At Home Kids Activities on a BudgetBest ‘at Home’ Kids Activities on a Budget

  • What are fun Kids Activities at home while staying a budget?
  • What can kids do for fun ‘at home’?
  • What are some at home activities for kids on a budget?

These are all questions many parents ask themselves often and cannot seem to rule it down, but don’t worry, I’m here to help!

What are cheap fun things to do with kids at home?

Here are 40 ideas you can try at home right now (depending on your child’s age):

  • Create a sensory bin (water beads, dyed spaghetti..)
  • Plant and Grow a small garden
  • Dance to some cool tunes
  • Water fun in a wading pool
  • Build a fort/tent with sheets
  • Stage a fun creative play
  • Play board games
  • Cook a delicious meal together
  • Create a movie for memories
  • Learn about birds outside
  • Collect bugs and set them free
  • Walk around the neighborhood
  • Have a scavenger hunt
  • Draw together
  • Create a play house with cardboard
  • Decorate windows
  • Sensory Play with foam, paint, shaving cream…
  • Paint on a canvas
  • Create a science experiment (STEM)
  • Bake something sweet like cookies
  • Go on a picnic in the backyard
  • Fly a kite
  • Create an obstacle course indoors
  • Indoor Tea Party fun
  • Play fun games such as Hide and Seek together
  • Building castles with ice cubes
  • Teach your kids how to tell time
  • Teach your kids how to count coins
  • Learning through play
  • Create an indoor obstacle course
  • Play outside for over an hour (depending on the weather)
  • Shaving Cream Sensory Play
  • Construction site Sensory bin
  • Use dot stickers for play
  • Water Play in a bin with cups
  • Bike around the neighborhood
  • Learn how to skate with roller blades
  • Cook a meal from another country with your kids
  • Learn a different language by watching on Youtube
  • Create instruments with items you have at home
  • Clear up common misconceptions.

Why do kids get bored?

  • According to Heidi McBain, a play therapist, boredom is essential for children as this leads to increased creativity. “When a child feels bored, they are re learning that they have to create something to entertain themselves.”
    • They learn to explore their world and come up with their own creative ideas and ways of play. This is brilliant!
  • Here is my personal story. I have a 3 and 5 year old. At these ages they are all about creativity in my humble opinion. I don’t ever see them get bored as its so easy to come up with a simple game that will keep them entertained.
    • But, what about when they get older? I have a strong feeling that if I approach them with these simple activities I am going to mention on this blog post, they’ll hold those creative juices tight and learn to use them when needed!
    • For example, introducing them to ‘open-ended play’ is wonderful! What is open ended play? Open ended play allows children to express themselves freely with no limits. Some examples of open ended play are:
      • loose parts to create all sorts of things
      • blocks to create a castle, tower or an elevator
      • molding clay to come up with all sorts of imaginative play ideas
    • These are play ideas which allow for imaginative play and in turn power up those neurons to create something new.

Best Tips for Indoor activities for Kids

Staying home doesn’t have to be boring. Here are a few lists by different categories you may want to check out.

  • Tip 1: Here are 60 fun things to do at home with your kids

    • Print out Black and White coloring pages
    • Create a terranium with dollar store items
    • Create homemade play dough
    • Create groovy slime
    • Using recycled toilet/paper towel tubes for painting or creating things
    • STEM and STEAM activities with household items
    • Turn on the cooking channel and create a meal together
    • Pull out construction paper and create something fun
    • Make a delicious healthy smoothie together
    • Paint your nails together. I like these non toxic ones ”   “
    • Read a few books together
    • Watch the discovery channel and learn about animals
    • Mix water and paint to create fluid art
    • Sponges are awesome in water play
    • Try some Kids Yoga or kid friendly exercises together on Youtube.
    • Plant a small garden outside
    • Download an app that inspires creativity
    • Create an indoor maze in your home with painters tape
    • Use painters tape for sensory bags or dot sticker projects
    • Play sherades
    • Play card games together
    • Pull out some board games
    • Have a race outside in the yard
    • Cook dyed rainbow pasta
    • Create a sensory bin (example: dried lentils and some toys) depending on your child’s age.
    • Tell a story (One example could be a spooky story if its Halloween)
    • Create a bowling arena with old water bottles and a ball
    • Wash your toy cars with soap, water, a sponge and a bin
    • Create a pirate play scavenger hunt
    • Hop scotch pattern with painters tape (masking tape)
    • Indoor picnic
    • Smoothies and movies (add some popcorn in there too)
    • Marco Polo game (Indoor style)
    • Indoor Treasure hunt
    • Making funny finger shapes on the wall in the dark with phone flashlight
    • Create Paper crafts together
    • Pick a category they’d like to learn and create their own magazine or book by cutting and gluing
    • Make a challenge to see how many books they can read within a time frame for prizes
    • Lego/ Shape mags building race
    • Trace out toys and create a puzzle
    • Play dress up
    • Camping indoors
    • Racing track indoors with painters tape
    • Make crafty jewelry
    • Tye dye white shirts
    • Dramatic Play Shops
    • Paint paint and paint some more
    • Make a pizza together
    • Easle Paper life size or feet drawing
    • Create new crayons with molds and broken crayons
    • Make a themed card or just for fun
    • Dance until the music stops and play freeze
    • Build some binoculars with toilet paper rolls
    • Get crafty with pretzel sticks and marshmallows
    • Play homemade bingo
    • Play with balloons and make sure they don’t touch the floor
    • Create necklaces with beads and thread
    • Have an indoor pretend play spa day
    • Paint each others nails for fun
    • Nature art – Collect outdoor items and make art with it

