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1. Put colored tape on the carpet to make roads for your kid’s toy cars.

Put colored tape on the carpet to make roads for your kid's toy cars.

The tape comes up easily when you’re done.

2. Tape can also be used to create a fun outdoor board game.

Tape can also be used to create a fun outdoor board game.

Learn more here.

3. A couple sponges and a box of chalk are all you need to turn your driveway into a bull’s-eye target game.

A couple sponges and a box of chalk are all you need to turn your driveway into a bull's-eye target game.

4. You can also use chalk and some of your kid’s old clothes for this bit of summer fun.

You can also use chalk and some of your kid's old clothes for this bit of summer fun.

5. Exploding Paint Bags turn your sidewalk into a work of art.

Exploding Paint Bags turn your sidewalk into a work of art.

These are totally kid-friendly and can be made with items you likely already have in the kitchen.

6. Paint on wet glue with food coloring.

Paint on wet glue with food coloring.

Save lids to cottage cheese, butter, or Cool Whip for “canvases.” Learn more here.

7. Use leftover bubble wrap to make Stomp Paintings.

Use leftover bubble wrap to make Stomp Paintings .

Kids will get a good laugh while exploring their artistic side.

8. DIY a throwing tarp.

DIY a throwing tarp.

Tarp, rope, scissors, marker, tape… Play ball.

9. Build a tower out of cut-up sponges.

Build a tower out of cut-up sponges.

It’s either a quiet indoor activity or wet outside game — you decide.

10. Make a river in the backyard out of tinfoil.

Make a river in the backyard out of tinfoil.

11. Tape a paper towel roll to the wall to keep toddlers busy.

Tape a paper towel roll to the wall to keep toddlers busy.

Toddlers will drop the pom-poms into the bowl over and over, and develop their fine motor skills in the process.

12. Some pipe cleaners and a colander will also keep toddlers occupied.

Some pipe cleaners and a colander will also keep toddlers occupied.

13. Burlap (from a gardening center) can be used to make a preschooler-appropriate sewing station.

Burlap (from a gardening center) can be used to make a preschooler-appropriate sewing station.

This one is great for developing fine motor skills too. Find the how-to here.

14. Preschoolers can also continue to learn how to draw letters with this easy-to-make sugar-writing tray.

Preschoolers can also continue to learn how to draw letters with this easy-to-make sugar-writing tray .

15. Have a campout indoors.

Have a campout indoors.

Kids will have fun crafting their “campfire” too.

16. Experiment with water marbles.

Experiment with water marbles .

Buy a 2-ounce pack for $7.99 here.

17. Make alien bubbles with this cool science experiment.

Make alien bubbles with this cool science experiment.

Dry ice and bubble solution (along with some stuff you likely have around the house) are all you need.

18. Another super-cool science experiment lets kids extract DNA from strawberries.

Another super-cool science experiment lets kids extract DNA from strawberries.

Learn more here.

19. Super-fun balloon rockets also teach an important science lesson.

Super-fun balloon rockets also teach an important science lesson.

Kids learn the concept of “action and reaction” while having a blast.

20. Pencil erasers and a marble make a surprisingly addictive at-home bowling game.

Pencil erasers and a marble make a surprisingly addictive at-home bowling game.

Find the how-to here.

21. Well-placed yarn is all you need to let your kids get their Mission Impossible on.

Well-placed yarn is all you need to let your kids get their Mission Impossible on.

22. Play “Escape the Volcano” to teach kids about color recognition, shape names, counting, and more.

Play "Escape the Volcano" to teach kids about color recognition, shape names, counting, and more.

Find instructions and templates here.

23. Put a bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds.

Put a bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds .

24. Make a bowl of popcorn and challenge your kids to play the Popcorn Olympics.

Make a bowl of popcorn and challenge your kids to play the Popcorn Olympics.

Find a list of popcorn games, like “straw blow” and “distance throw,” here.

25. Paper plates, Popsicle sticks, and a balloon are all you need to play Balloon Ping-Pong.

Paper plates, Popsicle sticks, and a balloon are all you need to play Balloon Ping-Pong.

The best part is that this fun indoor activity can be enjoyed without breaking anything in your house. I should say, “Probably without breaking anything.”

26. Painter’s tape and some balled up newspaper are all you need for this “sticky spiderweb” activity.

Painter's tape and some balled up newspaper are all you need for this "sticky spiderweb" activity.

27. Turn an old box into an indoor slide.

Turn an old box into an indoor slide.

This one needs lots of parental supervision, obviously.

28. Make a Rainbow Bubble Snake from materials you undoubtedly already have around your home.

Make a Rainbow Bubble Snake from materials you undoubtedly already have around your home.

29. DIY a giant bubble wand.

DIY a giant bubble wand.

Learn how here.

30. Fill balloons with Play-Doh to create a brand-new toy experience.

Fill balloons with Play-Doh to create a brand-new toy experience.

31. Crayons and sandpaper are all your kids need to add their own design to a white T-shirt.

Crayons and sandpaper are all your kids need to add their own design to a white T-shirt.

Find out how here.

32. Cut a pool noodle in half to make a marble track race.

Cut a pool noodle in half to make a marble track race.

Find the tutorial here.

33. Pool noodles can also be used to make a backyard obstacle course.

Pool noodles can also be used to make a backyard obstacle course.

Find more fun and safe ideas for pool noodles here.


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  1. embrace boredom.. its when kids slow down that they explore their own mind and generate their own creativity rather than being entertained by ours.. as i type my little one (2 yo) is emptying and filling and low tech game into its box for the umpteenth time and its not for lack of options.. it seems that she is enjoying the sounds and the feel of the small components avalanche onto her hands as well as the challenge of packing it all back into the odd shaped box..

    overengineering child entertainment can eliminate the amazing process that children go through themselves to access their own imagination.. too many implements at the beach.. too much virtual reality.. too much attention (even) can drive them to gear their activities simply to gain more of it..

    i think in today\’s world a big part of being a creative parent involves simplifying our interactions and returning to basics.. hugs | discussions | being outdoors without too much instruction | laughter | dance | music as well as critical alone time..

    and if we want to watch creativity in action – just cut them some slack when they initiate those unusual activities – it comes natural to them..

    • Becky Wicks

      Thanks so much for this – you\’re so right! Kids need space as much as stimulation. We\’re hoping that with this site and these articles and videos we can provide a launch pad for creativity – if kids want to go off track on a different tangent, then of course that\’s encouraged too. Who knows what they\’ll gain from the prompts we give, probably stuff we can\’t even imagine with our limited minds, right? Have you joined our active Facebook group by the way? It\’s perfect for discussing things like this. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1570366793283205/

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