Keeping children entertained all day can be a challenge. Finding things to keep them busy is not always easy. Parents often resort to screen time for entertainment when the kids have nothing else to do.
With that in mind, we gathered a list of activities to keep your loved ones busy using items that can be found in the household. Check it out below:
3-5 Years Old
Shaving cream painting -This activity will sure keep your little ones entertained for a while and also will create beautiful art pieces to decorate the house later. https://www.funwithmama.com/shaving-cream-painting-process-art-preschoolers/
- Shaving foam
- Baking tray
- Cardstock paper
- Place the shaving foam into the tray.
- Add a few drops of paint.
- Let your child explore using their finger or a paint brush (This alone will keep them entertained for a while).
- Place the cardstock on the colored foam and take it out.
- Use a card or something flat and hard to scrape the excess foam out of the paper and you’ll see a beautiful artwork.
Marshmallow Tower – Let your kids get creative with this fun marshmallow tower challenge. https://www.theidearoom.net/marshmallow-and-toothpick-buildings/
- Place one marshmallow at each end of the toothpick.
- Let the children get creative on how to build the tower
6-10 Years Old
Walking Water Science Experiment – Let your little scientists explore color with this super fun experiment. https://funlearningforkids.com/rainbow-walking-water-science-experiment-kids/
- 7 Small plastic cups or glasses
- Paper towel
- Food coloring red, yellow and blue
- Add about ¾ of water to the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th cup.
- Add 5 drops of red food coloring to the 1st and 7th cup.
- Add 5 drops of yellow food coloring to the 3rd cup. Add 5 drops of blue food coloring to the 5th cup.
- Take half sheet of paper towel and fold it lengthwise twice.
- Place half of the paper towel in one cup, and the other half in the cup next to it.
- Continue doing this until all cups have a paper towel in it.
- Watch the water transfer from one cup to another turning into a rainbow
Foil Boat Race – Let the kids get a little competitive with a boat race. This super easy and super fun activity will sure bring a little of fun for your kiddos.
- Aluminum Foil
- Large tray with water
- Add water to a tray
- Shape the foil into little boats
- Place the boats into the water in one corner of the tray
- Have the kids blow the boats to get it to sail to the other side.
- The first one that reach the end wins the game.
Balloon Rocket Race – Keep the competitiveness going with a balloon rocket race. This super easy to set up activity will bring in a lot of laughs. https://www.designdazzle.com/balloon-rocket-races/
- String or Yarn
- Plastic Straw
- Clothes’ pin
- Place the string or yarn inside the straw.
- Find two points in the house or yard where you can tie the string, so the line is straight.
- Tie two strings (or more if you have more kids playing) parallel to each other, so the balloons can race.
- Blow the balloon and place a clothes’ pin at the end to hold the air.
- Tape the balloon to the straw.
- When the kids are ready, have them take off the clothes’ pin off the balloon so the balloons can fly.
- The first one that reached the other end of the balloon is the winner.
Balloon Piñata – Have a lot of fun and cool down on warm days with a balloon piñata. https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/how-to-make-water-balloon-pinatas/
- String or Yarn
- Water Balloons
- Piece of wood or large stick
- Fill the balloon with water and tie it.
- Find two points in outside where you can tie the string, so the line is straight. (If you have a tree with long branches, you can use that instead.)
- Tie the water balloons to the string (or tree branch)
- Let the kids have fun by hitting the balloon until it pops.
10-13 Years Old
Tiny bow & arrow - http://thebroodinghen.blogspot.com/2010/06/tiny-bow-arrow.html
- Small sharp knife (parental supervision needed)
- Popsicle stick
- Dental floss
- Using the knife, cut four small notches in the popsicle stick.
- Soak the stick in water for an hour or more.
- Tie the floss around one end of the popsicle stick, gently bend the stick and toss it around the other end forming a bow.
- Cut the end of the Q-tip to make the arrow
Straw Roller Coaster – Let your kids work on their engineering skills by building a straw roller coaster for ping pong balls. https://frugalfun4boys.com/engineering-project-kids-build-straw-roller-coaster/
- A cardboard box or a piece of cardboard for the base
- Drinking straws
- Hot glue
- Ping pong ball
- Glue two straws to the cardboard, about one inch apart from each other.
- Glue another set of straws onto the box, leaving enough space between the first set to fit one straw horizontally on top.
- Glue two straw horizontally, connecting the first set of straws to the second.
- Continue the same steps of building tracks, changing the straws direction, working its way down
- When all is done, place a ping pong ball on top and watch it go doing its “roller coaster”.
Straw Bracelets – Let your girls get creative with beautiful new bracelets. This super easy activity can also be a great gift for them to give to their friends. https://happyhooligans.ca/straw-weaving/
- 3 or more drinking straws
- Tape 3 drinking straws together at one end
- Insert the yarn between two of the straws and weave it over and under.
- Once get to the third straw, go back to the first.
- Repeat this motion until you cover the straws completely.
- Take a longer piece of yarn and tie one of the ends.
- Remove the straws from inside and tie the other end.