• Activities for Kids,  Gifts for Kids,  Valentine's Day

    14 Ways to Tell Your Kids You Love Them on Valentine’s Day

    This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make a purchase. It does not cost you anything extra +  you’ll keep me supplied in caffeine. It’s a win for everyone, really.

    It’s 3 simple little words — I love you — yet actions speak louder than words, right? This Valentine’s Day, instead of actually speaking the words, you can show your kids how much you love them.

    It’s the little things that count.

    Here are some creative ideas to get you started.

    1. Start out their day with heart-shaped red velvet pancakes for breakfast. Add whip cream to top it off with a special treat.
    2. Pack their lunch (if it falls on a school day). Add a special love note that simply says, “I love you” or “I hope you have a great day!”
    3. Put a surprise in their lunch, such as a sweet treat, that they can share with a few of their friends at school.
    4. Decorate their lunch bags with paper heart doilies, Valentine’s Day stickers, or both. Go on a dinner date with your child. You can treat them to dinner at their favorite restaurant or try out a new spot.
    5. Write a sweet, silly or heartfelt poem to your child about love, Valentine’s Day, how your child is special to you + how much you love them + why you love them.
    6. Pull out a picture of your child with you when they were a baby to show to them.
    7. Take your daughter(s) with you to the nail salon or spa for a mani-pedi. Ooooolala!
    8. Plan a Valentine’s Day theme scavenger hunt. Britni over at Play. Party. Plan. offers a free printable + instructions on how to set up this Valentine’s Day themed scavenger hunt.
    9. Let your child create the dinner menu with you + help you prepare the meal. You can stick to age-appropriate help such as stirring, mixing + adding ingredients.
    10. Go on a dinner date with your child. You can treat them to dinner at their favorite restaurant or try out a new spot.
    11. Make a heart shaped pizza + decorate with toppings that are shaped like hearts, Xs + Os.
    12. Host an ice cream sundae bar, where your child can make their own ice cream sundae, complete with Valentine’s candy like red hot, M&Ms, Hershey kisses + more!the toppings.
    13. Read your child her favorite bedtime story.
    14. Serve your child heart shaped cookies + a glass of milk in bed. (Then have them brush their teeth!)

    Saying I love you doesn’t have to be a fancy or expensive gesture. Use one, two or all of these ways to show your kids how much you love them on Valentine’s Day (+ every day, really). 

    Please follow and like us:
  • Activities for Kids,  Holidays,  Valentine's Day

    10 Valentine’s Day Activities for Young Kids

    This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make a purchase. It does not cost you anything extra +  you’ll keep me supplied in caffeine. It’s a win for everyone, really.

    My little people range in age from 11 months to 5 years. My oldest daughter is learning the months of the year in kindergarten so she is always asking us what month it is + what holidays take place during the month.

    She’s going to flip her lid when we get to February + she gets to do stuff for Valentine’s Day.

    Here are 10 activities you can do with your young kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day with them.

    1. Make Heart Ice Cubes

    Use these adorable ice cube trays to create heart ice cubes. Your kiddos will get a kick out of drinking + watching you drink with heart ice in your drinks all day long.

    2. Cookie Cutter Painting

    Using a heart cookie cutter, give your child some red, white or pink paint + some paper. They can dip the cookie cutter in paint + make their own masterpiece.

    3. Heart Tree

    This is a simple but fun craft for kids of all ages. Grab a tree branch from your front or back yard. Cut out different color hearts from construction paper. Glue the hearts onto the tree branches. Once the hearts are dry, place the branch in a vase to display.

    4. Musical Hearts Game

    It is similar to musical chairs but without the chairs. You can buy big foam hearts at your local craft store or cut hearts out from sheets of foam or even construction paper. You might want to tape construction paper hearts down with painter’s tape or masking tape so they don’t move.

