It feels like the lock-down is here to stay for quite some time which is quite challenging for families across the world. Kids are tired of staying home at the moment which means we have to come up with new fun-filled activities to keep the kids entertained. Other than the school homework there is a lot more to be done.  Here we’ve listed ideas for stay-at-home kid activities that are original, fun, and educational.

Learn to tie shoelace:

Shoes can be a source of pain for parents who are running late to work or an appointment to get to. However, Lockdown might be the perfect time to teach your children to tie their shoes. Help your kids become a pro at lacing and tying up their shoelaces with some printable shoe lacing cards.

Printable shoe lace cardboard.


Children can make all sorts of designs with Legos of their choice. Any pattern they like whether their favorite character or patterns from the internet.



Play-dough is an old-fashioned activity which can keep them busy for hours. If you can manage to make it at home involving your kid it will be a lot of fun. All you need is:

  • 1 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • Half to 1 cup of cold water
  • 2 drops of any liquid food coloring (optional)

Mix the flour and salt then add the water, and food coloring. Knead the mixture well, adding a little more flour if the consistency is too wet.

Home made play dough.


Grow your vegetables and fruits. Children will be delighted to see how the seeds sprout into plants thus keeping them engaged too. They can plant and water themselves.

Gardening is fun.


Get an old sock and make your own puppet. Whether you have some stick-on googly eyes or just some scraps of paper, you can make your own character that your child will love.

Old socks puppet.


How about some painting? It’s always a lovely idea to get hand and footprints from little ones. Why not get the whole family involved in doing the handprint and framing that painting.

Painting is always fun.

Spelling Game:

This could be the simple one but it’ll get them practicing their spellings. Run through the alphabets from A to Z by asking them to spot the spellings.

Missing spelling fun game.

Family Tree:

A family tree is the most common form of visually documenting one’s ancestry. This is a great activity for ages 10 and above. They can make this on chart paper or using their computer using a template. It’s interesting to learn the names and ages and relationships in one’s family – going back to great grandparents, granduncles, uncles, and aunts.

Family tree template.

Shadow drawing:

For shadow drawing all you need is the sun. If sunlight is not available try doing this using a lamp. Ask your kid to get their favorite toy place it near a paper and draw using the shadow.

Shadow drawing using sunlight.


Spend time in the kitchen with your little ones and teach them some baking skills. From pretty iced biscuits to cute cupcakes and cookies.

Cute decorative cup cakes, assembling pizza, cookies and crepes.

Rediscover some old toys:

Many of the toys get forgotten, or perpetually hidden behind other toys. Isolation affords plenty of time for kids to go through their rooms and rediscover some of the toys that haven’t been played with for some time. Perhaps they’ve outgrown some of them and can donate them or pass them on to others.

Rediscover some old toys.

Play with some science:

Mix some vinegar and baking soda (to be done under adult supervision). Roll cars down an incline can be a fun activity too.

Vinegar and baking soda experiment


chui · May 6, 2020 at 9:20 pm

Yes, home made play dough and legos are some of our favorites. My kids have more fun making the play dough than playing it play-dough itself.

Caitlin · May 7, 2020 at 7:34 pm

Puppets is a great idea! Thanks for this fun list.

BRANDON ÁGUILAR · May 9, 2020 at 5:16 pm

Great, this is very helpful information

Nici · May 27, 2020 at 12:04 pm

I love the puppets idea! We do a lot of fun and simple science demos too! The kids love it!

Heather | The Blessed Mama of 4 · May 27, 2020 at 3:23 pm

This is a fun list. We love making playdough and doing science experiments. Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

Cara · June 29, 2020 at 2:38 pm

Such great tips!

Cara · June 29, 2020 at 2:39 pm

Such great tips! I’ll admit I do some of those now as an adult!

Nicole · June 29, 2020 at 4:33 pm

Such great ideas! My kiddos love so many of these whole being stuck at home!

DeShena@Extravagantlybroke · June 30, 2020 at 2:54 am

Great ideas! I really love that gardening. It looks like a kiddie pool and that makes it even more fun.

Tana · July 1, 2020 at 10:49 pm

I love all of these, but especially the family tree! With social distancing, we aren’t seeing many loved ones in person. My toddler also doesn’t understand his grandparents are my parents!

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