If your kids are anything like mine, they are very hands-on. They love to do whatever I’m doing, whether it’s gardening, baking, crafting, building, etc. This is why I try to come up with activities that they can do most, or all of it, by themselves. It’s exciting for them to create something and it builds autonomy which is an important skill as they get older and need to figure out problems for themselves. Over the last couple of years since my kids were old enough to appreciate and enjoy it, I’ve done a handful of really fun and colorful activities. These are tried and true and my kids ask to do them over and over again.
We did this activity last summer and my kids went crazy over it! The reaction is pretty amazing and we’ll definitely be doing it again soon.
This activity is super simple and you probably already have the ingredients on hand! You can do this one over and over again for really inexpensive.
Glow in the Dark Bath Paint
This is a great activity to do with your kids once your sure they won’t try and eat everything they can get their hands on. A black light and glow in the dark paint make this activity great for those days when you’re stuck inside.
Using basic ingredients, you can do a little science experiment with your kids and show them how air bubbles carry the rice up to the top of a glass, making them look like they’re dancing.
Gak is one of those really fun things to play with no matter your age! We did this one as a family activity one night and everyone got in on it.
Homemade Bouncy Ball
This activity was one of the first posts I did on my blog and I still get people coming back to it. It makes for a fun afternoon activity at home or preschool activity.
If you’ve never heard of water beads, you are missing out! We pull these out once every few months or so and the kids will play with them forever. They are really inexpensive and you get hours of fun!
3 Ways to Paint with a Toddler or Preschooler
One of my most popular kid activities post! If you have toddlers or preschoolers, this one is for you. I’ve included 3 different ways you can let your preschooler or toddler paint (adult supervision still required of course).
And there you have it! I hope you have fun trying these activities out with your kids!