Kids' Activities

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Ideas for entertaining kids of all ages with crafts, sports, games, books and more!
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It's no surprise to hear that kids need daily doses of exercise in their lives. Regular physical activity helps children build healthy bodies and prevent chronic disease like Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension....
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Don't just recycle, upcycle! As parents and nannies, we are always on the lookout for awesome craft ideas to do with the kids, but wouldn't it be great if they were earth-friendly too? We found...
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You just put the baby down for a nap and smile at the thought of peace and quiet. One problem: your older child (or children) is still up and about, wanting to be entertained. Television isn't the...
Everyday Activities for Kids
Sick of buying endless craft supplies that barely get touched? Save your money and try some simple crafts for kids! "The best arts and crafts supplies are the materials around your home," says...
School's out for the day. But what should you do with the kids? Time to come up with some fun, creative ways to keep the kids entertained until dinnertime.Of course, homework is waiting, but is it...
Ready, set, go! You might think racing games for kids are just running from one place to another, inevitably leading to one winner and several losers. And the fastest runner always wins. One child brags,...
It's easy for parents, nannies and kids to get cabin fever when stuck inside all day. Plan some indoor games and activities to help make the time fly by when you're cooped up.Education specialist...
It's important for kids to get outside and play. Len Saunders, a children's health, fitness and wellness specialist and author of Keeping Kids Fit, explains that children have become sedentary...
"I'm bored!" If you’re raising or acting as a nanny or babysitter for kids, chances are you're all too familiar with this phrase. But what do you do?For the best chance of hooking...
Kids love to play, but sometimes it's hard to get them out of the house. Need new outdoor games to get them inspired?Here's a list of activities your kids will love to play in the backyard. Water...
When your child's main interaction with nature consists of playing Angry Birds, you know you have a problem!"Spending time outside is kids' one chance to be kids and explore, without any kind...
When you think of a fun family activity, do you see the money literally flying out of your wallet? Many things to do with kids are expensive, but there are lots of ways your family can have a good time...
Cooking dinner can be one of the most stressful parts of your day. Just as you take out pots and pans, your kids start to get cranky and hungry, and they want your attention. But you've got a time-consuming...
You're standing in the family room, surrounded by the countless games your little one has accumulated. Those pricey building blocks and fire trucks haven't been touched in months! What's more, your happy-go-lucky...
You'll score big when you add some running games for kids into the mix at your child's next party or play date. Running games are a great way for kids to burn off steam, share some laughs and learn...
Your kids love to toss their soccer ball down the stairs, watching as it ricochets off the walls. That is, until it smashes right through your china cabinet. Swap out that soccer ball for a balloon, and...
You've seen the colorful sticks, shakers and music-makers lining the aisles of your local educational toy store -- and the price tags on them. Ditch the boxed activities and get ready for some free...
Your child might be crazed about Batman and Spider-Man, but wouldn't it be more fun for him think creatively and invent his own superhero? "Superhero play is a way for children to develop a deeper understanding...
Fun family activities are the backbone of building memories with your kids. Time flies by quickly -- your kids will think they're too cool for family fun soon enough. Before your little one hits the double...
"Are we there yet?""Are we there yet now?""Are you sure we're not there yet?"Getting into the car with kids in tow can be a lesson in patience. How do you keep kids occupied...
Remember your carefree elementary-school days of playing with friends at recess, running around outside and just enjoying life? Did you favor jumping rope, or were you always looking for a good game of...
Some kids might be a bit leery of spending time with a babysitter, especially if it's the first time they've met the sitter. One way parents and sitters can leap over this hurdle is to come prepared...
Gadgets can be so exciting. But imaginative play is where the real fun happens. Plus, the land of make-believe is brain-boosting and can help children with social and emotional development. It's...
"Are we there yet?" You'll hear it more than once on your next road trip. It might be tempting to hand over your tablet or a video game to keep your kids happily entertained. Instead of relying...
Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity has been steadily on the rise, and one of the best ways to prevent and reverse it is to keep children active on a daily basis. As a result, the Let's Move...
Kids love crafts. Kids love to laugh. Combine the two and you've got fun art projects for kids guaranteed to get the whole family giggling -- and engaged. "Kids love things that are silly, and if parents...
Is Mother Nature keeping you indoors? Being stuck inside with the kids all day sounds like the plot of a horror movie, but with some planning, you'll all enjoy your day together.For parents or nannies looking...
Whether you have white walls or a beige couch, there's always a threat that art activities for kids will be messy. But not all crafts require paint smocks and newspaper-covered tables. "While we're not...
Warm or cold weather, there's nothing more entertaining for kids than taking part in a scavenger hunt. And they're great activities for babysitters to do with kids and can be fun for birthday parties.“Scave...
Is family game night at your house fun -- or do the games feel like work? Do the kids find your choice of board games boring? Holly Homer, co-founder of Kids Activities Blog and co-author of...
You just put the baby down for a nap and smile at the thought of peace and quiet. One problem: your older child (or children) is still up and about, wanting to be entertained. Television isn't the...
If there was a top 10 list of clichéd Mom quotes, "stop playing with your food" would definitely be on it! After years of being told not to play with food, imagine your...
"We're bored!" They're two words you hear often. Whether you're running errands or waiting for a table at a restaurant, you'll hear this from your kids at some point. Card games...
Childhood obesity is a national epidemic and one that has received national attention. Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol are attacking children at a young age, largely due to...
It's no surprise to hear that kids need daily doses of exercise in their lives. Regular physical activity helps children build healthy bodies and prevent chronic disease like Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension....
If you're in the city with kids -- or if you can bring them to a city nearby -- there are a million different places to find fun on any given afternoon or weekend of the year.
You're finally at the checkout when your toddler starts shouting at the top of her lungs. You quickly hand her your phone before anyone starts to stare. Sound familiar? Using your smartphone to occupy your...
Quick, what are some of your best childhood memories? Ask any adult, and it won't be long before someone mentions forts. Making a fort is one of the best experiences a kid can have, but a great fort can't...
Do you find your little ones drumming on pots and pans with a wooden spoon? Maybe it's time to teach them a real musical instrument. But how do you know when they're ready? And if they are, how...
Even when kids have all the toys you think they need, there are still days when boredom strikes. With the right accessories, you can turn those boring afternoons into hours of inventive fun with dress-up...
You may be a sports fanatic, but that doesn't mean your kid is. Even if your child is hesitant to start playing soccer or hockey, there are all kinds of sports for kids that will get them off the couch,...
Whether your kids are cruising with friends or racing past trees, biking can be a real rush. Most kids have the coordination and strength to ride a bike without training wheels around age 5, but your child...
There are hundreds of kids' TV shows to choose from, but how do you weed through the selections and choose the right shows for your children? You may not necessarily be seeking top-of-the-line educational...
If your tot can't stand the thought of another finger painting session -- and you can't stand the cleanup -- maybe it's time to try something new. Painting is a great learning experience for kids and gives...
Everyday Crafts for Kids
Deep in the jungle, a roar shakes the trees. Is it a lion, a tiger or something far more ferocious? When you're working on wild animal crafts with your child, imagination is key to a fun crafting session.Don't...
Whether it's a snow day or a too-hot-to-play-outside kind of day, easy crafts for kids are always in season -- and for good reason."Crafts are a great way to build kids' confidence -- they...
Scissors, paper, glue and markers: these are the essentials of any craft room, and your child is sure to be an expert at using them. However, these simple products can inspire creations that are beyond...
Duct tape has been recognized for decades for its versatility, but now that rolls come in all kinds of sizes and styles you can really have a lot of fun with it -- especially when it comes to duct tape...
DIY crafts for kids don't have to fit into the crayon box! Your child's been there and done that when it comes to temperas, glue sticks and markers. So now what? Check out these not-so-usual art activities...
