This year, back to school doesn’t necessarily mean kids are heading out of the house. After months inside, it’s okay if you’re running out of ways to keep your little ones occupied. We’ve got you covered. Pick out a few of these options, order one of our best selling Bouqs, and get ready for a day the whole family can enjoy.
Whether or not you’re a yogi, your kids will appreciate the chance to learn a new activity, and you’ll love watching them learn ways to center themselves. YouTube makes it easy to introduce yoga to young ones with adventure videos for kids under eight and fun yet informative videos for older children.
Plan a Scavenger Hunt
Kids of all ages love a good quest…especially if there’s a prize at the end. Whether you’re stuck inside or have access to a yard or neighborhood, you can come up with a scavenger hunt list for every place.
Try having younger kids find different colored objects or an item for every letter of the alphabet, and create tricky clues that older kids will enjoy solving.
Create a Laser Maze
To give your kids a taste of what it’s like to be a spy, give them a chance to weave their way through a laser maze. Don’t worry, the lasers in this trap are harmless crepe paper.
All you need for this fun game is two buckets and some beanbags. Kids can take turns trying to throw the bag into their target. As they get better at landing a shot, you can move the throwing line further away.
Just because you can’t head out to the bowling alley doesn’t mean you can’t aim for a strike. Set up some empty plastic bottles as pins, and have your kids try to knock them down with a soccer ball.
Huckle Buckle Beanstalk
A fun name for a fun game! In this variation of hide and seek, someone hides an object in plain sight. Once someone spots the object, they say “huckle buckle beanstalk” and wait for the others to find it. After everyone at home has spotted the object, you hide it somewhere else.
Even if the official 2020 Summer Olympics were canceled, you could still create your own version at home. Construct a torch, make some flags, and by the time the opening ceremonies end, your kids will be pumped to compete in the games. Some possible activities include a three-legged race, hula-hooping, speed-walking, and limbo.
When you’re cooped up at home, there’s no better way to release excess energy than to turn on some tunes and get moving. Go ahead and join your kids…you know you could benefit from some stress release.
Arts and Crafts
To mix up traditional tie-dye, help your kids make dyes from natural materials like food scraps and flowers. Once these pigments are ready, your kids can add color to clothing or eggs. Be careful though, because these dyes stain just as well as store-bought ones.
Print some flower coloring pages, grab some colored pencils or markers, and have your little ones create their own masterpieces. Since coloring is a stress-relieving activity, we suggest you join in on the fun. If you need some live inspiration, order flower arrangements to serve as your models.
Make Rose Bath Bombs
By making this colorful, crunchy treat at home, kids will get to watch their rock candy form over time. What’s cooler than that?
Creating these sugary crystals is an easy process, but it does require the use of a stove. So get ready to supervise your kiddos as they create their candy.
Who doesn’t love playing with slime? Slippery, sticky, and a little bit gross, it can entertain kids for hours. By making slime at home, everyone can choose their favorite color and even add in a little sparkle with glitter.
Grab some carnations and food coloring, and get to work watching how plants take up water. Your kids will marvel at how the flowers turn from white to their favorite colors, and you’ll love watching them learn a basic biology lesson. If you need some carnations to get started, remember that you can save on flower delivery.
A timeless activity with endless variations, paper airplanes can keep kids entertained for hours. If you’re looking for a creative spin, make some different designs and see which one flies best.
Make a Stress Ball
We’ve all felt a little more worried and pressured this year, kids included. To give them tools to cope, help them make a homemade stress ball. We won’t tell if you make one for yourself.
You don’t need to head out to the store in order for your kids to make music. Chances are you can make some great instruments with objects you have lying around your house. With a little bit of help from an adult, children can make drums, rainsticks, banjos, and more.
Make a Piñata
You don’t need a special occasion to make a paper mache piñata. Just wait until you see your kids’ faces as they dip strips of paper in a gooey flour substance and stick them onto a balloon. And you’ll love the sense of accomplishment they receive from making a masterpiece.
Use Your Imagination
Grab some old socks or paper bags and get to work creating silly puppets. When the characters are complete, have your kids put on a show.
Who said camping has to be outdoors? Set up a tent inside, roll out the sleeping bags, and play some nature sounds. You can even make some stovetop smores.
Create a Stop Motion Movie
If your kids have seen Chicken Run or Fantastic Mr. Fox, they know what a stop motion film looks like. What they may not realize is they can make their own movie at home!
With a bit of help, older kids can direct a short film using objects such as stuffed animals, legos, or clay figures. And since you likely have a smart phone at home, you have a camera at your fingertips.
Write a Story
No matter their age, all kids can create their own story. Depending on their age, your children may even enjoy writing their story down in their own book. And don’t forget to add illustrations!
Drive-In Movie Night
If you’ve been watching lots of movies lately, you can make your next film special by hosting a “drive-in” night. After your kids help you create cute cardboard cars, they can drive them to the living room theater.
Learn a Little
Build With Marshmallows and Toothpicks
If you have kids of all ages at home, grab some mini marshmallows and toothpicks, and start building. Preschoolers can construct triangles and squares, while elementary age children can create a bridge or tall tower. Assembling triangles and towers teaches about the stability of different shapes in a fun, hands-on way.
Investigate the Best Flower Preserver
Your budding scientist will love investigating the best way to keep blooms looking fresh. After a few experiments, they’ll be able to tell you how to keep your Bouq around for as long as possible.
If your little one is a wannabe astronaut, grab a balloon, some string, and a straw, and let them create their own rocket. Not only is this activity fun, but it teaches the basics of how NASA sends its people into space.
Young minds absorb information like sponges, so kids will quickly pick up this new language. Try starting with learning the alphabet or the lyrics to a favorite song. As a bonus, your kids might be able to silently communicate with you during important Zoom meetings.
Watching red cabbage juice change color may seem like magic, but it’s science! Both younger and older kids will be able to learn the basics of pH through this interactive experiment.
Build a Terrarium
To bring some of the outdoors in, help your kids make a terrarium. These mini ecosystems teach children about plants and give them the chance to exercise their creativity. Each child can pick out their favorite plants and add in trinkets that match their interests.
Travel to Mars
Did you know you can travel to another planet from the comfort of your own home? Access Mars lets your kids explore the real surface of Mars, as recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover.
Make a Family Tree
Even if you can’t be with your extended family in person, your kids can still call their grandparents, aunts, and uncles on the phone. By talking to relatives, your kids will be able to construct a family tree.Shop All