    Make a circle with the hearts. Put on the music + have them move around from heart to heart. When the music stops they have to find a heart. Take one heart away + start over again. The last one standing wins.

    5. Valentine’s Theme Sensory Bin

    You can use the bottom of one of those shallow plastic storage bins to create a Valentine’s theme sensory bin for the kids to play. Start with dyed rice (pink or red is fun). You can also use white rice.

    You can add items such as gifts bows, heart cookie cutters, plastic bowls + spoons to the rice in the tub so kids can experience different textures, scoop, pour + play.

    6. Valentine’s Day Paper Chain

    You can buy Valentine’s theme scrapbooking paper from your local craft store. Cut the paper into strips that are approximately 2-3″ wide + long enough to make a ring out of it.

    Fold each strip to make a ring. You can staple the overlapping ends together as you loop through another loop to create a chain.

    This makes a great garland decoration for your home so you can make the chain as long or as short as you would like.

    7. Handprint Heart Doilies

    This is an easy project for babies + toddlers. Plus, it makes an adorable keepsake!

    Take two paper heart doilies and glue them together so that the edge of one overlaps the edge of the other (side by side). Paint your baby or toddler’s hand red or pink + press their right hand onto the right doily. Repeat for the left hand + the left doily.

    8. Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

    A good old-fashioned scavenger hunt is fun for all ages. Of course, if your kiddos aren’t reading yet, you’ll have to help them out a bit with the clues. Britni over at Play. Party. Plan. offers a free printable + instructions on how to set up this Valentine’s Day themed scavenger hunt.

    9. Heart Hopscotch

    Cut out hearts big enough to create the hopscotch board. Write the numbers 1-10 on the hearts and tape them to the floor using painter’s tape or masking tape.

    You can use a small stone, coin or even a plastic lid from a playdough container for tossing.

    10. Jello Dig

    Put objects in a big plastic tub. You can use the shallow bottom of a storage bin for this activity too. Space the objects out. Mix + add 3 packets of Jello to the tub. Allow Jello to “harden” according to the instructions on the package.

    Your kiddos will love digging through the Jello to “uncover” the objects.

    Warning: Some dyed Jellos can stain your baby or toddler’s hands. It’ll wash off–eventually 🙂

    Please follow and like us:
  • Activities for Kids

    101 Winter Bucket List Activities for Young Kids

    This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make a purchase. It does not cost you anything extra +  you’ll keep me supplied in caffeine. It’s a win for everyone, really.

    As I sit here writing this, it’s Winter Break in my neck of the woods so my Kindergartener + 3-year-old preschooler are home ALL. DAY. LONG. EVERYDAY.

    This means that the baby’s schedule is all off, too.

    Le sigh…

    Fret not my mommy friends. Here are 101 Winter Break activities you can do with your young kids so nobody dies before heading back to school. 

    #1 Build a Snowman

    If you’re lucky (or unlucky) enough to have snow, dress your kiddos in their snow gear and head outside to build a snowman.

    #2 Bake

    Most kids love to help in the kitchen. Let them help you bake cookies or a cake. Give them “safe” activities to do like adding some ingredients or stirring and mixing.

    Leave popping your masterpiece in the oven to the adults.

    #3 Arts + Crafts

    Buy or bring out that craft project you’ve been hiding in the closet. I’ve been saving our Gingerbread House for Winter Break.

    Coloring books or plain white or construction paper, crayons, markers or watercolor paint are also great winter day supplies for arts and crafts.

    #4 Museum Musings

    We have the privilege of living near Washington DC so we have free access to great Smithsonian museums. Pack up the kiddos (don’t forget snacks and drinks) and head out to a local or nearby museum for the day.

    Children’s museums might be your best option. Please touch museums are likely the most fun!

    #5 Read

    I’m an avid reader and my kids love books, too. Turn off the TV. Put away the iPads, phones, and Kindle and read some good old-fashioned tangible books! A Mighty Girl did a 2018 year in review of books that are separated by age + have some great options.

