Right now, you’re trying to think of free family activities to do at home while you and your kids are stuck at home. Maybe the weather isn’t being cooperative and you just need your kids to do something that doesn’t involve tearing the house down.
And, that’s exactly why I’m sharing these 7 fun & free family activities to do at home. They’re tech-free alternatives that will keep your kids entertained for hours. And just keep in mind that these things don’t have to be extravagant to be fun!!
1. Have an Indoor Picnic
Put a blanket on the floor and let everyone eat a meal on it. You can go all out and fill a picnic basket with food or just make a pizza or some sandwiches for everyone.
My kids LOVE when we do this. I don’t know what’s so special about putting down a blanket and having a picnic in the den, but it works every time! Honestly, I think it’s just the novelty of eating on the floor in the den that makes it so fun.
But whatever it is, your kids will love it!
2. Build a Fort
When I was growing up, I used to LOVE building forts in the den with my brother.
We would get kitchen chairs and drape blankets from the chairs to the couch. To prevent the blankets from immediately sliding off the chairs, we added pillows to the chairs to weight down the blankets. It worked like a charm!
Then we would play all manner of games, toys, and pretend inside our “fort!”
Now that I have kids of my own, the tradition continues! Except we determined that the best place for forts was my oldest son’s room because we could put blankets on dressers, tables, and all kinds of furniture pieces.
Of course, now that my boys are bigger than me, we don’t tend to create forts frequently! But this is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and one that will bring your kids lots of joy!
3. Read Books with Flashlights
One of the best things about free family-friendly activities is that they don’t have to be “over the top” and grandiose! Sometimes, just a variation from the norm is fun.
A great way to get kids reading when they say they don’t want to is by giving them a flashlight. Turn out all of the lights in the room, give them a flashlight or headlamp and let them go to it!
You can also let them read with flashlights in their newly constructed fort. I promise the novelty of this activity will keep your kids entertained and more importantly…READING!
4. Have a Dance Party
Trying to figure out a way to get your kids off the couch? Turn on music and have a dance party!
This will get your kids moving and active even if the weather isn’t ideal. And trust me, if you need some exercise yourself, get in on the action. You’ll be huffing and puffing very quickly. (I speak from personal experience!)
If you want to make the dance party super-productive, have you kids clean up their rooms ONLY when
5. Bring the NERF Guns Inside
Now, don’t freak out!
I’m going to tell you exactly what to do to make this work and protect all of the breakable things in your home! (If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a mild Rae Dunn pottery addiction. Therefore, I’m VERY conscious of how detrimental NERF guns can be to a valuable collection.)
So to protect your home from imminent danger, gather some small toys (action figures work REALLY well) and stand them up on a stool or on blocks at the end of the hallway.
Then each person participating chooses a NERF gun. The goal is to knock down as many action figures as possible. To make it interesting, don’t tell your kids that they only get 3 shots and they will automatically get the biggest NERF gun that holds about 500 darts! Hahahaha!
However, since you’re making up the rules as you go, you get the obvious advantage of picking your NERF gun first!
Just change the rules each time you play to make things interesting and fun!
6. Create an Indoor Obstacle Course
As with all of the other free family activities to do at home, this can be as elaborate or “bare bones” as you want it to be!
If you have young children, simply tear small pieces of painter’s tape and place on the floor. Then have your kids hop, skip, run, walk, crab crawl, etc. from one piece to the next. With older kids, you can set up various obstacles that they have to climb over or under as they execute each skill.
For example, you can put on piece of tape on the floor and then put another piece on the floor about 10 feet away. Then your kids have to step over the pillows, hop around the chairs, and twirl past the couch before stepping on the last piece of tape.
The person with the fastest time wins.
7. Play a Board Game
Board games are an excellent learning tool! From number recognition, colors, and shapes to strategy and risk assessment, board games are my favorite in this list of free family activities to do at home!
If you don’t have any board games available, create a matching game or memory game with index card or pieces of paper. You can also play card games including go fish, war, rummy, or old maid.
You will be amazed at how much fun you will have participating in these 7 free family activities to do at home! Then once your kids learn the rules and expectations, you can let them do these activities without you…and you’ll finally be able to get some work done!
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