As a lot of mothers know, it is not easy keeping little children occupied for long periods, sometimes even the big kids!Children haven’t got long attention spans – it makes it difficult for parents to take even a breather in-between all the fun things that children often want to do.And the thing is, the activities for children have to be chosen with care because a lot of their intellectual growth and their mental health depends on what they participate in during their formative years.You want to find activities that stimulate the child and exercise his brain. Look at these creative activities that children will love and enjoy doing:
1- Cutting and Gluing
It might take some time for smaller children to work with scissors, naturally under supervision, but it is an important motor skill. It helps to develop creativity in children, and you will soon recognize a young Picasso in this exciting activity!
A pair of scissors
Coloured paper with all different shapes
Encourage your child to cut out the shapes with coloured paper. Maybe you can start with simple shapes, becoming more complex as your child gets the hang of it. Let him stick all his cutouts on the drawing paper to create ‘beautiful’ artwork.
2- Raised Salt Painting
That is a great favourite amongst children; it’s just so much fun and also develops the child’s creativity. And if a child is disinterested in stuff, well, he will love salt painting.
Different colours of food colourings
On a paper plate, add just a few drops of food colouring over some Epsom salt and mix up. Repeat this process if the child wants different colours. Then let your child draw his artwork and pattern on the drawing paper. Help him to apply glue on his designs, and then pour the coloured salt over the glued areas. Then let it dry.
3- Playdough Modelling
Most children have played with playdough in their young lives, and you will always find it in toy stores year after year – such a favourite and cheap and easy too.All you have to do is provide the playdough and leave it over to him to imagine great things. Soon the child will be conjuring up all kinds of shapes. Playing with playdough helps to stimulate the brain and helps the child to think about making different shapes.
Give your child some playdough and let your child make the shapes of his choice. Assist him, and both of you have fun, making all kinds of shapes and sizes. Your child will also enjoy the poke-ins and the mats to give texture to his shapes.
Fill up the balloons with water. You might need to help him tie the balloons, so the water doesn’t spill out while he is painting. Different amounts of water will give you different sizes. Put some watercolour in the plates and let your child dip the water balloons in the colours he wants.
Help your child put on the safety goggles. Then put the peroxide into the plastic bottle, adding colour and the dish soap.Shake up the bottle. In another container, take some yeast, adding warm water to it. Add the yeast mix to the bottle that has the peroxide in and dish soap and colour.Watch your child as the colour mixture lathers up and flows out the bottle in all kinds of shapes and forms.
6- Making Masks
Making masks is great fun because your child can become another person! It develops his /her creative skills.
A construction plate
A pair of scissors
Watercolours or crayons
Two rubber bands
Get your child to mark areas that need to be cut out on the construction plate – that will be for his eyes, ears, and nose. Help him/her to cut the plate out as per the markings, and then colour in his mask in his way.Poke two holes for the least band on each side, making them into loops to go around his ears.
7- Glowing Dough
Children love stuff that glows and shines, and when it comes to playing dough, it is no different. That might be more for the older child who can be with you around the stove and who is used to a bit of cooking. You need to be present all the time with this activity to prevent accidents.
4–5 cups of water
2 cups table salts
5 cups of flour
2/3rd cup of vegetable oil
2 tablespoon of cream of tartar
Black-light (UV/ultraviolet light)
On a stovetop and a medium flame, mix up all the ingredients except for the edible colour and the glow-in-the-dark paint. Let this mixture cook until it becomes all gooey. Take off the heat and let it cool down a bit.When it’s just warm, add some food colouring and the glow-in-the-dark paint. Now knead the dough well. You can store it in a zip lock bag. Whenever your child wants to play, he can have some fun making shapes with the dough with some black-light. Don’t worry — here is a no-cook recipe!
8- Ball Pit and Slide
This idea is great for the smaller kids, tons of fun. You will need to purchase an inflatable plastic pool and fill it with coloured plastic balls and a kid-sized slide. Believe it; your little one will spend hours climbing and sliding down. This game makes a big splash!
9- Stained Glass Window
A very cool ‘game’ this, and kids of all ages love this. You hang up a sheet of plastic and then cut up squares of tissue paper. But look, we have included many ideas here – lovely works of art for your little ones to create!
10- Target Golf
That looks easy enough to create but great fun. All you do is take a cardboard box and cut out entry holes. Then you will allow your child to hit a golf ball in the holes. Who over scores the most will win!
11- Easy Indoor Swing and Crash Pad
This one gives your child endless fun and plenty of movement. What about this!
12- Pool Noodle Playhouse
That is so much fun; one wonders if the children ever get tired of it. If it’s swimming season again, or when they go on sale, stock up on pool noodles and buy as many as you can because they can be the perfect building bricks to make the most awesome playhouse. Just bed sheets need to be added.
13- Indoor Climbing Space
That is so cool. When you see the kids on this, you know you did the right thing, particularly if you have kids with lots of energy. It’s like an indoor gym with plenty of room to climb and a jungle gym. And a mattress can be built under it, so if they fall, they won’t get hurt. They’ll love it!
14- Cardboard Box Coloring
That is wonderful if you’ve got toddlers who need entertaining. Just place a little toddler inside a cardboard box and give him some colourful crayons. He will do just that to his heart’s content. You’re lucky; you’ll find plenty of other exciting activities on this link.
15- Kid-Made Music Instruments
Kids adore playing with imaginary drums or guitars, or anything that imitates being in a band. Now they can build their own drum set and join up with the band!
16- Scavenger Hunt
It doesn’t have to be a long list to go through – all you have to do with this game is say, “Find me something that starts with the letter D,” for instance. Let the kids run around the house, searching for things that start with the letter “D.” They must either bring it to you or tell you what it is when they have found it.Then you can keep your kids motivated by going through quite a few letters of the alphabet. After that, you can motivate them even further by letting them choose what they want to eat for dinner later.
17- Grow a Garden
Give your child a real small plant to take care of. Maybe you can help them with a small herb garden or a garden of small veggies or flowers, allowing them to water the plant when needed and take care of it.They will love checking up on their plants, and maybe when the time comes, show them how to cut the herbs off, ready for a salad later on.
Can we tell you a secret?
As most schools know, the best way to keep chaos from reigning is to have a routine in the home. Make a routine for the kids – they are used to following a schedule.Grab a pen and paper and map out how your days will look at home. The goal is to keep your kids happy and entertained but allowing you to get things done as well and stay sane!