10 Great Activities To Keep Your Children Busy At Home

Keeping Kids Busy

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If you had a dollar for every time, the kids said ‘I’m bored,’ you’d probably own some Island off the coast of Jamaica! Entertaining and engaging the children can be rather tricky, even at the best of times, especially the holidays. Handing them the iPad or a gaming console to kill the time is not a healthy or a wise idea. You have to get them to spend their time in a productive way. So, we at Momjunction put our thinking caps on, and we have come up with ten great ways for keeping kids busy, regardless of their age.

Activities For Keeping Kids Busy:

1. Rock Painting:

Keeping Kids Busy - Rock Painting

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You Will Need:

  • Smooth, baseball sized rocks. (You’ll find them near a lake, river or ocean.)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes in different sizes
  • Water

How To:

  1. Hand your kid the materials and let him paint.
  1. The rock will become a work of art, and your garden will be the most beautifully decorated garden on the block.

This is the best activity that will keep kids busy and occupied.

2. Make A Mini Flower Garden:

Keeping Kids Busy - Make A Mini Flower Garden

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You Will Need:

  • A terracotta vase
  • Potting soil
  • An assortment of flowers
  • Gardening tools
  • Gardening gloves

How To:

  1. Make your kid wear the gardening tools and arm them with the gardening tools.
  1. Tell them to dig some potting soil and put in the terracotta pot.
  1. Now tell your kid to arrange the flowers and leaves on the soil.
  1. His/her primary job now is to take care of the mini garden.

3. Make Your Salt Dough:

Keeping Kids Busy - Make Your Salt Dough

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You Will Need:

  • 1 packet of flour
  • Water
  • 1 packet of salt

How To:

  1. Using the measuring cups, tell your kid to measure 100 grams of flour and 50 grams of salt and put in a bowl.
  1. Now tell your child to add 1 cup of water gradually while mixing and stirring to form a dough. He will get a Play-Doh kind of consistency.
  1. Tell the kids that they have to keep kneading it for at least 5 minutes. They are free to add flour if the dough is too sticky.
  1. Children can even add food coloring to make a colorful Play-doh.
  1. The activity will brush your kid’s math skills by measuring the liquid and solid.

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4. Make A Rain Gauge:

Keeping Kids Busy - Make A Rain Gauge

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You Will Need:

  • Empty, 2-liter plastic bottle
  • Knife
  • Stick tape
  • Ruler

How To:

  1. Cut off two-thirds of the bottle from the top.
  1. Take the top part of the bottle, turn it upside down and stick to the bottom part using the sticky tape.
  1. Make a scale on a piece of tape using a ruler and stick on the bottle.
  1. Tell your kid to dig a hole in a garden and bury the gauge, with 5 cm sticking out of the ground.
  1. Now ask your child to check the rain gauge every day at the same time and measure the amount of rain it has collected.

This is one of the best activities to keep kids busy over the holidays.

5. Hide And Seek:

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You Will Need:

  • Nothing

How To:

  1. It’s a perfect game if your child’s friends have come over.
  1. Gather the kids in the living room and select one player to be the ‘it.’
  1. Cover the ‘it’ eyes with your hands and count 1 to 10 aloud. The other players have to hide in the room as you count.
  1. After counting, the ‘it’ has to begin his search for the hiders.
  1. The last player to be found will be the next ‘it.’
  1. While playing the game, ensure that there aren’t any loose items on the floor.

This is one of the inexpensive and awesome ideas to keep kids busy for some time.

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6. Treasure Hunt:

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You Will Need:

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Coins

How To:

  1. Write the clues on slips of paper and put the first clue on an easy to-find-place.
  1. Then leave the rest of the clues around the house. The clues will lead to various coins around the house that kids can collect and put in their piggy bank after the game is over.

7. The Listening Game:

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You Will Need:

  • Items that make sounds like glass, spoon, pot, sandpaper, shakers and so on.
  • Blindfold

How To:

  1. Tell the kids to sit down, making a circle.
  1. Now show the items or the pictures of the items to the children and then take them away.
  1. Select one kid to be the ‘it’ and blindfold him.
  1. The kid has to listen attentively as others pick up an item and make sounds with it.
  1. The child now has to guess the item that made up that sound. This is the perfect game to keep kids busy during holidays.

8. Make Sugar Cookie Pizza:

Keeping Kids Busy - Make Sugar Cookie Pizza

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You Will Need:

  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Red icing, grated coconut, or any other topping of your kid’s choice

How To:

  1. Roll the sugar cookie dough on a flat surface and cut out round shaped cookies from it.
  1. Flatten it a bit and bake for 10 minutes. Place it on a rack to cool.
  1. Now your little Gordon Ramsay has to decorate the cookies, or pizzas with the toppings of their choice like red icing for sauce, pistachio for olives, red M&M for pepperoni and grated coconut for cheese. It is one of the best activities to keep kids busy at home.

[ Read: Indoor Activities For Children ]

9. Aardvark Relay:

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You Will Need:

  • Bowls
  • Dried peas or beans
  • Straws

How To:

  1. Divide the kids into two or three teams.
  1. Place the empty bowl on one end of the room and bowls filled with peas or beans on the other. There must be equal numbers of beans or peas in each bowl.
  1. Give the first member of each team a straw.
  1. The player has to transfer a small amount of dried peas or beans from one bowl to another using just the straw. They have to do this by sucking the beans through the straw.
  1. The team that transports the beans first will be the winner.  This activity is one of the best ways to keep kids busy during leisure time.

10. Animal Farm:

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You Will Need:

  • Pen
  • Cards

How To:

  1. Write down the name of the animal on each card like a horse, sheep, pig, cow, etc.
  1. Divide the kids into small groups
  1. Give each player a card with the animal names.
  1. The players have to make the sound of the animal from their card find the rest of their group members.
  1. Now you can assemble the children into groups of their animal friends.

These ten activities will help keep your sanity intact. They will at least allow you to a grab a magazine and relax for a few minutes. How do you keep your kid busy at home? Help the other mommies by sharing your ideas. Leave a comment below!

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