It hasn’t been that long since we wrote the book, 101 Kids Activities. We were thrilled to see it make Amazon’s Top 500 list at that time!! Since then we have discovered even MORE ways to keep boredom at bay… and these 100 TV-Free activities are great at keeping kids active.
- Gather the rainbow! Mix up a batch of colorful fun. Add food dye to pasta for a fun sensory bin.
- Create a bouquet of roses – all you need are some paper plates!
- Race your cars, powered by balloons, across a room.
- Mop the floor – in your socks. Get sudsy with this homemade cleaning recipe.
- Upgrade some treasured toys – use stickers, foam and paint to redecorate them.
- Sew a pillow buddy for a friend.
- Make TP tube people, put on a play!
- Create giant blocks, and make a backyard tower.
- Decorate old outlet covers to be eyes, noses and mouths for play dough play. Fun and easy to clean.
- Go fly a plane! Make one from an egg carton. You can cut and then decorate your carton to be a fun glider.
- Collect all the cardboard tubes and bottle caps that you can find. Make a tube train.
- Go get a handful of paint chips and make monster puzzles.
- Chop up your crayons and heat them in the oven on low – paint with your melted crayon bits!
- Play a prank on a family member. Make a batch of the grossest fake snot – ever!
- Build a fort. Too cool and your kids are learning about geometry and developing spatial awareness at the same time!
- Play with cardboard boxes. Make an aquarium for all the imaginary fish you can come up with!
- Build a tower out of disposable cups. Use straws and Q-tips and blow “darts” at your tower to watch it topple.
- Make a pinball drop for a pingpong ball to drop from. This one is made from a box and craft sticks!
- Pretend you are an archeaologist and dig up dinosaur bones from a “tar” pit.
- Create Kinetic Sand and pck one of these ten ways to play with it!
- Magnetic Mud is easy to make, if you have the supplies, and mesmerizing!
- Paper dolls are fun to create, color and decorate, and then to play with in pretend worlds. Print up a set for free.
- Make a bedtime sensory bottle, and count the stars in the dark.
- Play Kerplunk – only make the game yourself using a pot and pom-poms!
- Make a yarn maze in a laundry basket – your tots will love fishing items through the leveled web of yarn.
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