Fun Ideas To Keep the Kids Entertained

In the 21st century there are a lot of options to entertain kids but much lack the imagination and physical activity so needed by kids. Check out our fun ideas to keep kids entertained.

In the 21st century there are a lot of options to entertain kids. A great deal of how children play now has to do with the digital age… computers, gaming systems, and videos. While these have their place and can be great learning tools, such as unscramble and the alphabet game , both free online games, they also keep kids bodies sedentary for the most part and lack inneraction and using the wonderful imagination that children are born with. Simple things like playing outdoors, building blanket forts, running, skipping and jumping are not only important for physical health but require using that innate imagination in ways that will serve them well in life. Below are a few simple ideas for kids and even teens.

Unique Outdoor Fun

Granddaughter with her Mom

Playing outdoors is so important for kids of all ages. Riding bikes, running, playing hide and seek etc now seem antiquated but can be great fun with done with others and give them social interaction in a fun setting. One creative outdoor activity is chalk drawing on the sidewalk.  A great activity for younger kids is to make them a  garden kit and give them a small bit of ground to play in. Older kids can have a kit with real seeds that they actually grown.

Make a Pretend Kids Garden KitThis fun kids garden kit with free printables is made using simple supplies, including fake flowers and large “seeds” that are easy to find. Instant garden!

 

Crafting

Crafting is a hands on activity that uses creativity. We have a large variety of kids crafting posts which include making dragon eyes and fairy doors to indoor gardening ideas!

Dragon Eyes : A Dragon Craft for Adults & Kids Alike!Make these gorgeous dragon eyes from flat clear filler marbles and use them for dragon jewelry or to carry around in a simple pouch. Best dragon craft ever!

Easy Stand Alone Fairy Doors

Unique Planters From Soda Bottles

 

 

Old Fashioned Fun

Granddaughter with her Papa

Blanket forts were one of my kid’s favorite activities and cost free. Give them a stack of blankets or sheets and some clothes pins. Spinning tops, in and of themselves, are not that appealing but check out our post on making some of the best tops ever from old cds and ping pong balls… then have contests etc.  This site has a list of some great old fashioned ideas for kids.

How to Make Easy Spin Tops that Spin Forever!Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!

 

Books Books Books!

For many kids reading is way down on the list of things to do for entertainment. Studies have shown that young children who are read too carry this habit into adulthood. While a sedentary activity, reading  or being read do has a variety of benefits. One fun idea to inspire kids is to have them do a “reading challenge” which is merely setting a goal for reading certain books and then completing it. This can be done with kids of any age, with adults helping them decide what books they may want to have read to them and then checking them off a list. For older tweens and up you can add on a cool reward craft such as or miniature book craft. They get to make a mini book for each physical book read.

Free Reading Challenge Kit & BookmarksOur Free Reading Challenge Kit will help you read more and/or broaden the scope of what you read. It's filled with ideas, planners, trackers and even some inspiring bookmarks!

How to Make Miniature Books from Craft Sticks Quick & Easy

 

In the 21st century there are a lot of options to entertain kids but much lack the imagination and physical activity so needed by kids. Check out our fun ideas to keep kids entertained.

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