 

  • Tip 2: 60 free things to do with kids in general
  1. Take a trip to the library
  2. Go to an outdoor music event (children friendly)
  3. Go to the beach and collect shells (Perfect for sensory play)
  4. Checkout free events to do in locally online, newspaper, or kids community magazine
  5. Sit and watch a free game going on at your local park
  6. Visit the park and make it fun by including a scavenger hunt
  7. Bake a healthy dish such as banana bread or Zucchini bread
  8. Bake some delicious cookies for your friendly neighbors together
  9. Go through the toy room together and see which toys and books are out
  10. Learn how to knit together
  11. Attend Michaels stores for free kids events
  12. Attend Barned and Nobles book stored for free reading events
  13. Visit a free museum or a zoo
  14. Call a family member or friend you haven’t spoken to in a while
  15. Learn a different language such as spanish on Youtube
  16. Have a yard sale
  17. Host a party such as a sleepover or a tea party
  18. Learn to meditate when things get tough for your kids
  19. Read a great book together
  20. Learn about the body with science books
  21. Learn about a new animal with a book on all different kinds of animals
  22. Blow some bubbles
  23. Wash the family dog together
  24. Play Frisbee at the park
  25. Discover new music that you and your kids both like
  26. Stargaze at night and see if you can find constellations
  27. Go in a bike ride together
  28. Explore your city via books or actually doing it
  29. Attend a free play such as actors play house
  30. Find a local free kids event with rides and popcorn
  31. Attend your local planetarium
  32. Sponge Paint
  33. Play outdoor games such as soccer
  34. Go on a hike together
  35. Have a picnic at sunset
  36. Attend a local free historical town
  37. Go snorkeling
  38. Have an outdoor party such as a barbeque
  39. Donate old toys to charity
  40. Make hot cocoa or smores together
  41. Play in the rain
  42. Make fruit/veggie popsicles together
  43. Have a water balloon fight
  44. Decorate a pair of old jeans or and old shirt with glue and gems
  45. Get crafty and Finger-paint
  46. Prank call family members with funny voices
  47. Make a cake and decorate it to their liking
  48. Sing while talking together
  49. Tell each other humorous jokes
  50. Play rock paper scissor shoot
  51. Paint each other faces
  52. Play free games online such as ‘Teach your monster how to read’
  53. Teach them to play mind games such as Checkers
  54. Make milk shakes together
  55. Set up a lemonade stand
  56. Build a paper airplane together
  57. Create and tell stories together
  58. Play kickball
  59. Build sand castles at the beach
  60. Have a scavenger hunt at the beach

 

  • Tip 3: 30 fun things to do with your kids ‘DIY style’

    • Create a wreath together out of construction paper
    • Paint on stones, leave positive messages and leave them places so someone else finds them
    • Cut a sponge to make a figure and sponge paint
    • Use ketchup bottles with dyed colored water to melt ice
    • Create rainbow pasta
    • Dye white roses different colors
    • Paint jars and create awesome crafts
    • Use construction paper to cover a box in and make a crafty toy
    • Create jewelry rainbow pasta
    • Make a homemade bird feeder
    • Decorate a Christmas tree ornament
    • Make a collage with feathers and buttons
    • Create animals with balloons
    • Make a DIY rainbow slime with glitter
    • Create a craft with paper plates and brown paper bags
    • Create a nightlight with a jar
    • Use craft sticks to create a puzzle
    • Use a muffin tin to create a fizz with baking soda vinegar and water
    • Build a fort with cardboard
    • Create a crown with an empty toilet paper roll
    • Ice sculptures castle
    • Watercolor paper towels to create butterflies
    • Sensory lava lamp with a Voss bottle
    • Play dough and toothpicks to create something spectacular
    • Use a muffin tin with magnetic letters
    • Snowball fight with cotton balls
    • Create Paper Plate fishies
    • Wrap a toy and create it with gems and a bow
    • Paint some of your toy figures and revamp them with glitter and gems
    • Paint on a canvas

 

  • Tip 4: 60 fun ideas when your kids say ‘I’m bored’:

