Are you safe at home with little ones? Filling the days and keeping them engaged is a challenge. It’s tempting to hand them an ipad and let them go nuts on screen time. I know I have been guilty of that a few times. It’s difficult to come up with new ideas day after day. I’ve been combing the internet and stealing ideas from friends for a few weeks, so I thought I’d compile a few of our favorite stay-at-home activities for little ones under 5.
Cup Stack Challenge
Materials: plastic cups
Challenge your child to building the most outlandish and crazy tower or structure they can with cups. We had solo cups leftover from a family gathering and they work great. You can use any cups. The best part is knocking them down once you’ve stacked them up.
Materials: washable paint, construction paper
While this one is a bit messy, it’s worth it. We recently did Easter related footprint art projects, but there are endless ideas on pinterest.
Tissue Paper Animals
Materials: paper plates, tissue paper, construction paper, glue, googly eyes
Choose which animal you’d like to make. Glue scrunched up pieces of tissue paper to the plate in the appropriate color. Craft eyes, noses and mouths with construction paper and googly eyes.
Straw Bead Jewelry
Materials: straw, scissors, yarn
Cut up straws into various sized pieces (aka beads). String them onto yarn to make bracelets and necklaces.
Materials: bubble solution, food coloring, straws, paper
Pour a small amount of bubble solution into a few cups. Mix with drops of food coloring in colors of your choice. Dip straws into colored solution and blow into them over paper. Watch as colorful bubbles land on the paper and create cool designs.
Indoor Water Play
Materials: water table or large container, assorted toys, towels
We’ve been missing the sunshine, so we pretended to have a beach day inside. We put towels down on the floor and filled out water table up. My girls played for hours.
Materials: Play Doh
Challenge your child to create monsters (or any other theme of your choosing) out of Play Doh and watch their imagination come to life.
Materials: various containers, construction paper, tape, glue, googly eyes
Whenever we finish up a container of food or product, I save the container and we later transform them into monsters.
Each day, challenge your child to creating something out of LEGOs. I found this month of challenges online and my daughter has had a lot of fun creating.
Whether indoors or out, and depending on the age of your child, you can give them clues and have them hunt for items. I handed my daughter my iphone and had her take pics of the items once found. I used clues like: something yellow, an animal, a leaf, etc.