You're looking for new art activities for kids, but you're just finding more of the usual coloring books -- which aren't going to cut it for your creative kiddo. If your child is an uber art...
Fun easy crafts may just be the quick fix to your "Mommy, I'm sooooo bored!" problem. It's a gloomy Sunday afternoon, you've got the Mt. Everest of laundry piles to get through and...
Learning to play an instrument is often touted as good for your kid's brain. But don't think you have to enroll your child in classical piano classes to gain beneficial musical experiences. While...
If you need easy art projects for kids that are out of the ordinary, visually exciting and useful, all you need are some everyday objects, glue and lots of glitter. Crafting with kids engages their creativity,...
Looking for some cool crafts for kids? You've come to the right place! When crayons and glue sticks aren't bringing the fab factor, these artsy activities will impress the toughest of customers. If your...
There are so many great things about paper crafts for kids: the primary material is readily available, it's easy to work with and it's even recyclable!"Paper is such a great medium for kids to experiment...
Hunting around for some creative things for your kids to do? Save yourself a trip to the art store and use some of those leftover egg cartons to make some fun egg carton crafts with your kids."Egg cartons...
Handprint art can be so much more than that yearly turkey project your child brings home from school every November. "Art, in general, is a great way to support children in developing fine motor skills...
Are you itching to do a fun new craft with your kids but lacking inspiration? Look no further than the handy popsicle stick! This cheap, multi-use craft supply is surprisingly versatile. "Finding...
Pipe cleaner crafts have been around since you first struggled to hold a crayon! Instead of doing the same old activities, put a twist on this classic craft component and try something totally new. So,...
Don't just recycle, upcycle! As parents and nannies, we are always on the lookout for awesome craft ideas to do with the kids, but wouldn't it be great if they were earth-friendly too? We found...
Do-it-yourself, fun projects for kids provide hours of entertainment for children, and are just as much fun for you, too. "Children love to make things. They learn that way and crave the experience," says...
Looking for fun ways to connect with your kids that don't involve electronics? Some kids' craft ideas and little guidance might be all you need to get your kids to abandon their screens and put on their...
I don’t know about you, but I like to be able to pronounce the ingredients in my hand lotions.Think about it: your hands touch your face and (inadvertently) your mouth, all the time. And if you’re...
Special Day Activities and Crafts
No power? No problem. Wait a second, that means no Wii, no Xbox, no iPad, no DVD player? And you have two cranky kids? Run for it!Parenting young children is difficult on any day. When boredom sets in...
Summer may be a time to relax, but tell that to kids who are bouncing off the walls or shrieking "I'm bored" every five minutes. How can parents and nannies keep kids entertained, active...
You have as much holiday spirit as the next person, but this time of year can feel overwhelming. With celebrations like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve all crammed into...
It’s raining, it’s pouring…but that doesn’t mean playtime has to be boring! You and the kiddos can still have a great time.“Rainy days don't have to mean just staying...
After a heavy snowfall hits, it can be tempting to stay snuggled indoors. But no one likes cabin fever. Staying inside all day brings down your energy and can leave you feeling restless. So play some snow...
The Olympics are an exciting time! You get to cheer on your country and watch athletes showcase their incredible skills.Make the games even more fun for kids by doing these 22 fun Olympic craft ideas to...
Summer is winding down and the kids are gearing up for school. Teachers are preparing classrooms and parents are searching for first-day outfits. Add a little fun to your to-do list with some crafts.Here's...
The upcoming weeks will be filled with competition, excitement and suspense for anyone following the Winter Olympics. Instead of sitting in front of the TV for two weeks, get the kids involved in this...
Summer is usually kids' favorite time of year -- but not so for parents and nannies. It can be tricky finding activities to keep your little ones occupied during this time off from school. Other than...
Your venue is booked, the cake is ordered and the invites are sent -- you're a pro at planning your kid's party. But you're not done yet. For the party to be true success, you'll need to prep a few interesting...
