In the backyard or neighbourhood
2. Set up a water station for younger kids with buckets of water and containers from the kitchen.
3. Bath the dog.
4. Slip and slide.
5. Bath their dolls.
6. Make enormous ice blocks then watch them melt in the sun. To make, fill ice cream containers with water and plastic animals or leaves and flowers. Freeze overnight.
7. Wash the car.
8. Go on a bear hunt around the neighbourhood (Kind Kiwis are leaving teddy bears in their windows for kids to spot when they're out walking with their family. Keep a two metre distance when passing other walkers.)
9. Go for a bike ride or scooter ride
10. Take the dog for a walk
11. Draw on the concrete using outdoor chalk
12. Play hopskotch.
13. Play hand ball
14. Play backyard volleyball or badminton
15. Backyard cricket
16. Lie on your back and watch clouds.
17. Blow bubbles. Click here for how to make your own bubble mix.
18. Picnic in the backyard
19. Do some gardening. You can create portable gardens using plant pots, gumboots, wheelbarrows, buckets, whatever containers you have at hand. You can even plant seeds in egg shells. (Supermarkets sell seeds and basic gardening equipment.)
20. Paint a mural. Stick large sheets of paper up on the fence and paint with full-size paint brushes and water-based poster paints.
21. Make an obstacle course. (This can be done inside too.)
23. Make pizza
24. Tea party with dolls/teddies
25. Paint rocks / make pet rocks
26. Make jewellery using string, beads and buttons
27. Make lemonade ice blocks using leftover flat lemonade.
28. Make a bird feeder. Roll a pine cone in margarine then roll in bird seed. Suspend with string from tree.
29. Make huts.
30. Play the 'floor is lava' game.
31. Play cards.
32. Play board games - Monopoly, Connect Four, Pick Up Sticks, Yahtzee, Cluedo, Chess, Drafts
33. Get your kids to clean their room and reward them with ice cream
34. Have a poker tournament using buttons as chips.
35. Face painting.
36. Do jigsaws.
37. Play with playdough. Click here for how to make playdough
38. Blow up balloons and play indoor volleyball (good for teaching little ones eye-hand coordination).
39. Treasure hunt.
40. Paint your nails.
41. Make a marble run.
42. Make origami.
43. Play hide and seek.
44. Play charades.
36. Do puzzles / word finds / cross words / sudoku.
37. Indoor basketball using screwed up pieces of paper and a waste paper basket.
38. Lego - everyone loves Lego, even grown-ups.
Teach them stuff
40. How to tie their shoe laces.
41. How to bake a cake.
42. How to knit.
43. How to sew.
44. How to ride a bike.
45. How to make a cup of tea.
46. How to make a family meal.
47. How to repair a puncture on a bike tyre.
48. How to play the guitar or ukelele (not the recorder...)
Make use of technology
49. Make home videos
50. Watch movies