One of the challenges of quarantine has proven to be coming up with new ways to keep my children busy while in the house. Especially ways that don’t involve so much screen time.
Having a list of no/low prep activities for my kids has been essential. They are perfect for keeping them busy with things that I have on hand. And because they are no/low prep it saves time.
1. Cup Stacking
Stacking cups is seriously underrated. These could keep your little one busy for a long time! And all you need are cups!
2. Water Pouring Station
This is a huge hit with my kids. You can go about it however works for you. All you need are a couple of bowls, water, and whatever you have in your kitchen that is safe for your children to use. I fill a few big bowls with water with food colouring and add things like water droppers, stirring spoons, measuring spoons and cups. Then they go to town.
I would recommend doing this in an empty bathtub or lay out towels on the floor if your child likes to splash because it can get messy.
3. Shadow Puppets
This is super fun and exciting for your little ones. You can find so many ideas for shadow puppets on Pinterest like this one and have your kids guess what animal it is.
This is a great low prep activity for the while family.
4. Vinegar & Baking Soda
You can do so many low prep activities with vinegar and baking soda! Two of our favorites are:
- Fizzy Rainbow “Sand” 🌈
Fill a baking dish with baking soda and a few small cups with white vinegar. Add food colouring to each cup so that you have colours of the rainbow.
Give your child a water dropper and have them drop the different colours of vinegar into the baking soda.
Your child will love to watch the baking soda and vinegar fizz when they mix.
Eventually, all the baking soda will mix with the vinegar and will turn into a sand-like substance that they can play with!
- Erupting Volcano 🌋
Fill a small cup with baking soda and add a few drops of red food colouring. Pour in some vinegar and watch the volcano erupt!
If you want you can surround the cup with playdough to make it look like a real volcano!
5. Bath Painting
Mix some food colouring with some whipped cream and set it on a baking tray like a paint palette.
Put your child in the bathtub and let them go for it!
This activity is great for easy cleanup as well since they’re already in the bathtub!
6. Sticker Pages
It’s so so simple but it will keep your child preoccupied for a while! Just give them blank papers and a sheet of stickers and leave them to it!
You can sort so many things! The easiest things to sort that everyone should have on hand are toys!
You can sort toys in so many ways depending on what you have.
Set coloured construction paper on the floor and have your child look through their toy box. Have them set each toy on the appropriate colour sheet. Make it a race to add more excitement to it!
- Pom Poms
You can also sort pom poms by colour like in the picture below or you can have your child do a counting activity with the same layout.
Someone has to cook anyway! Cooking is a great activity for your little one.
You can have them do the mixing or chopping with child-safe nylon knives.
9. Dance Party
What kid doesn’t like a good dance party?
Just turn on some fun music and let them move! Not only is it fun but it’s great exercise!
A lot of us have probably done a bit of online shopping due to Covid and that means a lot of boxes! Thankfully those boxes can come in handy when it comes to entertaining our kids.
Kids can do so many things with boxes. They can make a castle, a car, they can stack them, get inside them. The possibilities are endless!
If you want to try something that requires a bit more preparation check out this link to see how to make a dinosaur head from a box!Your link text