    See #6 for other great options in this area.

    #6 Check Out the Library

    Both in Florida and here in Virginia, I’ve been blessed with wonderful library systems. Check out your local library. Libraries often have creative and imaginative children’s programs. 

    We’ve done everything from music programs to building your own car out of a cardboard box and supplies so you can watch a movie at the “drive-in.”

    Even if the libraries don’t have something going on the day you’re seeking refuge, take your kids to the library. Some libraries have play areas and activity areas in the children’s section. Have them check out books or read a stack of books there! Check out DVDs and watch a movie at home that isn’t on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

    #7 Make a Floor Bed + Watch a Movie

    Especially when it is a cold, help your kids make a bed on the living room floor with blankets and pillows. Snuggle up together and watch a kid flick.

    Add popcorn, of course.

    We do this frequently with our kids, cold or not. They love it!

    #8 Build a Blanket Fort/Tent

    Along similar lines, use chairs and blankets to build a fort — you know, like you did when you were a kid. Bring in the flashlights, books, toys or whatever. Hang out in your tent for a while.

    #9 Eat Under the Table

    My middle daughter (+ the dog) love to hang out under the dining room table. Our table always has a tablecloth of some kind so it’s a little like a fort/tent for them. (I suspect the dog is there for the food, but…)

    Make breakfast, lunch, or even dinner, climb under the table with your kiddos to eat!

    #10 Host a Playdate

    Odds are you aren’t the only mommy or set of kids about to lose their mind. Invite your mommy friends and their kids over for a playdate. 

    If you’re really lucky, one or more of your kids’ friends will invite them over to their house, instead, for a playdate. (This happened for my oldest today so she is at her friend’s house as I type this.)

    #11 See a Hockey Game

    My girls love to watch hockey. We watch it on TV. We take them to hockey games. They even watch my husband play hockey with his amateur hockey team.

    #12 Have a Dance Party

    Put your fave tunes on your phone, radio, or SmarTV + JUST dance. My girls love to dance + sing so this is always a big hit for at least a few songs.

    #13 Take a Walk/Hike

    It might be a little cold outside but you can still bundle up + take a walk. Walk a nearby trail or a trail in your neighborhood. If you have sidewalks, simply take a stroll around your neighborhood.

    Check out the animals that are left roaming around in the winter weather. Remark on the condition of the trees, plants + bushes now that the winter weather has set in.

    #14 Host a Tea Party

    Set up your kid table + chairs. Put on some fancy duds. Serve “tea” from a teapot in teacups. Use a real tea set or plastic kid one–your call.

    #15 Puzzles

    Pull out + put together that puzzle that’s been hanging out on the shelf. My girls especially enjoy the big, huge floor puzzles. They seem to equally enjoy the smaller ones that we can do on the floor or the table.

    #16 Play a Game

    Play a board or card game that is age appropriate. My kids got a deck of Go Fish cards for Christmas from my sister-in-law. It was good for a few hands of Go Fish with each of the older two girls before they went back into the box.

    #17 Paint Rocks

    My oldest received a rock painting kit for her birthday. This provided hours of fun for the two older girls. You can just as easily use rocks you find outside along with the paint, brushes + art supplies you already have to decorate the rocks. Take them with you on your next walk to place in “public.”

    #18 Go See the Lights

    Find the best houses or neighborhood in town. Load everyone into the car + take a tour of the lights around the holidays. My kids only lasted for about 4 or so houses this year but they truly enjoyed checking out all of the festive lights + decorations. Some of the houses really went all out!

    #19 Drink Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows

    Buy + make hot cocoa with the mini marshmallows already in it or add your own! Make sure it cools off enough so the kiddos can drink it without burning their mouths but this is big, tasty fun for all ages.

