Ideas To Keep Your Kids Busy At Home
Kids usually like to play and create things by themselves and keeping them occupied and entertained all the time is not an easy job. You may have a lot of activities at home that can entertain your kid(s).
The following are the top 49 ideas to keep your kid(s) busy at home:
Ideas To Keep Your Kids Busy At Home
- Make paper bag puppets and put them on a show for the family. Use scrap fabric, gloves, and old socks for the tools.
- Take a trip to your local library. They will have activities and Storytime for kids of all ages. If the weather is nice, take a walk in the park and stop at your local coffee shop for a drink and snack.
- Go on a treasure hunt around the house.
Put a note in a plastic Easter egg and hide it somewhere around the house. The note should tell them what your child needs to find next.
- Do crafts together as a family.
You can do simple things like cut out pictures from magazines and make a collage, or you can get your kids more involved with something like painting their image.
5. Read a book together as a family and then watch the movie version of the book on TV or at your local theater.
6. Take out some items from your junk drawer and race to see who can build the tallest tower using only those items. Whoever has the most towering building wins!
7. Watch a family-friendly movie together.
Some ideas are Jumanji, The Berenstain Bears, or Pocahontas.
8. Get a bag of popcorn and then give each person three pieces to pop in the microwave oven. Once everyone has their bag of popped corn, turn on your favorite movie and enjoy!
9. Play the “I Have, Who Has?” game by sitting in a circle with your child and another family member or friend. Start the game by saying, “I have ___,” and then your partner will say, “Who has ____.” Go around in a circle until one person gets it wrong.
The person who got it wrong gets out of the game.
10. Get out the flashlights and pass them around so everyone can shine their lights on one wall in the house.
Use your imagination to make shapes, animals, etc.
11. Go for a bike ride together as a family.
You can pick an area you would like to explore more or go around your neighborhood without a destination.
12. Play catch with your child(ren) in the backyard or park.
You can use a football basketball or play with a ball of any kind available.
13. Have everyone build their pizza using items from around the house like tortillas, bagels, and English muffins for crusts.
Then, let everyone top their own pizza however they would like using different ingredients like cheese, ham, olives, pepperoni, and anything else you can think of. When they create their masterpiece, bake the pizzas in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
14. Get your child(ren) involved in gardening.
Getting them to touch the soil and water the plants is an excellent way for kids of all ages to get interested in gardening!
15. Make homemade root beer with your kids. It tastes so much better than store-bought root beer and is fun to make together.
16. Get out some sidewalk chalk and draw pictures on the driveway or sidewalk. If you don’t want to use the chalk on the driveway, make your own hopscotch game using masking tape or string and colored duct tape for the lines.
17. Play a card game with your child(ren). It’s a fast-moving game that all ages can play together! The goal of this game is to get rid of all the cards either by matching numbers, matching colors, or both.
18. Make some DIY bubbles with ingredients you have in the house. Mix 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of dish soap, and one tablespoon of corn syrup into a bowl, then pour it into a plastic container with the opening facing down. Let your child(ren) below the bubbles and then pop them with a stick or something similar.
19. Go to your local pet store and get fish food to feed the fish in the community tank. If there aren’t any fish at that store, you can also buy crickets for reptile pets like lizards.
20. Go on a hike with your child(ren) and explore the trails. You can take a camera along to make it more interesting.
21. Make your sundaes using items from around the house like chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and sprinkles.
Try different toppings until you find your family’s favorite sundae!
22. Teach your child(ren) how to play chess.
You can find free printable instructions online or use index cards with the instructions if you don’t have any paper around.
23. Head outside and act like animals.
If you’re feeling adventurous, choose an animal that’s not native to where you live!
24. Get out some baking ingredients and bake cookies together! This is an excellent activity if you need some quiet time in the house or spend time with your child.
25. If it’s not snowing outside, turn your sprinkler on so everyone can run through it. It’s even more fun when you put on bathing suits because you also get to go swimming!
26. Get out the old movie projector and watch a family-friendly flick from years past. This is an excellent activity for all ages if you want to sit down and relax together.
27. If it’s not snowing outside, turn your sprinkler on so everyone can run through it. It’s even more fun when you put on bathing suits because you also get to go swimming!
28. Cook with your child(ren) using large utensils the whole family can use, like whisks, spoons, and tongs. Have everyone take turns stirring everything together so you can all be involved in the cooking process together.
29. If you have large pieces of paper, you can lay them out on the floor and create your masterpieces using crayons. This is great for kids who like to draw but don’t know how to hold a pencil yet.
30. Make homemade popsicles with items around the house like yogurt, juice, and frozen fruit or vegetables. You can also add pieces of fruit or candy for a tasty treat the whole family will enjoy.
31. If you have enough space to move around, play some form of chasing/tag with your child(ren). This is an excellent activity for people of all ages to practice their coordination skills while having fun!
32. Go camping in the backyard by setting up a tent and sleeping bag in the yard. For added fun, have a campfire with s’mores on hand!
33. Get out your baking supplies and bake cookies together! If you need some quiet time in the house or want to spend time with your child(ren), this is a great activity to do while also creating something yummy to eat.
34. Head outside and act like animals. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose an animal that’s not native to where you live!
35. Play cards with your child(ren). This is a classic game that everyone should know how to play well since it can be quite enjoyable for all ages to play together.
36. Go to your local grocery store and buy some ingredients for making shrimp cocktails together at home, like large shrimp, cocktail sauce, horseradish, and lemon juice. This is an excellent activity for older children so they can help in the kitchen!
37. If it isn’t raining outside, have everyone bring their bathing suit and go swimming in your backyard pool. If you don’t have a collection, fill the bathtub with lukewarm water and use some bubble baths to make it more fun.
38. Create your pizzas using different toppings like pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms, and green peppers to make everyone’s favorite kind of pizza!
39. If it’s not snowing outside, turn your sprinkler on so everyone can run through it. It’s even more fun when you put on bathing suits because you also get to go swimming!
40. Get out the old movie projector and watch a family-friendly flick from years past. This is an excellent activity for all ages if you sit down and relax together.
41. Head outside and act like animals. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose an animal that’s not native to where you live.
42. Put an obstacle course together outside your house with hula hoops, hoses, ropes, and whatever else you can find. Set a time limit and see who can finish it fastest!
43. Make fake inkblots by putting squirts of chocolate syrup or strawberry jam on wax paper, then pressing another sheet on top and shaking it.
44. Make a superhero mask out of cardboard, paper mache, or foam sheets and decorate!
45. If you’re feeling ambitious – try making an entire superhero costume with painted blue jeans, shirt, cape, and mask! It will be hard to get them to wear anything else after that…
46. Collect large tree leaves and press them in an album of paper towels with some heavy books on top for a few weeks. It will show the veins of the leaf, which is excellent!
47. Make your wrapping paper by painting the back of scrapbook paper with paint or markers then tearing it along the edges once it dries.
48. If you have a fireplace, be extra cozy by making your fire starters! Collect paper egg cartons and cut them apart. Roll up balls of newspaper, soak in melted wax, then put inside the egg cups to dry out before lighting them on top of your logs or kindling.
49. You can also make custom fire starters by filling an empty egg carton with dryer lint. Soak in hot wax, then let dry before using the flame to light your logs.
No matter how you choose to keep your kids entertained, we hope that this list has given you some ideas to get started.
With a bit of creativity and planning, you can help make these days at home more enjoyable for everyone.