20 Things To Do At Home With Kids

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It is great to do family outings when your kids are home from school. After all, kids love going out to places such as the park, zoo, and amusement park. But sometimes circumstances get into the way of family outings. Like maybe your kids get sick, you get sick, inclement weather or you’re just too tired to go out anywhere with your rambunctious kids! If you ever feel like staying at home, here is a guide for you to learn more fun things to do at home with your kids while avoiding your kids being constantly glued to their tablets:

Pajama Party!

Your kids don’t have to be at someone else’s house for them to experience the fun of a sleepover. Skip the unsanitary movie theater and host a movie night in the comfort of your own home! Pull out your favorite PJ’s, order in, bring out the snacks, and watch a movie marathon on Netflix (or Disney+) and enjoy a carefree night with your kids. Movie night is pretty much foolproof because it is very easy to plan and kids love movies! Plan your very first movie night on a Friday or Saturday night because your kids will be asking for reoccurring movie nights every single week! This is best for older toddlers and up since younger toddlers would not have the attention span to sit through an entire movie.

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: $

Best Age Group: 3-17 years old

Dance Party!

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Toddlers and young children have very high energy levels and love to jump, dance, and move. Let them get out their energy with a dance party. When kids are very young, all you need are party hats, party horns, and some toddler appropriate tunes to convince your tot that you are having a party! If you don’t have party hats at home, you can make some before the dance party starts. At this age, they are so easily pleased.  All you need is thirty minutes to an hour of kid-friendly dancing for your toddler to burn off enough energy for the day for them to take that mid-day nap that they may otherwise skip.

Effort: * out of **** stars

Cost: $

Best Age Group: 2- 6 years old

Play Hide and Seek

There is something about kids and hide and seek. They love a challenge, which explains why it is one of the most playground games. However, when you are stuck in the house, your children are probably begging you to play hide and seek in the house. Even though there are not as many open spaces indoors, there are still a lot of secret hiding spaces indoors. A good game of hide and seek can last 30 minutes to an hour and parents and kids both can get creative about the hiding spots that they choose. Just remember to have fun and don’t go easy on the kiddos!

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: Free

Best Age Group: 3-8 years old

Family Game Night

Do you want to incorporate an activity that is simple, fun, and will get your family off their screens for a few hours? A Family Game Night is the perfect way to do all three! Just brush off some board games from the back of the closet and your family would be entertained for the whole evening. Some of my favorites are Jenga, Connect Four, Uno, and Monopoly. Schedule your Game Night on a Friday or Saturday night because, like the Pajama Party, it is bound to become a weekly routine.

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: $

Best Age Group: 3-17 years old

Bake

Kids love to use their hands and imitate their parents. This is why baking with kids is definitely a no brainer! You and your children can make loads of tasty treats, including cookies, cupcakes, brownies, banana pudding, Rice Krispie treats, and much, much more! The best part about baking treats is that you can make healthier versions of traditional treats that have vegan ingredients such as plant-based milk, vegan egg substitutes, and alternatives to white sugar, such as cane sugar, agave, and date syrup. Kids enjoy helping mix the batter, tasting the cookie dough, pouring the batter into the pan to make cakes and cupcakes, and icing the cakes and cupcakes. And both children and adults enjoy eating the tasty treats after they finish baking!

Effort: ** out of ****

Cost: $

Best Age Group: 3-12 years old

Disney Karaoke

Kids love to sing. Kids love Disney. When you mix the two together, it’s bound to be an excellent combination. All you have to do is type in Disney Kareoke on YouTube to find lots of Disney classic and contemporary songs for you and your child to sing. Even if you guys are not the most talented singers, you will have fun singing the lyrics to some of your favorite Disney jams!

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: Free

Best Age Group: 3-12 years old

Play with Toys

Kids love playing with toys. But the only thing that they love more than playing with toys by themselves is playing with their parents. Give in for once and play along with your kid. The sky is the limit for play. You can make up scenarios with dolls and action figures in their houses. You can gather all of the racecars and have them compete against each other. Or you can stack up building blocks as high as you could or make a Lego house! It only takes about an hour a day, but playing with toys with your children is a moment that would forever be etched in your children’s memories.

