I love when the kids just play well together, but that doesn’t happen forever. It’s helpful to have some suggested activities in your back pocket.
I’d love to hear your ideas too! Please leave them as comments!
- Solitaire (with real cards)
- Bundle up (if you live somewhere cold) and go outside and play
- Have a Tea Party
- Bake cookies–if they’re old enough, teach them how to measure and read a recipe
- Playdoh –let them use your cookie cutters, if you have them
- Make edible playdoh
- Monopoly — maybe have a tournament
- Write letters to grandma and grandpa or aunts and uncles
- Build a fort
- Read for 30 minutes
- Picnic in the family room
- Make paper snowflakes
- Give them glue sticks, Popsicle sticks, cotton balls, stickers, construction paper, and any other craft items you have on hand and tell them to create something
- Make puppets out of lunch size paper bags
- Have them draw pictures to send to their grandparents or to share with an older neighbor
- Teach them how to address an envelope when they send the picture to their grandparents
- Blow up a balloon and have the kids keep it from hitting the ground
- Write a story
- Make a book
- Have your child make up an acronym of their name and then make a picture out of it
- Let them play with shaving cream on the table or on a cookie sheet–add some play cars to it to make your own car wash!
- Make a torn paper mosaic
- String popcorn or cheerios and let them hang it from the trees and feed the birds
- Let the kids choose the dinner menu and help you cook
- Have them create a puppet show using stuffed animals
- Read a chapter book aloud to them.
- Hide some things in the house and send them on a treasure hunt!
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