Fun Things to Do With Kids—Whether You're a Mom, Dad, Aunt, or Uncle

Updated on May 9, 2018
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Things to Do With Your Niece, Nephew or Own Kids

I will admit that this article is a bit biased, as I have a niece that visits every-so-often, and I can't always come up with stuff to do with her on the spot. I also realize that plenty of other people have the same problem as I do, and I hope that the fun ideas found below can be of some use to people who interact with kids. I have no doubt that aunts, uncles, grandpas, grandmas, parents, brothers, sisters and even friends will find this article extremely useful.

I have no doubt that the fun activities below will be put to good use, but don't let it get to you if you can't think of anything to do when a child asks, "What do you want to do?". Sometimes when you walk around with no plan, a fun time can still be had by all. Thanks for being curious enough to check this article out, and never forget the main goal when a child comes to visit—HAVE FUN!

Fun Science Experiments for Kids

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Lemonade Stand!

Setting up a lemonade stand outside a store or plant (get permission) is a great way to teach kids about business. Make sure to set a fair price, keep track of all costs and be nice to your customers. Afterwards you can split the profits 50/50. Who knows you may give them the inspiration to start their own business one day. You could also use this idea for food stuffs, jewelry or clothing too.

Quick Ideas for Spending Quality Time With Your Kids

A lot of people know the activities below, but coming up with them on the spot or with little notice is not always easy. It's always good to have a list to consult. Some of the projects are perfect for girls, some for boys, but most can be done with either. Most can also be done at any time during the year; though there are a few exceptions (you'll probably be able to identify those).

  • Hide and Seek is a well-known game that is lots of fun, can be played anywhere and by anyone.
  • Taking a leisurely stroll is a great way to see some wonderful things.
  • Building a snow man or snow cave (the size is up to you).
  • Roasting marshmallows or hotdogs over a campfire.
  • Take turns reading a book to one another (children's books are the bomb).
  • Washing the car is always fun - especially on a hot summer day.
  • Doing housework together (folding laundry can be quite fun).
  • Painting or coloring rocks to decorate the outside of your home. The bigger the rocks the better. The more colorful and more random the colors the better.
  • Writing a short film together (and eventually shooting it).

Board Games For Kids and Adults

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  • Checkers is a fairly simple game to learn that teaches how to plan ahead. In some ways it is much more difficult than Chess.
  • Monopoly is a game that my niece wanted to play when she was fairly young. At first we simplified the rules, but as she grew older and better at the game there were no rule exceptions made. She wins about fifty percent of the time. A great family game if you have a few hours to kill.
  • LEGO, while technically not a game is something that kids can build wonderful things with (as long as you have enough of them).
  • Jenga teaches patience and precision, so it is best played by children who are older and have control over their motor skills.
  • Twister is always a game that can make people laugh.

Toy and Craft Ideas You Can Do With Kids

List of Movies Kids Will Love

Girls
Boys
Either
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Goonies (1985)
NeverEnding Story (1984)
Labyrinth (1986)
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Matilda (1986)
Sky High (2005)
The Incredibles (2004)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Iron Giant (1999)
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
13 Going On 30 (2004)
Old Yeller (1957)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Free Things to Do With Your Grandkids

The best moments in life often come from tiny experiences between someone you love. You can't always predict what those moments will be, but doing things that didn't cost one thin dime have been the ones that I remember most.

  • Teach them how to use certain tools by making or fixing something with them (maybe a bird feeder).
  • Catching fireflies in a jar; just don't forget to have holes in lid and let them go before you go in for the night.
  • Let them teach you something that you don't know and then you can teach them something they don't know. Don't know what that is? Ask them.
  • Plant some flowers, or better yet plant a tree that will grow as they continue to grow.
  • Create a collage. What the heck is a collage? Well, it's a piece of art made from a collection of different materials (magazine and newspaper clippings, string, bottle caps, really anything that can be glued onto a board).
  • Visit a library, pet shop or just go window shopping for Christmas ideas.
  • Go on a walk and just look for unusual things. As long as you both pay attention, you're bound to find something, and if lucky enough, you'll find something that will make an everlasting memory between the two of you.

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Making Word Search Puzzles

My Mom loves these things, so this is a project that my niece will love to make. All you have to do is come up with a fun topic such as "Family Stuff", "Candy" or "Silly Words". The child will have fun just coming up with a bunch of words with you.

If you want to go old school and get a piece of poster board, lightly grid out the squares with a pencil and put in the letters, this will make a wonderful gift that they may want to hang on wall. Just put in a letter in each square however you want (forwards, backwards, diagonal) and when there is no more room for more words, fill in remaining blank squares with random letters or symbols. Erase the lines and you have a hand-made word-search puzzle. Add in some artwork, stickers or personal messages if you want. Don't forget to let the creators sign it at the bottom.

The simple way to do it is to do a search for "word search puzzle maker" and choose a site where you type in your list and print off the finished puzzle. Coming up with a list with the child is half the fun, anyways.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Important Points About Salt Dough Ornaments

  • The ingredients for this concoction is fairly simple and consist of 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt and 1 cup water. Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  • Slowly add water while stirring until the dough forms into a clay-like material.
  • Empty contents of bowl onto oven safe parchment paper and you won't have to move dough, just place paper in your pan.
  • Roll or form dough to desired thickness, shape and size.
  • Cookie cutters with inside textures or designs can also be used or you can just make shapes with your own two hands.
  • Don't forget to poke holes in dough with a straw or place wire loops in them for hanging, otherwise you won't be able to put them on your tree.
  • Bake low and long (no higher than 200 degrees for 2-4 hours, depending on thickness). When shapes are rock hard, they are ready.
  • You can air dry the dough, but it may take several days. I've put mine in my car during warm weather before. When rock hard they are ready.
  • After painting, be sure to seal it with some kind of clear acrylic sealant to make them last for years and years. My family still has some that are over forty years old, if you can believe it.


Build A Terrarium

Try your best to explain how the terrarium will work and why the plants won't die. A little research is required, but a lot of learning and fun will be had by all.

Still More Stuff To Do With Kids

  • Have your niece, nephew or kids help plan your costume for Halloween. The one major caveat is that you've got to follow through and wear it.

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        Dora Weithers 12 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks for the ideas. Sometimes our creativity runs out and we need this kind of help.

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