Awesome Kindergarten Play Ideas

Kindergartners are so grown up, but are always game for playing.  They love it when their play resembles things that they see older kids or adults doing.

What makes Kindergarten activities even more fun is that many participants have a healthy dose of imagination which elevates simple play into a whole new world.  Toilet paper rolls become rocket ships and ice cubes are frozen castles.

10 Awesome Activities for Kindergartners

Here are some of my favorite Kindergarten-age activities.  There is a bit of learning snuck in with some of these, but they won’t notice!  Each starts with a variation of something familiar like a family board game or a school building, but where you take it from there is all up to you.

  • Play the classic game of Othello with cookies! Quickly create a simple board for the game with a cutting board and add in cookies!
  • Make your Elsa and Anna figurines a place to play by making frozen ice castles out of sand molds!
  • Do you have Star Wars fans? Help them make their own R2-D2 and Chewbacca from a simple toilet paper roll!
  • Play tic-tac-toe in the dark! Use glow sticks and shape them into X’s and O’x. Then, wait for the sun to go down and play!
  • Get muddy! Use an old wheel barrow to make a mobile mud kitchen for fun and messy outdoor play.
  • Build a cup structure by giving your kids plastic cups and seeing how tall of a structure they can build without it falling.
  • Explore tides with this DIY pool science experiment. Discover what happens during low tide and high tide.
  • Get together and build a cardboard rocket ship. Design, measure and create a fun place to play and pretend.
  • Make your own stilts with empty coffee cans and shoe-string. So much fun!
  • Build a miniature school house! Just an old shoe box and a few odds and ends make a cute little place for your mini figurines to play.

What are your favorite ways to play?

Published on: August 07, 2014
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Holly Homer is the stay-at-home, work-from-home, mom of three boys ages 8-13. She runs Kids Activities Blog that is all about fun things to do with kids.  She is the co-author of 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! with her blogging partner, Rachel Miller.

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