Activities for Kids

Activities for children can help parents, nannies, babysitters and kids enjoy their time together. Different games are also ideal for promoting development of language, cognitive skills, fine and gross motor skills. Below is a list of children's craft activities and songs. There are literally hundreds of ideas to entertain children. Here are just a few to get you started.

Craft ideas

  • Seaside Scene - paint, shells, sand and glue
  • Animal costumes -cut-out ears and tails for any array of animals and stick on with hair clips and tape
  • Animal masks - cardboard, crayons, glitter, feathers, fine elastic
  • Funny faces - paper plates, paint, glitter
  • Easter bunny ears - headband with long pink and white ears
  • Crocodiles - egg cartons and lots of green paint
  • Bracelets - fruit loops threaded on fine elastic
  • Collage - glue, paper, objects
  • Painting with rollers, stencils, brushes, stamps, sponges
  • Simple sticker art - place stickers (eg frogs, butterflies) on coloured paper
  • Stencils - stencils, paper, paint and rollers
  • Self-portrait - drawing of self-portrait OR trace around entire body lying on butchers paper
  • Playdough - make playdough from scratch together
  • Under the Sea - green paper background & shapes stuck on
  • Puppets - upturned juice boxes, icy-pole sticks, decorations (or socks and eyes sewn on)
  • Aeroplanes - paper and markers
  • Necklaces - pasta, paint, glitter, elastic
  • Pet rocks - rocks, markers, stick on eyes
  • Treasure Hunt - treasures (toy jewellery) & hiding spots
  • Card-making - paper, paint, photos
  • Music shakers - little plastic juice bottle, filled with rice

Indoor activities for children

  • Reading to each other, telling stories
  • Singing along and changing lyrics
  • Disco dancing to different music, your choice, their choice!
  • Music with kitchen implements
  • Board & card games
  • Dress ups
  • Hide and seek
  • Indoor cubby house
  • Play dough making
  • Bubble blowing
  • Teddy Bear Picnic
  • Bus rides inside big boxes
  • Pretend camping with indoor tent
  • Blanket and pillow forts
  • Indoor sports in the hallway (ten pin bowling with plastic cups)
  • Pretend school with rows of toy students

Outdoor Activities for Children

  • Sand and water play
  • Treasure hunt
  • Getting muddy in the backyard
  • Painting outdoors, use a roller brush with water on the fence
  • Gardening with herbs, watering together
  • Visit parks, go for a stroll
  • Bike rides, scooter rides
  • Ball games
  • Teddy bears picnic at the park