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Kids of all ages love to do fun stuff whenever possible. Whether that involves playing sports, solving puzzles, watching cartoons, or any other activity that’s entertaining.
We’ve gathered here over 100 activities your little ones can do to enjoy their time, both for indoor and outdoor. This will most likely include several things you haven’t heard of.
Of course, you should try to pick the activities that you believe will be suitable for your kid.
With that said, here is the list:
Indoor Activities for Kids
Let your children have fun at home with these entertaining indoor activities:
1. Jigsaw Puzzle Contest
Run a jigsaw puzzle competition to see who can complete the puzzle faster.
2. Colored Papers
Get colored papers for the child to cut them with scissor into shapes and paste them on a white paper.
3. Sand Drawing
Cover a tray with sand and let the kid write or draw on it with their finger.
4. Science Experiments
Make fun science experiments such as a wooden Ferris wheel or drinking straw roller coaster.
5. Play Dough
Give kids play dough and let their imagination run wild while creating shapes.
6. Story Time
Read a children’s story to the kids and discuss it.
7. Foam Building Blocks
Buy a lot of foam building blocks and run a competition to see how high of a tower the kids can build.
8. Make Pizza
Make a home pizza with the kids help.
9. Card & Board Games
10. Puzzle Questions
Run a competition where you ask the kids a puzzle question and give points for the correct answer.
11. Magic Tricks
Teach the kids some magic tricks such as spoon bending.
12. Hide and Seek
Play hide-and-seek at home with a time limit.
13. Paper Airplanes
Create paper airplanes and let the kids fly them.
14. Balloon Animals
Make animals using balloons.
16. Story Telling
Let the children develop a story and tell everyone about it.
15. Spot The Difference
Play some spot-the-difference puzzles.
17. Photo Albums
Make a photo album using existing photos that include the kids.
18. Color Bottles
Bring empty glass bottles and color them through pouring the paint inside.
19. Musical Chairs
Play the musical chairs game.
20. Identify by Touch
Play a game where kids have to know the object through only touching with eyes closed.
21. Photo Story Albums
Make a photo story album by pasting photos of similar objects such as animals or cars.
22. Indoor Exercises
Allow the children to perform exercises at home by following video instructions on YouTube.
23. Educational TV Programs
Watch educational kids programs on TV together at home.
24. Learn New Information
Teach the kids some new information like new words or color additions.
25. Hidden Objects
Hide something that the children like in the house and tell them to find it.
26. Jewellery Activity
Help the kids to make some jewellery such as clay pendants.
27. Cleaning Time
Run a competition for cleaning the house where each child cleans a room and the most tidy one wins.
28. Magnetic Blocks
Bring some magnetic blocks home and let the children play with them.
29. Watch Insects
Put an insect (e.g. ant or bee) inside a bottle and allow the kid to watch its movements and identify its colors.
30. Pretend Play
Ask the children to make you an imagined meal or pretend to check your health.
31. Children Crafts
Engage the kids in fun crafts such as creating a toy camera or DIY building blocks.
32. Draw Around
Put some objects on a white paper and ask the kids to draw a line around them.
33. Obstacle Crossing
Create obstacles across the playroom using thin ropes or wires and ask the kids to pass the room without touching them.
34. Guess the Sound
Ask the children to guess an object through the sound only with their eyes closed.
35. Pictionary Game
Play Pictionary game where the team that guesses the drawing faster earns points.
36. Identify the Family
Bring several family photos then specify a family member name that the kids need to identify in the photo.
37. Cooking Time
Make the kids’ favorite cookies or cupcakes together as a family.
38. Objects Hunt
Ask the children to search in the house for objects with a rainbow color in order to create a full rainbow with them.
39. Square Game
Play the square game.
40. Alphabet Game
Ask the child to find all objects in the house that start with a specific letter such as A or C.
41. Tabletop Football
Play tabletop football in two teams.
42. Object Color
Bring objects with different colors and ask the kids to put those of the same color in a separate container.
43. Cup Game
Give all kids equal number of coins or marble balls to throw into a plastic cup and the person that collects the highest quantity wins.
44. Falling Dominoes
Create long rows of dominos to create a fun scene of falling dominoes.
45. Sock Ball Game
Play basketball at home by wrapping socks into balls and throwing them into a bucket.
46. Pass the Ball
Make a circle and pass a ball to each other while music is playing then when the sound stops, the person with the ball is out.
47. Yoga Practice
Teach simple Yoga positions to the kids with the help of printed photos (or videos) including the position name.
48. Music Dance
Turn on some music and encourage the children to dance based on either what they personally like or by imitating some dance moves on YouTube.
49. Simon Says
Play Simon Says game.
50. Name Guessing
Let the child write the name of a family member, friend or teacher on a piece of paper which you need to guess and you can ask for hints.
51. Whisper Game
Sit in a circle and a person whispers something to the one beside them who then whispers to the next individual until it reaches the last person who needs to say it loudly to everyone.
52. Rock Paper Scissors
Play Rock Paper Scissors game and you can do some variations to make it more entertaining.
53. Treasure Hunt
Hide a fun item (i.e. treasure) in the house and give the children papers with hints that leads to the treasure.
54. Cup and Ball
Play the cup-and-ball game where everyone starts at the same time and the first one to finish is the winner.
55. Balls in Bottles
Make a hole in front of some plastic bottles then ask the child to throw balls (made using aluminum foil) toward the bottles to get them inside and the one that achieves the highest number wins.