    #20 Go Ice Skating

    Indoor ice rinks are just as fun as outdoor ones so find one in your area + don some skates with the kids. Even if your kiddos aren’t able to do it on their own, most rinks have walker-type things they can use to help support them while they skate on the ice. Pack their bike helmets for safety!

    #21 (Carefully) Roast Marshmallows

    Roast marshmallows over your fireplace or outside fire pit. My kids don’t really like the taste of the roasted marshmallows but think roasting them is a ton of fun.

    #22 Have PJ Day

    Stay in your PJs all day!

    #23 Donate Toys

    Spend a day or half a day cleaning out your child’s room. Throw away old + broken toys. Put toys that you can donate in a box. Drop it off at Goodwill or a local women’s shelter. This clears the clutter + can make room for new items that might be coming their way at Christmastime.

    #24 Gaze at the Stars

    Head out on a clear night to do some stargazing. My girls also get a big kick out of the moon–especially when it is “following” us as we drive in the car.

    #25 Pop Popcorn

    Buy old fashioned popcorn kernels. Put some oil in a big pot. Add the kernels + a pot top. Your kids will get a big kick out of watching the kernels pop + explode into fluffy popcorn they can eat in front of the fire or while you snuggle in to watch a movie.

    #26 Visit the Fire Station

    Set up a tour/visit to your local fire station. You can also be on the lookout for the dates that they offer these. They usually let the kids tour the firestation + climb around on the truck. Sometimes they even offer a fire safety talk + dress up in their uniforms + gear so the kids can see what they look like in it + learn the use for each piece of equipment.

    #27 Watch Planes Land + Take Off

    We have a couple airports close by + a couple of spots where you can park the car to watch takeoffs + landings. Positioned correctly, the planes literally take off + come in for a landing RIGHT over your vehicle.

    #28 Build It at Home Depot

    Home Depot offers free kids classes on some Saturday mornings. Check the schedule for your local store. Kids build something new at each class, which is a great way for them to get some hands-on experience with tools.

    #29 Indoor Play Places

    When it’s cold outside, it can be hard to head to a playground, which makes indoor play spaces great! Our local rec center has low-cost indoor play days. where they set up soft obstacle courses for kids that are crawling up to about age 5.

    Paid indoor play places are also a fun option.

    #30 Scavenger Hunt

    Create a scavenger hunt + have your kids search the house for the items on your list. If it’s a nice enough day, this is also easy to do outside for items they can find naturally (a funny-shaped twig, a leftover leaf, etc.).

    #31 Eat Ice Cream Sundaes

    Build ice cream sundaes. Add sprinkles, fudge, or your favorite toppings to your fave flavor of ice cream + enjoy a cold treat on a cold day.

    #32 Make Shadow Puppets

    You can open the shades to let the sunshine in or head outside + use the natural light to make shadow puppets.

    #33 Build Indoor Snowmen

    Use marshmallows, stick pretzels + chocolate chips to build edible snowmen. You can also opt for the non-edible kind with glue, pom poms, felt + twigs.

    #34 Have a Snowball Fight

    If you have a snowy day have a snowball fight.

    #35 Go Sledding

    Another snowy day activity, go sledding down a hill.

    #36 Make Smores

    Roast marshmallows. Add graham crackers + chocolate bar pieces to make smores.

    #37 Swim Indoors

    Head to a local swim place, rec center, or indoor pool for some indoor swimming.

    #38 Take a Bubble Bath

    Put on your bathing suits and take a bubble bath. Add bath or pool toys for some extra special fun.

    #39 Make a Rainbow

    Add food coloring to pasta + then add the pasta to a sensory table or big plastic bin. Put cups, measuring cups + scoopers for some homemade sensory fun.

    #40 Decorate a Cardboard Box

    Decorate a cardboard box any way you like. Turn it into a car + then watch a movie in a drive-in theater. Create an aquarium. Build a house.

    #41 Make Paper Dolls

    Cut out paper dolls + clothes. Color + decorate the clothes. Dress the dolls.