Each winter, the same scenario plays out: parents go to bed with their driveways clear only to wake up the next morning to find it completely covered in snow and ice. Mother Nature's great surprise!...
How does your family celebrate Earth Day? From recycling to setting up a composting system, raising an earth-friendly family doesn't have to be as complicated as you might think. With April being Earth...
When you think spring, the first thing that pops into your head is probably flowers. Once the snow melts and nature comes back to life in your backyard, it's time to plant your spring blooms. Planting...
Remember what a day off from school meant when you were little? Whether there was a foot of snow outside, or you had a temperature of 102, unexpected days off might have meant playing in pajamas all day...
You've been there before: It's a rainy afternoon, and you're somewhere between hearing the thousandth "I'm bored" and the terror that someone will find that dreaded board game...
Learning Games for Kids
As a parent, you know the most expensive games aren't necessarily the best. Toddlers will walk away from a kitchen set to be found playing with the box it came in -- and the same goes for those expensive...
You know reading is one of the most important childhood skills your little one will master. When a child can read, she's able to learn a wealth of other information. Reading doesn't come easy for everyone,...
If you want your children to embrace learning, make learning more fun! Kids know sitting in a chair staring at flash cards doesn't really fit the "fun" bill, but a game that combines a little...
It's a rainy Saturday night, and your kids utter those dreaded words: "We're bored." Instead of just pointing to the TV or your iPhone, sharpen their skills and keep them entertained...
You've heard that too much screen time can be bad for your child, but you know first hand that your kid loves his iPad. How do you compromise? Luckily, there are some great online games that give your...
Of all the school subjects, math seems to be the great divider. Kids either love it or hate it, and their feelings often reflect how easy it is for them to learn. If your kid struggles with math, try showing...
Sure, art for kids gets the creativity flowing. But, did you know it can also teach your child a skill or two? Amy Miller, an educator and creator of the site Learning By Design says, "Whatever...
Have you ever watched your preschooler try to dress himself? His little hands fumble with his socks and shoes. He can't quite pull up his pants. Getting a shirt over his head is a new experience, as...
Learning fractions can be tough, and it's hard to watch your kids struggle through their homework. Instead of working through long lists of math problems, fraction games for kids offer unexpected and...
Word games for kids are a great learning tool. Playing word games is a powerful and effective (and not to mention fun) way to boost reading skills. The games don't have to be elaborate or cost...
You know that learning doesn't stop at the classroom. As a parent, you are your kid's first and favorite teacher, and you know her better than anyone else. Naturally, she looks to you to nurture...
You're playing with your kids, chasing them through the house, and then whack! Someone's run into the coffee table or tripped over her own feet. It can be scary to see your child in harm's...
Can you encourage your child's brain development and help him reach language milestones? You betcha, says Dr. Jean Feldman (who goes by "Dr. Jean"), the author of over a dozen...
There are plenty of things you can do with your child that are fun. Go to the playground. Have a pillow fight. Eat ice cream. One thing that probably isn't on that list is trying to teach your...
Looking to add spark to a play date with brain games for kids? Minute-to-win-it games can bring order to chaos and get everyone engaged. Kids love to challenge themselves to do things better and faster...
They bubble, they ooze, they change forms! They're science experiments for kids. Even if your kids get plenty of science during the school day, you can still educate and entertain them at home with a few...
Your budding brainiac is picking up skills fast, but she's no math scholar -- yet. Turn your home into your child's first classroom: There's plenty of math opportunities waiting for you. You can use fun...
Toys for Kids
You just dropped a chunk of change on the hottest toddler toy of the year, only to have your 2-year-old toss it aside in favor of the cardboard box it came in. Please your picky toddler with gifts that...
Having PLAY-DOH handy has always saved the day for Liz Weirshousky, mom of three in Bethesda, Md. When she hosts mixed-gender playdates at her house, her daughter uses it to create flowers while the boys...
