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My friend Krysta sent a list out to our old Sunday School class, and I couldn't keep it to myself!
50 Fun Things to Do For 30 Minutes
Other than Watch TV
These time-tested favorites are mostly for ages 2 and up. Throw a few of these together with some free play and a snack and you have a complete morning.
- Read! Books, poems, magazines, summarize the paper or magazine you are reading…
- Twist pipe cleaners into animals, glasses or jewelry.
- Cook together
- Paint the driveway or fence with water.
- Run through sprinklers.
- Wash the car and outdoor play toys.
- Visit an older neighbor or invite them over to play. Use this time to teach your kids how to be a host or hostess.
- Take a bath – even if no one needs one.
- Make cards
- Research a topic on the Internet and share your interest with your kids. Bookmark sites ahead of time so you won’t loose their interest – i.e. pick an animal, a foreign country, how something is made or a sport.
- Make Popsicles. Try layering different things like juice, yogurt or fruit.
- Have a dance party and play all different kinds of music.
- Make a fort.
- Play hide and seek.
- Sidewalk chalk. Teach them hopscotch or 4 square if they are older.
- Kid friendly websites – ABCYA.com, akidsheart.com, PBSKids.org, and Starfall.com
- Write or draw in shaving cream.
- Call grandparents and great-grandparents.
- Play dough
- Work in the yard together – pull weeds, water plants or sweep.
- Go for a nature walk and find a leaf, pine cone, blade of grass, rock, etc.
- Make a pine cone bird feeder.
- Catch bugs.
- Teach your kids how to sort clean laundry and put away their socks, underwear and pj’s. Even a young 2 can do this, but be forewarned it might take half the morning, but in this case that’s a great thing!
- Let them “help” you clean the house with things like a damp cloth, a floor swiffer, a duster. They can go to town on baseboards and cabinets and their toys.
- Teach them how to sort dirty laundry, load washing machine/dryer, load dishwasher, putting away groceries, emptying dishwasher, etc. It takes a lot of watchfulness but they start to learn how to do the chores that we want them to help with as they get older AND it fills time. =)
- Play with a ball – kick it, throw it, balance it on your head, hold it between your neck and chest, hold it with your elbows. Who can do it the longest? Challenge each other!
- Look at old pictures of the kids or other family members and reminisce.
- "Dictate" a letter to a friend or grandparents while mom writes and then make a trip to the mailbox. Hopefully that person will write back and you can read the letter together.
- Practice letters/sounds using letter flashcards, how many things can you think of that begin with ___, make up silly words/sentences using a certain letter
- Organize/reorganize toys, books, clothes, etc. Maybe even set some aside to donate?
- Decorate sugar cookies with frosting, sprinkles, etc.
- Learn a new song or practice singing favorite songs.
- Play instruments
- Take turns leading a parade of instruments around the house.
- Make an obstacle course.
- Go on a “campout”.
- Hide Easter eggs and have the kids hunt for them.
- Have a scavenger hunt - i.e. find a blue sock, find a purple ball, etc.
- Play with flashlights.
- Memorize scripture together. Check out childrendesiringgod.org/
- Listen to books on cd.
- Play tag.
- Play with your pet – try to teach them a new trick.
- Play I Spy.
- Mystery Bag – Put an object in a dark plastic bag and let the kids feel it from the outside and guess what it might be. Then, let them reach in and feel it and guess again.
- Go bird watching and listening: Can you find a robin or a cardinal?
- Show your kids your newest exercise move…yoga, zumba, push ups, pilates, etc.
- Pretend- doctor, dentist, fireman, judge, nurse, vet.