In the past few weeks we've heard lots of talk about school being closed temporarily, afterschool programs being cancelled and adults being asked to work from home if they can. For parents and kids who normally go to school or work, being at home all day can be hard as it's a new routine and not everyone is used to being in the same house 24/7. I've rounded up lots of fun crafts and games that can be done at home with minimal materials using mostly what you already have available.
These are a timeless activity that has endless possiblities. Flying paper airplanes can happen in the house or in the backyard. You can start with our suggestions and research your own as you want to try more complicated things.
Indoor Obstacle Course
An indoor obstacle course can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Half the fun is creating the thing. If you are stuck at home let the kids make one that goes all around the house and see what magic is made!
Making a recycled castle can be so fun! Espcially if you have kids who love fairy tales or are really into fantasy stories. (I'm winking at you Harry Potter fans). This castle can become anything you want it to be. Start from our base and expand out. Maybe add a moat and dragon too!
Ice Boats are fun to make in different shapes and sizes. If you have nice weather outside, try filling a tiny pool with water and see how long you can keep them afloat before they melt!
Sungka is a “count and capture” or “sowing” game. While it is most traditionally played with shells and a wooden board with seven small “house” pits and two large “head” pits, the number of pits and game pieces used seems to vary in accordance with what's available and convenient.
Nature Sticks are wonderful and one of the best toys a child can have. They can use a stick to make a flag or a magical wand. Long sticks can be turned into a tree fort. Short sticks are perfect for stirring mud pies and drawing in the sand.
This tent was a huge part of my children's creative play when they were little. It took me about 15 minutes to put all together and they used it for years.
This are perfect for cabin fever days. Just keep the use of them in the bathroom and it will be an easy clean up!
Making pupets can be so much fun. You could make a marionette for each of the junkyard characters and put on your own play!
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KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.