If you’re looking for ways you can spend more quality time with your kids, this list is for you. Below I’ve compiled 75+ ways you can have fun with your kids for free or without spending a lot of money at home.
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Have a reading marathon.
Play parachute in the backyard.
Write stories together.
Play soccer in the backyard.
Paint or draw together.
Create a fort in your living room out of blankets or cardboard boxes.
Play backyard bowling using these giant bowling pins.
Play board games.
Play kickball in the backyard.
Get up early, pack breakfast, and have a sunrise breakfast.
Have a pillow fight.
Rent a movie and make popcorn.
Have a scavenger hunt.
Make mazes or puzzles for each other to solve.
Play card games.
Bake cookies (let the kids help).
Create a scrapbook.
Make a movie using a camcorder and computer.
Learn to play music.
Set up a hammock, make lemonade, relax.
Make playdough from scratch.
Make homemade mini pizzas.
Make hand-painted t-shirts.
Write letters to family.
Paint or decorate the kids’ room.
Play freeze tag.
Create a treasure hunt for them (leaving clues around the house or yard).
Decorate a pair of jeans.
Do a science experiment.
Play games online.
Teach them to play chess.
Learn magic tricks.
Create a family book, with information and pictures about each family member.
Compete in a three-legged or other race.
Create an obstacle course.
Play loud music and dance crazy.
Write and produce a play (to perform before other family members).
Paint each other’s faces.
Have a water balloon fight.
Have a gun-fight with those foam dart guns.
Explore your yard and look for insects.
Play a trivia game.
Make up trivia questions about each other.
Make hot cocoa.
Decorate the house with decorations you make.
Do shadow puppets.
Make a comic book.
Take turns saying tongue twisters.
Tell ghost stories in the dark with a flashlight.
Build stuff with Legos.
Give them a bubble bath.
Play with squirt guns.
Play video games together.
Play nerf football.
Build a rocket from a kit.
Bake a cake and decorate it.
Thumb-wrestle or have a tickle fight.
Make a gingerbread house, or decorate gingerbread men.
Learn and tell each other jokes.
Learn to juggle.
Walk barefoot in the grass.
Build paper airplanes and have a flying contest.