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: Free

Best Age Group: Birth to 8 years old

Have a Paint Party!

From watercolor paints to finger paints, kids love to paint pictures. So why not host a paint party at home? Cover your table with newspaper, order in, lay out some snacks, and take out some juice boxes and you have a paint party going on! Finger paints are good for babies and young toddlers while watercolor and traditional paints can work for preschoolers and older kids. You can even join them and create a painting of your own! After your kids finish up their masterpiece, you can hang it up on the refrigerator for them to see their excellent work right after it finished drying.

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: $

Best Age Group: 1-17 years old

Blow Bubbles

Bubbles are great for all ages. Although bubbles are mainly for younger people, there is just something relaxing about blowing bubbles as a grown-up! Host a minimalist bubble party at home by blowing lots of big bubbles for your kids, who will run to try to pop it first. Each of them could have some bubbles to blow by themselves as well. And in case you get tired from blowing so many bubbles, you can turn on a bubble machine that will blow bubbles all around the house for your kids to enjoy!

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: $

Best Age Group: Birth-8 years old

Do Puzzles

Puzzles are another great family activity. Kids love a challenge; I know my son loves one! Toddlers and preschoolers are great with large floor puzzles that have 24 to 48 pieces. They love puzzles with their favorite Nick Jr., Disney Jr., and PBS characters and things they like, like pets, sports, and princesses. Older children can start off with 100 piece puzzles and even do 500-1000 piece puzzles if they are super into completing puzzles! Just a warning, the more advanced puzzles might take days or even weeks for you guys to complete! Target, Five Below, and even Dollar Tree sell some great puzzles for kids.

Effort: ** out of ****

Cost: $

Best Age Group: 2-17 years old

Make Dinner Together

Kids are great helpers. Even if your kid is too young or isn’t interested in helping out in the kitchen, they love to eat. Instead of turning on the TV or tablet for your children while you cook, let them put on their aprons and use their little hands to help you in the kitchen! Great dinners to make with your children include pizza (either a large pizza to share or small personal pizzas for each kid), tacos, burgers with french fries, and spaghetti and meatballs! If your kid is older and would like to try more adventurous recipes, you can purchase a food kit, such as Hello Fresh or Blue Apron. Best of all, your kids would be so proud of the delicious meals that they made!

Effort: ** out of ****

Cost: $

Best Age Group: 3-17 years old

Make Homemade Playdoh and Slime

The only thing better than playing with Play-Doh and slime is making it yourself! In my city, there is a pop-up slime museum where you can visit the space and even make your own slime and bring it home. But this option isn’t nationwide and can get a bit expensive. Place a tablecloth on our table and make the Play-Doh or slime yourself. Your kid either prefers Play-Doh or slime; they cannot like both equally! If your kid is a Play-Doh type, I Heart Naptime has a great quick recipe that makes homemade Play-Doh that lasts for months! If your kid is a slime fan, Little Bins for Little Hands has a great recipe that includes Borax. Just get some dye in your child’s favorite colors and they will play with their Play-Doh and slime for months!

Effort: ** out of ****

Cost: $

Best Age Group: 3-8 years old

Race!

Competitive by nature, your kid will love to run with you to see who’s the fastest! Older kids love the challenge (like a Best of 3 or a Best 5!) while toddlers love the repetition of having fun with their parents (I know my son does!) But don’t even think about going easy on them! Race in the basement or any room that has a lot of open space. If you live on a high floor in an apartment building, this might not be for you guys. You’ll have to wait until you get to the park to have some racing fun. Just enjoy your kid’s energy and free spirit and you will have a great time!

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: Free

Best Age Group: 2-6 years old

Read Books

 

Reading is one of the best activities that you can do with your kid. Reading books provide auditory and visual stimulation to all, from newborn babies to tweens. When they are older than that, they are most likely old enough to read independently. When you cannot attend a storytime at the public library or the bookstore, you can just read some of your kid’s favorite books at home. School-age children can also read to you and their siblings while even preschoolers and toddlers can “read” stories to you based on the book’s pictures. Children who read every day have a better vocabulary, better comprehension, high reading level, and perform better on state exams than children who do not read as often. So when you have some time in your day, just sit down with your kids for some time and read a book!

