Are you experiencing a “brr” inducing snowy day or maybe another wet and rainy one? Whatever the occasion, here at Yombu we totally get it! That is why we have a list of 9 fun things to do with kids at home. It’s a win for both the old and young because there’s nothing like some good old-fashioned fun!
What stresses kids out the most?
Studies show that children get stressed out most by negative changes/situations in life such as death, unsafety, illness, anxiety, worry, etc. Life is all about change, especially as we grow, that is why it’s so important for kids to nurture relationship to parents/guardians – partaking in the fun activities listed below will definitely help with that!
Cooking or Baking
Don’t cook or bake by yourself, because every kitchen can use a little chef! Cooking is a life skill, and nothing is more rewarding and valuable for your child than learning this everyday skill. From a young age, your little one can develop healthy eating habits, memories of cooking with you, and even some basic math and time skills – it’s an all-in-one!
With indoor picnics, you and your family can create marvelous memories at any time of the season. So, get creative by setting up a theme and getting the whole family to all dress up. When you bring out your everyone’s blankets, baskets, and favorite foods, be ready to see those happy little faces.
It’s time to get our creative caps on because it’s origami time! Making Origami is super fun and exciting – how incredible it is to think that a simple piece of paper and some folding is going to turn into a whole character of its own? Well, not only is fun but did you know that origami also benefits a child’s development? The experience that it brings to hands-on learning and mental concentration is very valuable. Who says kids’ brain stimulation must be boring?
Playing Board games
There’s no time to get bored with our list of board games! Brain stimulation, entertainment, healthy competition, and involvement of the whole family are key factors in playing board games. Kids will enjoy the challenge of learning new rules and strategies while having fun with their family or friends.
Here are some examples of board games that kids can play based on their age group:
- Ages 3-5: Candy Land, The Game of Life Junior Edition, Chutes and Ladders.
- Ages 6-8: Monopoly Junior, Sequence for Kids, Ticket to Ride First Journey, and Forbidden Island.
- Ages 9-12: Settlers of Catan Junior, Codenames Pictures, Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set.
Reading Books Together
Reading a good book together is an amazing way to keep kids off gadgets for a while. It’s also a fantastic way to transport them to new worlds, spark their imaginations, and help them develop vital cognitive and social skills. As well as improving their vocabulary and language comprehension, reading together can also promote empathy, emotional intelligence, and creativity.
Keep them entertained by switching them up with a book they’ve never read before. Based on age, your kids are sure to love the following books:
- Ages 3-5: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, and Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- Ages 6-8: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne, and Matilda by Roald Dahl.
- Ages 9-12: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Grab your popcorn and candy because it’s going to be an exciting movie night! Watching movies or television shows that explore what it means to be a family, friend, and courageous is a lovely idea. While TV and streaming can often take the place of physical activity and interaction with others, they can also expose your child to positive messages that might otherwise go unseen.
Picking the perfect movie to watch can be a difficult one but with kids, it all depends on their interests as well as age – just ensure it’s rated R. Here is a list of movies to watch based on age range:
- In the Peanuts Movie, Thomas and friends (1–3-year-olds)
- The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Despicable Me (4–6-year-olds)
- Toy Story, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Shark Tale (7–9-year-olds)
- Babe: Pig in the city, Dr. Dolittle, Ratatouille, Mr. Troops Mom (10–12-year-olds)
Indoor Treasure Hunting
Kids love treasure hunts because there’s just something so exciting yet mysterious about finding the unknown. The good thing about these treasure hunts is that you can get creative and make them as challenging or simple as possible. So, go on, find some supplies at home, hide them around the house, and gather the kiddies up to find them. It is like the Easter bunny came early, so watch your little ones enjoy all the fun!
Comic Book Writing
Let your child be the Superhero they’ve always wanted to be! Comic book writing is not only an entertaining way to spend time together and practice descriptive writing, but it’s also a great way for them to learn about plot structure and literary devices such as setting and characterization.
Save the day the comic book way! Use simple paper, crayons, and a glue stick for this craft project. It’s an easy, fun way to spend time together, and you can retell the stories over and over again. These comic books will be for keep’s sake for you and your kids, as one day you will both look book at these memories with the future generations and think about what great times you both had.
Playing Puzzle Pieces
Puzzles are a great way to combine learning and play, and they’re available in almost every theme! It helps children to use their imagination and find solutions that are suitable for their mental development. When you get stuck building a puzzle together, it can make an excellent opportunity to help them practice patience. If you are building a puzzle together, take turns putting pieces in and just have some good old fashion fun!
Get ready to turn your boring days at home into unforgettable memories with your kids! From cooking and baking to indoor treasure hunting and comic book writing, there are endless ways to have fun and bond with your little ones. Not only will these activities keep them entertained, but they will also help develop their skills and creativity. So, what are you waiting for? Get your family together and start making some awesome memories today!
What do you do with a 10 year old?
- Brainteasers. Brainteasers are great for anyone, never mind 10-year-olds
- Make a Map – and then treasure hunt!
- Visit Local Farms
- Go Camping – in your living room!
- Laundry Basket Toss – great way to clean up
- At-Home Mini Golf
- Make an Indoor Clubhouse
- Puppet Show – maybe with that origami!
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