23 Ways to Keep Kids Busy
Activities for 5 Years Old and Up
Search YouTube for a tutorial, grab an inexpensive ball of yarn, and watch the snakelike creations grow from her fingers.
Paper-Airplane Test Flights
Demonstrate how to make an airplane, then hand over a ream of paper (or the recycling bin). As each plane lands, he can mark
its spot with masking tape. Use a tape measure to note the distance and map patterns. All craft are veering left! Adjust wing
Mark a Map
Get a map (a state-by-state road atlas is fine) and office dots and have your child tag places that she has visited in one
color. In another, she can tag destinations she would like to see. Later on, explain the cost of plane tickets.
Older kids can easily create scrapbooks, especially with those by Smash (available at most craft stores), which are designed
for kids. The books have pockets for memorabilia and a double-sided pen that’s also a glue stick for doodling or attaching
pictures. Store everything (photos, ticket stubs, lucky eyelashes) in a zip-top bag until it’s time to get crafty.
Unroll a big piece of brown packing paper (or wrapping paper turned upside down) and let your child draw streets, highways,
and culs-de-sac for his cars to navigate. He can fill in buildings and trees.
For once, encourage snooping. Track down some spy gear (binoculars, trench coat, notepad) and await his observations on what’s
really going on in the neighborhood.
Use fine-tip markers to turn hingeless wooden clothespins (a.k.a. doll pins) into tiny people. Draw faces and hair on the
tops, clothes on the split shafts.
Let them build a blanket fort! See the how-to video.
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