1. Beads + String
Oh the good ole, The Who song Beads on a String! If you can find a bag of beads and some string, you have a lengthy activity for your kids to enjoy and get creative.
Have a plot of land nearby? Wonderful. Dig up some holes and plant some seeds. Make sure you read the instructions on indoor growth if need be, as some plants take a month or so to germinate inside prior to planting in the ground. Also watch where you plant them, some require full sun, some part sun, so better to plant them where they will thrive.
3. Water Plants
Already have plants? Perfect. It’s chore time. Get them to water money plants, trees, flowers, grass, any thing to get them outdoors and in the soil.
4. Painting + Drawing Outside
Set it up with either paper on the ground or if you have a table that you don’t mind getting a little dirty, set it up!
5. Outdoor Games
Red light, green light. Mother May I. Spud. These were all really fun outdoor games that require the kids alone or a ball. Do you know which one requires a ball? If so, you were probably born in the 80s.
6. Board Games
Candy Land. Twister. Giant Connect Fours. These all exist.
7. Washing Windows + Vaccuuming
If they are old enough, they need to chip in and learn the value of a little elbow grease.
8. Dance Party USA
Have a solid music mix you can tolerate? Put it on and get those kids dancing! You can even play freeze dance if they can pause the music themselves.
9. Push Up or Sit Up Contest
Let’s get physical, physical.
10. Water Play
Sprinklers. Slip and slides. Mini pools. This may need supervision however it is a good long term option to get them out and about.
11. Pick Up Sticks
This is the last resort boredom cure, but it works. Get your kids to collect sticks in a pile for kindling to start your outdoor fire or for your fire place as you never know when you’ll need it.
12. Jumping Jacks
Who can do the most jumping jacks? Winner gets a prize. We’ll clap for you.
13. Card Games
Go Fish. Uno. Flash cards. Get them gambling early.
14. Spelling Bee Contest
Whoever wins, we will make you king of the neighborhood for a day.
15. Capture the Flag
Each team gets a flag and they need to sneak into each others side to steal the flag and get it back to their territory safely.
How did we do? Let us know if there are any others we missed?