Fun Activities to Give Kids' Brains a Workout
These ideas will sharpen young minds, spark their creativity and provide some fun.
- Have them help take inventory of pantry items. They can arrange the items neatly by size, shape, category (canned, dry, boxed) or even alphabetically, and they can count how many of each item you have on hand. It could make meal planning easier when you know just what you’ve got in the cupboard.
- Give them a roll of blue painter’s or masking tape to create “highways.” Once they’ve finished their kid-sized superhighway, they can motor down their roads with toy cars and trucks. Or, if the weather is nice, they can use chalk to draw outside on the sidewalk, driveway or patio.
- Little ones love playing with water. Fill a plastic tub with soapy water and have them wash their toys. Keep the mop and towels handy! You just might get a clean floor out of the deal.
- There’s nothing better than a blanket fort, and the bigger the better! Once constructed, have them hunker down inside with books or tablets for some quiet reading time.
- Cooking and baking with kids might be messy, but they love helping out. Make it a learning experience by talking about measurements and fractions, following directions and setting the timer.
- Put on some music and dance up a storm! There’s nothing better for eliciting giggles and shaking those sillies out…and for boosting endorphins, which can help with learning, memory and concentration. Throw in some Simon Says-type commands for an extra mental and physical challenge.
There are many more ways to keep kids engaged – from puzzles and riddles to making your own mazes on loose-leaf paper. Or, have kids make up the rules to a new game…the possibilities are endless (and the fun is too).