Winter is long in my area. So very long. The cabin fever comes quick and it is hard to keep the kids entertained and busy while cooped up indoors.
I’m all about finding easy ways to entertain kids at home. ESPECIALLY with items I already have around the house. If I can keep the kids entertained and happy without needing to spend money, I am a happy mom!
1. A Box and a few markers and scissors
That’s it. Whenever you get a box–SAVE IT! Large boxes are best, these can be a little hard to come by, so if you ever get one make sure to hold on to it! We turn large boxes into secret hideouts, spaceships and cars. We have used our “box car” to make our very own drive-in movie. Decorate the box to look like a car and put some pillows in it and sit in it to watch a movie. My kids love this! Save your small boxes too, shoe boxes are really fun. We like to turn the inside of a shoe box into a scene, it could be a mountain scene, a castle, a race track anything your kids are interested in will work! Make your scene using construction paper, markers, glue and then your kids can use their toys to play inside of the box. Once you’re done put the lid on it and save it for another day. We love this!
2. Magazines and scissors
My kids love to cut out pictures in my magazines. We store them in a container and my kids will get them out and make stories using the pictures. We will glue these onto papers and make a story book out of it, or other times my kids will just play with the pictures like paper dolls. Either way, this is something they really enjoy doing.
3. Play dough
There is no need to buy play dough. It is so easy to make and kids love to help! We love making both traditional play dough and peanut butter play dough. We get out cookie cutters, butter knives and rolling pins to use for even more play dough fun.
4. A piece of wood and paint
My husband is a wood worker, so we always have extra junk wood around. Sometimes I will pull out a junk piece of wood and a few of my craft paints for my preschooler to paint on. He loves when I do this! He likes painting a picture on paper, but the wood and craft paints entertains him for a long time and he is always so proud of it when he’s done.
5. Science Experiment
My kids love when we do science experiments. I have a few favorites that we do quite often. I shared one of these here: Magic toothpick science experiment. This experiment is so fun for the kids because the toothpick almost really does seem like magic. The designs it makes are always different and so pretty and fun.
What are your completely FREE activities to keep your kids entertained at home?? Share them with me in the comments!
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