Creative Activities That You Can Do With Your Kids

It isn’t easy to keep your kids entertained. Short attention spans and hyperactive behavior needs fun and creative stimulus, and as a parent, it can be quite tough trying to conjure entertaining activities to keep them engaged.

10 Creative Activities That You Can Do With Your Kids

Indeed activities are perfect for the kids’ entertainment and engagement; they can also be a great time to develop essential motor skills and dexterity simultaneously.  In this article, I have listed ten creative activities that you can do with your kids to keep them engaged and help develop some essential skills.

1.  Back-and-forth Drawing

A great activity that will require active participation from the parent and the kid, giving you some quality bonding time with your child. The action or game involves drawing a common picture; alternatively, you begin the drawing with a single curve/line and then pass the graphic to your kid. Your child then draws something that they think might fit the picture, and so the game continues.

The activity is loads of fun and forces your child to think on their feet and unlock their creative potential.

2.  Pet Portraits

Pets are an infinite source of fun for kids. Most pets exhibit similar child-like behavior, so kids gel well with them and make their lives easier. But as a parent, you want to get involved in their fun, and I have just the thing for you.

Pet portraits by Canvaspop. Create beautiful pictures of your pets by planning a fun photoshoot of them with your kids. The whole process is unlimited fun, and the children will also learn a bit about photography and maybe develop an interest in it. Get your pets’ photos converted into pet portraits with Canvaspop and freeze that lovely memory on the walls.

3.  Finger Painting

Getting messy with colors and letting them fly is undeniable fun and enjoyable to do with your kid. Finger painting is fairly easy and does not demand much attention, so the process is quite entertaining and a little chaotic. You don’t need a lot of equipment to do this activity.

A set of watercolors (avoid acrylic as they stain permanently and not entirely safe for small kids), some newspapers lessen the damage, and a painting paper or canvas. Let your kids draw shapes and patterns of their choice with their fingers and get involved in the fun.

4.  Playdough Fun

I don’t know what it is about clay, but playing with them and building random shapes is way too much fun. Of course, you cannot let your toddler or kid play with clay, so the obvious substitute is Playdough. Playdough has been around for a long time, and rightfully so. Just give your kid some of it and let their imagination run wild. Get involved with them, and you could help them develop new skills as you have fun.

5.  Play with Stickers

Get a wad of stickers and let your child slowly peel them without tearing the paper. Peeling stickers and pasting them around is very satisfying and naturally a lot of fun. While it is a lot of fun, you can also get involved and develop their motor skills and patience while peeling the stickers.

6.  Cut and Glue

Learning to use a pair of scissors is a motor skill that every kid must learn sooner or later. Incorporate this lesson into a fun-filled session of cutting pre-determined shapes and gluing them together to create artworks. As mentioned, please encourage your children to cut pre-determined shapes to boost their capabilities and make the activity a little more challenging.

7.  Hand Puppets

Kids of all age groups find puppets and puppet shows fascinating. Encourage this fascination by helping them bring their puppet imaginations to life. All you need are some old socks, googly eyes, and some bits of felt and yarn. You could either collect these supplies individually or use a puppet kit from the market. You can also take it a step further by hosting your puppet show with the puppets made by your kids.

8.  At-Home Laser Maze

Let your kids be the protagonist of James Bond or Mission Impossible and clear this obstacle like a spy. Create a DIY laser maze with crepe paper and let your children live all their spy fantasies. The process is quite simple. All you need is some tape and rolls of crepe paper.

Just stick these papers in your hallway, connecting the opposite walls creating the illusion of multiple lasers crisscrossing across the borders. Let your kids get through this maze without tearing the paper, and watch them bring out their acrobatic skills. Challenge yourself and try clearing the maze too!

9.  DIY Bookmarks

Encourage your kids to read books and novels as a hobby with this fun little activity. All you need is some colorful paper, colors, scissors and some glue. Supply your kids with the items and create cute and fun bookmarks that will motivate them to read more books. The activity is also a great creative exercise, and the little bookmarks your kids make can become a great souvenir for you.

10. Rock Painting

Easy, simple, and fun, rock painting is cheap and a source of unlimited fun for a child, mostly if done as a group. All you need are some cute rocks, paint and paintbrushes, and boundless creativity. Let your kids decide and paint shapes, figures, and patterns of their choice.

Please encourage them to create characters and structures to make it more fun and challenging. For example, you could collect rocks of similar shapes and sizes and stack them in threes to paint a mini snowman. The rocks painted characters look charming and can also serve as a lovely piece of home decor.

Creative Activities That You Can Do With Your Kids

These activities I’ve mentioned above are ten of many that you can use to engage your child while also helping them learn a new skill or gain new knowledge. Use these activities, and feel free to add your spin to it, anything that suits your child’s thinking and disposition.

Add more challenges to these activities or change them around to promote a different type of learning, the possibilities are endless, but the main goal remains the same; creatively engaging your child with ways that you can get involved in too.

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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