1. Resources
  2. /
  3. Parenting
  4. /
  5. Activities for kids

101 Free Kid Activities

Jennifer Stauffer
Nov. 14, 2018

Kids are in constant need of entertainment. In fact, one of your little one's favorite phrases is probably "I'm bored." Thankfully, there are a bunch of clever and totally free activities that you can do as a family, so there's no need to break the bank to have some fun. All parents and nannies need is a little imagination and a few supplies that you can already find at home.

Here are 101 free kid activities:

  1. Try a cardboard box art project.
  2. Bake cookies.
  3. Read a book together.
  4. Participate in free kids' programs at your local library.
  5. Make your own potato stamps.
  6. Donate your child's unwanted toys to a shelter so that other kids can enjoy them.
  7. Go for a nature walk.
  8. Repurpose pool noodles to make lightsabers.
  9. Play hopscotch.
  10. Try a toilet paper roll craft.
  11. Camp out in the comfort of your living room.
  12. Melt your broken crayons to make new ones in cool shapes.
  13. Use mismatched socks to make puppets.
  14. Play hide-and-seek.
  15. Have a scavenger hunt.
  16. Play board games.
  17. Try making your own board game.
  18. Make a list of your family's favorite things.
  19. Make a masking tape highway for toy cars.
  20. Play a game of Simon Says.
  21. Make a themed sensory bin.
  22. Play charades.
  23. Go fishing.
  24. Trace interesting objects.
  25. Collect and count all the loose change around the house.
  26. Roll and donate the loose change to a good cause.
  27. Use blocks and action figures to recreate your favorite places.
  28. Have a concert using homemade instruments.
  29. Write letters to soldiers.
  30. Move your meal from the table to the floor for an indoor picnic.
  31. Put on a play.
  32. Grab a deck of cards and play Go Fish.
  33. Set up chairs for a homemade theater.
  34. Have a fashion show.
  35. Host a sleepover.
  36. Enjoy a movie at home.
  37. Go through old family photos.
  38. Dress up in old clothes and have a photo shoot.
  39. Create your own comic book.
  40. Crack out the playdough.
  41. Make paper bag puppets.
  42. Go to a neighborhood party.
  43. Tell stories about your family history.
  44. Make a fort using cushions, pillows and blankets.
  45. Do a puzzle.
  46. Have a pillow fight.
  47. Go crazy with the bubbles at bath time.
  48. Turn out the lights for flashlight tag.
  49. Use marshmallows as building blocks.
  50. Make a batch of cookies using what you have in the cupboard.
  51. Turn on the radio and have a dance party.
  52. Start a family newsletter.
  53. Pick flowers and place them around the house.
  54. Grab some flashlights and tell ghost stories.
  55. Catch lightning bugs.
  56. Read the newspaper.
  57. Make Popsicles.
  58. Visit Grandma.
  59. Make a card for someone special.
  60. Have a spa day at home.
  61. Have a fancy tea party.
  62. Use old gloves to make finger puppets.
  63. Visit your local park or playground.
  64. Play catch.
  65. Make costumes out of old clothing.
  66. Attend story time at Pottery Barn.
  67. Get out the coloring books and crayons.
  68. Make paper airplanes.
  69. Go for a family bike ride.
  70. Write a book version of your favorite movie.
  71. Make collages out of old magazines.
  72. Have a yard sale.
  73. Line up some chairs as a bus and let the kids do the "driving."
  74. Play dress-up.
  75. Make a family scrapbook.
  76. Go hiking.
  77. Make sculptures out of your recyclables.
  78. Push back bedtime so that you can stargaze.
  79. Make dinner together.
  80. Go to the park.
  81. Make decorations for an upcoming special occasion.
  82. Play I Spy.
  83. Make egg tempera paint.
  84. Paint some rocks.
  85. Go for a drive.
  86. Play video games.
  87. Draw caricatures of each other.
  88. Create a time capsule.
  89. Go to an animal shelter and play with the cats and dogs.
  90. Visit a neighbor.
  91. Read up on local history.
  92. Find some free printables online.
  93. Volunteer in your community.
  94. Take advantage of free admission to local attractions.
  95. Go for a run.
  96. Splash around in rain puddles.
  97. Wash the car, and let your kids be in charge of the hose.
  98. Jump rope.
  99. Line some chairs up one behind another and play train.
  100. Make masks out of paper plates.
  101. Set up an indoor bowling alley, using old water bottles as pins.
  102. Need some more activities for a rainy day? Check out 101 Rainy Day Activities for Kids.

What are your favorite free kid activities? Let us know in the comments!

Jennifer Stauffer was a teacher before she worked on Capitol Hill in PR and legislation. She now blogs about parenting and pop culture at Mom Tattles.

Leave a comment

Create a free account with Care.com and join our community today.

Related content

How much should you pay for a babysitter?