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Fun Ideas to Occupy Kids or Young Teens
This page is a huge roundup of the most fun and creative ideas around the web to occupy and educate your kids. Maybe it's a wet weekend or it's the summer holidays and you have run out of ideas - or maybe you just want to tear your children away from the TV and computer - well this page is for you!
Below you will find original ideas for keeping young children to early teens interested and engaged, with outdoor activities, games, arts and crafts, kitchen science experiments, child-friendly recipes and much more besides.
I hope that you find this useful and inspiring :)
Best Children's Activity Books
A Little Introduction
Kids love to kept busy, which means that it's up to the parents to come up with ideas for keeping them happy and interested. On days when you are just out of inspiration, I hope this page will help you out!
I've compiled a very long list of indoor and outdoor activities, artistic ideas, crafts, fun games, educational experiments, kid-friendly recipes and much more besides. Some of the ideas take a bit of preparation, whilst others just need basic household items, so there's bound to be something here you can do without even having to plan in advance.
I've also added a section linking to the best kid's blogs and websites (there are hundreds of good ones but I've just picked my favorites), plus a section listing DIY projects that parents can make for the kids, such as tipi tents, treehouses and puppets.
I hope you and your children have fun with these ideas :)
Games and Activities
Not involving the TV or computer!
- Things To Do With Your Teen
From playing tennis to blowing bubbles.
- Boredom Busters for Kids
Having a jar of ideas will help with boredom.
- 5 Orange Potatoes
Lists of fun activities and how-tos.
- Ice Block Treasure
Fun way to find treasures.
- Try Geocaching
Something a little bit different for an adventure.
Photo projects for kids.
- Spider Web Game
Fun outdoor game for more then one child.
- Diet Coke Geyser
Using Mentos chewy mints.
- Volcanic Eruption
A traditional scientific experiment.
- Cornstarch Slime
Messy fun for kids.
Painting With Light
More Games and Activities for Children
- Bubble Blowing
How to make the solution, and the skills you need.
- Gardening With Children
Lots of activities for the garden.
- Balloon Car
Have a look at the other how-tos on this site too.
- Paper Planes
A range of paper plane instructions.
- Make a Mr Grass Head
Fun way to grow cress or grass.
- Box Kite
More challenging kite how-to.
- Traditional Kite
With video tutorial.
- 101 Ideas
Of things to do this Summer.
- Scientific Experiments
From balloon rockets to making rock candy.
Fun foaming toy.
- Things to Amuse Toddlers
Fun activities for very young kids.
- Cardboard Boxes
Kids are never bored with a supply of boxes!
- Liquid Starch Slime
A different recipe to the usual slime mix, this will keep kids very entertained!
How to Make a Doorway Puppet Theater
A puppet theater would be a great DIY for you to make for your children, and it is sure to encourage plenty of imaginative play.
Things You Will Need:
* Bedsheet, curtain or large piece of fabric: you will need a piece just bigger than the doorway you are going to use.
* Sewing machine (or fabric glue, a needle and some thread)
* Fabric for the mini theater curtains
* Fabric that will frame the opening of the theater (felt would be a good choice), OR you could use wide ribbon (approx. 1" wide).
* Narrow ribbon (approx. 0.5" wide)
* Dowel (0.5" diameter maximum)
* A saw to cut the dowel
* Tension curtain rod to fit your doorway (optional)
- Cut a rectangle of fabric that is the same height as the opening of the doorway, with a width equal to the width of the doorway + 1". Hemming all of the edges at this point is recommended to keep them looking neat.
- Mark out where you want the opening of the theater to be (depending on the heights of your kids), and how big you would like it to be. Using a regular doorway, the theater opening is likely to be around 14" wide.
- Cut this rectangle out as shown by the black lines in the second diagram, where 'A' represents the height you want for the opening. Cutting along the lines as shown will leave 1" flaps of excess fabric at the top and bottom of the opening, which can then be folded over onto the back of the fabric and sewn to create two sleeves. These sleeves will house the wooden dowel, so make sure that the sleeves are wide enough for the diameter of dowel you are using before you sew them.
- Cut two 11" lengths of narrow ribbon and fold each of them in half. Sew the folded edges onto the reverse of the main fabric piece, one piece of folded ribbon on each side of the opening, about halfway down the fabric edge. These are ribbon ties that will hold the curtain open.
- Cut the fabric you want to use as the curtain into a rectangle, where the width is equal to the width of the opening + 0.5", and the height equals the height of the opening + 2".
- Cut the piece of curtain fabric straight down the middle and then hem all of the edges (with 1/4" hems).
- Line up the curtain pieces over the opening on the reverse side of the main fabric piece. Sew straight across the top edges of the curtain pieces, just above where the dowel sleeve is sewn down.
- Cut 4 strips out of the fabric you will be using for framing the opening. The strips will look best if they have 45 degree diagonal joins at the corners, and slightly overlap the edges of the opening.
