*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do no necessarily reflect my own.
Whenever the kids are at home, you don’t have to have them on their phones, computers, or tablets – or even have the TV on – to keep them entertained. Want to disconnect them from the screens, while they’re at home? Then consider these 8 activities that will not only have them stay yards away from their devices, but they’ll also keep them entertained for a good while.
1. Tell Stories
Everyone loves to hear a good story, especially kids. So, why not read from their favorite book? Or, you can tell a made-up story to them, or have them create a story of their own and share it. However, if you want them to get creative, then have them create stories and characters from scratch. Who knows? They might have a million story ideas to draw and write down.
2. Pillow Mountain
What kid doesn’t like to play with a bunch of pillows? With pillows, anything can happen! Pillow mountains are fun, as well as pillow forts. Not only will they get creative with pillows, but this activity will keep them active rather than stationary.
3. Treasure Hunting
Treasure hunting is fun; but with sensory objects, it’s even more fun. Choose four or five different textures (i.e. smooth, rough, velvety, soft or rigid), and ask your children to run around the house and find objects with those textures, such as stuffed animals, clothing, or kitchen items (i.e. salt, sugar, onion, apples, etc.) This activity allows them to build their curiosity and excitement by having them check what these objects are, and learn from the experience.
4. Fun Train Tracks
Trains don’t just have to be for the outside. You can create fun train tracks on the floor. It’s easy: Spread some paper on the floor and tape it down. Next, draw the streets of the track with chalk, crayon, colored pencil, or markers (Just don’t mark on the actual floor!). Then, as an added bonus, you can use toys and dolls to design cities, houses, parks, etc. Or, if you have adhesive tape, you can use it to draw the track directly on the floor, instead of using chalk or marker.
5. Indoor Basketball
What’s simpler than basketball? In fact, basketball can be played with any hoop or basket, and with almost any ball (or wadded-up pieces of paper). Just place your hoop or basket as high up as possible on a shelf or bookcase, or wedge the handle of a large sieve through the crack at the top of a door. Now, your kids can have a little “game” to see who can make the most “hoops.”
6. Pizza Time
Why order pizza, when you and the kids can make one yourselves? Get a ready-made pizza base, and then set up four or five bowls of pre-chopped ingredients – usually pepperoni slices, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc. With pizza time, kids can have fun creating their own pizzas for dinner.
7. Balancing Act
Having a balancing beam is easy to set up. All you need is some colored sticky tape, and some space to do this activity in. If you’d like, you can use multiple sticky tape colors, and set unique rules for how your child can walk on them. The ultimate goal for the child should be that they stay on the “balancing beam,” and not go into open land; if they step onto open land, then have them do the balancing act again, until they get it right.
8. Camp Out
Who doesn’t love a good campout? You can do this activity either indoors (i.e. living room, bedroom, etc.) or outdoors in the yard. Just set up your “tent” with blankets and chairs, turn off the lights, and let your kids have one or two flashlights on to have entertaining shadow puppet shows with. You can even bring some snacks (like homemade s’mores) to make your “camping trip” even more fun.
Ultimately, there will be times when the kids have to stay indoors all day. Plus, entertaining energetic – and even technologically-occupied – children isn’t always easy. But the good news is, with these 8 activities, you and the kids can have a good time while staying at home. Try one of these activities out —or all of them! (We dare you.) — to make your at-home time (indoors and out) with the kids an ongoing experience.
About the author:
Ashley Halsey is a writer and editor at Luckyassignments Edinburgh. As a professional writer, she has been involved in many writing projects nationwide. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and traveling with her two children.