    • Create a homemade slip n slide with dollar store plastic shower curtains, soap and water hose
    • Build a homemade bowling alley or golf course with household items such as cups, old plastic bottles…
    • Create bubble art with dyed water and soap and a cut in half plastic bottle
    • Indoor or Nature outside scavenger hunt with your childs favorite toys
    • Chalk it out. Create groovy art with chalk (outdoor play)
    • Create a map of your backyard and bury your childs favorite toy so he/she finds it
    • Create a homemade twister with construction paper and tape
    • Create an obstacle course
    • Backyard camping
    • Go to the park. Depending on your park there are so many fun activities you can do there.
    • Stretch those muscles out and do some exercise movements
    • Have a race. Use painted orange water bottles as the starting and ending points
    • Have a bean bag race
    • Bean bag toss. Create your own bean bags with beans and a ziplock bag
    • Use pillows to build a fort
    • Use pillows to see who’s pillows stand up the longest
    • Play freeze game. Dance, freeze, dance, freeze.
    • Board Games. There are all types of board games. Here are our favorites so far:
    • Play dress up with Halloween costumes
    • Fold clothes together with some music tunes so its fun
    • Use a bin to create some sort of sensory play
    • Have a spring cleaning and donate any old toys or clothes
    • Wash Fruits and Vegetables together with soap and water in a bin
    • Go to your local kids play center
    • Take a trip to the dollar store and find some coloring books
    • If your child loves to read, there are some fun books at the dollar store
    • Attend your local museum
    • Attend your local science museum
    • Attend your local childrens museum
    • Attend your local monkey jungle or zoo
    • Go to the beach
    • Collect sea shells at the beach and listen to them
    • Take a walk at a local mall
    • Go to a restaurant and eat something you never try that sounds appealing
    • Play Ispy something..
    • Attend your local musical theatre
    • Attend a local free outdoor music event
    • Check online for free or budget friendly activities to do with kids near your local area
    • Go on a hike
    • Collect some water at your nearest spring (if allowed)
    • Start a campfire
    • Make some smores
    • Build a tent with cardboard box and sticks
    • Make a pie together
    • Peel potatoes and make a stew or soup
    • Take a bike ride outdoors
    • Learn to skate
    • Attend your local skating rink
    • Attend your local ice skating rink
    • Set out a wading pool outside and enjoy water play
    • Paint a picture on a canvas
    • Attend your local Paint me mine class
    • Attend a free art class at Michaels stores
    • Try a new restaurant you’ve never been to
    • Explore a new park you haven’t been to
    • Go to a butterfly sanctuary
    • Attend your local nursery sanctuary
    • Go canoeing and camping
    • Learn surfing skills together such as how to start a fire or build a trap
    • Learn how to defend yourself such as taking karate together
  • Tip 5: 40 ideas to do at home with toddlers (3+ and up)

    • Color Match with Home Depot free sample paint chip supply strips
    • Fine Motor Skills with Pipe Cleaners and a strainer or a box with holes
    • Learn numbers and counting with household items
    • Pretend indoor puddle jumping with blue construction paper
    • Cup match
    • Blow up a balloon and make paddles with a craft stick and paper plates
    • Play with Kinetic Sand and animal toys
    • Craft stick color match
    • Taste Safe Homemade Playdough
    • Tape Path for Toddlers
    • Sensory Bottles
    • Color match with rainbow colored cups and pom poms
    • Rice Sensory Bin
    • Sensory Hop Skotch
    • Rainbow Experiment with Skittles
    • Fishing for Letters
    • Fill Cookie Cutters with Sensory Play Rice
    • Funnel Play Sensory Play
    • Create a Multi Use Activity Board
    • Letter Magnet Shout
    • Pom Pom Water Play
    • Dot Marker Activity
    • Mixing Colors with water and dyes
    • Rock and Sand Meditate
    • Chasing butterflies and letting them them go with a net
    • Paint Party
    • Plant Pot Surprise
    • Alphabet Match with dollar store letters
    • Shape Match
    • Dot Activity
    • Flower Sensory Bin
    • Paint wooden letters from the dollar store and say their letter name
    • Pom Pom Play
    • Sensory Bin Construction Site
    • Dramatic Play Ideas
    • Play based learning fun
    • Water Play
    • Sponge Paint
    • Sticky wall with contact tape
    • Color Match Drop
    • Wrap old puzzle toys with aluminum and find and match them once opened
    • Color Mixing
    • Measure items in your house with a ruler

Fine Motor At Home Kids Activities

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Kids Activities at Home

  • There you have it! 290 tips (and counting) in all different categories (Free tips, tips for 3+, tips when kids are bored, DIY tips and tips in general) for you to have an idea on what your next venture together may be!
  • Do you have any ideas you can add to this list? Please leave me a comment down below. Or better yet, Please click the button below to submit your own tip so I can feature it on this blog post!

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