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52 Easy & Fun Weekend Play Ideas for Kids!

2018-02-08 by Melissa & Doug
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Looking for something fun to do with your kids on the weekend that doesn’t involve a ton of time, money, or effort? We’ve got you covered! Here is a list of 52 easy family play ideas for the whole year! We included a mix of activities and ideas that can work whether you have a 2-year-old, 3-year-old, 4-year-old, 5-year-old, or older child! Think of these ideas as “sparks” — try one and see if it inspires even more ways to play!

Capture the fun and share it! #TakeBackChildhood

Weekend Play Idea

DIY Activities for Family Fun!

  1. Create a play calendar (Kids can draw pictures of how they played–or plan to play–each week)
  2. Have an indoor campout
  3. Make up a nonsense language and label items around the house
  4. Put together a jigsaw puzzle
  5. Have a “kickoff,” by kicking balls of different shapes and sizes
  6. Make paper snowflakes
  7. Host a family dance party
  8. Create an indoor obstacle course
  9. Create a gallery of kid art
  10. Show kids how to play your favorite childhood game
  11. Look for a 4-leaf clover
  12. Go on a family bike ride
  13. Fly a kite
  14. Make paper airplanes
  15. Create a pretend store, stock it, and shop it
  16. Go on an A to Z scavenger hunt, looking for items that start with each letter
  17. Have a fancy day – talk fancy, wear fancy clothes, eat fancy foods
  18. Give kids assorted ingredients and challenge them to come up with a concoction
  19. Make paper flower bouquets
  20. Go on a nature walk and collect treasures to make a collage
  21. Collect and paint rocks
  22. Build a tiny town in the dirt or sandbox
  23. Blow bubbles and chase them
  24. Create a time capsule and bury it in the backyard
  25. Paint with ice by first freezing washable paint in ice cube trays
  26. Make firework designs by dipping a fork in washable paint and pressing the tines onto white paper in a circle
  27. Start a collection (seashells, pretty pebbles, bottle caps)
  28. Explore the night sky
  29. Set up a lemonade stand (but sell something other than lemonade!)
  30. Make art outside
  31. Make paper boats and race them in a kiddie pool using a straw to blow them across the water
  32. Set up an outdoor obstacle course with things to climb over, under, and around
  33. Create a temporary outdoor playroom with a tent filled with toys, books, and stuffed animal friends
  34. Make a sidewalk chalk mural
  35. Play flashlight tag
  36. Make handprint art to give to grandparents (e.g. Turn a handprint into a flower and write “Grandparents help us grow!”)
  37. Transform a cardboard box
  38. Cook a family meal together
  39. Make homemade Halloween decorations
  40. Visit a fire station and learn about its history
  41. Have an indoor family picnic on a blanket
  42. Create a leaf collection
  43. Stock a dress-up bin, then see how many characters you can come up with
  44. Make a blanket fort
  45. Make personalized placemats for each family member
  46. Create a family handshake
  47. Create your own restaurant (complete with name, menu and decor)
  48. Put on a puppet show
  49. Make homemade holiday decorations
  50. Create, color, and mail a greeting card
  51. Do a blindfold smell test of different ingredients and spices
  52. Create end-of-year “Best of” lists covering topics such as playgrounds, meals, toys, bedtime books!

Have fun! And don’t forget to share your take on our Weekend Play Idea on our Facebook and Instagram pages! #WeekendPlayIdea #CountlessWayToPlay


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