Check out our bumper issue of activities for fun things to do with the kids at home over the weekend or whenever you have some free time!
We’ve put together a bunch of ideas to keep you and the kids busy at home. For our most recent weekend planner click here otherwise scroll on for our bumper roundup of activities and things to do with kids. Check out the Recipe section for fun snacks, treats and play recipes to make with the kids, our Kids’ App/E-learning Resource section for something educational or fun for the kids to discover online and our Activities section for good old-fashioned play inspiration.
1. Make Colourful Rainbow Fizz!
This activity is so easy to set up with stuff you most likely have in your pantry! Kids will love filling syringes with different colours and making rainbow patterns on the baking soda that fizzes as it reacts with the vinegar. Both my kids (5 and 8 years old) had fun with this (but do watch out as the food dye will stain clothes and marble floors so best to do this somewhere where clean up is easy!). Just fill a tray with baking soda and set out containers filled with vinegar and a couple of drops of different food dye/colouring. It’s fun using syringes (and good for hand muscles to maneuver them) but if you don’t have medicine syringe or pipettes, then a teaspoon in each container will do. Now just add dribbles of vinegar colour solution to the baking soda, watch as the vinegar reacts and fizzes with the soda. See what happens when different colours mix!
2. Watch a Kids’ Maker Session with Playeum
Join Playeum with your little ones (18-month-olds to tweens) for a free 45-minute sessions available on Instagram, where kids are encouraged to take charge of their own maker projects at home! Playeum explores the different ways we can experiment, play and create with everyday materials (from rubber bands to toilet rolls) that we find in our homes. There are no instructions, allowing for the imagination to take over. Find out more here.
Playeum at Home
3. Suggest Mama gets Some Down Time
So this might not have been what you had in mind when you started reading activities to do this weekend with your kids, but bear with us. While we love spending time with our family, sometimes it’s even better to spend time alone. Not entertaining little ones, not cooking for others, not cleaning, not researching how to keep kids busy. So suggest to your kids and partner that you might like some alone time to do your own thing without feeling guilty. We loved this article by a fellow mum of a 4-year-old who says maybe it’s time to give parents a break while we adjust to life in a pandemic. And maybe it’s time for kids to develop a new skill (like the opportunity to learn how to learn, through self-exploration and observation.). So put your feet up, mamas, enjoy your cup of tea hot and pick up a free e-copy of your fave mag at NLB’s OverDrive collection!
4. Try Science Experiments at Home
Get kids excited about science with these easy experiments that illustrate some cool science concepts. Check out our roundup of fun home science experiments for kids of all ages that can be done with simple and easy-to-find materials. The “Bubbles in Oil” experiment here makes a great, aesthetically pleasing experiment that older kids will enjoy. All you’ll need is: a clear cup, water, oil and food colours. As you add colour droplets to your layer of oil – you’ll see they won’t reach the layer of water. This experiment is a great way to teach children about the concept that water and oil molecules do not mix and for older kids, polar and nonpolar molecules.
Easy Science Experiment at Home
5. Join Science O’Clock Junior at Pepper’s Lab
If you are a little unsure about science experiments at home on your own, why not follow Science Centre’s lead and tune in to their online sessions curated by the Educators at KidsSTOP? Learn to create a lemon volcano, magic milk or a homemade pH indicator using everyday household items with Pepper’s After School Series ONLINE Workshop.
6. Use Your LEGO in New Ways
If you haven’t jumped on the 30 Day LEGO Challenge bandwagon, it’s not too late. The plan outlines a daily challenge that you can set for the children, from ‘build a house’ to ‘design a new space rocket’ or ‘build a Lego maze’. Children will play with their LEGO in a new way and be encouraged to think outside the box. A fellow mama mentioned she loves to dump a bunch of LEGO in the bath for her kids to play with, dive for (get the old snorkel or goggles out) so there’s another way to use your beloved old toys.
7. Play Play-Doh WITH your kids
It’s great when kids get on with playing and leave us parents to work, get jobs done, or just relax! But occasionally getting down to their level and playing with your kids can be great for bonding and opening up communication. Joining in with your kids when they crack open the Play-Doh also lets you keep an eye on the mess! Play-Doh has been shown to help creativity, communication skills, fine motor skills and has even been recommended as one of the best toys to combat delayed motor development from too much screen time. Read up on the benefits of Play-Doh plus tips on how to clean up any mess here.
