When you have energetic kids at home, finding enough activities to entertain them can become exhausting. Going out to do something fun, like going to the zoo or the movies, can get expensive quickly. Outdoor activities aren’t an option in some seasons, whether your kids hate the heat or despise the cold. If you’ve already done every activity you can think of, we’re here to help.
Read on for five activities to do at home with your kids.
1. At-home movie premiere
Going to the movies can be expensive, especially when you have kids begging for popcorn, candy, Icees, and any other delectable treat offered at your local theatre. Luckily, gone are the days of needing to go to the theatre to see the newest blockbuster. A handful of movies have been premiering at theatres and on streaming services on the same day. This means you can buy or rent a movie at home for a fraction of the price of going to the theatre. You can make the experience special by grabbing your kids’ favorite candy at the store, as well as movie theatre butter popcorn. You can also buy some reusable popcorn buckets to keep at home to make every movie-watching experience feel just like the theatres (1).
2. Bake their favorite treat
Baking with your kids is fun for everyone! You will get some help in the kitchen, and they’ll get to lick the spoon or spatula. Plus, baking with your kids is a great way to sneak in a small math lesson. By measuring out each ingredient, they’ll start to make sense of fractions, as well as the measurements associated with baking. At the end of it all, you’ll have a tasty treat, too. You can even deliver treats to your neighbors if you know their dietary restrictions, which can show your kids the benefits of doing something for others.
3. Work on a puzzle
The great thing about puzzles is how customized your experience is. You can do a puzzle with fewer pieces and tackle it within an hour, or you can do a thousand-piece puzzle and make it a multi-day project. When you work on a more complicated puzzle, you can return to it each day. This will help keep your kids interested and let them have a goal to work towards.
4. Do some tie-dying
Tie-dying is an inexpensive way to bring some color into your family’s lives. You can tie-dye their beach towels, a blanket, a shirt, or anything you desire. Trying out new patterns can help foster your children’s creativity, too. Plus, you can get some giggles out of your kids by showing pictures of you or their grandparents in tie-dye in the ‘70s.
5. Balloon volleyball
Find an area in your house with few valuables on shelves, like a playroom or the family room. Then, blow up a balloon and use it like a volleyball. Make it a competition to see how many hits you can get without letting it hit the ground. This is a great way to get exercise, especially on a rainy day.