It’s almost summer and when kids are away from school, it can be easy for them to get bored real fast. While it’s fun to take them to the movies, museums, science centers, or even the beach, it can get expensive planning outings every day.
These 36 fun activities for kids cost less that $10 and they can help pass the time while also enhancing their social, creative, and problem-solving skills. These activities for kids are perfect for rainy days or when spending quality time at home.
1) Have a paper airplane competition.
Build and experiment with different planes then have race afterwards. Here are many great paper airplane templates to get you started.
2) Use colored tape to make roads for your children’s toy cars.
They can create different roads every day!
3) Create a giant game board including DIY giant dice.
The best part of making a giant game board is coming up with a fun activity for each space. Sing a song, be a clown, or a spoon egg race are just some examples of activities you can have.
4) Make a sponge bullseye game.
All you need is chalk and sponges for this plan a fun sponge bullseye game.
5) You can also use chalk for a fun dress-up doll activity.
A great way to have fun with their old clothes.
6) Unleash their creativity with exploding paint bags and turn your sidewalk or driveway into a work of art.
It’s non-toxic and easily rinses away when they are done playing.
7) Create unique sun-catchers by painting wet glue with food coloring.
You can use old plastic lids to paint on and here are full instructions for creating your own colorful sun-catchers.
8) Create stomp paintings with bubble wrap.
They’ll have fun pretending to be giants and here is what you will need.
9) Create a DIY throwing tarp.
Great activities for kids to practice their pitching skills.
10) Build a fun Jenga-style tower game with sponge pieces.
Wet or dry, it’s a fun game of sponge towers to play by yourself or with a group.
11) Make a river in the backyard with foil.
This would be perfect for a plastic duck race.
12) Tape a paper roll to a wall for a fun game for toddlers.
Toddlers will have a blast filling the tube with fuzzy pom-poms and it also helps improve their motor skills.
13) Fuzzy pipe cleaners and a colander can keep toddlers busy for hours.
Activities for kids like this one help improve their motor skills while also having fun.
14) Use burlap to make a preschooler-friendly tapestry table.
Sewing is another activity that is great for improving motor skills and it only takes a few items to build a tapestry table.
15) Make learning fun with a sugar writing tray.
An excellent learning tool that only needs a few supplies.
16) Bring the camping experience indoors.
This is perfect for rainy days and kids will love building their own DIY toy campfire.
17) Keep them mesmerized with water marbles.
You can find them in most crafting stores or on Amazon.
18) Create fun face paintings.
Create awesome face paintings that they’ll want to show their friends.
19) Get kids excited about science by making cool alien bubbles.
Here is how to make these alien bubbles using dry ice and other supplies.
20) Extract DNA from strawberries with this science experiment.
Fun activities for kids AND adults so here is how to extract DNA from strawberries.
21) More fun science with balloon rockets.
Kids love balloons so they’ll also love making balloon rockets.
22) Build a DIY marble bowling game.
This one is addictive and more fun than most board games. Here is how to make a DIY marble bowling game.
23) Create a field of lasers to avoid using only strands of yarn.
They will love avoiding the “lasers” and it can be a fun competition for a group of kids.
24) Learn about shapes with this “Escape the Volcano” game.
Learning about colors, shapes, counting and so many other skills has never been more fun. Here is how to make an “Escape the Volcano” shape game.
25) Make soap clouds by putting a bar of soap in the microwave.
This is fun to watch in the microwave and here is how to make soap clouds.
26) Have your kids compete in the Popcorn Olympics!
The list of popcorn games are endless and here is a list of them to make your own Popcorn Olympics.
27) Play an indoor balloon ping-pong game.
This is fun and easier than regular ping-pong. Here is how to make a balloon ping-pong game.
28) Build a sticky spider web using painter’s tape.
Here is how to make sticky spiderwebs at home for your kids to enjoy.
29) Make a super slide with an old cardboard box.
Large appliances boxes are perfect but this activity will require some supervision!
30) Make rainbow bubble snakes.
Here is how to make rainbow bubble snakes using plastic water bottles and other ingredients you probably have around the house.
31) Build a bubble wand for making giant bubbles.
To make giant bubbles you need a giant bubbles recipe!
32) Build wacky sacks with play dough filled balloons.
These are soft and squishy so kids will love them. Here is how to make play dough filled balloons.
33) Kids can create their own t-shirts with crayons and sandpaper.
This is a great idea that kids can get creative with. Here is how to make creative t-shirts with crayons and sandpaper.
34) Build a marble race track using a pool noodle.
Kids will love racing their marbles for hours. Here is how to make a marble racetrack.
35) Pool noodles are also great for creating safe backyard obstacle courses.
36) Make Wombat Stew.
They’ll love hearing the story and then show them how to make wombat stew with this wombat stew recipe.
There are so many activities that kids can have fun with and they don’t need to be expensive. Please share these inexpensive and fun summer activities for kids with your friends and family.