Household Fun Activities

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Box Fort

Use old boxes around your house to build a fort! Push and tape boxes together to create tunnels to get from one room of the fort to another. Add blankets, lights, pillows, and books for more fun!

Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag

Play a mini game of capture the flag in your house! Use two dish towels as flags. Have each player choose a different room of the house to hide their “flag” in. Once both players have hidden their “flags,” switch rooms and see who can find the other team’s flag first!

  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
  • Materials: Two dishtowels
  • Subject: Games
Car Wash!

Car Wash!

Have a car wash in your bathroom or back yard! Find some toy cars that are safe to put in water. Show your child how they can use soap, water, and some towels to clean and dry their cars!

  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
  • Materials: Toy cars, water, and soap
  • Subject: Imagination
Chores Bingo!

Chores Bingo!

Create a bingo board based on chores or actions that you want to occur more frequently in your household. For example, create squares for when your child turns off the TV, when they wash their hands, when they read, when they wash the dishes, when they sweep the floor, and when they eat their dinner.

  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
  • Materials: Paper and markers
  • Subject: Chores
Cooking PB&J!

Cooking PB&J!

Have your child help you make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

Teach them how fun cooking and responsibility can be by having them help you “cook” and clean up.

  • Estimated Time: 15 minutes
  • Materials: Peanut butter, jelly, bread, and a butter knife
  • Subject: Cooking
Cooking Trail Mix!

Cooking Trail Mix!

Have your child help you make a fun trail mix snack!

Combine chocolate chips, pretzel sticks, and marshmallows in a bowl.

Ask your child how many marshmallows, chocolate chips, and pretzels you should put in! Ask them to help you mix it!

  • Estimated Time: 15 minutes
  • Materials:
    • Chocolate chips, pretzels, and marshmallows
    • Substitute your own ingredients!
  • Subject: Cooking
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Copycat!

Play a game of “copycat” with your child. Encourage them to copy your actions! Have them help you clean the house by copying your actions of sweeping, vacuuming, and wiping down surfaces.

Create a Positivity Jar

Create a Positivity Jar

Create a positivity jar! Give your child small slips of paper. Ask them to write or draw positive messages and images onto them. Place these slips of paper in a jar. When you and your family need some positivity, pull a slip of paper out!

  • Estimated Time: 20 minutes
  • Materials: Paper, markers/pencils, and a jar or container
  • Subject: The Arts / Social Emotional
Meditation

Meditation

Meditation time! Take a break from your busy day with your child. Lay down on the floor on your back. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Breathe in for 10 seconds and out for 10 seconds. Do this 10 times and encourage your child to count with you!

  • Estimated Time: 10 minutes
  • Materials: A comfy place to lay down
  • Subject: Mindfulness
Move Those Marshmallows!

Move Those Marshmallows!

Use chopsticks to see how many marshmallows you can move from one cup to another in a minute without dropping it! Place the cups father apart for a challenge!

Picnic!

Picnic!

Have a picnic in your back yard or at a local park! Have your child help you pack a lunch with sandwiches, chips, and fruit! Fill a basket or cooler with food and remember to pack a blanket and some water! Find a place to unpack and enjoy your picnic!

Play with Noodles!

Play with Noodles!

Cook a package of pasta and once cooled, give it to your child to play with. Spaghetti works best, but any pasta works! Supervise their play and watch them move the pasta around with their hands!

Popping Popcorn

Popping Popcorn

Create a soccer field by drawing lines on a piece of paper. Mark goal posts with pipe cleaners, markers, or Place foam balls on a blanket in the middle of the room. Have your child hold one end of the blanket while you hold the other. Shake the blanket together and watch the balls fly off. You can shout “Popcorn!” while you do it. Have your child try to catch the balls and gather them back on the blanket as fast as they can!

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Play rock, paper, scissors with your child! Count to three, then choose to create a rock, paper, or scissors with your hands. Rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, and paper beats rock. If you both choose the same symbol, have a redo. Use paper to keep score!

  • Estimated time: 20 minutes
  • Materials: Paper and pencil
  • Subject: Games
Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Sit and draw some self portraits! Have your child look in the mirror and draw what they see. What color is their hair? What does their nose look like? How do they smile? This is the perfect activity for your child to explore their characteristics.

  • Estimated time: 20 minutes
  • Materials: Paper and markers
  • Subject: Art and identity
Sticky Webs

Sticky Webs

Create a spider web out of masking tape in a doorway in your home. Make sure the sticky side of the tape is facing the same way. Toss soft objects such as socks and pom-pom balls toward the sticky side of the masking tape. How many can you get to stick? How many fall to the ground?

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Superhero Capes

Make superhero capes out of old T-shirts and fabric! Cut away the front and sleeves of an old T-shirt, keeping the collar of the shirt. This creates a superhero cape! Using fabric markers and paint, have your child decorate their cape! Have them come up with a superhero name!

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Superhero Masks!

Encourage your child to unleash their inner superhero! Use paper plates and paper to create superhero masks. Which superhero will they be? Tiger boy? Pajama girl? Have them think about their interests and help them create a superhero. Use markers, glitter, construction paper, and more to create your masks. Cut out holes for eyes and a mouth and attach string to the edges of the mask to tie around their head.

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Tic-Tac-Toe!

Create your own tic-tac-toe board! Draw the grid on a piece of cardboard and paint rocks for pieces! Paint 3–4 rocks for each player. They could be ladybugs vs bees, lions vs elephants. Encourage your child to be creative when decorating!

  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
  • Materials: Cardboard, markers, paint, and rocks
  • Subject: Games
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Towel Skating

Encourage your children to help you with chores by making a fun activity out of it! To clean the floors, spray some floor cleaner down and have your children go “skating” on it with towels under their feet.

Watch the Clouds!

Watch the Clouds!

  1. Lay a blanket down on your driveway or in your back yard.
  2. Lay on your back with your child and have them count the clouds that pass by
  3. Have your child observe what the clouds look like and compare them to shapes!
  • Estimated Time: 20–30 minutes
  • Materials: The sky and a blanket!
  • Subject: Science
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Water Play

Fill a bucket or pan with water. Give your child plastic spoons, cups, bowls, and a funnel to play with. Let them splash and play with the water! Add food coloring to the water for some more fun.

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  • Home

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family

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Reviewed: 2020