Finding new and fun activities to do with kids can be a challenge, particularly when getting out and about is tricky, and resources at home may be limited. These eight creative activities will help keep your kids engaged and use simple materials that you probably have around the house.
Get kids creative with artwork
Homemade watercoloursIf you’ve run out of paints, did you know that you can make your own with ingredients found in the store cupboard? Mix the below ingredients, divide the mixture into ice cube trays or small plastic containers, and colour with food colouring.1 Use your new paint like regular watercolours and get creative!
- 3 teaspoons light corn syrup or golden syrup
- 6 tablespoons cornflour
- 6 tablespoons baking soda
- 6 tablespoons white vinegar
- Food colouring
Coloured saltBy mixing salt and food colouring, you can have a new creative art material for your kids. Make sure to complete this process in a ziplock bag with the air squeezed out to avoid any mess.2 Kids can then make salt paintings by squeezing glue onto paper and sprinkling on their different coloured salts. The results can be quite spectacular!
Paper scrap challenge
This one’s an old favourite. Give your kids some old magazines or catalogues, paper, scissors, and glue to make collages. Collaging is an entertaining and creative activity that will keep them interested for a good couple of hours.
Creative science activities for kids
Take the opportunity to teach your kids a bit about science while having fun with these creative activities.
Paper helicoptersPaper helicopters are fun to make and provide an appealing toy to play with afterwards. All you need is some paper, paperclips, scissors, and tape. Different templates are available online to help you with your design.3
DIY lava lampsDIY lava lamps are surprisingly easy to make by just adding water, oil, fizzing tablets (e.g. Alka Seltzer), and food colouring to large clear bottles. This video shows you how it all works.4
Making music and games
Prepare for a noisy afternoon making music and games with everyday household materials.
Shakers and rattle drumsRummage in your recycling for containers made of different materials and fill them with various small objects to create a range of percussion instruments. Rice, beans, and beads are all good noisemakers. Add a homemade rattle drum, made from circles of card, string, and beads, and your kids can enjoy making some fantastic music. 5
Cup and ball game
Cup and ball is a traditional kids’ game that can deliver plenty of amusement. Kids can make their own by attaching a bead to some string and glueing it to a yoghurt pot, then enjoy a bit of competition with others at home. They can get creative in decorating them too.
Homemade KerplunkIf you have a cylindrical cutlery drainer, this homemade version of kerplunk is easy to make with a few straws and some beads or mini pom-poms.6 Alternatively, kids can make their containers by cutting holes in cardboard tubes. Encourage your kids to paint them with colourful patterns to make games they’ll love to keep and play again and again. These creative activities will help keep kids’ minds and bodies active while staying at home. Combine movement with a balanced diet to ensure their health stays on track while they grow and develop. If you’re concerned about their dietary habits, use natural supplements to ensure they’re getting the ideal balance of vitamins and minerals. Looking for more ideas to keep the little ones busy? Check out our 20 screen-free activities for kids