    #42 Go to the Movies

    Find a crybaby matinee or a movie for kids playing at the theater. Take the kids to the movies. Most have seats for kids to sit in the movie seats without them folding up on them + it doesn’t matter if there’s chatter, meltdowns, or fidgeting.

    #43 Create a Picture Book

    Fold + staple or put a ribbon spine on some paper to create your own book. Have your kids color the pages as you write your own story with them.

    #44 Play with a Doodle Mat

    Use a large clear plastic shower curtain. Place it on the floor + give your kids dry erase markers for their own giant doodle mat.

    #45 Kiddie Pool Ball Pit

    Drag the kiddie pool inside. Fill it with plastic balls, pom poms, balloons or cotton balls for some ball pit fun.

    #46 Make Crayon Wands/Shapes

    Gather up + melt all of your old, broken crayons. Soak straws in the melted crayons + let dry. You can also use cookie cutter to shape the crayons into hearts, stars, etc. so they can color with fun-shaped crayons.

    #47 Paint in the Tub

    Buy or make bathtub paint. Let them paint in the bathtub + just wash it away when they’re done.

    #48 Make Wrapping Paper Roll Swords

    Turn wrapping paper rolls into swords. Decorate the tubes as you wish + then have a sword fight.

    #49 Have a Pillow Fight

    Bring out the big bed pillows to have a pillow fight.

    #50 Indoor Hopscotch

    Make an indoor hopscotch mat to play hopscotch. When you’re don playing with it, roll it up + put away for later.

    #51 Pots, Pans + Spoons Band

    Make music with items you find in the kitchen–like pots, pans + spoons.

    #52 Backwards Day

    Eat breakfast foods for dinner + dress with your clothes on backwards. It’s sure to bring out the giggles.

    #53 Make an Activity Jar

    Use slips of paper + a jar or large craft popsicle sticks + a jar. Help your kids write down activities or chores on the sticks or slips of paper. Put them in the jar. On a day when they say they are bored, have them pick an activity from the jar.

    #54 Jump Rope

    Bring out the jump rope + skip rope. Clear enough space so they don’t knock anything down in their efforts!

    #55 Cuddle in Front of the Fireplace

    Snuggle up in a blanket bed in front of the fireplace. Read, watch a movie or take a nap.

    #56 Ice Experiments

    Fill different containers with water. Add food coloring + put them in the freezer. The kids are fascinated as it transforms into colored ice. Let the ice melt for colored water.

    #57 Plant an Inside Garden

    Gather pots or a planter, potting soil, seeds or flowers. Help your kids plant a garden + watch it grow.

    #58 Make Playdough

    Homemade playdough can be fun to make with the kids. Then, you can play with it!

    #59 Bowl at Home

    Set up plastic jugs or a tower of plastic cups like bowling pins. Have them roll a ball to knock them down.

    #60 Go Bowling

    Head to your local bowling alley to play a couple frames of bowling.

    #61 Paper Plate Ring Toss

    Cut out the center of paper plates to make the rings. Create the tower by taping a paper towel or toilet paper roll to the center of a paper plate. Play ring toss.

    #62 Pop Bubble Wrap

    Save up the pieces of bubble wrap that come with your package deliveries or buy some rolls of bubble wrap that you can roll out. My kids love to jump up + down, run + jump + pop the bubble wrap with their hands.

    #63 Freeze Bubbles

    Blow bubbles and place them in a container, on the bowl of a spoon or on the bubble wand. Place the bubble or bubbles in the freezer.

    #64 Help with Chores

    I’m not sure how long this will last but my 3-year-old + 5-year-old love helping with chores! They put their own clothes away, help put away the dishes (like silverware) + vacuum. You’ll have to choose age-appropriate chores but it’s like a game to them.

    #65 Rubber Band Can

    Use colored rubber bands and have the kids stack them around a tin can. This is great fun, builds a rainbow + is good for sensory motor skills.

