you their best moves.
Make up your own songs that provide children instructions. For an example,
check out the “dinosaur stomp”
- Build a fort. Drape blankets and
sheets over furniture and fill the inside with pillows. “Roast” marshmallows,
build a cardboard fire and watch nature documentaries. Hide stuffed animals
around the house and go on a nature hike to search for wildlife. Set up a towel
with snacks to mimic a picnic.
an indoor obstacle course. Set up a course around the house and offer different
activities and obstacles along the way. You can use masking tape to create a
route. Create an outdoor obstacle course using sidewalk chalk. Write
instructions or tasks on the ground. Time children
- and encourage them to beat their best time.
- Make an animal bath time station.
Fill up a bin with water and soap. Encourage children to bath their toy animals
with a sponge and/or brush. If playing outdoors, fill a bin with dirt and one
- Create tape roads for toy cars. Lay
out electrical tape on the floor to create roads for toy cars to drive on. Make
tunnels out of construction paper and garages with cardboard boxes.
- Create a teddy zipwire. Tie a wire or string
from a high point in the house to a low point, attach a soft toy to a hanger
and send it down the zipwire.
- Write letters to loved ones. Let children design
their own cards, help with the labeling and placing them in the mailbox. Write
letters to others within the community (nursing homes, nurses, grocery stores,
post office workers) to thank them for their service.
- Play a memory game. Gather about 6-8 objects or
toys with your child. Name them all and put them in a pile on the floor. Ask
your child to cover their eyes or turn their back. Take one object away. Then
tell your child to look at the pile and guess what object is missing. Repeat
with other items.
- Take a "senses" walk outside. Ask your
child, "What do you hear? What can you see? What can you smell? Find and
touch something smooth, rough, etc."
- Go outside on a sunny day. Look at your shadow.
See if you can make different shapes or even animals with your hands and feet.
- Play "catch the tail". Tuck a sock or
wash cloth in the back of your waistbands to make a tail. Have each player
pretend they are an animal with a tail. Then try to catch and capture each
- Hold a household Olympics where you can have
kids take part in a number events.Events can include sock shot put, standing long jump, race around the
home or yard, a “gymnastics” floor routine, and out-of-water synchronized
swimming.Be creative with the kids and
have them come up with their own events safe to hold at home.Take it to the next level with an opening
ceremony where you challenge your kids to put together a musical
performance.Have young kids do a parade
of rooms where they can march around the house holding an object that
represents their room.For older kids have
them pick a nation and draw/color that nation’s flag for the parade of nations.
- On warm days have kids go swimming in the bath
tub.Fill it up with cool water and have
them take a bath wearing their swim suits.
- On a hot day have an outdoor water fight.You do not have to invest in water guns or
balloons, just fill bowls up with water and provide spoons for them to scoop
water with and throw at each other.
- Prepare food as a family.Kids like to help in the kitchen no matter
what you are making.The recipes do not
have to be complex, kids will enjoy making a peanut butter sandwich if they can
do some of it themselves.
- Play the story game.You say one line of a story and then the next
person has to say the next line.You
take turns saying the next line in the story until someone finishes it.The stories can be classic fairy tales or
something you make up yourselves.
- Have a family dinner and a movie night.Put a movie on and eat dinner while you
watch.If children do not normally get
to eat in front of the TV this will be a very big deal for them.Take the opportunity to show them some of
your age-appropriate favorites.
- Turn your home into one big musical
instrument.Give your child something
they can use as drum sticks and then let them experiment by tapping different
objects around the house to see what different sounds/rhythms they can
create.Make sure to follow them around
so you can show them objects that are not safe to tap.
Last updated October 19, 2020