40 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy!
I gathered my best ideas and googled a few more to build an awesome list of fun activities so moms &/or dads are not losing their minds during isolation. Take a note pad and make a list of all the junk you can buy at the Dollar Store and build your own craft/survival kit to surviving isolation with the kids!
- Cooking with Kids (this is TOTALLY depending if you have the patience... it's either super fun OR super NOT fun!)
- Workbooks (the grade-level ones at Costco or Walmart)
- Take out the rubber boots, umbrellas & discover puddles or ditches
- Paint & Paper (want less of a mess, the water paints at Ikea are great and easy to clean)
- Take out old Hallowe'en costumes
- Fun Bathtime (get bubbles to blow, make DYI bath paint, add different toys, use the shower as rain....)
- New Apps on your tablet (I'm calling BS on "no-screen-time". 3 weeks is long AF. Be reasonable. Kids don't need 12hrs of screen-time)
- Find a big cardboard box and tell them it's an aquarium...they need to decorate it)
- Put a mattress on the floor (why? I don't know. Kids LOVE this)
- Build a fort (use 4 chairs & a big blanket)
- Sticker books
- Window Art Markers
- Nerf guns
- New colouring books and fun markers
- Fridge Magnets
- Buy new (or trade with your neighbour) action figures, cars, trucks, dolls... If you rotate your toys, this is a good time to pull out the old toys.
- Building competition (with Legos, Mega Blocks or wooden blocks...)
- New books to read
- Balloons (game: It can't touch the floor)
- Play Doh (homemade is SUPER easy & last a long time)
- Bead kits
- Put on a play with stuffed teddies or action figures (for extra fun, record a video of it. Kids LOVE that)
- Indoor Picnic
- Maze or dot to dot books
- Melting Beads
- Puffy Paint (google it, if you're not familiar)
- Dance Parties (make it competition with a prize)
Need more ideas? Pinterest can be your best friend! Try searching these fun activities!
- Kids crafts
- Origami for kids
- Science experiments for kids
- Printable activity sheets
- Rock painting (if you can find rocks under the snow :)
- Painting with Bubbles
- Lemon Volcanoes
- Moon Sand
- Sensory Boxes
- Fun with Pasta
Well, I hope this helps! I know this next 3 weeks is daunting, stressful & overwhelming! Try to enjoy it and take this time to connect with your kids. What if, at the end of the 3 weeks, we say "That was actually so fun!"?
May the force be with you!
Natalie, owner of Bundle Baby