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30+ Tried And True Activities To Do At Home

Are you on the lookout for engaging and exciting activities for your kids to keep them entertained and enriched right from the comfort of your home?

 

Well, you’re in for a treat, because we’ve curated a treasure trove of 30+ tried and true activities that are guaranteed to have fun and learning into your little one’s day!

 

From sensory adventures that’ll have them squishing, squeezing, and exploring different textures, to creative crafts that transform ordinary objects into masterpieces, our list covers a spectrum of activities that will captivate your child’s imagination while fostering important skills.

 

Whether it’s a rainy afternoon, a lazy weekend, or simply a moment when you’re seeking bonding time, these home activities for your kids are your golden ticket to creating precious memories together.

 

These activities were created for my preschool class and gained a bunch energetic toddlers’s stamp of approval! Now my son and I have fun doing these activities together!

 

Let’s jump in and explore 30+ home activities for kids that are as captivating as they are educational.

 

Activities To Do At Home

 

1. Color Mix-Up

home activities for kids Color-Mix Up

Supplies Needed:

Gallon size storage bag, shaving cream, paint

How-to Guide:

Spray some shaving cream into a Ziploc bag. Have your child pick out a couple of paint colors and pour some into the bag. Properly seal the bag (you can use masking tape to ensure it is sealed) and watch your child squish the bag to make new colors! Alternatively, you can let your child squish and smear the shaving cream and paint on a table or other surface with their hands and fingers for a fun sensory activity. For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your own color mix-up here

 

 

2. Sensory Bin

Supplies Needed:

Large bin, rice, beans, sand, scoops, small toys

How-to Guide:

Get any large bin or container and pour rice, beans, lentils, sand, etc into it. The kids love to run their fingers through whatever is in the bin. You can also add shovels, measuring cups, toys, blocks, etc. in the bin for your child to scoop and play around with. 

 

3. Drawing with Cars

Supplies Needed:

Toy cars, markers, tape, paper

How-to Guide:

Tape a vertical, uncapped marker upside down to a toy car so the marker tip is level with the wheels. Get out some paper and have your child drive the car around while making art with the marker! 

 

4. Shape Jump

Supplies Needed:

Masking Tape

How-to Guide:

Use masking tape to tape large shapes on the ground. Have your child identify the shapes while they are jumping from shape to shape! 

 

5. Slime

home activities for kids Slime

Supplies Needed:

White glue, water, saline solution, baking soda, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Follow my recipe here for some slime fun!

 

6. Painted Rice

Supplies Needed:

Gallon size storage bag, dry rice, paint

How-to Guide:

Pour some rice into a Ziploc bag. Have your child pick out a couple of different colors of paint to squirt into the bag, along with the rice. After sealing the bag (you can reinforce the opening with masking tape if needed) let your child squish the rice and paint to create different colors! Use your finger and draw different shapes or letters in the rice.

 

7. Sensory Rice

Supplies Needed:

Previously painted rice, bin, scoops, small toys

How-to Guide:

Open the bag of colored rice that your child made and let it dry. After the rice is thoroughly dried, pour out the rice into a bin. Let your child enjoy running their hands through the colored rice that they made. Add small toys, blocks, and cars, and let your child dig around for the objects.

 

8. Sea Foam

Supplies Needed:

Warm water, dish soap, cornstarch, blue food coloring, blender, scoops, whisk, small toys

How-to Guide:

Add ¼ cup of warm water, 2 tablespoons of dish soap, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, and blue food coloring into a blender. Blend on high until there are stiff peaks. Pour out the foam into a bin and add different toys, whisks, scoops, etc.

 

9. Homemade Moon Sand

Supplies Needed:

Baby oil, flour, scoops, molds

How-to Guide:

Combine ¼ cup of baby oil for every 2 cups of four. Mix well and break up any clumps. This is a fun, easy activity that will keep your child quite engaged! Add shovels, playdough molds, or other toys to add to the fun! 

 

10. Apple Stamps

Supplies Needed:

Apples, knife, paint, paper

How-to Guide:

Cut an apple in half and give it to your child. Dip the apple into the paint, and then stamp the apple onto some paper. 

 

11. Sticky Tape

Supplies Needed:

Masking tape

How-to Guide:

Get some masking tape and rip off several strips. You can have your child assist you in sticking the tape onto the ground. You can cross different strips of tape, have long strips, or short strips. After you are done, let your child pull the tape off. Once they pull the tape off and move on to another strip, you can re-apply the removed strip of tape. This is a fun engaging activity that could last a long time! 

 

12. Frozen Paint

Supplies Needed:

Muffin tin, water, food coloring, craft sticks, paper

How-to Guide:

Fill a muffin tin or ice cube tray with water. Drop some food coloring into each spot. Put a craft stick into each spot and then freeze. Once frozen, have your child use the frozen paint to paint on a piece of paper! 