You spend hours researching the top toys and excitedly present your find to your little one -- who quickly tosses it aside and goes after the box it came in. Why not skip the store-bought items and whip...
Are you trying to find just the right gift to mark the meaningful first birthday? Whether you're shopping for a friend's baby or looking for an amazing gift for your own little one, the best gifts for...
Stories and Books for Kids
Though you might start your child's path to literacy off with simple board books and picture books, there is an important stepping stone to chapter books that is often overlooked: the short story.Short...
Reading to a young child at bedtime is one of the oldest rituals in, well, the book. While this practice is beyond valuable, it's also important to read with your kids every day -- long before they're...
The Care.com Editorial Team has compiled a list of our favorite books and movies with a child care theme...
Playdate Tips
Walking the aisles of your local toy store, you may notice the great gender divide -- all the toys for boys are on the right, all the toys for girls on the left. Is the line between games for girls and...
Playdates have a pivotal role in your children's social and physical development. They give kids (and parents) the opportunity to open up, try different things and meet new people. But like any...
Playdates are supposed to be fun, but if the activities and circumstances aren't age appropriate, the event can result in more stress than play. Here are some tips for enjoying fun, age-appropriate playdates with your kids.
Activities and Games for Girls
Does your girly-girl sparkle as she swirls in her princess dress? Or does she prefer her jeans because they're easier to run in? Whether your daughter is all-pink-all-the-time, a total tomboy or somewhere...
Tired of washing that same puffy princess dress your daughter can't get enough of? Dressing up is a fun activity with many educational benefits, but it can get a little repetitive when you use the...
Every girl is wired differently. Some girls like sports, and other girls like dolls. Still other girls are smitten with the shiny wheels and humming engines of cars.Fortunately, there are all kinds of...
Do you have a budding fashionista on your hands? Filled with fantasy and pretend play, fashion games for girls provide a great outlet for self-expression and creativity. Many little girls love to play...
Activities and Games for Boys
It's a Saturday afternoon, and your little boy is bouncing off the walls. Channel his excess energy with a few age-appropriate games. Whether your son likes racing cars, drawing or playing dress-up, entertain...
You're looking for something for the boy in your life, but all the cool games for boys seem pretty pricey! While finding games and activities that challenge a 5- to 10-year-old's creativity, imagination,...
Games and Crafts for Toddlers
Watching your little one learn new concepts and develop new skills can be some of the most cherished and exciting parts of being a parent. And one of the most fun and effective activities is learning colors...
When it comes to sharing, you lead by example. You make it a point to pass the salt and pepper at dinner, and you cheerfully lend a friend a favorite book. Yet sharing tends not to lead the list of top...
You're in the kitchen cooking dinner and suddenly notice the house is quiet -- too quiet. You check on your tot to find she has emptied the entire contents of her closet and toy bin onto the floor....
Your tot can name the colors of the rainbow, she knows her nose from her toes and she's tackled her ABCs. But if your tot is struggling with learning her shapes, there are ways you can help. Sure, you...
Your little one is naturally interested in color. Those bright hues of blocks, balls and even snacks are a great opportunity to turn playtime (and snack time!) into a valuable learning experience. Playing...
Toddlers are some of the busiest people on the planet, actively exploring their worlds -- and keeping parents and caregivers on their toes. Instead of investing in toys and games that your tot will quickly...
You know how much you love reading to your kids, but did you know your daily story time can actually help them in school later on? Studies have shown that the sooner you can get your kids reading, the...
All that jumping, bouncing, running and climbing your toddler does are not only fun moves but are also great activities to fine tune important gross motor skills. According to Amy Baez, a pediatric occupational...
Playing with blocks and dolls might not be your idea of a good time, but if you're caring for a toddler, you're going to have to learn to enjoy the simple things.
Do you know the secret for helping you child learn the letters of the alphabet? It's pretty easy -- just keep saying it over and over. Sing the alphabet, talk about it, write the letters, make the sounds...