    #66 Ribbons in a Bottle

    Cut different ribbons into strips. Kids can spend hours trying to push the strips into the small neck of a plastic bottle. As an added bonus, this is a great activity for fine motor skills.

    #67 Magnet Fun

    Use a magnetic easel or your refrigerador. Use letter, animal + shape magnets to teach your kids their letters, shapes, colors + animals! My girls also have doll magnets that they can dress up with magnet clothing, shoes + accessories. Not only is this a great activity for home but also makes a great road trip activity.

    #68 Pom Poms Through a Tube

    Tape a paper towel roll to the wall (at the height your child or children can reach). Put a bowl, bucket, or bin on the floor under the roll opening. Have them drop colored pom poms through the top of the tube so it lands in the bowl underneath.

    #69 See a Play

    Find a kid-friendly production (like the Nutcracker or Cinderella) in your area. Take the kids to a live theater production.

    #70 Cotton Ball Snow Art

    Help your kids create snow art with cotton balls, construction paper + glue. They can make snowy clouds, snow balls or snowy scenes with the fluffy fun stuff.

    #71 Sponge Paint

    Cut up sponges. Give the kids some paint + construction paper. Let them create picture with the sponges dipped in paint. You can glue on googly eyes, ribbon, glitter or sequins to complete the pictures.

    #72 Make a Bagel Bird Feeder

    Tie a string through the hole of half a bagel. Spread peanut butter or nutter butter on both sides of the half bagel. Cover with birdseed. Hang from a tree to watch the birds that have stuck around for the winter have a feast!

    #73 Duct Tape Ball

    Make a ball out of colored duct tape. You might have to start out the center of the ball + then help them wrap pieces of tape around it to create a ball.

    #74 Washi Tape Art

    Give them different color rolls of washi tape. Have them apply strips of washi tape to pictures to add new elements to the pictures, such as a fence to a picture of a farm or whiskers to a cat picture. You can buy a reusable activity book + washi tape set by Melissa and Doug.

    #75 Build Painter’s Tape Tracks/Town

    Use painter’s tape to build a roadway, track or an entire town on the floor. Your kids can use their own feet, toy cars, trucks + vehicles to play on the pretend track or town.

    #76 Don’t Let the Balloon Touch the Ground

    Blow up a balloon + pass it back + forth to each other. Don’t let the balloon hit the ground. A variation of this is balloon volleyball. You can use a string tied to two chairs to create the volleyball net.

    #77 Walk Like a Penguin

    Blow up a balloon. Have your kids put it between their legs to walk across the room like a penguin.

    #78 Build an Igloo

    Give your kids a plate, a stack of ice cubes, a paintbrush + small cup of water. Have them build an igloo. They can use the water between the cubes to help get the ice cubes to stick together.

    #79 Make a Letter Book

    Use a notebook or binder with clear protector sheets. Print, draw or create each of the letters of the alphabet. Have your kids color + decorate each letter. Find object pictures or draw objects on the sheet for each letter that starts with that letter. Assemble the letters in order in the book.

    #80 Listen to an Audiobook

    While you’re crafting, drawing, riding in the car or just hanging out, listen to an audio book for kids. My kids especially love the nighttime audiobook that helps them fall asleep but any kids’ book will do. You can buy the books from places like Audible or borrow them from the library to download on one of your devices (like an iPad or smartphone).

    #81 Play Dress Up

    Whether you drag out the costumes or dress up clothes your kids have or give them yours or your husband’s clothes + shoes, dress up can provide hours of entertainment. They change outfits a million + one times + they role play with each of the different costumes they wear.

    #82 Ping Pong Ball Catch

    Use Solo cups + a small ball. Toss the ball + have your kids try to catch it in their Solo cup (doesn’t have to be a red Solo cup).

