How to Entertain Your Kids {so the TV won’t have to!}

Last week’s most viewed post in our link party was a post from Entirely Emily titled, “What do I do With My Kids All Day?”

Emily expressed her thoughts about the difficulty of raising kids and keeping them busy with fun activities. She {bravely} admits to letting her girls watch a whole lot of TV, and guess what- she isn’t the only one! Many moms (me included) have good intentions of keeping our kids busy with fun, educational, outdoor, memory-making activities, but the reality is this: TV is such an easy way to keep the kids entertained!

So today I thought it would be fun to feature some activities that will show us How to Entertain Our Kids and perhaps encourage just a bit less TV watching. Some of these ideas I have been hanging onto for a LONG time now- which just goes to show you NEVER know when I might feature you! :)

HAVE FUN WITH THEM: {ACTIVITIES}

Activity Jars from The Crafting Chicks

Over 100 summer activities from How Does She

Summer Activity Grab Bags from The Crafting Chicks

101 Things To Do with Your Toddler from Counting on Me

Make Play Dough from Gluesticks

I’m Bored Dice from Say It On The Walls

Doorway Puppet Theater from The Crafty Cupboard

Make a Lemonade Stand from Giggles Galore

Food Faces from At Second Street

Paint Swatch Scavenger Hunt from Come Together Kids

Storybook Fun from Brassy Apple

Indoor Drive In from Friday Night Date Night

I’m Bored Basket from Kampen Lane

Ivory Soap Experiment from Alli n’ Sons

Sidewalk Paint with Polish the Stars

READ WITH THEM: {BOOKS}

Quiet Books with free templates from Serving Pink Lemonade

ABC Quiet Book from It’s Good For the Heart

Child’s Sketch Book from Simply Modern Mom

Library Tote from LuLu’s Tiles

On the Go Book from At Second Street

CREATE WITH THEM: {CRAFTS}

Dollar Store Hedgehog from Eden’s Flower Garden

I Spy Pencil Bag from Mom’s Crafty Space

Wipee case into Laptop from She Wears Flowers

Child’s Kitchen from an Entertainment Center from Cupkateer

Bottle Cap Bugs from Crafts By Amanda

Monster Dolls from Dragonfly Designs

Embroider Artwork From The Hive

Sock Puppy from Little Black Teapot

Clay Cookies from Egg and Twig

Cardboard Mailbox and Felt Mail from My Own Road

Boo Boo Bunny from Little Page Turners

Lace Princess Crowns from Girl Inspired

(More Crafts for Kids on my Pinterest Boards)

PLAY WITH THEM: {GAMES}

Family Puzzle from Pink and Green Mama

Handmade Backgammon Board from Infarrantly Creative

Bean Bag Tic Tac Toe from So Totally Smitten

Travel Hi Ho Cheerio Game from Less Cake More Frosting

Cupcake Matching Game from Naptime Crafters

Popsicle Stick Puzzles from Meaningful Mama

Thanks for linking up everyone!

I’ll see you right back here tomorrow morning with another fabulous link party! :)

entertain kids

Stephanie
Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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Comments

  1. How awesome…thanks for sharing!

  2. Holy Cow! Thanks for featuring me, Stephanie. I’m awestruck that my link was the most viewed. It kinds makes me feel better knowing I’m not the only one. There are so many cute ideas in this post that my kids will have to find something they enjoy.

  3. Hey you have to add “just give them to Grandma for the day” :)

    Remember for us Grandmas it’s a trip down memory lane to play with play doh again and we spend our spare time on Amazon looking for the best puzzle ever, and since we can give them back to you, it’s alot of fun when they are here :) LOL when mine leave the house it takes an hour to pick up…that’s how many toys, crafts etc I’ve gotten over the years ….so add Grandparent’s Getaway to the list :)

  4. Thanks for including my Ivory soap experiment! It was so fun, I hope others use it to fill in their summer days too.

  5. Thank you so much for featuring our Summer Ideas! There are so many other fun ones here, too! I can’t wait to check them all out! Thanks again!

  6. LOVE that you featured Friday Night Date Night! She’s amazing and has such a great blog :)

  7. Oh my goodness! Thanks so much for the feature! There are some really great ideas that we will have to try this summer!

  8. Thank you so much for including me in this great round up Stephanie!

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