Starting to get a bit stir-crazy at home? We’re all right there with you. Here are some fresh ideas for fun family activities to do at home this week.
“We’re not stuck at home, we’re safe at home.”
I’ve been reminding myself of this the last few weeks. While I’m definitely a “home-body”, even I am getting quite antsy for life to return to normal.
Staying at home for weeks on end with three kids ages five and under can make me feel a bit crazy, especially on the rainy the days haha. I know many of you can identify with this!
Sooo since many of us will likely be home for the next several weeks at least, I thought that today I’d share some fun family activities to do at home. Obviously my list is geared more towards a family with pretty little kids. If you have older kids I’d love to hear what some of your family’s favorite activities are in the comments!
Fun Family Activities to Do at Home
Starting out with a few ideas for making meals extra special . . .
Charcuterie board dinner
My kids love it when we do this.
Let the kids add toppings to their own personal pizzas. You can make your own simple pizza dough or even use tortillas or plain bagels.
Have everyone dress up (and make sure to go all out with the accessories), set the table with your best dishes, light candles, and have a special fancy dinner together.
Start the day off in a happy way by surprising your family with something special for breakfast. I made baked oatmeal last week and the kids were thrilled. Cinnamon rolls are another great idea!
My kids call this a “snacky meal” and they’re so excited whenever this is our lunch. I love doing muffin-tin lunches because they’re a great way to finish up leftover odds and ends.
Now on to some more fun family activities to do at home . . .
Sleepover in the living room
I know my kids would LOVE to do this – though I’ll be honest, I haven’t been brave enough to try it with them yet haha.
Make playtime “stations”
Make play stations like they might have in a day-care: legos, blocks, kitchen stuff, cars, dolls, etc. Set the timer and let your kids have 15 minutes at a station and then switch.
Water fight outside
Water is always a good idea with kids!
Make a tent
The kitchen/dining room table always makes a great starting point!
Once your tent is made, snuggle up inside to tell stories or have a special snack.
Charades can be so hilarious with little kids!
I am so not a crafty person, but really all kids need are some basic supplies and a little imagination. I grabbed a bag of assorted craft supplies (think pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, etc.) at Walmart a few weeks ago and those have definitely made craft time a little extra fun.
Learn some new games together
My kids are especially into Go Fish right now haha.
Afternoon tea time
We have a family tradition of afternoon tea time every Wednesday afternoon. Our “tea” is typically apple juice haha, but we always use my nice dishes and using have some sort of special sweet treat.
Special new toy
We mainly just buy our kids toys for their birthdays or Christmas, but sometimes we make an exception and buy something just because.
With all the extra at-home time lately we decided to buy this stem toy from Amazon. I feel like it’s a super great value for how many pieces it has. I’m going to surprise my kids with it later today when they need a quiet activity.
Look up LEGO ideas
If you have a kid who loves LEGOs, there are lots and lots of LEGO building ideas that you can look up online to spark his or her imagination.
Plant some flowers together
My kids and I planted some flower seeds that we got in a couple cute little flower pot sets at Target’s dollar spot. They are so excited to see a few stems poking up from the soil now!
Go on a walk and collect treasures
We’ve been trying to go on a walk every day if it’s not raining. I like to give each of the kids a ziplock bag that they can use for collecting treasures as we go.
Simple scavenger hunt
Here’s a simple backyard scavenger hunt to do with your littles.
Roast marshmallows over the grill
We did this the other night and it was definitely a hit!
Bake something yummy
Make cards for Grandparents/family/friends
Who doesn’t like mail?
FaceTime with family and friends
We may not be able to have play dates right now, but Caleb has enjoyed building LEGOs over Facetime with my little brother Josh.
Make homemade play dough
I like to use this recipe.
Walk to a nearby Free Little Library
My kids love visiting this cute little library box in our neighborhood!
Well, those are my ideas for fun family activities to do at home! What would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments!
Hope you are all doing well and hanging in there. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!