    #83 Silly Selfies

    Take silly selfies of you with your child or kids or have them take their own selfies (which is silly enough as it is). Print out the pictures onto paper + let them draw on their faces (making hats, mustaches, makeup, etc.).

    #84 Puzzle Piece Hunt

    Hide all of the pieces of a wooden puzzle around the house. Have your children hunt for the pieces + then match them back to the slot where the piece goes on the board.

    #85 Paint Chip/Color Match

    Pick up some strips of paint chips from your local hardware or paint store. You can also use construction paper. Have your kids hunt around the house to find items that match as closely as possible to each color. You can set a timer on your phone or the stove to see who can match the most items in a short period of time.

    #86 Crepe Paper Maze

    Tape crepe paper strips across a hallway to create a “Mission Impossible” type maze. Have the kids try to get through the openings of the crepe paper strips without touching or breaking the strips.

    #87 Island Hop

    Make islands around the living room using pillows, blankets or other items. In between islands is the water. The kids can hop from island to island. If they touch the floor they fall in the “water.”

    #88 Laundry Basket Basketball

    Have the kids shoot “hoops” with any type of ball into a laundry basket. Of course, if you have an indoor kids’ basketball hoop, you can use this instead!

    #89 Dryer Sheet Ice Skating

    Put one dryer sheet under each foot to create “ice skates.” Kids can skate around on a bare floor without scratching it.

    #90 Make a Calendar

    This is a great way to teach your kids the months of the year + the days of the week. You can make the calendar sheets yourself or print blank ones from online. Help your kids to write the name of the month + the days of the month in the right slots. Have them decorate the month with stickers or drawings that represent holidays or special dates of the month.

    #91 Pillowcase Race

    Kids fit perfectly into a pillowcase for a pillowcase race (like an old-fashioned potato sack race). You can use painter’s tape or masking tape to mark the finish line on the floor.

    #92 Blow Bubbles

    Bring out the bubbles + all of the fun bubble wands. Have an inside bubble blowing par-tay! Turn up the music + dance with the bubbles. See who can catch the most bubbles, catch one of their nose, toe or other body part + who can pop the most bubbles. Added bonus, popping bubbles may help clean parts of your house–gratis 🙂

    #93 Parachute Sheet

    Parachute play is always a fun activity at birthday parties for kids. Turn a top sheet into a parachute. Have the kids + adults grab each corner for some parachute play + fun!

    #94 Action Dice

    Make dice out of cardboard boxes (big + small enough for little kids to roll). Write + draw activities on each side of the dice (Do 5 jumping jacks, skip in place for 3 seconds, do 2 push ups, etc.). Take turns rolling the dice + completing the actions.

    You can also do themes, such as animals. Draw or print, cut + paste an animal on each side of the dice. They have to act like the animal they roll.

    #95 Fashion Show

    This can be fun with new clothes that the kids just received or costumes/dress up clothes. Everyone dresses up + there’s an adult announcer. You announce the fashion show as each child takes their turn walking the runway.

    #96 Go on a Bear Hunt

    You can read “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” first, or not. Hide a stuffed teddy bear around your house. Have the kids search + hunt for it. You can tell them if they are hot or cold to help them find where you hide it.

    #97 Musical Chairs/Spaces

    Use kid-size chairs felt circles or even wash cloths to make “spaces.” Play a game of musical chairs.

    #98 Walk Like a __________

    Pick different animals + walk down the hall or around the house like that animal. Some options can include people walking such as like a ballerina or a baby. Dinosaur, elephant, frog, + penguin are fun options.

    #99 Cosmic Yoga

    Turn on YouTube videos of Cosmic Yoga episodes. Your kids will spend hours following along doing yoga poses with the out-of-this-world yoga instructor.

    #100 Camp Inside

    If you have the room to erect your real tent, go for it! Otherwise, you can use the blanket fort or a bed fort for a camping experience. The kids can sleep in the “tent” in their own room or the living room, complete with sleeping bags + pillows.

