We are on countdown to our mid year break and the change of pace will be sooooooo welcome when it arrives! Whilst I love my children to have lots of free time to just play and make their own fun I also think it is a great idea to be prepared with some really cool activity suggestions up my sleeve for when the ‘I’m boreds’ turn cranky and we’re clearly ready for a change of pace. The following 50 activities use items commonly found around the home and are perfect for school aged kids, and with these ideas you’ll never be stuck for things to do and you’ll easily be the coolest mum, mom or dad on the block!
In Your Backyard
1. Make and float paper boats (perfect for rainy days!)
2. Set up a Target Range for some water pistol or water balloon fun. Via Inner Child Fun.
3. Or up the fun factor with Squirt Gun Painting. From Fireflies and Mud Pies
5. Take a closer look with your very own homemade microscope.
6. Set up a GIANT outdoor canvas for painting. From Learn With Play At Home.
7. Make a Worm Farm.
8. Or a Bug Hotel (via NurtureStore).
9. Grow something! Check out these 5 planting suggestions from The Typical Mom.
10. See how many of these 101 Fun Outdoor Play Ideas you can check off your list.
Experiment & Explore
11. Who wouldn’t love to experiment with JELLY BEANS! Try this fun taste test.
12. Experiment with Electric Playdough. From Lemon Lime Adventures.
13. Explore the power of the sun by making Sun Prints. Via Creative Family Fun.
14. Or melt yourself some Marbled Crayons with Mama Smiles.
15. Little Bins for Little Hands shows you how to make Ice Cream in a Bag. Tasty science for sure!
16. Make Heat Sensitive Colour Changing Slime! Via Left Brain Craft Brain.
17. Set up your own crime lab with our Fingerprint Forensics fun.
18. Build and test your very own Lego boats in this floating and sinking experiment.
Craft & Creativity
19. Print your own t-shirts with NurtureStore.
20. Or decorate a pair of white tennis shoes with fabric markers and bling!
21. Set yourself an origami challenge with these folded paper bracelets. Via Picklebums.
22. Make a canvas to hang at home with some fun and colourful Drip Painting.
23. Get behind the camera and make a Stop Motion Animation (Picklebums)
24. Give paper mache a whirl with these simple Magazine Paper Mache Pots.
25. Try Marbling with Nail Polish. Via Creative Play Central.
26. Create your very own jewellry with these cool Popstick Bracelets. Via B-Inspired Mama.
27. Or with these gorgeous Mixed Up Beads from Mama Miss.
28. Make Paper Pinwheels.
29. Paint the house or the fence with this simple DIY Chalk Paint.
30. Try Building with Jellybeans. Via Lemon Lime Adventures.
31. Make a Giant Car Track with Adventures of Adam.
32. Put together an Inventor’s Box for lots of creative building fun. Via Little Worlds.
35. Or UNBUILD in the case of this fun tinkering activity from Little Worlds.
36. Make a Paper Plane and host an air show! Whose plane will fly the furthest? Highest? Straightest? Via Tinkerlab.
37. Have fun making Straw Rockets. From The Pleasantest Thing.
38. Or construct a STOMP! Rocket.
39. Try your hand at Lego Mosaics. These three animal printables are a great challenge.
40. Build a Lego Pinball Machine with Frugal Fun 4 Boys.
In the Kitchen
41. Make lemonade.
42. Or Smoothies – check out our recipes for Kiwi Kapow!, Coco-Mango Bongo and Choc Banana Blitz.
43. Cook lunch or afternoon tea outdoors with a pizza box solar oven from I Can Teach My Child.
44. Put the kids in charge of afternoon tea with these 18 Simple Snack Ideas.
45. Bake Jam Drops because…YUM!
Keep Them Reading
46. The coolest place to read has to be a Bubble Tent! Check it out over at Handmade Kids Art.
47. Set a Library Reading Challenge with Growing Book By Book.
48. Make and track some Reading Goals with this printable Reading Log.
49. And spelling and playing with words with these 9 Digital Word Games for Kids.
50. Find a New-To-You Classic to read from our Classic Chapter Books booklist.
Just for FUN!
51. Host a Pyjama Party (sleepover optional!)
52. Or a Water Fight with sponges. From Adventures in Mommydom.
53. Have fun with Crush the Cups via Lemon Lime Adventures.
54. Play Table Top Air Hockey with this tutorial from Little Bins for Little Hands (straws would be fun too!)
55. Play Captain’s Orders or one of our other fun Games for Kids.
Will you be spending your vacation at home? What are your favourite activities at home?
Looking for more fun ideas, check out our Play Grow Learn ezine