Keeping your kids active and moving is important to their development. At virtually every age,
they have plenty of energy every day, but ideas for activities to do are often limited. Out of the
few that come to mind, it’s rare that one will be enough stimulation for your children over the
However, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorites at every age range. This makes sure
you’re keeping them busy according to their varied energy level and interests at different age
5 Years and Under
Once your kid starts walking, there’s no stopping them from running and jumping around
everywhere. This stage starts at the age of two, which is why they call it the terrible twos and
goes on for a few years more.
While there are several coping methods to keep yourself sane while they’re at their most unruly
state, there are activities in which you can also enjoy the process without wanting to pull all the
hair off your scalp.
Since little children are charged with energy and the desire to be somewhat independent,
different motor activities done indoors will likely drain their energy away and entertain them for
hours. DIY obstacle courses in the living room, scavenger hunts, physical charades, and the like
are some examples that will be fun to set up and moderate.
6-10 Years Old
Once your kids grow a little older, they can usually find a way to entertain themselves on their
own. However, when they’re stuck at home on the weekends or during the summer, you can
now provide bonding activities that require less movement.
As their patience, creativity, and mental capacity grow and develop, games and crafts that
engage their analytical thinking are not only helpful for them, they’re also appealing to kids their
age. Brain teasers, origami, building lego structures, drawing, and card and board games are
all fun to do for and with kids from 6 to 10 years old.
Deeper than mere activities and interests, character-building is also vital. Whatever they learn at
this stage, they would likely carry on to adulthood. Incorporate values into your family activities
by being active together in a community.
10-13 Years Old
Kids in the 10 to 13-year-old range have enough understanding and caution to tackle harder
and riskier activities. You can get them involved in your woodworking projects, in building or
taking apart appliances and furniture, and in creating snap circuit building sets.
This is also a time to show your trust by giving them little responsibilities that they can handle
like allowing them to operate a business in their own little way. This can be doing small chores
at home, starting up a lemonade stand at your local farmer’s market like you did in your time or
doing little favors for neighbors for a small fee.
There’s no other time than this to have “the talk.” Puberty is on the horizon and preparing them
for the changes that will come will reduce the freakouts, confusion, and sometimes
embarrassment. Especially with girls turning into women, it might be good to explain trivial
things like periods, growing busts and hips, and wearing bras. In a similar fashion, sit down and
talk with young boys about hormones and respect, given their newly burgeoning interest dating.
Pre-puberty stage might be the last few years your kid would want to talk and spend most of
their time with you. Once they hit their teens, they would naturally want to be out with peers
more. This is the time to build deep connections over shared hobbies as their personalities and
attitudes are getting clearer.
This can also be a great way to incorporate group activities with their friends. Activities like
beach bonfires, hiking, and fishing, or a movie night can be a great way to continue engaging
with your pre-teen kid.
14-18 Years Old
Teenage years are the trickiest stage because you almost never know when the mood swings
will hit and how to go about handling them when they happen. If you’re lucky, your teen will turn
out not as moody as pop culture portrays them to be, but the best you can do for them at this
stage, in general, is provide support.
Thoughts about interests and hobbies turn to talks about career and the future. This is the time
for them to explore their options, so allow them to decide on acc, whether in sports, dance, math
or debate clubs, among many other available school activities. A career field trip might also
inspire them as they try to find their passion.
Aside from these big activities for their future, little adult skills like cooking, doing laundry, and
budgeting – things they don’t learn in school – are also important things to train them in. This
will prepare them for independence when they move out for college or start working.
These activities are not only beneficial for your kids. Some activities, especially those for little
kids, might even be essential for your sanity. It’s easy to direct gadgets and computers their way
and leave them to their own devices, but most of these activities are unplugged and will give them greater leverage for the future.