Being cooped up in the house for extended periods of time for whatever reason is can be draining for everyone involved. Having a list of activities for kids at home you can do together may make the whole experience a little better all around.
Ever notice how when you are actively playing with your kids there is absolutely zero fighting and arguing. Don’t believe me? Ask them to do one of these things with you and you’ll experience first hand what I mean.
If you’re a working Mom it can be even harder to juggle working and having to keep your kiddos entertained. Check out these tips for How to Work From Home with Kids to make things run even just a little smoother.
Play a board game or card game together
There are so many games out there to choose from there’s seriously something for every age group of family. The kids were getting a little rambunctious yesterday afternoon and I had them all sit on the couch and told them that I was about to beat them at Clue. They all got super excited, ran around looking for my gel pens to match the colors to their characters and we all sat down for an hour and played together. I always hope that these are memories my kids will cherish, I know I do.
Draw/color with them
YouTube has a wealth of fun activities for kids. There are a ton of different things you can have a YouTuber walk you through drawing. These videos are so neat because you can pause and wait for everyone to catch up. The sense of accomplishment when we’re done is awesome, yes we’re I feel accomplished as well! I am not an artist so when I draw something we’ll I get excited too! Just head to YouTube search “how to draw” with whatever you want an BAM a great activity for you and your kids!
An option for littles is to just print a coloring page of their favorite cartoon. Google their favorite character or cartoon with “coloring page” following. Tons of coloring for every little artist. Or just pull out their favorite coloring book!
Sort through clothes and toys together
The kids may not like this activity as much, but doing it together will be much easier than just telling them to do it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sent my daughter to her room to clean it up and it looks exactly the same.
Puzzles are a great way to work together and can be bought at all age and skill levels. A puzzle can last anywhere from 10 minutes to days to complete. This alone makes puzzles a go-to when you’re stuck at home.
Some adults can barely cook a decent meal other than toast. Teaching your kids young gives them skills that will last them a lifetime all while you create lasting memories with them. Me and my daughter made these 3 Ingredient Muffins and they were a HIT both in the making of them and they were delicious!
Cardboard fort, trampoline fort, bunkbed fort, air forts, heck even the standard sheet forts from our childhood. Kids just love being in a house they made inside of an actual house. Parents will have to help with assembling in some cases, but then it’s loads of imaginary fun.
Have an indoor picnic
Spread out a blanket on the floor and eat that meal you just cooked together. Another option is to turn it into a “fancy” meal have the kids set the table with silverware plates cups and eat your meal fancy style.
If you know me, you know I love crafting! I think my kids get a little bit of that from me, especially my daughter. I usually take to Pinterest pick out a fun craft for the day and then we hang them up in our craft room. YouTube is another great resource for picking a craft.
Read a book series
Me and the kids read the Last Kids on Earth series and absolutely LOVED it! Pick books that will pique your kids interest. Try out the Kindle Unlimited Membership Plan at this time you get a 2 months free trial free or if you’d rather listen to books try an Audible Membership
A few great book series to get you started
- Last Kids on Earth
- Harry Potter
- Chronicles of Narnia
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians
- Amelia Bedilia
- How to Train your Dragon
- Junie B. Jones
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
GoNoodle is a free resource that schools use and you can use at home. They have tons of videos to get kids active like dance videos, yoga videos and even mindfulness videos. There are no ads and all of the content is perfectly kid friendly! You can download the GoNoodle app or go directly to the GoNoodle website.
Another way to get kids moving and get the wiggles out is to practice yoga with them. Yoga For Kids is a great fun way for kids to enjoy exercise while being indoors still.
Have you ever met a kid that didn’t like to make slime? Yeah, me either. There is just something about slime that can keep kids busy for hours. If you join in you may even find that you enjoy it as much as they do!
What do you think about these activities for kids at home?
What types of things do you do with your kids when you are stuck home? I’m sure there’s more we can be doing when we’re just stuck.
Check out this list of fun things you can do with your kids which includes some of these activities for kids at home and more for when you’re not stuck in the house anymore. If you do need to get out of the house with your kiddos check out these Backyard Activities for Kids that includes tons of fun things you can do to keep your littles busy.
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