 

13. Pinwheels

Supplies Needed:

Paper, hot glue, craft stick

How-to Guide:

Cut a piece of paper so it is square. Cut each corner towards the middle of the paper, stopping an ½ inch – 1 inch before you reach the middle. Fold each of the diagonal cuts over itself, lining up the edges. Put a dab of hot glue on the back, in the middle of your pinwheel. Stick a straw or craft stick to the hot glue. Blow on the pinwheel and watch it spin!

 

14. Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils

Supplies Needed:

Salt, flour, warm water, rolling pin, circle cookie cutter, dinosaur toy, baking paper, cookie sheet, oven

How-to Guide:

Make the salt dough by combining ½ cup of salt and 1 cup of flour. Add in ½ cup of warm water and mix until it is a dough-like consistency. Roll out the dough to be about an inch thick. Use a circle cookie cutter to cut out circles in the dough. You could also just have your child roll some dough into a ball and flatten it with their hands. Press the side of a small dinosaur toy into the dough, making sure you rock the toy in different directions to make sure the imprint is clear.

Place baking paper onto a cookie sheet and place your fossils on top. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees F for an hour. Thicker fossils will take longer to dry. You may want to flip the fossils every so often to help them dry out more evenly. Feel free to decorate or paint your fossils after they have cooled! 

 

15. Bubble Play

Supplies Needed:

Dish soap, water, container, whisk, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Mix dish soap and water to create lots of bubbles! The kids especially enjoy playing with the bubbles using a whisk! Add some food coloring or paint to make different colors!

 

16. Frozen Toy Rescue

Supplies Needed:

Muffin tin, water, small toys

How-to Guide:

Fill a muffin tin with water and drop in a small toy into each cup. Put in the freezer. After it has frozen, take out the tin from the freezer and remove the frozen toys. Let your child chip away the ice to save the toys!

 

17. Color Sort 

Supplies Needed:

Cardboard box, box cutter, marker, colored toys

How-to Guide:

Take a cardboard box and cut out several holes that a ball could fit through. Use a marker, and color different colored rings around each hole. Let your child sort their balls, toys, blocks by putting them into the corresponding colored hole! 

 

18. Tissue Paper Suncatcher

Supplies Needed:

Tissue paper, contact paper

How-to Guide:

Have your child rip up several sheets of different colored tissue paper (this is a fun activity in and of itself). Then, stick the ripped pieces onto the sticky side of the contact paper. You can cut the contact paper out in different shapes, or I like to have a template that the children stick the tissue paper around. After the tissue paper has been applied, you can stick the contact paper to a window to reveal your homemade suncatcher! 

 

19. Rain Sticks

home activities for kids Rain Sticks

Supplies Needed:

Aluminum foil, wooden spoon, funnel, paper towel roll, colored paper, tape, dry rice

How-to Guide:

You will start by crumpling and rolling some aluminum foil around a wooden spoon. Take the coiled aluminum foil and insert it into a toilet paper or paper towel roll. You can have your child color and decorate a piece of paper that you can wrap around the toilet paper roll, or directly decorate the roll. Make sure to seal the bottom of the roll with some of the decorated paper and some tape. Add your desired amount of rice or dry beans to the roll. Seal the top and you are all done! For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your rain sticks here

 

20. Bubble Snake

Supplies Needed:

Disposable water bottle, sock, rubber bands, dish soap, water, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Cut the bottom off of a disposable water bottle. Take an old sock and slip it over the bottom of the bottle, covering the cut-off portion (you may want to trim the sock if it is too long). Secure the sock with rubber bands. Squirt a lot of dish soap into a bowl of water and dip the sock portion into the water. Blow through the top of the bottle to make a bubble snake! You can add food coloring to the wet sock to get different colored bubbles!

 

21. Bubble Wrap Painting

Supplies Needed:

Bubble wrap, paint, paper plate, paper

How-to Guide:

Squirt some paint onto a paper plate. Cut out some bubble wrap for your child to use. Dip the bubble wrap into the paint and then press the bubble wrap onto some paper. Do this several times to create a masterpiece!

 

22. Butcher Paper Painting

Supplies Needed:

Butcher paper, painter’s tape, paint

How-to Guide:

One of my favorite materials to use is butcher paper! Roll out several feet of your child’s favorite colored butcher paper. Use several strips of painter’s tape and apply it in several different crossing directions across the butcher paper. Your child can then paint or color or design each section in a different way. When they are finished, carefully peel off the tape to reveal your child’s design.

