80 things your kids love to do

by kath_red on 14/06/2011

in Kids Crafts

Image from Issue 1 of the Action Pack


Thanks so much for everyone entering the great competitions all last week. We had a wonderful lot of books that we have given away – winners will be contacted via email this week. 20 winners in total will get a book each. Thanks to Chronicle BooksKlutzShambhala Publications and Lark Crafts. for providing the books for this wonderful giveaway.

And thank you to the readers for providing wonderful feedback and telling us what you and your kids love to do. If you are stuck for inspiration here is what Whipup.net readers said they love to do with their kids:

After going through all the comments I sorted out the 80 things that your kids most love to do – great inspiration and resource – thanks so much for sharing

Family outings and excursions

  1. Head to the local woods – make fairy houses out of fallen twigs and leaves, sculptures out of anything, leaf boat races in the brook, bring leaves home to make leaf prints and pictures, make dens and shelters – the list is endless!
  2. Go to the library – make sure you check out your local libraries free performances and holiday programs.
  3. Go to the museum, art gallery or theatre
  4. Go play at the park
  5. Go for a family hike, nature walk, or bike ride.
  6. Go to the zoo
  7. Go for a swim
  8. Visit the botanical gardens
  9. Go to the beach
  10. Visit a farm

Resources for families

  1. Check out the Crafty Crow for some great kids activities.
  2. Read The Dangerous Book for Boys
  3. Read Paper Scissors Glue: 45 Fun and Creative Papercraft Projects for Kids
  4. Play Softies Kit: Instructions and Tools for Creating 15 Plush Palsby Therese Laskey
  5. Check your local community centre or child resource center for children’s books, activity books, and toys.
  6. Check out The Artful ParentSoulemama and Skiptomylou.
  7. Check out the National Wildlife Federation website.
  8. Read Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause
  9. Join the Scouts or Girl Guides
  10. Read Making Things: The Handbook of Creative Discovery, by Ann Sayre Wiseman

Outdoor activities for kids

  1. Run through the sprinkler
  2. Bounce on the trampoline
  3. Help in the garden
  4. Have a backyard picnic
  5. Make mud and play in the dirt
  6. Build a fort
  7. Make potions in the backyard
  8. Kick a ball
  9. Catch bugs
  10. Water the garden
  11. Play in the sand pit
  12. Finger painting
  13. Jump in puddles
  14. Search for worms
  15. Play with chickens
  16. Rake the leaves
  17. Make giant bubbles
  18. Wash the car
  19. Make a sandcastle
  20. Play handball

Quiet indoor activities for kids

  1. Draw
  2. Play a board game
  3. Play dress ups
  4. Keep a nature journal
  5. Play with lego
  6. Snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and a pile of books.
  7. Read aloud to each other
  8. Colouring in
  9. Start a reading club
  10. Play puzzles
  11. Family drawing time
  12. Play cards
  13. Take a nap
  14. Knit
  15. Have a tea party
  16. Press some flowers
  17. Make a watercolour artwork
  18. Yoga and meditation
  19. Take photos
  20. Listen to music

Messy and noisy indoor activities for kids

  1. Get the glitter glue pens out
  2. Make glue and slime
  3. Get out the rubber stamps, stamp pads, colored pencils and markers and make stories and books with the images.
  4. Hand sew
  5. Make pizza – from scratch
  6. Bake bread
  7. Snip, rip, glue, collage and draw.
  8. Cook
  9. Make paper mache
  10. Tie dyeing
  11. Make waffles
  12. Play with clay, glue and paint
  13. Make some music
  14. Face painting
  15. Make a racetrack from cardboard for toy cars
  16. Create cardboard sculptures
  17. Make pompom creatures
  18. Have a disco
  19. Make playdough
  20. Collect cardboard – shipping boxes and tubes. Also pick up large pieces of styrofoam for sawing and hammering practice.


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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jamie @ hands on : as we grow June 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Wowsas, I won’t be bored this summer :) Gotta share this with my FB crowd! Great lists!


2 Destri June 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Wow, that took some time! Thanks so much for the list, will be put to great use :)


3 Cassi June 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Thank you so much for including The Crafty Crow in your wonderful lists!


4 Owen @ Science for kids April 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

Great list, I especially like “wash the car” but I can’t seem to get my kids excited about that one!

My kids love doing science experiments with household items – this can be cheap, fun and educational!

Cheers – Owen


5 hi January 12, 2015 at 3:46 am

Thank you this really helped me


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