    #101 Pom Pom/Button Tin

    Use a muffin tin. Cut + place colored paper in the bottom of each tin. Give the kids a bunch of buttons or poms poms. Have them sort + match the color of the buttons or pom poms to the color of the paper in the bottom of the tin.

    You can download the 101 Winter Bucket List for Young Kids + check off your items as you complete them!

    Please follow and like us:
  • Activities for Kids

    10 Rainy Day Activities for Young Kids

    As I sit here writing this, it’s raining. It’s forecast to rain ALL day today and I think into tomorrow.

    Le sigh…

    Fret not my mommy friends. Here are 10 rainy day activities you can do with young children so that none of you go bat@#$% crazy 🙂

    #1 Jump in Muddy Puddles

    Dress your kiddos in their rain gear and head outside Peppa Pig style. Let them splash and play. Let them jump and run.

    One of my oldest daughter’s fondest memories (She’s five and we did it when she was two) is the day we did this while her baby sister (at the time) was secure, warm, and dry in her baby seat sitting inside the door of our breezeway.

    Of course, it goes without saying (Oh look, I said it) that you should only do this if it is not thundering and lightning. 

    #2 Bake

    Most kids love to help in the kitchen. Let them help you bake cookies or a cake. Give them “safe” activities to do like adding some ingredients or stirring and mixing.

    Leave popping your masterpiece in the oven to the adults.

    #3 Arts + Crafts

    Buy or bring out that craft project you’ve been hiding in the closet. I’ve been saving our Gingerbread House for Winter Break but today might be the day it comes out of hiding just a bit on the early side.

    Coloring books or plain white or construction paper, crayons, markers or watercolor paint are also great rainy day supplies for arts and crafts.

    #4 Museum Musings

    We have the privilege of living near Washington DC so we have free access to great Smithsonian museums. Pack up the kiddos (don’t forget snacks and drinks) and head out to a local or nearby museum for the day.

    Children’s museums might be your best option. Please touch museums are likely the most fun!

    #5 Read

    I’m an avid reader and my kids love books, too. Turn off the TV. Put away the iPads, phones, and Kindle and read some good old-fashioned tangible books!

    See #6 for other great options in this area.

    #6 Check Out the Library

    Both in Florida and here in Virginia, I’ve been blessed with wonderful library systems. Check out your local library. Libraries often have creative and imaginative children’s programs. 

    We’ve done everything from music programs to building your own car out of a cardboard box and supplies so you can watch a movie.

    Even if the libraries don’t have something going on today, take your kids to the library. Some libraries have play areas and activity areas in the children’s section. Have them check out books or read a stack of books there! Check out DVDs and watch a movie at home that isn’t on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

    #7 Make a Floor Bed + Watch a Movie

    Especially when it is a cold rain, help your kids make a bed on the living room floor with blankets and pillows. Snuggle up together and watch a kid flick.

    Add popcorn, of course.

    We do this frequently with our kids, rain or not. They love it!

    #8 Build a Blanket Fort/Tent

    Along similar lines, use chairs and blankets to build a fort — you know, like you did when you were a kid. Bring in the flashlights, books, toys or whatever. Hang out in your tent for a while.

    #9 Eat Under the Table

    My middle daughter (and the dog) love to hang out under the dining room table. Our table always has a tablecloth of some kind so it’s a little like a fort/tent for them. (I suspect the dog is there for the food, but…)

    Make breakfast, lunch, or even dinner, climb under the table with your kiddos and eat! They are likely to think it’s the best thing since you let them jump in muddy puddles.

    #10 Host a Playdate

    Odds are you aren’t the only mommy or set of kids about to lose their mind. Invite your mommy friends and their kids over for a playdate. 

    If you’re really lucky, one or more of your kids’ friends will invite them over to their house, instead, for a playdate 🙂

    Please follow and like us: