Older kids shouldn’t be left out of play. In fact, one of the benefits of having older children is that they often like to play the same things I do! We love a good, competitive board game or a rousing 4-Square championship on the driveway.
Elementary activities mirror some of my favorite ways to pass the time. Many of these things can be done as a family making modifications for younger kids to join in alone or as a team member. Remember that when kids play, they talk. It is easier to keep the lines of communication open when there is a game involved!
10 Ways to Make After-school Time Playful
Spending all day in elementary school can be taxing. Just sitting still that long is hard for many kids! Choosing something that fits your child is the key to enthusiastic participation – and playing along doesn’t hurt either!
- Make a really pretty summer necklace from a seashell. You can grab one from your vacation souvenirs or just make a quick trip to the craft store.
- Use some tape and a plastic spoon to learn about your brain and explore new neural pathways.
- Give your kids this tutorial on how to make colorful giant spinning paper pinwheels and let them make them all on their own.
- Use drywall compound and paint to create mock impressionist paintings just like Monet.
- Make rainbow loom rings! Give these to your friends or hand them out as party favors.
- Give your kids these construction challenges to spark inventiveness and creative thinking.
- Your kids can make their own stop-motion movie! Plan a story line and use toys to create a miniature movie.
- Create some fun art (and have a blast) painting with water guns. Just fill them up with paint and water and spray a canvas!
- Build a helicopter with an egg carton that actually flies! This is fun to create and to play with.
- You can use old newspaper to build some really amazing forts to play in.
What are your favorite ways to play?