 

23. Coffee Filter Butterflies

Supplies Needed:

Coffee filters, markers, spray bottle, pipe cleaners

How-to Guide:

Using washable markers, have your child color several coffee filters. (This activity specifically works if your child colors on two coffee filters that are layered on top of each other.) Lay the colored coffee filters on a washable surface. Using a spray bottle, mist them with water. The more the filters are sprayed, the more the design runs and bleeds; the choice is yours!

After the coffee filters are dry, accordion fold the filters back and forth. Stack two folded filters (either two identical filters that were colored together or two different filters) on top of each other. Fold a pipe cleaner in half, and put the filters in between the folded pipe cleaner, having the middle of the filters secured against the pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner and curl the two open ends to look like butterfly antennas. Fan out the accordion pipe cleaners to reveal your beautiful water color butterfly!

 

24. Dot Markers

Supplies Needed:

Dot markers, paper

How-to Guide:

Get out some paper and let your child have some fun with dot markers! 

 

25. Tissue Box Pull

Supplies Needed:

Empty tissue box, small textured objects

How-to Guide:

Take any empty tissue box or wipes container. You can insert different small objects and have your child try to guess what they are feeling before they pull it out, or for younger children, insert different textured fabrics and pull them out of the container.

 

26. Sensory Bottles

Supplies Needed:

Disposable plastic bottle, water, oil, rice, glitter, beads, small toys

How-to Guide:

You can use any empty disposable water bottle for this activity (preferably something made from sturdier plastic). You can fill the bottles with all sorts of different materials: water, oil, rice, glitter, marbles, small toys, sequins, beads, ect. Water and glitter sensory bottles make can be nice and calming, or you can make a sensory bottle with rice and small toys and see if your child can find them all! Make sure to secure the lid to the bottle well using hot glue. 

 

27. Name Art

Supplies Needed:

Paper, painter’s tape, paint

How-to Guide:

Have your child select their favorite colored piece of paper. Using painter’s tape, apply strips to the paper that spell out your childs name. Let your child paint the paper, being sure to cover up all the tape. Carefully remove the tape to reveal your child’s name! 

 

28. Playdough

Supplies Needed:

Flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar, hot water, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Have your child help you measure out 3 cups of flour, 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of salt, 3-4 tablespoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 3 cups of hot water, and your favorite food coloring. Mix together and enjoy playing with your own homemade playdough! 

 

29. Snow Storm in a Jar

Supplies Needed:

Clear jar, water, white paint, baby oil, glitter, food coloring, Alka-Seltzer tablet

How-to Guide:

Fill a small jar or clear glass ¼ of the way with some water. Mix about a teaspoon of white paint into the water to resemble milk. Fill the rest of the jar with baby oil and let it all settle. You can add glitter and food coloring to the mixture if desired. Break up an Alka-Seltzer tablet into a few pieces and drop them into the jar one at a time. Enjoy your snowstorm! 

 

30. Fizzy Moon Rocks

Supplies Needed:

Baking soda, water, food coloring, glitter, saran wrap, freezer, pipette, vinegar

How-to Guide:

Add a few scoops of baking soda into a bowl (the amount of baking soda varies on how many moon rocks you want to make). Combine water and your desired color in a separate bowl (glitter is a fun addition as well!). Add the colored water slowly to the baking soda to get a crumbly mixture that can make a snowball. Pack the mixture into balls to resemble moon rocks. Wrap in saran wrap to maintain the shape and place in the freezer for at least a half hour. Remove your moon rocks and place them in a large dish or container. Use a pipette or something similar to squirt some vinegar onto the moon rock to make them fizz! 

 

31. Marble Painting

Supplies Needed:

Marbles, paper, paint, box

How-to Guide:

Have your child select their favorite colored piece of paper and place it in a wide, shallow box or container. Squirt some paint into the box. Drop several marbles into the box and let your child roll the marbles around through the paint along their paper! You can add a lid or cover to the box and let your child shake the marbles around in the box.  

 

32. Animal Silhouettes

Supplies Needed:

Cut out animal shape, paper, painter’s tape, paint

How-to Guide:

Print out your child’s favorite animal outline and cut it out. Loop painter’s tape and stick it to the back of the animal, and then stick it to a piece of paper. Let your child paint the paper making sure to paint over the animal. When they are finished, carefully peel off the animal to reveal the animal’s silhouette! 

 

33. Cloud Dough

Supplies Needed:

Cornstarch, conditioner

How-to Guide:

Have your child help your measure out 1 cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of conditioner. Mix together and you have some fluffy cloud dough!

 

 

As you dive into these home activities for your kids, don’t be afraid to put your own unique twist on them.

 

Embrace messes and imperfections – after all, those are the markers of genuine exploration and hands-on learning.

 

So, whether you’re concocting homemade playdough, embarking on a nature scavenger hunt, or simply enjoying a cozy read-aloud session, know that you’re creating a opportunities for growth, joy, and connection within your home.

 

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