If you have kids, then you know how much energy they tend to have throughout the day. Trying to find activities that they can focus this energy on can be a bit challenging at times. You’ll want to find activities that not only help them expel some of this energy in a physical manner, but also activities that will require mental energy and that can be intellectually and creatively stimulating. The following are ten fun activities for kids that will entertain your kids while also giving them something to focus their physical and mental energy on:
- Board Games – There are thousands of different board games out there that you can choose from. Board games can be a fun way for the whole family to spend an evening, but they can also be used to entertain your children and their friends during the day—and to keep them from running around out of control! Board games require attention and mental effort, but can still be a lot of fun. Most board games will require your kids to sharpen their math skills a bit, especially if dice are involved.
- Put-Put Golf – If you’re looking for a physical activity that isn’t too strenuous and that will require mental focus, put-put golf is a great option. Not only is it fun for the whole family, but it’s a great way for your kids to improve their hand-eye coordination as well. Who knows, they may even develop a love for the game of golf because of their experience with put-put.
- Video Games – Video games are sometimes unfairly judged by parents. After all, video games are often violent and they can contribute to short attention spans. But not all video games are bad. In fact, there are many education-based video games out there that your children could play. This could not only help them improve certain mental skills, but also help improve their hand-eye coordination as well.
- Arts and Crafts – Creativity is extremely important to the development of a child. Set up an arts and crafts table for your kids so that they can explore their creativity and develop their imagination. Whether it’s simply drawing with markers or playing with play-doh, allowing them to use their imagination to create is a great way to promote their mental growth.
- Indoor Playground – If your kids are jumping off the walls with physical energy, take them to an indoor playground. An indoor playground is great because it allows kids to not only run around and play in a safe environment (and without the risk of inclement weather that outdoor playgrounds have), but they give your kids a chance to develop their social skills as they play with others.
- Games of Catch – Catch, whether it’s with a baseball or a football, is a good way to teach your kids the basics of one of America’s past times, help them to develop hand-eye coordination as well as give you some quality time together—even if it’s just in your backyard.
- Hide and Seek – One of the reasons that children love hide and seek so much is because they are still in awe of the world around them. Hide and seek has an adventurous feel to it because it allows children to explore their surroundings. It’s also a great game to keep a group of kids occupied while you try to take a breather and spend some time reading your book!
- Camping – Get your children away from the TV and computer screens by taking the whole family camping. Camping will help your children learn how to adjust to new environments outside of the home as well as foster an appreciation and wonder for nature. They’ll love learning how to set up a tent, make a fire (if they are old enough to do so safely) and roast marshmallows.
- Playing at the Beach – Your children can expel some energy running around in the sand, throwing around a frisbee or kicking around a soccer ball, and going for a swim. Not to mention that they can spend some time in the sand building sand castles as well!
- Baking – Baking with your kids allows them to learn a valuable skill and teaches them to appreciate how much time and effort goes into making food. And they’ll get a kick out of making a treat that they can eat too!
Whether it’s going to an indoor playground or baking, these fun activities for kids will give your children something entertaining to focus their physical and emotional energy on during the day.