- If you are using felt, you can use fabric glue to stick the strips around the opening. If you are using a thinner fabric or a wide ribbon, it would be best to sew it, but make sure that the curtains and ribbon ties are out of the way whilst you do this, and also make sure you don't sew over the dowel sleeves at the top and bottom either.
- If you are going to hang the theater from a tension rod, fold over enough fabric (approx. 2") at the top edge to go around the rod, and then sew this onto the reverse side of the fabric. This will create a sleeve for the rod to go through. If you are not using a rod, you can take two lengths of narrow ribbon around 5" long and sew each one on to each of the top corners so that they form loops. You can hang these hoops on nails hammered into the door frame.
- Saw the dowel into two pieces that are the same width as the opening. Slip each piece into each of the dowel sleeves. This will keep the edges straight.
Arts and Crafts for Kids
- Bookhou Craft Projects
Brilliant arts and craft tutorials.
- Potato Printing
Traditional stamping on fabric.
- Fabric Pom-Poms
Can also be made with yarn.
- Our House
From dandelion printing to yarn weaving.
- Kleas Tutorials
Including felting and making shell chimes.
- Weaving with Nature
Using twigs and found objects.
- Ice Cube Painting
Just needs some food colouring.
- Paper Mache
Fun and creative activity.
- Wax Paper Butterfly
To create a stained glass effect.
- Kid Friendly Batik
Using acrylic paint and glue.
- Design a Creature
Older kids will have great fun making a monster from plaster wrap and paper.
- Handmade Fossils
Make a plaster moulding of all kinds of items.
Wax Crayon Cakes
Faux Stained Glass
More Children's Arts and Crafts
- Make Your Own Paints
Including watercolours and acrylics.
- Draw On Porcelain
Personalise your own teacup or plate.
- Sidewalk Chalk
Make your own with plaster and food colouring.
- Grow Crystals
In the shape of a snowflake.
- Model Airplane
A challenge for teens who enjoy crafts.
- Origami Tumblewing
- Driftwood Boats
Make and sail your own little boats.
- Bow and Arrow
Made from twigs and string.
From a twig and some elastic bands.
- Pencil Crossbow
Simple and cheap toy.
Fun movie wheel illusion.
- Fabric Pirate Maps
Fun idea to draw and paint a buried treasure map.
Teach Your Kids to Finger Knit!
Finger knitting is a much easier and safer way for kids to knit than to use needles, and it improves manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination. They can make themselves scarves/headbands/bracelets/necklaces and anything else they can think of - it's a great creative craft.
If you prefer written instructions click here.
Kids Craft Projects
- Stained Glass Flowers
Replicate the look of stained glass with tissue paper.
- Twitter Box Paper Toy
Check out the rest of the site too for more downloads.
- Paper Mache Pinata
Great fun to decorate how you like.
- Sock Puppet
In the form of a giraffe.
- Finger Puppets
How to do different animals.
- Movable Card Puppets
Made from a photograph.
- Photograph Thank-You Cards
Fun personalized card idea.
- Marble Paper
Easy way to decorate paper.
- Colored Rice
Perfect for making art pictures with.
- Pinecone Bird Feeders
An easy way to bring birds to your garden.
Salt Dough Shapes
Things To Make and Build
- Moon Sand
More fun and mouldable than normal sand.
- Kids Stilts
From tin cans and rope.
- Sand Volcano
Looks like fun!
- Harry Potter Wand
Out of paper and glue.
- Play Doh
Make your own, in various colours.
- Paper Making Tutorial
Messy, creative fun.
- Clay Crafts
Recipes for clay and dough.
A nostalgic childrens toy.
Spying toy made from milk cartons.
- Tie Dye T-Shirts
Different techniques you can use.
- Paper Dragon Illusion
Interesting optical illusion.
- Card Boomerang
Easy, cheap and fun!
More Kid's Activities
- Kid's Crafts
Including painting toilet rolls and jigsaw puzzles.
- Weaving with Twigs
Minimal items needed for pretty craftwork.
- Cardboard Guitars
Make your own playable instruments with cheap materials.
A classic game made using bubble wrap!
- 3D Apple Puzzle
How to take an apple apart to make an easy puzzle.
- Painted Puzzle
Simple puzzle made by painting wood blocks.
- Rainbow Jars
Fun project made using colored chalk and salt.
- Giant Bubbles Kit
Kids will have massive fun with massive bubbles!
- Little Grass House
Build anything you like from kitchen sponges, then grow grass on it.
- 12 Coolest Crafts for Boys
12 fun ideas which cater for a boys sense of adventure.
- Magic Milk Paint
Mix ink with milk to create a marble effect.
- Painting Eggs
A fun and creative Easter activity.
Milk Carton Halloween Village
Creative Things To Do
- 50 Cool Science Experiments
A collection of experiments including rockets and floating eggs.
