Perhaps some of my favourite days are those when I know we will be home all day. Favourite, because they usually end up being very memorable, fun filled days. Yet, sometimes daunting for those moments upon wakening when I realize I need to quickly think of fun stay-at-home things to do. Spending quality time with your children is beneficial for everyone involved, and we hope these ideas will bring you the most ease.
My list of fun indoor activities to do at home:
Crafts! I love crafts. I frequently look for different craft ideas online that utilize simple ingredients that we have at home. In my son’s room we’ve set up a shelf full of craft supplies, so, on home days, I usually set aside a chunk of time after lunch to sit down and create.
The recipe is simple:
1 cup white flour
½ cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable or coconut oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar (in the spice section)
food coloring (optional)
1. Mix all 4 ingredients in a pan.
2. Add the water and mix into a thick paste. Cooking over a medium heat, stir constantly for approximately three minutes until the dough clumps in one large ball.
3. Remove from heat and knead the dough for about five minutes on the counter. Add food colouring.
4. If you want the dough to be less drying on your hands, you can add a little more oil. Dough can last up to two weeks by keeping it in an airtight plastic container.
PlayDough is just one of our favourites and usually kids favourite to create along with you. If you and your family are in the crafty mood, check out some more Fun Craft Ideas to Make With Kids.
Lego has to be our favourite toy. I personally love building toys like lego because of the imagination and creativity that they encourage in my child. Not to mention the time we spend building, creating, playing; minutes often turn to hours, and small structures transform into intricate villages and buildings.
Your children will love to see the creative side of you and get to know theirs even better. They usually bring ideas to the table of what they want to create and will usually lead the show, but getting ideas from you can be very helpful.
Cooking and Baking
Snacks are obviously a necessity when spending the day at home, and what better way to spend one, than to create snacks of your own, together. Cooking with kids is endlessly beneficial and will provide vital reading and understanding skills, and other life-long skills such as making their new favourite snack! Don't be afraid to get creative with your meals and let your kids help out as much as possible, without stressing too much about the end result.
Forts and Jam sessions
That right there says enough, doesn’t it? Building blankets forts is probably the best activity that has ever existed. It has endless possibilities and everything just seems a little bit more exciting and fun when done in a blanket fort.
Tips to spice up your blanket fort:
Bring board games or cards into your blanket fort and have a cozy game night!
Have a jam session. Music can easily be played on things found around the house as well if instruments aren’t easily accessible. Yogurt containers and wooden spoons can be used for drums, different levels of water in glasses can also create a neat sound when tapping the glass with a spoon, and little maracas can be made by putting dried beans in tupper wear containers, then taped to popsicle sticks.
Bring a laptop or tablet inside and have a movie night while cuddled and submerged in a fort of blankets.
Favourite Outside Activities:
Our home activities don’t stop inside. The backyard is a whole new world to little ones, with endless activities.
This is probably my favourite memory from playing outside as a little girl. My mom and I would build these enchanting fairy houses in our backyard, or when we went on walks. It can be quite simple, or very extravagant, it is all up to your child's imagination.
Using sticks, twigs, moss, grass, and flowers to decorate a "fairy house" that the fairies will live in. This will be very exciting and memorable as your children will want to check on the house often.
Inflatable pools are perfect for hot days to stay cool and comfortable. It does not have to be big at all, just a little something to even dip your toes in and let the little ones splash around. You can usually find some at your local department and home store.
Grab some rubber ducks, floating lego pieces, or water balloons to keep your child entertained for hours.
Another favourite for indoor and outdoor play is chalk! Inside you can have a few different surfaces painted with chalkboard paint (found at Michaels and Canadian Tire) for easy colouring, and outside having a bin of sidewalk chalk for easy use on the front driveway and sidewalk can be an easy activity kids will love.
Chalk is a level up from painting and colouring as it allows children to exercise a different canvas they are not used to.
There are a lot of home activities that are fun and engaging for children and adults, whether indoor or outdoor. It’s important to cater to your child’s interests while designing activities that encourage their creativity and imagination to thrive and grow. Keep it fresh and creative, and when a plan goes array, run a bubble bath, play cards, or a simple hide-and-seek.
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