Cracking our brain on how to keep our kids entertained is not one easy task on a daily basis. Regardless of their age, planning what to do with our kids can be a very tricky business at the best of time and it’s even more challenging during school holidays when the kids are at home for a month or so. Nevertheless, kids grow up so fast and this is the only time parents can really establish family time and create memories. So, no matter how challenging it could be, parents are surely up on their alley to prepare and plan ahead on what are the happiest and most unforgettable activities to do with their kids even just within the grounds of their home.
Put your thinking caps on and be inspired with 10 activities below to keep your kids busy and excited. So take away the gadgets, gaming console and television for a while and get yourself occupied with your kids. After all, best times and memories always start at home.
1. Get Messy with Kool Aid Play Dough
Safe, Edible, Cool and Fun? You will never look at play dough like how you’ve seen it before once you start trying this Play Dough recipe with the Kool Aid Rainbow colours. The best part, it is INEXPENSIVE, NON-TOXIC and can be stored for long like your normal play dough at home.
If your kid understands the idea of play more than eating the dough (even though it is made to be edible) then this is the right activity for the both of you.
What you need: ½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ tbsp. canola oil, 1/8 cup salt, ¼ cup boiling water and 1 pack of your kool aid variants (get as many flavors to create the rainbow colours)
Let your kid help you pour all the ingredients in a bowl and make sure to mix all ingredients together well. Be careful on the hot boiling water. Add flour, if necessary, if you feel the dough is too sticky. Make sure it is COOLED off completely (give it 30 minutes max to cool down) before handing it to your kid to play.
2. Imaginary Wall Painting
Kids grow up being told that coloring, writing or painting the wall is a big NO. We try as hard to discipline the kids that there are some areas in the house that cannot be simply touched with anything colorful and non-washable.
However, childhood is only for a short period so why not bend our rules once in a while, grab a majong/manila paper, stick it outside your wall, take out your big painting rollers and brushes and pretend to be PAINTERS with your kids. You can draw a pretend brick on the paper and paint it together, which would be most fulfilling when you and your kid accomplished painting the house walls.
3. Lego Building Contest
Every household surely has LEGO. It is an all-time favourite. Any type, size and brand of Lego will do. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive, always make do of what you have at home.
Pick a theme for example vehicles, animals or single colored blocks etc. and let your kids use their imagination and creativity to build the figures based on the theme you have set. This friendly contest is best especially during rainy days. It will surely get the kid’s minds busy and running.
Reading is not just a great activity for older kids, it is also for younger kids. Studies shows that reading to your kids and with your kids early not just only help their language skills but together you also encourage your kids to have that thirst for knowledge.
The only challenge for younger kids is their focus and ability to concentrate when the book is heavy on text. Make sure to choose the suitable book for the age of your kid if you want to do a READ-A-THON. Additional tip is that try to make yourself more animated if you were to read to kids ages one to four years old, as it gets them interested and happy which will give you a good one hour maximum to keep them listening without getting distracted.
As for older kids, set a challenge to see how many books/chapters can be read during the day.
5. Play Dress Up
No adults didn’t go through that phase of their life that they never once tried on their parents clothing or shoes or to even played with your mom/s make up or sprayed your dad’s perfume. Every kid has a curiosity of a cat so instead of getting surprised seeing your precious clothes and shoes damaged because your kid sneaked on trying them on, why not make it a bonding session instead.
This activity doesn’t just introduce the idea of pretend play, it also culminates the bond between parents and their kids. Kids would feel and see that every adult also has that kid-at-heart moment to dress up and pretend to be someone out of their vivid imagination.
6. Play Master Chef in the Kitchen
With Pinterest and Google just at the tip of your fingers, you can try to bring out the master chef in you and your kid and try some simple recipes for a start. It doesn’t have to be complicated, it just have to be “easy” and “delicious”.
If you are concerned about things getting out of hand in and out of the stove and the oven, you can try a no bake recipes for sweets and treats and maybe ask for the little ones help on preparing the ingredients instead if you are targeting a savoury dish to cook.
A simple sandwich making with different fillings can be a fun bonding in the kitchen. Just go to your nearest grocer or DAISO shop and buy some sandwich/cookie cutters, food picks and you are good to create memoirs.
7. Themed Scavenger Hunt
Who isn’t intrigued and fascinated with hidden treasure and enthusiastic about the idea of being able to find treasure? No man that I know of. Adults and kids definitely love treasure hunting. Hunting for precious treasures can be fun and educational at the same time and knows no age. It is an activity for everyone to enjoy. This is the best excuse to organize walks outside our house with our children and give them the opportunity to discover the things around them. It can be done indoors or outdoors within the premises of your home.
If you want to make it educational, it is suggested to do a checklist of scavenger hunt that starts with “look for something that starts with letter a”, you can also promote sensory skills by asking them “to look for something rough or soft”. You can also tap nature, animals or photo scavenger hunt theme for more out in the wild experience. Plenty of scavenger hunt ideas to inspire one’s inner hunter.
Make sure to also do your task to provide guidance, give pointers and supervise the children. Throwing a small friendly competition especially for older children can make the hunt more interesting. Everyone will surely be looking forward for a prize that is for sure.
8. Tea Party or Indoor/Outdoor Picnic
You don’t need a picnic table, you just need a big blanket and some small pillows, little plates with healthy snacks and drinks and you are ready to set out for an afternoon of tea party or picnic. Regardless of the weather, you can always do it indoor or outdoor. It won/t hurt to bring along useful guests like your kid’s favourite cuddly toys.
9. Set up a Racing Track
With the uses of some masking tape, you can create an instant racing track for cars to race around the living room until the dining room if you wish to by using the tape twice to make a parallel track.
This activity will surely be enjoyed and highly appreciated by little and big boys who just love cars.
10. Camping in the Great Indoors with Pillows and Blankets
No ready made tent to conquer the outdoors? Not a problem, inspired by the OUTDOOR CAMPING make it a GREAT INDOORS activity instead. Get a few pieces of blanket and tie them up together. Make sure your kid is involved in the tent making. Tie up the blanket on the pillars at the living room of your house, take out your handy flash lights and put as much pillows inside the DIY tent, voila! Let the Indoor Camping adventure begins.