This post is for the…
Working parents, first time parents, new to being a stay-at-home parent, caretakers, homeschoolers, home due to quarantine (covid-19) and for those curious readers.
Here we have put together some go-to ideas of Creative Activities you can do with Kids. This can be so useful for when your plans have failed, places have closed, schedules have changed or your mind has just gone blank.
Make a Plan
Routines and schedules help children feel safe.
When kids have a routine, then they know what to expect and feel that their basic needs will be met. This helps kids to feel relaxed and able to explore and learn. I remember when my kid was 3.5 yrs old and had just started pre-school. She would get so anxious and cry for me not to leave her. But, one thing that helped was when we discussed her routine for the day. (First, you play outside, then circle time, later snack, then you choose your work, lunchtime, free play outdoors and then mommy comes.) When we would talk about her routine, she would start to feel more at ease, and remember that mommy comes back after outdoor play. Eventually, she even drew herself a picture of the routine and would look at it when she would start to feel anxious.
According to Education.com, young kids don’t understand the ‘concept of time’
Therefore what makes sense to them is the order of events that occur throughout the day. When the same or similar order of events happens daily kids feel more secure, become more confident and are prepared for what will happen next. That’s why we have put together some creative activities that you can do with your kids.
If a schedule or routine already exists
Like the routine that kids follow at school, then you can imitate it at home too. It doesn’t have to be so strict and exact, but do your best to be consistent with it. Aim for a balance of free play, engaging activities, body movement and calmness throughout the day.
Try a Play Date
If you’re feeling particularly social, and the kids too, then consider having a playdate. You can meet another family with kids at a park or host the play date at your house or theirs. Sometimes play dates don’t go as planned (like when kids are having a hard time sharing) so have no expectations and just flow with it. If the kids are young like toddlers & preschoolers, then make the playdate shorter (an hour or two). Or when kids are older, then they can probably play for a longer period of time. Consider your mood and do what’s best for you. You can even include some of these Creative activities to do with kids at a play date.
What to do when kids are the ‘B’ word, ‘Bored!’
As a parent of 3, I have heard the ‘B’ word sooooooo many times. “mom I’m bored.” (no, not the other B-word LOL) And yes, hearing the kids say they are ‘bored’ numerous times can drive me a little nuts. So consider this! When a kid mentions that they are bored, it can means that they want some attention, or need some help in figuring out what to do next. When this happens consider it a transition, a need to go from what they are doing to something new. Try asking, “what would you like to do now?” They may have some ideas. Or you can offer a choice between 2 options. “We can do can play a game of ‘hide a seek’ together?” or “find some rocks and paint them?” Check out our list below of, Creative Activities you can do with kids!
Creative Activities for Kids to Do at Home
- Paint some creative animals or people on rocks and make up a story to go with the characters
- Sprouts some seeds in water and watch the roots grow
- Set up a camping tent in the living room or yard and have a campout
- Find some colorful chalk and draw
- Make a Chalk Art Obstacle Course
- Have a dance party
- Play Freeze Dance
- Build a Den/Cave/Tent using sheet, pillows, and chairs
- Try out some yoga poses
- Stretch, practice gymnastics, mimic the movement of a baby or each other
- Make a pyramid out of cards or blocks. Then use a ball to try to knock it down
- Hide and Seek
- Simon says
- Red light green light
- Make your own Playdough
- Create your own show and use puppets or yourselves
- Practice storytelling by switching storyteller in the middle of the story
- Play music together (even if it’s with pots and pans for drums)
- Sing songs together and pretend to be on stage
- Read Plenty of books and have kids read to you too. Even just for fun!
- Hide things around the house and have a Scavenger Hunt
- Play Kickball
- Play games – matching games – Card games like Set – Board games like candy cane lane – Movement games like twister
- Write stories
- Remove weeds from the garden
- Write a letter or draw a picture for a friend or relative
- Use a clipboard, paper, and pencil to draw what you see
- Shadow puppets
- Make a treasure map and find the treasure
- Blow bubbles
- Use a cotton ball or Q-tip to paint
- Use a softball or balloons, tennis or badminton rackets to play indoor tennis. Pillow or hands if you don’t have the rackets.
- Easy origami (heart)
I hope you enjoyed this post
Feel free to let me know which activities you enjoyed the most or let us know any of your favorite activities. If you enjoyed the post you can also check out more of our posts like; This is How to Set Up a Minimal and Inviting Art Space for Kids.
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