Sometimes, you just need a “filler” for your day. You need something that is going to give you thirty minutes of quiet time (well- no kids under your feet time) while you cook, or fifteen minutes of quiet time while you are getting a quick shower. So, I wanted to share some ideas with you for a few activities to keep kids entertained.
1) Painting with watercolors.
It’s simple and cleans up easily. I can let them play while I do whatever I need to do. (I always use a tablecloth).
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2). Play Doh.
I LOVE to use play-doh with our kids and they love it, too. I pull it out probably one to four times a day (no exaggeration there) and I always use it when we have friends over to play.
It is quick, easy to use, creative and a quick clean up with our play-doh box/center.
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I will just tell them to “Go sit on your bed and look at your books” Our older sons will read a few chapters of one of his books for about twenty minutes. Our younger kids will usually just look at books or do a look-and-find book.
4). Arts & Crafts
Normally, their creativity box will keep them entertained for close to an hour because I just randomly put new things in there and they think of some sort of machine, etc… that they can make with it. Here are a few more arts & crafts ideas.
5). Make a race track out of a shower curtain for $1
This is a fun activity! Our kids LOVE it! It takes about 10 minutes, but everyone joins in to help.
6). Print out a picture of your child and let them color themselves (see the picture idea here): (laminate it to use again & again)
7. DRAW on a GIANT roll of paper!
This next art/craft activity is one of my favorites. I pull this GIANT roll of paper out when our kids have friends over, every time.
- I bought several rolls of drawing easel paper (the paper that goes with the easels) at Ikea. It is really cheap. I just take one roll and lay it out over the table, securing it with tape underneath of the table.
- I then do the same thing on the other side of the table- overlapping them just a bit.
- I just grab their pencil box filled with crayons, markers and stickers and let them go crazy!Here are a few pictures. The blue box is filled with crayons, pencils & markers.
The larger box is filled with stickers.
I was a teacher, so stickers were always on hand…
This is our end result- very “used” after an hour of play time. This i just a portion of the table…
8. Let them play with water (supervised).
I fill up this DIY sand or water table & let the kids play & play for at least an hour. Grab some measuring cups, spoons, and toys. I just stay close by and let them have a great time while I get other things done in that room.
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