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: Free

Best Age Group: Newborn-12 years old

Pull Out Your Coloring Books

Coloring is undeniably a relaxing activity. Coloring brings out your creative juices and is very relaxing. No wonder, they have adult coloring books as well. Coloring with your children is an excellent way to spend time together. For young children, coloring helps strengthen their fingers so that they can learn how to write letters, numbers, and shapes. Older children can develop stronger artistic skills and pursue art as a hobby or even as a career. The best part about coloring and drawing is that it will keep the house quiet and it is completely free.

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: Free

Best Age Group: 1-17 years old

Play Video Games

I know what you’re saying! They are always on those video games so why are you even suggesting that they play more? But if you are an ’80s baby or younger, you know that video games are not only fun; they also serve as a bonding activity for kids and adults alike. So release your inner kid and play some video games! Some of my favorite modern games to play with others are Mario Kart, Mario Party, Just Dance, Dance Dance Revolution, and Super Smash Bros. You can also bring back some retro faves like Pacman, the original Sonic, and Rally X! Your kids will love playing these games as a family and have less temptation to play the less kid-friendly ones with their friends or by themselves!

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: Free

Best Age Group: 6-17 years old

Do Arts and Crafts

Kids who are more artistically minded might want to go beyond coloring or painting. Luckily the internet is full of ideas for crafty children. Go on Pinterest to find endless crafts that you can do with your children. You don’t have to get supplies from an arts and craft store or a teacher store. Just search in the back to school section in your local dollar store for all of the crafts you might need. They sell glue, pom poms, construction paper, glitter, and paper plates for very cheap. Older kids can take on more complicated crafts, such as knitting, crocheting, ceramics, and woodworking. Use their crafts as decor or use ceramics or knitted creations in their daily lives.

Effort: ** out of ****

Cost: $

Best Age Group: 2 to 17 years old

Have an Indoor Picnic

Picnics are one of the best warm-weather activities to do with kids. After all, it is cheap, low maintenance, and great for all ages. But if your outdoor picnic is ruined by rainy weather, don’t fret. Indoor picnics have the same food and carefree nature, except they are indoors instead of outdoors. Make your indoor picnic a phone-free occasion so that you can feel like you would if you were outdoors. Layout a blanket on the ground and make sure that you eat food and snacks that do not create stains or crumbs. After eating, you can cuddle with your loved ones while your kids play with toys.

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: $

Best Age Group: Newborn to 17 years old

Do Indoor Camping

Camping is a childhood must-do. Kids never forget their first experience in the great outdoors. The best part about camping is that you spend time outside in the rain, wind, or shine! But if your child is feeling under the weather or it isn’t warm enough outside for camping, you can still do camping in the great indoors! Creating a tent made from a comforter or blanket is perfect for cuddling in with your kids. Explore your house with toy binoculars or two toilet paper rolls if you don’t have any binoculars. Add camping prompts, such as animals, trees, and other forms of nature made from action figures and Lego blocks. They will have a lot of fun practicing for their real-life camping trip in the near future!

Effort: * out of ****

Cost: Free

Best Age Group: 2-8 years old

Just Relax!

Sometimes, you don’t have to plan out every little activity with your children. It’s not the end of the world if your child watches an episode (or two…or three…) of Paw Patrol or PJ Masks on their tablet or on TV. It’s not the worst thing if your kids are running and jumping all over the place if they are getting a bit stir crazy. It’s okay if you let your kids sleep an hour (or two) over their nap sometimes after they get a bit stir crazy. In that case, lie down with your kid as they sing the Paw Patrol theme song. Let your kid shake all of their sillies out, within reason at least. And watch how cute your kid looks when they are sleeping knowing that you don’t plan on waking them up from their nap anytime soon.

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