Games and Crafts for Preschoolers
By 3 years old, your little one has graduated from the side-by-side parallel play of younger toddlers and is ready to start really playing with others. Some games may still be beyond his abilities, but...
Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as a way to engage their curiosity and have some fun! It's also great for their development. "Allowing children to take the lead, explore and create...
When you’re caring for children between the ages of three and five, finding fun activities to keep them sufficiently occupied for any meaningful length of time can be challenging. Fortunately, it’s...
She is stubborn, prone to tantrums, and easily gets antsy, but a preschooler won't turn into the devil incarnate if you can keep her occupied...
Practicing the ABC's can be repetitive and dull when the same teaching techniques are used over and over.  Add some variety to your child's letter learning by making these darling sponge stamps...
If a picture's worth a thousand words, how many numbers is it worth?  Break out some old newspapers and magazines and let your kid find out!  She'll create her very own counting book, in order...
The age-old question: What is to be done with all those broken crayon stubs?  Finally--there's a solution!  This whimsical activity magically melts all the pieces together to create giant multi-colored...
Unlike most adults, kids love to get their hands dirty. The messier, the stickier, the slimier, the better! You don't need to shell out big bucks to keep them in fingerpaint. With this recipe, you...
Your preschooler has the energy to run circles around you --- children need to hop, skip and jump daily. Believe it or not, sometimes using her body helps your preschooler learn with her mind! Play helps...
Being trapped indoors on a gloomy spring day can have even the most imaginative caregiver or parent wracking her brain for fresh ways to play.  The good news: The right activities can keep kids entertained...
Preschoolers love playing games -- especially those that spark their imagination and leave them wanting more. According to Jessica Perkins, a toy designer and the owner of Mama May i Handmade Learning...
Games and Crafts for Elementary School Kids
By the time your tot hits grade school, he's a crafting connoisseur. His fine motor skills have developed enough for him to cut, glue and create, so it's the perfect time to incorporate art projects for...
Get your child excited about Earth science by growing your own crystals at home!  Using just a few materials, your child can start his very own borax crystal garden.  As your child watches the crystals...
The two things are often synonymous with one another: summer and lemonade.  Cool down this summer by making some lemonade with your child, and set up a stand to treat neighbors and passers by to a cool...
Finally--a way to revive those old, ragged t-shirts!  If your family tends to hang onto things long after you there's a use for them, this activity is for you! Invite your child to find an old tee...
It's easy to turn old magazines into a fast-and-furious finding game that's both fun and educational.  Together, you and your kids come up with a list of things to find in the magazines.  Then......
Friendship bracelets have been around probably for as long as friends have been around!  But making one couldn't be simpler.  This is a great project for your third grader to try out on a lazy afternoon...
I scream, you scream, we all scream for...homemade spearmint ice cream!  Store-bought ice cream is good, but trust us - homemade is better.  The problem for parents is that making it yourself isn't...
Who knew it was so easy to put a new spin on a pair of old sneakers?  By dyeing her shoelaces with ordinary fabric dye, your child can add some extra charm to her feet.  She can try getting a few colors...
Do you want to enrich your child's learning at home? Keeping his mind active and engaged with fun kids' activities both promotes growth and development and shows him that learning can be fun. In fact,...
Games and Crafts for Teens
Making a family yearbook is a great way to document activities and reflect on the past in a collective and creative setting.  Games, trips, recitals, parties, milestones passed, and challenges met over...
Have you ever watched a movie in which a painting moves to reveal a secret safe or a book slides out from a shelf and causes the wall to move?  In the spirit of secret compartments, here's a fun and...
Everyday Activities
 As a new mom, you can sometimes feel like you're isolated from the world around you -- stuck in the house with no one but your precious baby to talk to. But it doesn't have to be that way!...
Activities by Age
Have you witnessed your toddler exploring her world in an unusual way -- say, by licking the bottom of her shoe? You might worry that something's gone terribly wrong, but this is actually normal behavior:...
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