As a mom, I’m always looking for ways to bring out kids’ creativity at home. After all, spending quality time with your kids at home is super fun, but sometimes these activities can turn monotonous if you haven’t switched it up in a while.
To help you out, I’ve created a wonderful list of activities you can implement into your daily routine that will help your kids be creative at home.
There are so many great activities you can do to bring out their creativity.
But since all kids are different, I’ve split them up into categories.
The suggested kid activities below range from quiet activities, hands-on activities, and outdoor fun, depending on how you or your child feels on a particular day.
First things first, let’s talk about the outdoors. Even as the weather gets colder, you can still enjoy time outside with your little ones. If you have access to an outdoor space like a backyard or there are local parks nearby, you could try learning a new sport. You don’t need a lot of people to play with either. You can practice tennis or badminton or play a one-on-one soccer game. Consider activities and sports your child has taken an interest in and engage with them. This can also be a great way to decide whether or not they’d want to join a school or local intramural team.
There are tons of other activities you can do outside. Bucket gardening, for example, is super fun if you don’t have a backyard or a plot of land. Bucket gardens are perfect for tomatoes, herbs, and even squash. If you have a balcony that gets a lot of sun, then you’re almost halfway there. Bucket gardens can also be educational. Together, you and your child can learn about plant growth and how certain vegetables react to different weather conditions. It can also promote gratitude as they’d understand just what it takes to make food grow.
If you’re a mom looking for something a little easier, sidewalk chalk is an old faithful. Kids can get creative with different colors and images, but it’s also a way for them to practice the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and other important parts of learning. Chalk is also a good tool for burning off energy as kids can use it to hopscotch or set up foursquare.
Another easy outdoor activity you can do with your kids is watching the sunset. Going for an evening walk is relaxing and a nice tradition to add to the end of your day. It can help alleviate stress for you and your kids.
While outdoor time is fantastic, sometimes you’ll need to stay indoors. But playtime at home with your kids doesn’t always have to mean loud or messy activities. Sometimes your little ones will want to have time just sitting on the couch and relaxing (although it might not last long!).
Whether they choose to read alone in a group or want you to read out loud, it’s a wonderful way to spend your time.
Activities like beading, weaving, or painting are also super fun but require a lot of concentration. Puzzles are good for kids who like to sit down and work on a project and enjoy seeing their progress. Especially if the puzzle is an image of something they like, it can be a super fun challenge.
And it doesn’t mean they’re lazy. Sometimes kids need this downtime to recover from overstimulation at school, or they want to access a different, more creative part of their brain. The best approach is to put a time limit on these activities so you can create a balance. If a child wants some alone time or to just sit and watch a movie, there’s usually a good reason behind it. If you take the opportunity to understand their needs and meet them where they’re at, the day will be much more enjoyable.
If you’ve noticed that your child is enthusiastic about making things and using their hands, they might be a tactile learner and could benefit from hands-on activities. Creating a time capsule is a unique hands-on activity that is fun in the moment and in the future. Fill a canister or box with special and sentimental items to hide somewhere in your home or bury outside. Set a date for when you can revisit the capsule and enjoy the memories.
Find an easy recipe your kids can follow, like cupcakes, sugar cookies, or hamburgers, something they can customize. If you choose to bake something, you can play around with different food coloring, sprinkles, or even edible glitter.
Science experiments are also really fun hands-on activities you and your kids can do, and they’re educational at the same time.
You can try making homemade slime or create an explosion by mixing Diet Coke and Mentos—although you may want to do this outside! The possibilities are endless when it comes to at-home science experiments.
If you’re out of ideas, sometimes you can encourage your children to help with chores if you can make them fun. Kids love to get messy with soap and water. If you have a car, invite them to help you with a car wash. Or hide treats, stickers, or other trinkets around the house, and then ask your kids to dust or sweep the floors. They’ll not only love finding the surprises but also associate cleaning with fun.
Getting creative with at-home activities keeps playtime fresh and helps your kids discover new and interesting things. There are so many fun experiments, activities, and learning opportunities you and your kids can engage in at home. Play around with different activities and find what works for you.
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