Your kids will beg to play them, to do them over and over, and OVER again! These are the ones that would be on my kids short list. They love open-ended play ideas.
…And I love how these activities reach a wide range of ages. My tots and elementary aged kids have an activity they can do – together!
OPEN-ENDED PLAY IDEAS
I’m telling you, if your kids haven’t tried playing with kinetic sand yet they need to! The stuff is addicting. Promise.
Make silly faces! It’s fun in the mirror, fun to mimic each other and even fun to recreate on paper!
These Paper Boxes are harder to make than they look. Perfect for a puzzling kiddo. Preschoolers can just glue bits of paper together. Next: Build with our blocks!
KIDS ACTIVITIES THAT ARE ADDICTIVE
Add some marshmallows and toothpicks to your kiddos play and not only will they have a blast building, they will also love the sugar rush… it’ll wear off.
Paper Airplanes. The cost for an afternoon of play is just a ream of paper. Make paper airplanes – try this design, BEST ever!
STEM ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Build a fort! It doesn’t matter if you make it out of PVC piping, old bed sheets or chairs. Your kids will have a blast!
Old pool noodles are not trash!! Your kids can build massive structures with them, all you need are toothpicks.
WHAT TO DO WHEN KIDS ARE BORED
Never ending fun! That is what a skien of yarn will give you. Give your kids the task to make a giant web – and then they can crawl through it.
Plastic disposable cups and craft sticks! Just sit back and watch your kiddos will build and create.
NEVER ENDING OPEN ENDED FUN
This dancing battery gal is easy to make, try giving the instructions to your elementary aged kiddos along with the supplies.
All you need is a box fan, a big sheet and an empty room. Hours. Your kids will be shrieking and crawling as a snake for hours.
You don’t need to spend money to make toys that will help build your kids brains. Raid the rubbish bin for some cardboard!
Who knew that a toothbrush could be and do so much more than just brush teeth. Transform it into a robot.
Rachel is the founder of the blog, One Crazy House. She is the co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! and The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and six children.