This 50 FREE Kids Activities list for at home offers a combination of easy bond building and fun memory making experiences. Most of these activities can be enjoyed at home with very little preparation. FREE printable list below!
Today I am going to share 50 kids activity ideas that are free to low cost. For the most part they are tried and true “mess free” suggestions.
You can even give your kids the list and have them use it as a “boredom buster” with siblings or when they have friends over!
If your kiddos are like mine, they feel happy and valued when you spend time with them. Cherishing those SIMPLE moments of laughter and joy that we have together.
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Whether you are looking for new ideas, or just want to bring back some classic fun. I’ve made this list into a printable page (at the bottom of this post) for you and left a few blank check boxes so you can add your own activities.
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You can give your kids the list and let them pick the next activity or you can surprise them. Another fun idea is to print the list, cut each activity separate, fold in half and place in a jar or basket and randomly pick one!
kids activities & quality time ideas
- Decorate your table for a “special” meal together (make place setting tags, place mats, thank you treats & use special dishes)
- Make up your own “special” occasion or holiday (design your own name for your day & ideas to make the day your very own)
- Have a random “crank up” the music, sing & dance party!
- Family board game or cards night (kid’s choice)
- Video chat with someone who may need a friendly smile.
- Pick a simple project to create together & learn “how to” online, from a book or magazine.
- Tell your kid(s) several ways they are AMAZING & watch them beam!
- Write a story & have your child design the illustrations (or vice versa).
- Schedule a date to share a favorite beverage together.
- Play a game of “would you rather” or 20 questions.
- Give your Kiddo a foot rub, foot soak or back rub.
- Have an indoor picnic on a blanket (invite your child’s favorite stuffed animals).
- Plan an at “home movie” night (kid’s choice) with popcorn & cuddles.
- Card game sampler time “pick 3 different card games to try” (ex. Rummy, Uno, Go Fish, Memory, Crazy 8’s)
- Have them pick out a new recipe & make it together.
- Do stretches together (or try light exercises).
- Take selfies together while cooking, taking a walk or cleaning house (tell them @ bedtime that it was your favorite moment of your day).
- Make paper airplanes & fly them together.
- Read a chapter book together.
- Write “positive praises” sticky notes all over their door or room.
- Living room sleepover “camp out” with flashlights & stuffed animals.
- Make a video of interviewing your kiddo (pick a question or topic).
- Sing a song together or make one up.
- Cuddle! Cuddle! and Cuddle!
- Make a special meal for them (add heart shapes), serve on a tray & eat in your living room.
- Hold them as they fall asleep.
- Make a card together (or create a picture) for someone special & mail it out.
- Have them help make a menu & grocery list
- Make a seasonal or special event scrapbook together
- Indoor waterplay in a sink, tub or bowl
- Make a date for an early “special” breakfast together
- Collect things from nature & make a table display or art project with them (talk about the textures, colors, scents) -acorns, flowers, leaves, twigs, pinecones, snow, etc
- Learn a word or two (how to spell, use in sentence & definition)
- Look on the map & pick a place to learn about (watch videos, read or visit)
- Play a game from the past “non electronic” (Cats in the cradle, Chinese jump rope, Hopscotch, Marbles, Jacks, Dominoes, etc.)
- Build Legos or blocks together
- Make bookmarks for your favorite books
- Race Hot Wheels (make your own track or ramps)
- Learn new things about the “weather” (about seasons, weather terms or conditions)
- Plant seeds, plants, or herb garden indoors
- Play “I Spy with my Little Eyes” game
- Style each other’s hair
- Put together a puzzle together (try a large one you can work on all week long)
- Create an indoor scavenger hunt or hide the button game
- Play a few paper games “great for travel” (tic tac toe, dots & boxes, Pictionary, word search, hangman, maze, etc)
- See how many “tongue twisters” you can come up with (Say Can You Say? Book)
- Find an old cartoon to watch or comic book to read
- Bird watching (make and set up a bird feeder, or take a walk in a park or nature trail)
- Make a treat together for someone special and deliver it
- Serve others together! Make a donation or make plans to volunteer and help others!
gathering supplies for kids activities
For most of the activities you will be able to use supplies you may already have a home.
For items you may not have or want to try, I will post links below of where you can purchase them online and have them delivered right to your door!
If you don’t have any of the board games, cards or puzzle on the list, but want to try them you may be able to borrow from a friend, library or find them at your local thrift store.
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CLASSIC Board and card games
We would LOVE to hear your ideas and your families favorite “at home” activities. Please COMMENT below to SHARE with us.