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Today we will be sharing over 90 ideas for bored kids and things for them to do - a list to have on hand might really be needed during this time of social isolation!
Activities for Kids
Today we will touch on many different activities and ideas for bored kids to do. Unplugging from technology is a must, and many kids are lost and don't know what to do with themselves if they are not plugged into video games, social media, or binge watching the latest series or watching YouTube videos. This article will hopefully help find some fun things for them to do.
When thinking of things for them to do, start a list of things that they enjoy doing, so that they can refer to it in the future. It will be great to have on hand when you hear that "I'm so bored...." comment next time!
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Homesteading Kids Activities
- Help them Winter Sow some seeds if it is winter time or early spring! I love to plant a large assortment of flowers this way but you can also start many vegetable seeds this way!
- Let them start a garden all their own! Teach them how to plant tomato seeds, pepper seeds, onion seeds, peas, potatoes, blue pumpkins or whatever the kids are inspired to want to grow! See more in my article Vegetable Gardening with Kids!
- If your kids enjoy growing things from seed, grow extra, and have them set up a driveway stand selling veggie starts and some perennials and annuals and later in the season they can sell cut flowers or vegetables!
- Get some chickens! Keeping chickens teaches kids responsibility, provides food for the family and they make great pets!
- Get a few extra chickens and have the kiddos start an egg selling business or chick hatching business!
- Make crushed eggshells to use in the garden, or feed back to the chickens!
- Learn how to can together! Make some jam from your frozen berries or tomato sauce from frozen tomatoes!
- Bake some cupcakes or muffins or other yummy treats like this apple pie! Sell them at your driveway stand too!
- Make some smoothies together! They are tasty treats and good for you too! Use up that frozen fruit you have in the freezer!
- Learn how to make soap or bath bombs or this Peppermint Scrub! Or try making this Lavender Epsom Salt Bath Soak or Lavender Bath Melts or Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub. Use Youtube for how to videos! Sell them at your driveway stand too, or set up an Etsy store to sell them!
- Learn how to sew using Youtube! I taught myself how to quilt by watching video's and this might be fun for both kids and parents! Learn to sew clothes, stuffed animals, quilt or home decor like these velvet pumpkins!
Creative & Indoor Activities for Kids
- Paint some rocks! Create fun patterns or paint insects or animals on them, or use them as garden markers! Give them as gifts or sell them or just start your own collection displayed in the yard or around the house! Follow this cute and Easy Painted Bumble Bee Rocks Tutorial or this Easy Painted Strawberry Rocks Tutorial!
- Make these fun and cute Snowman Wood Bead Ornaments or these Gnome Christmas Ornaments! Super cute and easy too!
- Learn how to paint! Use Youtube videos for this, watch videos on water color, acrylic painting, fluid painting, or even finger painting!
- Draw! Keep a sketch book and sketch something new everyday! Consider a theme for your sketchbook, animals, plants, cartoons, portraits, etc.
- Write stories or poems, and work on them a little bit each day.
- Create videos or short movies Use your smart phone or your parents smart phone! You may even want to go as far as creating a Youtube channel to share them!
- Take photographs! Practice practice practice! Perhaps you can show your favorites at your local county fair this summer.
- Build a fort or a tree house or chicken coop! Sketch up ideas first to get the creative juices flowing! Ask your neighbors for scrap wood for trade for some odd jobs like walking their dog for them.
- Write your own play, get some friends to act out the parts and put a show on for your neighborhood.
- Dance and sing! Listen to your favorite music or make your own!
- Make your own jewelry or keychains! Another item you could consider selling! Try to think outside the box and use odd bits around the house! Old buttons, paper clips, dads nuts and washers from his tool box!
- Paint your bedroom, or a mural on one of your walls! Create a new cozy space in your room and let your creativity flow!
- Make puppets and put on a puppet show!
- Coloring pages or coloring books! Make your own or swap with friends! Download free coloring pages from the internet!
- Origami or folded airplanes! Practice folding paper and creating unique paper wonders!
- Work on your Halloween costume
- Work on a puzzle
- Make playdough
- Make these fun and easy Patriotic White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with Sprinkles, or one of the other many variations of dipped strawberries I have listed in that post!
- Making Christmas decorations, ornaments or gifts
- Teach them to cook and/or bake and have them plan an entire meal
- Board games, or have them create their own!
- See how big of a card house you can make!
- Build a fort with boxes
- Fingerprint art
- Play with Legos or Duplos - make a whole town! Check out these awesome gifts for lego lovers!
- Make your own marble run with toilet paper rolls-Rube Goldberg style! Use dominoes too!
- Finger knitting
- Making things with perler beads
- Make a road way system through the house using masking tape for their match box cars
- Switch rooms with a sibling just to mix things up!
- Make these fun Painted Pumpkin Mason Jars!
- Learn all about ceramic painting ideas and paint your own pottery!
Kid Business Ideas
Helping your kids create a small business doesn't have to be complicated. Find something they are passionate about, that they love doing, and teach them how to make money doing it! Whether it is as small as selling at the end of your driveway, or taking it bigger online, there are so many options!
