Fun Things To Do With Kids At Home
With everything that’s happening in the world right now, most of us are pretty much homebound these days. Those of us with kids are hearing things like “I’m bored!”, “There’s nothing to do!” and the famous whiny “Moooooooom!” more than we’d like to admit. You know what I’m talking about! Lately, I’ve been on a hunt for new indoor activities kids can do at home.
There’s not much for them to do outside because park/ playgrounds are off-limits and social distancing preventing them to play with friends. One thing you don’t want is to have your kids sitting like zombies in front of the electronic babysitter for hours, or playing video games till their gray matter starts to have the consistency of Swiss Cheese. Don’t get me wrong Ipads and internet come in handy sometimes but little minds need stimulation.
It can be hard to keep the little ones entertained so I thought I’d share some fun things to do with kids at home.
There’s nothing worse than an idle child with nothing to do, so why not give them some simple and easy to do crafts? If you’re not a crafty-person (and a lot of us aren’t) it might seem a bit daunting to you. Perhaps the last craft you created was when you pressed your hand into some clay in elementary school for a mother’s day gift. If that’s so, don’t panic. All it takes for you to be able to do this is a little ingenuity—and some planning ahead.
Let’s check out these easy craft ideas for kids to make at home…
Create a Box or Not
Planning craft activities does not have to be complicated or even expensive. You have a few options to create a crafty storage area.
The first option, you’ll need a craft box. You can make this as difficult or as simple as you want. I’ve had friends who have simply taken a cardboard box with a lid, written ‘Crafts’ on the top and filled it with their goodies; others take the same box and have turned it into a work of art by affixing feathers and buttons and even painted pictures on it. It all depends on what amount of effort and time you want to put into it. After all, it’s not the box but what’s inside that count in the end.
Designate a drawer in your kitchen as the craft drawer and fill it with your goodies.
You can use a toolbox for your small craft box. They’re great because they have little compartments for holding your small stuff like googley eyes, rhinestones, buttons or pieces of glass. The bigger compartment can hold your glue gun and large pieces of felt and any other crafty items you’ve got. You can also purchase any size plastic tub to use for a craft box—in fact, some empty tubs are made for just such a purpose. They come with drawers and trays with lots of compartments to store your items. However you make or buy your craft box, make sure it’s special to your kids.
Another great idea is to use an over the door plastic shoe holder. They are fairly cheap and you store a LOT of items in them without taking up a drawer or any counter space in your kitchen. Because the little plastic areas are see-through, you’re instantly organized! You can see everything you have at a glance.
First Things First
Children can do the most creative things with the most innocuous items and you can help them make things on the cheap. Having fun doesn’t have to be expensive!
If you have young children, make sure that you keep the small craft items out of reach so they’re no danger of choking.
As I said before, you can fill up your craft box, or drawer, or over-the-door craft holder relatively inexpensively.
What I usually like to do is pick up things at a garage sale or thrift store sine that’s not an option at the moment Amazon is always a good choice, just click on any of the links in this post and it’ll take you straight the best options. If you don’t already have Amazon Prime click Colored pieces of felt, bottle cleaners, googly eyes and any other item that seems odd but could come in handy later. Never toss anything out without first putting it in your craft box—just in case. Aluminum foil is also a must-have for your craft box.
Buttons, small pieces of colored glass and paper. Lots and lots of paper, in all sizes and colors and shapes. When I’m doing a project and I’ve cut up paper, I never throw the unused pieces away. Rather, I keep them and put them into my craft box. You never know when they might come in handy.
Colored pieces of felt, bottle cleaners, googly eyes and any other item that seems odd but could come in handy later. Never toss anything out without first putting it in your craft box—just in case. Aluminum foil is also a must-have for your craft box.
Even old socks, ones that your children have outgrown or ones that your husband has gotten holes in. can be used for exciting craft ideas! Make a sock puppet!
Here are a few fun craft ideas to keep your kids busy when they’re stuck inside. Most can be done using items found around your home so they’re fun AND inexpensive!
You’ll need some tin foil and your imagination only.
