The Big List for Keeping Your Littles Entertained at Home

When you're stuck at home, keeping kids entertained seems like a huge challenge. You don't want to fall into the cycle of endless screentime, but you also need some time for yourself

Whether you're dealing with temporary school closures, summer vacation, or a pre-school aged toddler, you know how hard it is to avoid the dreaded "I"m bored" complaints. How do you keep kids entertained in educational, stimulating activities without losing your own mind in the process? This big list of things to keep your littles entertained at home is here to help. 

Keep little ones entertained at home

Get Creative

Kids have a lot of mental energy that needs to be spent. Aside from doing activities that help you bond at every age, getting creative helps them connect with the world and also themselves. Try these creative ideas:

  • Finger painting (or regular painting for older kids)
  • Create a spaceship or house out of boxes
  • Doodle or color
  • Do a child-friendly science experiment 
  • Try a new hobby (like cross-stitch)
  • Make paper planes and host a competition
  • Write a story
  • Put on an at-home play
  • Make a craft from a YouTube video
  • Make a treasure hunt
  • Have a talent competition

Bring the Outdoors Inside

It's not always possible to go outside, especially if you're in an apartment. Here are some fun ways to keep kids entertained by bringing the outdoors inside!

  • Have a living room picnic
  • Go bowling with empty water bottles
  • Plant a mini herb garden
  • Make a wreath
  • Create a flower arrangement
  • Do a scavenger hunt around the house
  • Go "fishing" in your living room
  • Build a pillow fort
  • Create an obstacle course

Educational Activities

Even if your littles are too young for school, you can still get the ball rolling on their education. Stimulating, educational activities are closer than ever thanks to the internet. Try these ideas:

Health and Wellness Activities

Staying active and practicing healthy habits is a must when staying inside. If you're confined to the house, there are a number of great ways to get moving and keep the entire family focused on health. 

Productivity Ideas

Last but not least, include your kids in some household productivity. If they're old enough, it might be time to introduce chores. Even toddlers love to help, so why not get them in on your entire household's to-do list?

  • Organize documents and photos
  • Create your own natural disinfectant for your home
  • Host a virtual family get-together
  • Make a journal 
  • Read a new book
  • Clean a room of the house
  • Downsize and declutter old toys

Activities for littles on pinterest

Make the Most of This Time, Mama!

There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to keeping kids entertained at home. While it's hard not to be able to go to the park, visit grandparents, or do any of the fun things you usually do together, this is only temporary. 

There is still a long list of great ways to bond, stay connected as a family, and have a lot of fun in the process! When in doubt, check out this complete list of ideas above. For more inspiration, check out our updated Pinterest board with some ideas for keeping littles entertained.