- Cress Heads
Really easy to set up and wil amuse kids for days.
- Field of Lasers
Funny idea using just yarn.
- Bows & Arrows
Made from corks and bamboo.
- Everlasting Sandcastle
Mix your own air-hardening cornstarch and sand clay.
- Paper Mache Puppet
Bunny rabbit head with a fabric body.
- Rainbow Bubble Snakes
Really cool DIY foam makers.
- Toilet Roll Loom
How to weave with a homemade French knitter.
Melted Crayon Hot Rocks
Blogs and Websites Full of Ideas
- The Crafty Crow
A children's craft collective.
- Bloesem Kids
With appropriate recipes and 100+ crafts to try.
- Skip To My Lou
Loads of crafts and fun boredom buster lists.
- Preschool Powol Packets
Huge collection of activities for endless inspiration.
- That Artist Woman
Amazingly artistic and creative projects for kids.
- Dad Can Do
Impressive DIY projects.
- Zakka Life
Kids craft tutorials.
- Honest to Nod
Fabulous blog with plenty of creative crafts and activities to try.
How to Make a Hot Air Balloon
More Blog and Website Resources
- Acorn Pies
Lots of nature activities.
- Disney Family Fun
Crafts and recipes.
- Chasing Cheerios
Lots of original crafts and activities.
- Artists Helping Children
Huge resource of projects.
- Make and Takes
Home projects, kids crafts and recipes.
- Living Locurto
Activities, crafting and general blogging.
- Tinker Lab
Bubble painting, collages, play dough and more.
- Garden Mama
I love this blog's philosophy and there some fab tutorials too.
- Imagine Childhood
Big and beautiful photos of crafts and activities.
- The Chocolate Muffin Tree
Growing a creative life with children.
- Let's Explore!
My favorite projects are the torn paper landscapes and colored sand art.
Solar System Mobile-Making Kit
More Fun Ideas
- Camp out in the back yard. Put up the tent together, read stories, and have a mini cookout.
- Have a water fight.
- Play dress-up. You could go the full hog and make complete costumes, face-paint and hairstyles then put on a catwalk show!
- Put on a play or puppet show.
- Cook with your kids - or you could bake some cupcakes, and they just do the decorating.
- Put on a film premiere. You can do this outside by projecting a film onto a screen, or just turn off all of the lights indoors, close the curtains, get everyone comfy and dish out the popcorn, drinks and ice-creams. Everyone could get dressed up for the occasion!
- Give each of your kids pens and a journal/sketchbook so they can write or draw in it whenever they like.
- Each of your children could plant a sunflower and see how tall they could grow them. It could be made into a competition.
- Make a plaster and sand handmade fossil, and create a really nice end product.
- Use cardboard and other bits 'n' bobs to make your own little houses.
- Go camping in a tent in the back yard.
How To Make a Helicopter
Fun Childrens Recipes
Recipes to cook with your kids.
- Good Food Recipes
From muffins to main meals.
- Rainbow Cake
Amazing colorful layered cake.
- Pimp That Snack
Giant versions of regular snack foods.
- Rice Crispie Cakes
Super simple cakes.
- Chocolate Pudding Cups
An interesting way to use balloons.
- Gingerbread Cookie Shack
Including stained glass windows!
- Fun Cupcakes
With various sweet decoration ideas.
- Homemade Slushies
Drinks for a hot Summers day.
Rainbow Coconut Ice
For each color, mix about 2 teaspoons of rubbing alcohol (preferably) or vinegar with 10 to 12 drops of food coloring (regular and neon colors) in a ziplock bag.
Add 1/2 cup of dried pasta to each bag and shake it to cover the pasta with dye. Leave the pasta in the dye for about 5 minutes, shaking it occasionally (longer for more intense colors).
Spoon the pasta out of the bag, and place it on paper towels. Turn the pasta pieces over after about 15 minutes. Let them dry completely.
Then the dyed pasta can be used for all kinds of art and jewelry making.
Photo and pasta craft by Kimberly.
DIY Projects for Parents
There are some great things parents can make for their kids too, from tents to treehouses.
- Play Tent
Simple tent to hang from a tree.
- Summer Teepee
Which your kids can help decorate.
- Free-Standing Tent
Made from fabric and wooden poles.
- Princess Pavilion
Adorable tent for any little girl.
- Made by Joel
Lots of cute things made by a parent for his kids.
- Chalkboard Table
Fun way to make temporary art.
- Treehouse Guides
Different designs of treehouse provided.
- Drawings to Toys
Create a toy from your children's art.
- Sand and Water Table
Have a look at the rest of the blog too for other projects.
- DIY Coloring Book Pages
Make your own personalized images using photographs.
- Fabric Roads
Easy-to-store roads made by recycling denim.
- Pop-Up Puppets
Sweet puppet toy in the shape of a bunny rabbit.