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Monday, March 23, 2020

100+ Free Indoor and Outdoor Activities and Educational Resources to entertain the kids at home.

Everybody knows that it's only a matter of time before kids inevitably start with I'm boooooored, especially when they're at home. However, now you don't have to worry about kids saying I'm bored on the weekend, school holidays or any other time you may find yourself at home for long periods of time, because I've put together this list of over 100 FREE Indoor and Outdoor Activities for kids to do at home. I've also included some wonderful free online educational resources if you find yourself unexpectedly homeschooling.

Many parents are currently finding themselves with kids at home full time. For some this may be a very daunting thought, especially if it's been a few years since you've had kids home 24/7. It's even more daunting because lots of free activities like visiting the library, going to a park, a museum, a shopping centre or the movies may also be out of the question for an unknown period of time. It's OK though, all the activities below can be done 100% from home, you don't even need to leave your own backyard.


Child with paint on her face
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50+ FREE INDOOR ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH KIDS AT HOME


If you're housebound try some of these free indoor activities you can do with the kids at home. I guarantee almost all of them will be using items you already have at home and many are family activities so they're also a great way to touch base and bond as a family unit. A lot of these activities are also great for learning, but they're so fun the kids won't even realise they're learning! If you want even more educational activities to do, scroll down the the bottom of these post for a huge list of free online educational resources you can access from home.

Dad reading book with baby



  • Read a book, if the kids can't read yet have family story time
  • Have a dance party listening to the radio
  • Watch a movie or have a family movie night
  • Build a fort using furniture and sheets
  • Have a pretend tea party with toys
  • Play some board games
  • Draw a picture 
  • Have a family sleepout in the lounge room
  • Make and fly paper planes
  • Bake cookies together
  • Make homemade playdough
  • Do some salt painting
  • Write a letter to a pen pal or friend
  • Learn a new dance {follow the moves on Just Dance videos}
  • Play with old toys
  • Paint a picture
  • Make a sticky picture using contact paper and paper/loose parts
  • Have a colour bath by adding a few drops of food colouring to the water
  • Decorate a cardboard box with pens, paint or stickers
  • Write your own picture book or comic strip
  • Set up a small world for some imaginary play
  • Play Simon says
  • Make cardboard crafts using recyclables 
  • Try these playdough invitations to play
  • Draw a self portrait
  • Make a sock puppet
  • Play charades 
  • Have a pillow fight
  • Do some yoga {try Cosmic Kids Yoga for some easy kids yoga}





List of 50 free indoor activities for kids from finding myself young




30+ FREE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH KIDS IN THE BACKYARD


If your kids are anything like mine, they quickly get cabin fever when they're stuck inside, so it's important to have some fun outdoor activities up your sleeve too. Sunshine, fresh air and vitamin D are all essential for our health and development so it's important to get outside and be active often. Whether you're lucky enough to have a huge backyard or live in a tiny courtyard like us, the following free activities are all perfect for entertaining the kids outside. If you don't have the latest and greatest outdoor play equipment like a trampoline or a climbing frame don't worry, all 30+ of these free outdoor activities can be done with some basic items from around the house and access to mother nature.

Girl blowing bubbles in the backyard



  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt {collect items of certain colours or type}
  • Have a backyard picnic
  • Paint rocks and leaves
  • Go on a treasure hunt {hide items in the yard and make a treasure map}
  • Look at the shapes the clouds make
  • Draw shadow pictures {put toys in the sun and draw their shadow outline on paper}
  • Make a hopscotch grid with chalk
  • Play tiggy with siblings
  • Make potions with flowers and water
  • Ride a bike or scooter
  • Play i-spy
  • Blow bubbles {you can make your own bubble mixture with dish soap and water}
  • Catch bugs and study them
  • Set up an obstacle course
  • Paint the fence or driveway with water
  • Look at the stars at night
  • Go camping in the backyard
  • Play piggy in the middle
  • Try these animal movement exercises
  • Build a cubby house using outdoor furniture and sheets
  • Make chalk paint 
  • Play catch with a ball
  • Make a bird feeder and do some bird watching
  • Make a butterfly feeder
  • Make mud pies
  • Climb a tree
  • Paint with flowers
  • Play handball
  • Water play in a tub
  • Make leaf rubbings with crayons
  • Start a rock collection
  • Plant some seeds in an egg carton to start a veggie garden {use dried seeds from fruit and veggies you already have to eat}
  • Have a water balloon fight {if you don't have water balloons, half fill normal balloons with water}

30 free activities for kids to do outdoors in the backyard.




18 FREE ONLINE RESOURCES TO ENTERTAIN AND EDUCATE KIDS AT HOME


With many households currently learning at home, lots of educational resources have been made available online for free. Here's some of our favourite free online resources for kids.

Child learning at home with online educational resources.

MATHLETICS FREE DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

Mathletics is a super popular online maths program  designed to support teachers and students both in the classroom and at home. Many schools include a Mathletics subscription as part of their annual curriculum resources so your child may already have a special log in that can be used at home. If you don't have full access to Mathletics, you can still download free math printable activities here.

TWINKL FREE MONTH ACCESS

Twinkl is a comprehensive teaching resource site providing teaching, planning and assessment materials for babies right through to school aged children. The twinkl resources include lesson packs, power point presentations, display materials, worksheets and craft ideas that can be printed off at home. Twinkl is originally UK based, but an Australian curriculum section has been added to support Australian teachers and homeschooling families. Twinkl are currently offering all parents a One Month Ultimate Membership free of charge using the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS. Simply register here with the code. For a full review of Twinkl resources check out my post here.

SCHOLASTIC AUSTRALIA

Scholastic have a special online Learn at Home portal where you can find daily activities for kids of all age groups. The activities are split into school learning categories such as Science, Social Studies, Physical Activities with many videos, books and worksheets available to access for free. Each Monday 5 new learning journeys are uploaded.

NASA KIDS CLUB

Did you know Nasa have their own online Nasa kids club? In the kids club children can play different space themed games, listen to storybook time, try Nasa stem activities at home and can look up real Nasa missions. There's also a YouTube channel Story Time from Space where kids can watch astronauts read picture books from space.

STORYLINE ONLINE

If you can't make it to the library you can still catch story time with Storyline Online. Run by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online is a literacy website that features famous actors and actresses reading picture books aloud. There are already over 50 storybook videos uploaded onto the site with more added regularly. 



GOMA KIDS

The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art has an online Children's Art Centre where kids can explore art from around the world. Children can access online games, activities and stories created in collaboration with artists.

MINECRAFT EDUCATION EDITION

Most school age kids are obsessed with Minecraft {yes even my big girl} so why not harness that interest for learning. At the Minecraft Education Edition online you can download lesson plans aligned with the Australian Curriculum. There are also coding lessons and building challenges.

LEARN ABOUT OCEAN ANIMALS

If you can't make it to the beach or an aquarium to do some real life hands on learning, jump online to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where you can find live cam streams of animals to study as well as plenty of free online resources to download. There are games, colouring-in sheets, posters, activities and ebooks to explore.

EDUCATIONAL BOOKS

Book Depository have set up a special home learning hub with suggestions for books to read with your children, contemporary and classic, subject textbooks and workbooks, publisher pages with key home learning titles and much more. The books themselves are not free, however they do offer free worldwide shipping on all purchases.


Book depository home learning hub screenshot


EDUCATIONAL YOUTUBE CHANNELS





100 free indoor and outdoor activities for children of all ages to do at home.

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