I know firsthand how hard it can be during the evening when you’re needing to make dinner and the kids just want your attention. To help, these fun activities for kids are perfect ways to help the kids stay busy while you make dinner!
Fun Activities for Kids
The activities you choose will depend on the age and interests of your kid, but this list has all sorts of options for you to try out. These are great indoor activities for toddlers and big kids that might just buy you enough time to get that meal made! (At least it’s sure better than having a small child holding onto your leg for dear life while you try to rustle up something edible!)
- Turn on music and have a dance party
- Have them help you cook (a learning tower is great for this!)
- Have them help you wash dishes (put a few towels down first!)
- Set up a sensory bin
- Try kenetic sand in a bin
- Set up a chalkboard easel
- Water Wow books
- Stickers and paper
- Washi tape and paper
- Free play (miracles happen!)
- Toy cars on raceways made with painter’s tape
- Magna tiles
- Screen time
- Podcasts (we love Circle Round, Wow in the World, Mystery Recipe, and Brains On)
- Facetime with a loved one
- Tupperware and spatulas
- Give them mini tongs and a bowl full of pom poms
- Bowl and spoons
- Magnets on the fridge
- Have them play in their play kitchen
- Give them a snack or appetizer
- Give them a cardboard box to play with
- Give them the scraps from your food prep to “cook” with
- Give them a box of cheap tissues to play with (thanks to deconstructing_dadhood for this one!)
- Have them help set the table (they may get distracted and play along the way!)
Easy Toddler Activities
We’ve been loving magnets on the fridge (we have this set which has both letters and foods), dance parties, and so many stickers. If you have a toddler activity that helps you with the witching hour, please comment below to share!
TIP: Find my Master List of 100 Free Activities for Kids here.
Easy Dinner Ideas
This post was first published March 2020.