Fall brings togetherness. Sometimes too much. The heat and humidity and long days of summer are replaced by chilly mornings and rainy days spent indoors. It is important to have a good list of ideas to keep kids busy during when you're stuck inside the house. We have some ideas that are fun, educational and (most importantly) mess free!
Littles ones not in school need fun ideas to keep them occupied. Kids this age love puzzles. but they get tired of doing the same ones all the time. Make simple puzzles by cutting up old calendar pictures, post cards, or even photographs glued to cardstock. Keep the homemade puzzles in zip top bags for easy entertainment during long days.
Story time at the library can be a fun getaway for preschool age kids. Most local libraries will have story time at least once a week. These events can include snacks, crafts, and songs. While you are at the library, find some new books for the littles ones to enjoy (don't forget to grab a book for yourself)! The library is also a great place to meet other moms. Staying at home can be lonely and finding friends is a must. Find a friend and make story time a weekly playdate.
Kids this age need time to decompress from school and sports. After homework and chore are finished, give them things to occupy them on long Saturdays. Here are a couple of ideas: 1. Let your kids paint using school glue and jello. Give your child a sheet of construction paper in any color. Then let them draw on the paper using glue. When they have finished a section of their masterpiece have them sprinkle the glue with dry jello powder. Tap off any extra powder. Let the picture dry and enjoy!
2. Play a simple game called globe trot. Have your child spin a globe and place their finger anywhere with their eyes shut (you can use a world map and spin your child around with a blindfold as well). Google the country where their finger lands. try to find a video of people speaking the native language, look at pictures of their foods, houses, and clothing, and read a little bit about the country to your kids. This is a great activity that will keep your kids occupied and help them learn about new places.
A great activity for kids this age is to challenge them to write a song. If you have an instrument in your home such as a piano or guitar let them play around on it to make a tune. Have them write words that tell a story or express their emotions. This is a great exercise in self-expression. It can help an older child express the stress they are experiencing at school and give you a window into their feelings.
Kids this age are old enough to start helping in the kitchen. Get your older elementary kids involved in cooking for a dinner or a treat for friend. Start by having your child choose a recipe out of a cookbook. Teach them how to make a grocery list of ingredients, different techniques such as chopping or sautéing, and choosing healthy and tasty recipes. Be sure to never leave your child alone in the kitchen while they use a knife or heat source. Kitchen safety is an important lesson. Bonus! Kids are more likely to eat new foods if they have helped with preparation and cooking.
Fall and winter can be long when you have little ones. But, before you know it spring will be here.
What is your favorite indoor activity on a fall day?