20 Independent Activities for kids to do at home

As seen in Kidspot - Are you starting to lose your mind during quarantine with the kids at home?

Having to self isolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic is hard for so many reasons, but the benefits of the quarantine outweigh the risk. As a mum with a 2 year old and a 5 year old who started school this year working from home and now trying to teach my daughter at home, I feel your pain. 

Isn’t it great when we the kids entertain themselves for a while and we can get some work or cleaning done, or just have a break!? (Boy do I need a break!)These activities are all things that should occupy your kids from anywhere from ten minutes to an hour each.  

 Try these activities that kids can do independently

Play dough – buy or make some playdough for your kids. They can use kitchen utensils such as cookie cutters, pastry tools, and rolling pins or play dough tools to create. 

 Kinetic sand – most kids will have heaps of fun and already know about kinetic sand as there are many videos on youtube showing how it can be used. 

 Lego – kids can independently build with lego, or follow the instructions included to build something in a lego kit. They may need your help with the instructions, so for independent play you can encourage them to build something creative.  

Drawing – if you just give kids some blank paper and variety of writing tools like crayons, pencils and markers they will draw a scene, a person or their family.  

Pasting/Collage – Glue stick, glitter, pom poms, stickers, felt pieces, coloured pieces of paper are all great for kids to do an independent pasting activity. You can get all these items plus more in our Travel Karma Activity Pack. 

Play in a box I gave my kids a box each last week, and they have been playing inside them, resting in them with a pillow and even having dance parties inside their boxes every day, they're a hit!

Activity book - There are many activity and colouring books you can buy with lots of different kinds of activities for kids to do independently. 

Worksheets and Printables There are many websites where you can download printable activities and worksheets for kids I have also created alphabet and number worksheets for kindergarten and early primary level.  

Science experiments and template for kids at home

Chalk - Writing on a chalkboard or using jumbo chalk outside entertains kids for ages. My kids love blending colours on the concrete and trying to write their names, and practice their letters. 

Colouring – kids can colour in a colouring book or printed sheets you can find on the internet. Otherwise you can draw a picture for them to colour in yourself. I use a black marker to do the outline of a shape with some patterns inside, for example yesterday I drew a large Easter egg and my daughter spent an hour colouring it. 

Simple independent craft – kids will create their own fun with these crafts materials. You don’t need to give any instructions or worry about the finished product, just let them go for it. These items are found in the Travel Karma Activity Pack

 • Pipecleaners 

 • Popsicle sticks with velcro

 • Pom poms

 • Cellophane 

 • Bubble Wrap  

Independent OUtdoor activities for kids

There are lots of other activities kids can do at home that don't require much input from you. Kids love to get fresh air outside, here are some things they can do without your instruction.  

Chasey in the yard as long as there are 2 kids, they will enjoy chasing each other around the yard.

Hide and seek – kids enjoy playing hide and seek outside in the garden where there are lots of options of places to hide. 

Swings and slide Swing and try their acrobatics on the swing set and slide. 

Trampoline – practice their jumping on the trampoline, play musical bounce, listen to some favourite tunes and bounce to the beat, or blow bubbles and pop them on the trampoline. 

Cubby House – your kids can play pretend inside their cubby house, my daughter actually got excited and swept out her cubby house and then used her school scissors to prune the creeper that was growing on it. 

Climb a tree Tree climbing is great for building resilience and letting kids learn their strengths, trust themselves and how to take calculated risks. 

Gardening and digging with kids garden tools, my kids even love to do weeding! 

Water play if the weather is fine, let your kids use some kitchen items (bowls, cups etc) and a big tub full of water to play. They can also find items (leaves, rocks, lemons) and test to see if they sink or float. Of course make sure you are with them if they are neat water, even if it's shallow. 

Drawing in the dirt Your child will enjoy practicing their letters and numbers in the dirt, they can use a stick or even their finger. 

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At the end of the day… 

Cleaning! Kids tend to enjoy cleaning as they don’t see it as a chore. My kids love to sweep especially, so let them have a go. You’ll likely have to help a little, but as long as they don’t make more mess, you may as well let them try to tidy up.  

Comment below, how are you managing at home with your kids? Did any of these tips help? 

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