When I started Mess for Less, it was with the idea of sharing kids activities with other moms. Lots have changed here over the years, but activities for kids still make up a bulk of our content. Why did I want to share these play activities with moms? Well, I was a mom of three young children and I was going at my wit's end trying to fill the hours in a day. I started doing fun activities with my little ones and decided to start a blog for moms who were in a similar boat.
Since I am often pressed for time, the ideas I share are ones that you can set up quickly. They are not complicated, but will result in some great bonding time with your child. I have found that some of these play ideas are even fun for parents as well. So get in there, get down on your child's level and join in. Of course there are times when as moms we need activities that will occupy a child for a little bit while we get dinner on the table or do some other important chore. These ideas will keep your kids busy and give you that time you need.
I have divided these kids activities into age ranges so you will find ones for baby and toddler, preschool and elementary aged children.
Paper Plate Baby Farm Animals Little hands will have a ball making these adorable animals!
Bathing Dolls - this is a great for kids to cool off and engage in some water sensory play.
Shape Sorting for Toddlers - You can make this game yourself and use it to teach shapes and even colors.
Click to see all our baby and toddler activities.
18 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers - Kids won't know they are improving their fine motor skills with these fun activities.
Bubble Wrap Art Prints - Use up that extra bubble wrap to make these colorful bubble wrap art prints with kids.
Glitter Flower Art for Kids - it is so easy to make this glitter flower art for kids. It's a great Spring project!
Click to see all our Preschool Activities.
K-Cup Activities for Kids - Lots of ways to play and learn with K-Cups!
Must Have Resources to Get Ready for Kindergarten - Have a child starting kindergarten soon? See what you need to made the transition easier.
Make Your Own Scratch Art Paper - Never buy scratch art paper again! Even kids can make their own and pick the colors that go underneath!
Click to see ALL our Elementary School Activities.