One of the great joys in my life is that I get to stay at home with my kids. It’s truly amazing to be able to see every little details of their lives from sunup to sundown, but sometimes it gets boring. For them anyway. My entertainment qualities only last until Veggie Tales comes up on their radar, plus I’m the bad guy half the day that won’t let them stomp crackers into the rug or scream “No!” at me at the top of their lungs (I’m looking at you Lailah).
I definitely do better with constructive organized play time, which gets me more involved face to face with them and gives us some great bonding time. So if you’re struggling to find some new fun things to do with your tots, try out some of these activities! I promise you’ll have a ton of fun!
Izzy loves having me create little characters for her, and I really enjoy doing nails. It’s been a hobby of mine since I was a teenager!
It’s supposed to be Stitch from Lilo & Stitch…Don’t worry, I won’t hold it against you if you couldn’t tell! The cool thing about 4 year olds is they don’t care if it’s perfect. Even without the nail art though, this is a nice little bonding time for us while Lailah takes her naps. I let her pick out a movie on Netflix and we watch it while her nails dry.
Living Room Fort
Blanket forts in the living room are timeless classics. I still remember making giant forts at my house. My mom would get just about every blanket in the house and we would have a fort that covered the entire living room for days. Yes, days. My mom was the coolest. We always had to leave just enough room for my dad to get to his chair at night.
We had a playdate the other day and made a little fort and the kids absolutely loved it! It was very nostalgic and I want to make that a sweet memory the girls have when they look back on their childhood.
Painting the Driveway
Okay, not literally. I put a few drops of red food coloring into a bowl of water, gave the girls some paintbrushes and let them go to town. Endless amounts of entertainment at zero cost! Although Izzy was rather perturbed that the water wasn’t colored when she swiped it on the driveway.
I got an inexpensive table cover and taped it down on the driveway, then I put a little paint into an egg carton and let the girl’s go nuts on some cardboard boxes!
It’s a messy activity which is why I stripped them down, but they loved it so much! The messier, the better in their opinion!
Homemade Play dough
My kids beg me almost daily to play with play dough, but I’m too cheap to go constantly buy some. I happened to have all the ingredients on hand and I replicated this recipe. The texture is a little gritty compared to store bought, but they didn’t seem to mind. I divided the recipe up so we could make several different colors and they had a lot of fun picking out their own colors!
Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars
Who doesn’t go through loads of toilet paper with two kids, one of whom thinks the best game in the world is to unroll the toilet paper as fast as she possibly can… I think half my childhood was spent eyeing the dwindling toilet paper or paper towel rolls so I could have a new telescope.
These are easy. For “oh-my-gosh-y’all-are-being-crazy-please-just-take-these-and-calm-down-for-two-seconds” situations you can simply tape them together and have a nice simple pair. Or you can take some time and let them have free decoration reign with feathers, pom poms, markers, or whatever else you might have lying around and make a big activity out of it! For Izzy stickers were her jam. She covered that bad boy up with stickers!
We got this giant pink dice at Five Below, which is basically a money suck hole full of crap you don’t need but you still get it anyway because it’s less than five dollars! Why not buy it?! So, we ended up with this rather useless die that ended up being a great game for us as well as a teaching opportunity. Similar die at Amazon, here.
The girls took turns rolling the die and whatever number was up was how many times they had to hop. They love it! It’s also teaching them to count which is a huge bonus because they just think it’s a fun game.