56. DIY Fishing Game
Make your own fishing game for kids to play at home.
57. Hand Printing
Get some washable paints and allow the children to make handprints at home.
58. Name Place Animal Thing
Ask the kids to write down things that begin with a specific letter (e.g. A or D) including the name of a person, animal, plant, country and inanimate object, then give points based on who finishes first.
Get crossword puzzles that are appropriate for children and ask your kid solve them.
60. Animal Sound
Play the sounds of animals (you can use a mobile app) and ask the kid to guess them.
61. Freeze Dance
Play the freeze dance game.
62. Face Drawing
Draw faces on circular objects such as balloons and plastic eggs/balls.
Outdoor Activities for Kids
Get outside and allow your children to enjoy the outdoors with these fun activities:
63. Bounce House
Rent a bouncing house (or buy one if you can afford it) for the kids to jump around and have fun.
64. Zoo Visit
Visit the zoo and talk with the kids about each animal you encounter including their food and habitat.
65. Boat Trip
Go on a boat trip and do some fishing with your child.
Visit the beach and allow the children to play with sand and build sandcastles.
71. Mini Gulf
Get a toy golf set and allow the kids to play outside.
Visit the cinema and watch a family-friendly movie with the kids.
68. Theme Park
Visit the theme park and do rides together as a family.
69. Ball Sports
Play basketball or baseball in the backyard.
70. Sack Race
Hold a sack race at a garden.
72. Water Fight
Play a water fight game using balloons or water guns.
73. Inflatable Pool
Install an inflatable pool in the backyard and let the kids have fun.
74. Backyard Camp
Make a camp in the backyard and spend some time together including to watch the sky at night.
75. Olympic Games
Play Olympic games in the backyard.
76. Collect Seashells
Go to the beach and collect some seashells.
77. Draw on Rocks
Collect rocks from the beach and let the kids draw on them.
78. Gardening Activity
Plant flowers in the backyard using a gardening tool set.
79. Street Names
Take a walk outside the house and talk with the kids about the street names and the reason for them.
80. Tug of War
Play tug of war game outdoors.
81. Historical Trip
Go on a historical trip including to a museum and educate the children about the place.
82. Memory Match
Print large images of different objects (two each) and use them to play the memory match game outdoors.
83. Chalk Drawing
Make drawings on the floors outdoor using chalk such as the rainbow or space.
84. Maze Games
Create a maze using sticks in the backyard for the kids to solve.
85. Make Bubbles
Make a bubble solution and let the kids blow bubbles outdoors.
86. Carry Toy Eggs
Give each child a toy spoon and ask them to carry toy eggs or balls to basket without dropping them (one each time) and the person with the highest number wins.
87. Fly Kites
Fly kites at the beach or garden.
88. Trunk Crossing
Go to a garden with a long cut trunk and ask each kid to cross it without falling and the one who does it the fastest wins.
89. Balloon Shooting
Throw a balloon into the air and ask the child to shoot it using a toy gun.
90. Catch the Balloon
Throw a balloon high in a random direction and ask the child to catch it before it hits the ground.
91. Toss Rings
Fill an inflatable pool with water and put some toss rings inside which the children needs to collect with their feet only and the person that gets the highest number wins.
92. Tic Tac Toe
Make squares for Tic Tac Toe game using ropes (and X/O by cutting paper) then play the game in the backyard.
93. Flying Disc
Buy some flying discs and visit a park to see who can hit a specific object like a tree or chair.
94. Collect Leaves
Visit the park and ask the kids to collect as many different leaves as possible and the one with the highest number wins.
95. Foam Cubes Game
Divide the kids in two teams and bind a bucket into the back of one person from each team, then the other members need to try to put more foam cubes inside the bucket of the other team in order to win.
96. Pick Your Own
Visit a local ‘pick your own’ farm and allow the kids to collect produce straight from the plant.
97. Bucket Walk
Put buckets faced down close to each other on the garden’s floor then ask the kids to walk on them without touching the floor.
98. Ring Dance
Allow the kids to perform ring dance in the backyard.
99. Water Balloons
Stick water-filled balloons on a board and ask the kids to pop them from a distance by throwing darts.
100. Blackboard Drawing
Install chalkboards on the backyard’s fence and encourage the children to draw on them.
101. Learn at the Supermarket
Go shopping at the supermarket and teach your kid the names of different items and foods.
Allow your kid to play Hopscotch outdoors and ask him to count to the number they landed on before moving to the next.
Visit a nearby garden and allow the children to ride bikes around (and maybe hold a race).
104. Playground Joy
Find a park that has a large public playground and give the children the chance to enjoy their time.
105. Feed Animals
Visit a farm that allows the kids to feed goats, chase chickens, milk cows and ride horses.
106. Trampoline Time
Install a large trampoline in the backyard for the children to jump around and play.
107. Learn about Bugs
Search for different bugs outdoors together and teach the kids about each one.
108. DIY Bowling Set
Make your own bowling set and play with the kids in the backyard.
There you have it, many activities for your young ones to have plenty of fun indoors and outdoors.
We tried to include as many non-generic children’s activities as possible, so you have a better chance of finding new interesting ones to try out.
Of course, not all the activities will be appropriate for your kid. This will ultimately depends on their age and interests.
The list will be updated if we discover new activities that are worth adding. We also welcome any suggestions you might have.