Looking for some ideas for things to do with the children that won’t cost anything? We have put together more great ideas for free things to do with kids.
#1. Micro Treasure Hunt
Everyone gets a matchbox to fill it with as many tiny objects as they can find. They have ten minutes to find and fit into their matchbox as many tiny whole objects as they can.
Tiny Things that would fit in the matchbox could include:
- a paper clip,
- a drawing pin,
- a pea,
- a button,
- a piece of lego,
- a flower petal,
- a bead….
#2. Fun Talking/Word games
Animal, mineral, vegetable
One person chooses a thing and the others have to guess what it is. The person must only answer yes or no to the questions.
One person starts off a story e.g. A man was walking down the road when suddenly a huge tiger jumped out in front of him. Next person starts the next part of the story with “Fortunately…” so e.g. “Fortunately the man was a tiger tamer who knew how to calm the tiger down” The next person starts the next part of the story with “Unfortunately…” and so on
The Yes/No Game
Each person gets 30 seconds of questions where they have to avoid saying yes or no to answer
Challenge each other to talk for a minute each without using words beginning with an agreed letter of the alphabet.
#3. Make a Magazine
- Decide on what stories are going to go in the magazine. Could be a profile of someone in the family, maybe an interview with a grandparent, will someone take photos or draw pictures. Maybe there could be a fun corner with a puzzle or a joke in it.
- Decide on what story or item will go on what page, maybe write down on a mini magazine plan on a sheet of paper.
- Gather together the materials you’ll need to make up the magazine: paper, pens, photos, any other materials to decorate the magazine.
- Have fun putting the magazine together!
#4. Photos Now & Then
Print off 20 of your recent digital photos and let the kids have fun making up a new photo album. You don’t need to buy an album, they can stick them to onto sheets of paper.
They can be creative about decorating each page around each photos and writing titles and making a new “album” with a specially designed front cover as well.
Kids (and adults) love looking at photos and hearing stories so find those old photo albums and have a look at the past and share some of your adventures with them.
We’re always looking for great ideas for Free Things to Do with Kids so if you have any that you would like to share pop them in a comment below