100+ Best Activities for Your Kids & Family
Are your kids bored? Do you want some simple family and kid-friendly ideas? Here are 100+ easy things for your kids to do when they’re bored and to do together as a family. These ideas are for boys, girls, families to do all together, and connect with friends. We are lucky with today’s technology that social distancing does NOT have to equal social isolation. Perfect activities for indoors, outside, and away from home. Use this free 100+ checklist to see how many things you can do to have fun, reconnect with hobbies, exercise, education, and fun with kids, and activities away from home!
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- Have kids stay in touch with family and friends with Video chat/FaceTime/Skype/texts/email/phone.
- Read together.
- Kindle Books- get immediate access to your favorite books. You can get a free Kindle App on your iPad.
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- Borrow up to 10 books at a time.
- Discover a new great author, series, or book.
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- Puzzles are POPULAR, right now! Keep your minds busy with these crossword puzzles and other games for adults and kids.
- Play board/card games. Check out these FAMILY FAVORITES.
- Pet and play with your furry family members. Petting cats and dogs have been shown to reduce stress. Keep them entertained, too.
- Download and organize photos. I bet you have a ton of photos on your phone.)
- Construct a family book where each member contributes.
- Listen to music.
- Take naps.
- *Create a thankful journal.
- Make your own matching game using spelling words, vocabulary words, etc.
- Play Simon Says
- Discover “How To” draw tutorials on YouTube.
- Learn “How to” do another skill or hobby.
- Teach yourself Sign Language.
- Create a picnic inside or outside. (Order from a local restaurant to support local businesses.)
- Pull out toys, and games your kids have not seen in a while.
- Play electronic games. Some games can be played with friends. (Call ahead to coordinate a mutual time to play together online.)
- Binge-watch TV shows and movies. (Consider appropriate content for your children.) Use your streaming,*Prime…
- Play BINGO
- Organize toys and kids’ clothes to see what needs to be handed down (given to family members or friends), donated, recycled, or thrown away.
Reconnect with hobbies. Have your family join in.
- Gather photos to create a scrapbook. This is a great activity to do with your family.
- Garden- as it is getting warmer, now is a wonderful time to start planting. Plant a garden, and make a space for your kids to tend. Use flower boxes if you don’t own a garden. Join a community garden.
- Quilting-Create birthday, Christmas, holiday, and special occasions gifts now.
- Sing favorite songs together.
- Dance together
- Play an instrument
- Cook together
- Bake together
- Complete puzzles
- Paint by Numbers
- Word Finds
- Craft jewelry
- Learn magic tricks.
- Walking, jogging, running, hiking…
- Riding bikes outside
- Swim (if you have your own pool and live in a warm climate during the cool season). Always supervise and observe safety rules around water. Even in kiddie pools.
- Create an obstacle course.
- Walk your dog.
- Jump rope
- Hula Hoops
- Scooters for kids
- Kick a ball back and forth.
- Shoot hoops if you have a basketball net.
- Roller skate- if you have your own roller skates. On snowy days, I used to roller skate in the basement.
- Do jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups…
- *Skee Ball Tabletop Classic Arcade Game
- Indoor bowling
- Play on Playscape in your backyard
Education and Fun with Young Children
(Some Activities Can be Modified for Older Children)
- Play matching game.FREE MATCHING GAME AND BLANK TEMPLATES to create your own matching games.
- FREE Book Scavenger Hunt
- Use Free Venn Diagrams to categorize books & pictures or use 2 Hula Hoops to create large Venn diagrams to items, stuffed animals…
- Do one of the free Scavenger Hunts. LINK
- Play BINGO
- Camp in your house/backyard
- Play dress-up
- Hide and Go Seek
- Play I Spy.
- *Create with Playdough.
- *Paint- Experiment by mixing colors together.
- *Color in a coloring book.
- Build a fort.
- Use building blocks.
- *Put on a puppet show.
- *Hop Scotch
- Go to PBS Kids LINK
- Go to author websites. Young children’s authors such as Eric Carle, Kevin Henkes, Jan Brett…
- Tea Party
- *Fingerplay such as The Itsy Bitsy Spider
- *Learning Puzzles
- *Build with Legos.
- Look at family photos together, and help create a scrapbook.
- Make letters, numbers…in sand/sugar -* Sand Table
- Bath toys (Always supervise to avoid and observe water safety. Keep an eye out for choking hazards. Clean on a regular basis to avoid mold/mildew.)
- * Water TableWater play- experiment with different items to see if they sink or float. Empty the water. Replace it with other items, and create a sensory bin.
- Practice writing their names and other words.
- Learn and act out *Nursery Rhymes.
- Venn Diagram- Compare and Contrast various items. More ideas found in myFreebie for this post.
- Explore sound. Use pots and pans. Put different levels of water in bowls. Tap the sides with a spoon. Note the different sounds
- Play tag
- Do a craft together.
- Have an ice cream party
- Build a house, rocket… with a large box
- Finger paint
Away from Home Together
(Please observe safety measures before heading out. Learn about and follow the rules at your destination. Rules may vary from place to place.)
- Visit the library together and pick out books or video games.
- Go to the park. Have a picnic.
- Walk and go on an outdoor scavenger hunt.
- Hike on an outdoor trail. Take pictures.
- Ride your bikes on an outdoor trail.
- Pick fruit/vegetables/flowers at a local farm. (Please support local farmers & businesses.)
- Go to a farm and engage in activities.
- Visit an outdoor museum.
- Use the public tennis courts.
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