Running a business, even on a small scale, will teach your kids so many things! Math, planning, marketing, and hard work! It will also teach them how to love something they are passionate about and how to grow a career that they love.
Things for kids to sell:
- hot cocoa
- kool aid
- baked goods: cookies, muffins, rice krispy treats, brownies, quick breads, popcorn balls, etc
- home grown fruit and vegetables
- fresh eggs
- cut flowers
- plant starts
- personal care items: bath bombs, soaps, lotions, salves, lip balms, etc
- home sewn items: pot holders, kitchen towels, aprons, quilts, decorated t-shirts, pajama pants, etc
- home made jewelry or key chains
- painted rocks
- paintings and drawings
- collages or other multi-media art
- jams and jellies
- pickles or other pickled veggies
- make your own coloring pages to sell or other printables or stickers
Services kids can offer:
- walking the dog
- cleaning up dog poop
- bathing a dog
- lawn mowing
- dog sitting
- visiting with elderly
- watering plants
- collecting mail
- collecting eggs
- cleaning chicken coops
- checking on animals
- washing cars
- Go hiking or for a long walk
- Throw a frisbee
- Play ball
- Play Tag
- Play Hide and Seek
- Ride bikes
- Camp out in the backyard or even inside under a home made tent in the living room
- Go on a picnic
- Gaze at the stars at night
- Give them a place in the yard to plant their very own garden
- Pick vegetables
- Go fishing
- Throw the ball for the dog
- Take the dog for a walk
- Visit a farm or petting zoo
- Fly a kite
- Have a bon fire and roast marshmallows
- Have a movie in the backyard
- Listen to an audio book outside or read a book outside
- Play in the sprinkler
- Make a slip and slide
- Go Geocaching
- Go bird watching
- Jump rope
- Draw on the driveway or sidewalk with chalk
- Help wash the car
- Give the dog a bath outside
- Have a potato sack race
- Blow bubbles
- Play with hula hoops
- Play hopscotch
- Learn how to do a cartwheel
- Search for a four leaf clover
- Set up a sand or water table
- Build a tire swing with them
- Have them create or participate in a scavenger hunt
- Go berry picking or to an apple orchard
- Go to the beach or lake to swim
- Ride a horse
- Go to a pumpkin patch
- Make mud pies
- Make water balloons
- Have a water gun fight
- Make a scarecrow
- Go to a corn maze
- Build an outside giant Jenga game and play it!
- Hunt for bugs
- Make a list of parks to visit and check them all off the list
- Create a backyard obstacle course
- Melt some crayons in the sun
- Catch and release some frogs or polywogs
- Collect leaves and make a scrapbook of them
- Make a treasure map and find treasure!
- Pick flowers and press them
- Watch the clouds and find shapes in them
- Play in the rain
- Backyard bowling with things from the recycle bin
- Play Mother may I? or Simon Says
- Crayon rubbings
- Create an agility course for the dog
- Play Tug of War or Limbo
- Install a zip line
- Skip rocks
- Swing in a hammock
- Have quiet play on a blanket
- Make ice cream in a bag
- Have a clothes line art show
- Have a neigborhood parade
- Play Frisbee Tic Tac Toe
- Play parachute with a large sheet
- Launch home made rockets
- Make daisy chains
- Watch the sun set or the sun rise
- Tell stories under the stars
- Sing camp fire songs
My Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Featured Posts this Week:
I found a couple of articles in last weeks blog hop, that were activities that kids can do, so I will be featuring all 3 of them this week!
Easter Rag Wreath Tutorial
This would be fun for the kids to do for all the holidays, not just Easter! Do a red, white and blue one for Memorial Day and July 4th! One fall colors for fall, a Halloween themed one, a Christmas themed one and even one for Valentines Day! Now I want to make a couple!
Easter Rag Wreath from Comfort Spring Station
Paint a Flower Pot
This article painted a flower pot to coordinate with their dinnerware, but your kids could paint what ever they choose on the flower pots using this simple tutorial.
Paint a Flower Pot to Coordinate with Your Dinnerware from Love My Little Cottage
St Patrick's Day Rice Krispie Treats
This tutorial added a fun green die for St Patrick's Day, but you could skip it or add any color you like! What kid doesn't like Rice Krispie Treats?
St Patrick's Day Rice Krispie Treats from Clover House
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Thanks for featuring my flowerpot, Tamara!
Thanks for featuring my Easter Rag Wreath. It was a great way to start the day. Sending you positive thoughts and wishing you a Happy St. Valentine's Day!
Thanks for sharing such excellent ideas here, Tamara. I was exploring for indoor activities for my toddler and found fascinating ideas for kids I could share with other mommies. I would encourage my daughter to paint the rocks to create a small home garden or a pot with colored rocks.
Hi Kiran! Glad you could find some things here to entertain the kiddos! Feel free to check the list often or pin the article for future reference. Hope your daughter makes some beautiful rocks for the garden! 🙂