Keep your little ones busy during quarantine or summer vacation with 31 days of activities for kids! Use this as a idea bank of fun things for your kids to do!
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31 Days of Activities for Kids
Whether you are quarantined at home during the corona virus outbreak or you’re just looking for some fun activities for your kids, these 31 daily doses of fun will keep your kids busy for a month!
Most of these activities are best suited for kids 3-10 years old. However, most of them can be adjusted to fit your child’s age!
Hopefully you have been given school work from your child’s teacher to guide you in helping them learn. If not, HERE is the link to my blog post with our “temporary homeschool schedule” and a list of easy-to-use online learning resources that require minimal parent effort! 😉
If your children are anything like my 6-year-old son, they are finished everything in about 5 seconds and are asking, “What’s next!?”
It sends chills down my spine when I hear those words. 😉
So you might need some extension activities or additional ideas to help you transition through the school closures!
Even having been a fourth grade teacher for several years before staying home with my kids, I can say that this transition is tough. It’s sad to think that my son’s first year of school will end this way, but I feel lucky that he won’t remember it fully.
What he’ll remember is how we spent our time at home.
Don’t worry about homeschooling your children. Meaning, don’t stress out about it.
Do what you can.
Take a school break when you can.
If you don’t know by now, kids learn best through imaginative play and sensory play. That’s why activities are such an important part of their everyday right now. No one will stress over using sidewalk chalk to write a kind message to a neighbor or friend.
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Use this list as an “activity bank.” No need to do all 31 days in a row! Pull from them when you can and when you want to. Switch them around when it’s raining or when you know your kids need to get moving!
I just hope you have fun with them!
Below is a little more detail about each activity and links to resources and products.
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt.– HERE is a nature scavenger hunt that I created for the first activity. Have your kids show you each item or have them cross off the boxes when they find each item.
- Make your own playdough.-This is such an easy craft DIY to do with your kids! Here are the ingredients: flour, water, cream of tartar, water, salt, vegetable oil, and food coloring. HERE is a great recipe and set of instructions.
- Make a fairy garden or a Leprechaun yard.-Find some moss. Gather some sticks and stones. Make tables and chairs. Let their imagination run wild!
- Bake and/or decorate cookies.-Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, but my son doesn’t like chocolate! You can alway buy a cookie decorating kit from a local shop or online, like the ones below!
- Play with water beads.-You can create a sensory bin by using THESE water beads and different objects. Have the young ones sort by color. Have the older ones close their eyes, reach in and guess what they find.
- Play a card game.-Card games like Go Fish, Memory, Old Maid, Crazy Eights, Uno, etc. are filled with learning! Just don’t let the kids know! Have the older ones build a house of cards once you are finished. We have the pack from Target that I attached above.
- Take a glow bath.-My kids LOVE this and it’s so simple! Throw in some bubble bath and glow bracelets and let them play! Have disco dance party with glow sticks and necklaces for the older ones.
- Make a car out of a box.-You can do this with a giant box so that your kids can sit in it or you can make smaller cars out of shoeboxes.
- Go on a town scavenger hunt.-Just like the nature scavenger hunt, I’m working on a free print for a town scavenger hunt! You can walk, ride bikes, or drive around!
- Build sandcastles with kinetic sand.-Grab a tray, some measuring cups and let the kids go to town! You can have them build different items or hide things in the sand like the water beads. HERE is the sand we have.
- Have a picnic.-This is as simple as going to your backyard or even your family room! We use a foldable picnic blanket that I got several years ago. Take a look at the cuties below!
- Make your own slime.-This is an activity that is super easy, but we don’t do enough! You can always add things to your slime to give it a theme too! You’ll need Elmers glue, baking soda, saline contact solution, (shaving cream optional), and food coloring. HERE is a good post for instructions!
- Play good old fashioned tag-Nowadays, there are way more types of tag than when we were little. There’s freeze tag, TV tag, toilet tag, flash light tag, and I’m sure that there’s more I haven’t heard of!
- Make Easter egg (or spring) crayons out of old broken crayons.-My post with directions is coming soon! I love doing this for different occasions, like Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day! You can use the silicone baking trays below for crayon molds!
- Draw positive messages on neighbors’ sidewalks with chalk.-We have already started surprising friends during the quarantine with notes and pictures using sidewalk chalk! It’s something else for kids to do outside and embodies the message of being kind!
- Make a galaxy jar.–THIS is a fun DIY and you probably already have everything around your house!
- Decorate Easter eggs.-Try natural colors or find a fun kit at an open store or online! You can use paint or markers. You can even use fabric! Here are a couple of fun kits that I’ve seen:
- Make a vase out of a used can and add flowers.-Since we might be eating a lot of canned food during the quarantine, let’s find something to do with the empty cans! Paint the can to make a vase! Add glitter, stickers, gems or whatever you want!
- Volcano experiment with baking soda and vinegar.-Who doesn’t love an exploding volcano!? Click HERE to find out how to make one!
- Make a Perler bead creation.-My son and daughter love making these! You can follow a template or make your own!
- Collect rocks and paint them like Easter eggs or bugs for spring.-While going on your nature hunt, keep an eye our for some good rocks to paint!
- Create a yarn cardboard letter or paint cardboard letters of your initials.-Draw a large letter on cardboard. Using different colors of yarn, wrap the letter from top to bottom. Or you can use paint to create any pattern you like.
- Build a backyard obstacle course.-Get creative and use found objects or outdoor toys that you already have to create an outdoor obstacle course. We got my son a zip-line for his birthday, which we will hang up when the weather gets warmer! That will certainly be part of the obstacle course!
- Have a water balloon toss.-Simple old fashion fun! Fill up some balloons with water and toss them around or have a water balloon fight! THESE quick fill balloons are amazing for easy filling!
- Host a carwash for your real cars and your toy cars.-If we are still on lock down, just remember it’s best to wash your own cars, but they can be real or fake!
- Create a pom pom shooter and have a contest.-We have made these before! They are easy to make and you probably have most of the materials at home. Have a contest to see who can shoot the farthest! You’ll need plastic cups, balloons, duct tape, and pom poms.
- Make giant bubbles.-Bubbles are endless fun. Use THIS recipe to make giant bubbles or buy THIS already made up!
- Plant a garden.-This is a great activity to do as a family and teach your kids how things grow and the responsibility in growing plants. Try planting easy things like tomatoes or cucumbers!
- Build a fort indoors.-This is perfect for a rainy day! Gather all of your blankets and sheets and make a village inside.
- Use found objects to make a robot.-Collect different objects like paper towel rolls and bottle caps to create a robot!
- Have a family game night.-Grab the family and pull out the board games, the card games, the pencils and paper to have an epic game night! My kids are 6 and 3, and these are some of the games we love to play!
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I hope you can pull ideas from this “activities for kids” list while we are on lockdown and when we are not! These activities are fun and you can repeat them however often you like!
Add these in when your kids seem bored or like the need a break from school work. There’s plenty of time for that!
Hang in there!
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