When you’re stuck at home with the kids and have nothing to do, don’t despair! Spend time outside the school bench in an interesting and useful way is easier than you think.
These fun activities for kids are easy, DIY, and can mostly be done with everyday items that you have around the house.
1. Create a video blog
A blog or video blog is a good passion for learning new things and training your speaking and presentation skills. For example, you can create a vlog with practical recommendations, such as how to spend time interestingly at home.
2. Have a birthday party for your kid’s favorite toy
We really like this idea a lot. It definitely falls into the category of things to do at home with kids and requires nothing but things you already have at home. It’s up to your imagination and circumstances – how big do you want this celebration to be?
It could be anything from just a pretend tea party – may be in your kid’s interests it is best to make sure they’re resting up – to a big party with music, balloons, treats and party games (think Musical Statues, Pass The Parcel and Simon Says).
3. Create “stop motion” videos
It is also interesting to create “stop motion” videos, for example, from plasticine or Lego cubes. “Stop motion” is a filming technique where filming is repeatedly stopped and resumed to give the figures the impression of movement. To learn more about how to film and edit videos, search for information on the Internet!
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4. Create your own comic
First of all, think about what the comic will be about – you, or a superhero? Maybe about animals? What difficulties will the main character face? How will he get over them? Think of a certain characteristic that will be inherent in the main character and make it special (magical abilities or fear of light). Also, think about what the end of the comic will be, and maybe there will be some wisdom in the story?
5. Go to nature
It is always interesting to go outside- take a walk along the sea, in the woods or on a trail and watch the nature that wakes up from winter sleep.
If you are tired and short of energy, do some sport at least once a day.
Transform your living room into a kid’s gym and create some fun and age-appropriate sports stations. You can put a trail of paper sheets on the floor which the kids have to walk over without touching anything else but the paper. Time jumping on the spot, which can be made more difficult for older kids (maybe they have to spin around while jumping).
7. Remember the good old games
Do not underestimate board games – they can bring joy and fun at any age.
When reviewing the shelves, you will find games that have been accumulating dust for a long time and have been forgotten, but this does not mean that they have lost their relevance. Chutes and Ladders, Bingo, Chess – these games will be found in every house.
Let us also remind about games that do not require a lot of resources, but which provide a lot of fun and satisfaction, such as battleship.
8. Dive in the exciting world of handicrafts!
Knitting, embroidery, weaving, crochet – these types of handicrafts can become a child’s favorite pastime if interest is generated. Together with the kids, you can plan and try to implement various ideas – embroider a small painting, knit socks for a brother or sew a dress for a doll. Time will pass unnoticed!
9. Sow Seeds
An activity that will be not only interesting for children, but useful for the whole family – sow seeds in homemade pots, which will grow every day into healthy and vitamin-rich sprouts to add to the meal.
10. Watch a movie
Sometimes it’s good to do nothing – just curl up on the couch, prepare the tastiest snacks and watch a favorite animated movie.
11. Make a fort
There is probably not a single child between 1 and 10 who doesn’t like to build and play in forts or caves.
Children’s imaginations go wild with this activity. From planning the build – what will they use to make their fort? Can they gather the materials themselves? – to playing inside of it, each step is an absolute pleasure. Hopefully, they’ll be inspired to come up with exciting, fun-filled role play, or simply enjoy a change in the scene and play with their toys ‘hidden away’ in their fort.
12. Try or learn something new
Trying something you’ve never done before. For example, try meditation – let the body rest and thoughts flow. However, if you want to start a new creative project, create a model of the solar system with your own hands.
13. A housebound treasure hunt
Create a map of your home and hide small items around it. Mark each piece of a hidden treasure on the map. Explain the map to your little one and offer your support for the hunting game in case they need it.
If your kids are older you can use word cards describing a place where you have hidden an item. For example: “I am cold and make a ‘bing bing’ noise if left open”. The answer is the fridge, of course. Or possibly an emergency escape hatch. Kids love this combination of a quiz and a hunt. It’s hard not to get in on the fun, too.
Even once they’ve found all the treasure, why not get them to organize their own hunt? They can draw their own map or come up with their own cryptic questions to send you on a great search.