Now’s the season for family holidays and large get-togethers with friends. If you need to entertain new friends, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren or other extra young ones around the home try one of the ideas below!
This one is a fun twist on the classic Easter Egg Hunt! Hide small objects around the house and let your kids try to find them. A couple rolls of large coins are easily obtainable from your local bank, and will motivate even older kids to join in the fun. If it’s near to Halloween, try hiding chocolate coins. Alternately, you can hide a variety of small objects and assign a value to each one. Just be sure to keep a list of where you hid everything!
Jumping on a trampoline is not only fun, it’s good exercise! Get those kids up and moving, literally. Check out our top 50 things to do on a Springfree Trampoline. If you have a large group of kids to entertain, don’t forget to review best safety practices and choose games that can involve kids waiting for their turn to jump!
If your family is limiting screentime, pen and paper games can be a great option. They might also provide a welcome option for older family members less comfortable with tech to engage with younger ones. In addition to classics such as Hangman or Dots, here’s a list of options that just require some basic supplies you likely already have around the house!
This idea can be done either indoors or out. If you’re thinking indoors, you can make ample use of chairs, pillows, blankets, and the like. Outdoors, your scope vastly expands. Garden hose can outline the course, some orange cones from a home goods store obstacles, string for a mock laser grid, the options are endless. If it’s leaf season, consider making the finale a massive pile of leaves suitable for jumping (always check carefully for sticks or other hidden hazards). Here’s some more ideas on creating a fun course for your kids and teens to run through.
Whether you’re hosting a party or not, decorating the house can be a great activity for keeping kids entertained and maybe even getting some sneaky help with cleaning up! After all, you’ll need a clear space to work and you don’t want to get dust on your fun new decorations. Party stores, charity shops, and craft stores are all great places to find affordable options. Parents whose children really enjoy crafts can get more mileage from this idea as kids can create before they decorate, but even less art-inclined kids tend to enjoy twisting crepe paper and throwing around streamers.