Take a sheet of foil and squeeze it, ball it up, shape it into something fun. Use enough aluminum foil to firmly twist and ball up to the desired design. You can mount it on a wood block with a glue gun, or thumbtacks. For an extra challenge try to make a body shape, that will balance on a string tied tightly between two chairs. Make figures and make a play with them. Using yarn, you can attach hair to them with a glue gun.
Poster paint or Tempera
Paper, cardboard, or wood
1. Cut potatoes in half or thirds.
2. Draw desired design onto potato with the pencil.
3. Young children can carve their whole design with the pencil but if more detail is preferred, an adult needs to cut around the pencil outline.
4. Place paint in tray or paper plate in a thin layer.
5. Press potato design into the paint and firmly press onto paper for impression.
Don’t have Paint ?
Coloring with a marker onto the potato works as well although it produces a lighter effect.
Mom Tip: Practice a couple of times to get the feel for how much paint you want on your print.
To accomplish a textured effect try letting layers dry and adding prints on top in different colors.
Any of these items
Inner tube rubber
Sharp utility knife
1. Cut the desired shape out of a rubber eraser for example:
The tip of a pencil eraser will form a circle, add notches to create flowers, carve letters (don’t forget to reverse for printmaking)
2. When using felt, cork or cardboard attach the stamp to a wood block with a glue gun. Two-inch dowel pieces work well.
3.Press stamps onto ink pad and press on paper.
Mom Tip: Stamps will last longer if you keep a damp sponge at work area to dab after each color.
Socks, all kinds and colors
No one can resist a sock puppet. Use any kind of sock—the more colorful the better. Using a glue gun, attach yarn hair, maybe even a yarn mustache. Stick eyes on, wait till everything is dry and then have a puppet show! Recreate a scene from one of your favorite cartoons. Use a pink sock and make Patrick, a yellow sock to make Sponge Bob.
Using a cardboard box, you can create a stage where your sock puppets can put on plays. With a bit of creativity, you can have hours of fun!
Bread and Glue Clay
You’ll need :
8 slices of day-old white bread (The cheaper fluffy type)
1 /2 C. White Glue
Flour for work space
Btw all of these items can be purchased through Amazon Prime Pantry so you don’t have to worry about leaving the house.
Remove Crusts. Break bread into small pieces and put in a mixing bowl. Pour glue over bread. Mix with one hand until it becomes a sticky mass. Take the out of the bowl and form it into a ball with both hands. Keep patting into a smaller ball until it becomes just slightly tacky. Dust work surface with a small amount of flour and knead gently until it becomes smoother and more pliable. Knead firmly at this time. Knead until the texture is satiny, about 5 mins.
Wrap tightly with plastic to store. Remember to seal the unused portion while working.
To color the dough tear of portion needed, flatten and add color directly onto the dough. Blend until satiny again.
Add flour, if needed to achieve the proper texture. Let air dry. Drying times vary depending on thickness. To speed up drying place on a cookie sheet and leave overnight in an unlit oven. Paint with acrylic paints (optional) and seal with a spray-on finish.
You’ll need the following:
Marshmallows or Gumdrops
Insert the toothpicks into the marshmallows. Keep adding marshmallows to make any shape you wish. For example star, hexagon or complex structures like a tall building or a bridge
There’s nothing more exciting to a child than getting themselves all dirty. As moms, we’re always telling them to stay clean, to wash their hands, and don’t touch.
Now you’re going to give them the opportunity to touch and to get dirty and to play!
You’ll need some water-soluble finger paints. They come in all colors and they’re so much fun! Whether from a squeeze bottle or a jar—dipping their little fingers into the wet muck gives them tactile sensations and a creative outlet.
You’ll need paper and paints. Also, it would be a good idea to have the child wear old clothing or an apron to keep the paint from their clothing.
These are just a few fun things to do at home with your kids. Now go ahead and start making some exciting memories with your kiddos while keeping their little imaginations active during these trying times. Be sure to come back and let me know if you tried any of these fun crafts and how they turned out. If you like these ideas be sure to join my email list for more ideas on how to keep your little ones entertained. As always please stay safe!
Fun Things To Do With Kids At Home!