Play-Doh Art and Craft Activities
Read more: Make your own playdough recipe
8. Make a Home Spa
Time to pamper mama! Kids will have a blast setting up a home salon for mama to enjoy. Older kids can help write out the salon treatment options (sneaky handwriting practice, haha!), design a salon name, set up the sofa or a comfy chair and get some kid-safe products ready. Some ideas: body lotion for a foot or leg massage; make-up remover or plain water and cotton pads for face treatments; face cream (not your best one in case little fingers use too much!) and lip balm so kids can apply; slices of cucumber to place on your eyes. The kids can even write out a Home Spa gift certificate to present to you for use on your visit. Go enjoy mama, you deserve it!
9. Play Indoor Crazy Golf
Challenge the kids to a game of indoor DIY crazy golf! The kids can design a complex course with anything around the house, train sets, DUPLO, tracks and bricks. Get the old cardboard boxes out to make ramps and holes – see how creative they can be. Then see who can make it around the course without falling in any traps or getting the ball lost!
10. Do a Kid-friendly Blindfolded Taste Test
This activity idea came from a fellow mama and we just love it so we had to share. Blindfold your child or get them to close their eyes, and no peeking! Lay out a spread of whatever you have at home – vegetables, cheese, something you know your kids will love, something new. The kids have to guess what they are eating. It’s lots of fun and also a super sneaky way to get kids to try something they haven’t wanted to eat before.
11. Magic Milk Experiment
Remember the pepper-and-soap experiment from earlier this year that helped show kids the importance of washing their hands? This Magic Milk experiment has a similar concept, except this time it’s with milk, food colouring and soap. Watch the video above to find out how, and get ready to amaze the kiddos!
12. Make a Book or Journal
Chances are you’re well versed in the benefits of journalling. It helps improve handwriting skills, helps with big feelings and communication skills. Get the kids to make their very own journal with scrap paper at home. One of our favourite STEAM blogs, Babble Dabble Do does a great job of explaining 5 different book binding methods with materials you are likely to have at home.
Make a DIY Journal
13. Accept an art challenge #TussenKunstenQuarantaine
Get involved in the latest social media trend started by The Getty Museum on twitter. Recreate classic art paintings at home. No we aren’t asking you to channel your inner Picasso, this is more about replicating famous works of art using props you have at home to stage a photo. Just find a favourite art painting, gather your props and any willing children to help. Take a pic and use the hashtag #TussenKunstenQuarantaine (which translates to “between art and quarantine”) and you are set. How fun is the comparison pic above from Jess on the Sassy Mama team?
14. Let the Kids Listen to Free Storytelling with Arts
Gateway Kids Club is a weekly kids’ programme that includes storytelling, and arts & crafts to help feed kids’ imaginations. Look out for free storytelling sessions on their Facebook page at 11am on Saturdays. From “Oh the places you’ll go” to “David & Goliath,” storyteller Dwayne share fun stories with kids in a colourful interactive way complete with an activity. Recommended for children 3 to 8 years old.
Free Storytelling with Arts
15. Easy Gardening at Home
Always wanted to grow your own veggies or herbs? Try your hand at gardening with the kids with NParks’s Gardening with Edibles initiative. Sign up to redeem FREE seed packets for your household and check out the NParksSG YouTube channel for useful how-to videos!
16. Check out National Gallery for Kids Online
Missing a bit of culture? National Gallery, Singapore has created a dedicated kids’ website, Gallery Kids. Here you can explore paintings from around Southeast Asia, play dozens of interactive games, and listen to tales from animated storytellers. We think kiddos will particularly love My INK-credible Adventure, where they can make their own (digital) splat paintings inspired by Yeo Shih Yun. You can also take a virtual tour of the gallery’s collections through Google Arts & Culture.
National Gallery for Kids Online
17. Read JK Rowling’s FREE Online Book Ickabog
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has released a new surprise chapter book The Ickabog online for free! Rowling announced that she first started writing the book Ickabog “in fits and starts” while she was between Potter books, but never pursued publishing it. Good news for us is that from May 26th, until July 10th, Rowling will post a new chapter every weekday. Plus there’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for kids to get involved in the published book! Kids are invited to submit illustrations of the book and the best will be included in the print version. Ickabog is for kids aged 7 to 9 to read to themselves, or for parents to read to kids.
JK Rowling’s FREE Online Book Ickabog
18. Create an Obstacle Course Using Crepe Paper
Make your own obstacle course in your hallway with just crepe paper. Zig zag the lines high and low and get the kids to walk through without breaking the crepe paper! This idea is from hellowonderful.co, where you can find plenty more stay at home activities like “minute to win it” games and more for kids of all ages.
19. Learn Some Fun New Origami Tricks
Origami is the art of folding one square into different shapes (no glue or cutting allowed!). Have you tried it with the kids? It’s surprisingly relaxing (until you can’t figure out where you went wrong) but with Red Ted Art‘s tutorials we didn’t actually get stuck at all! There are so many benefits of getting the kiddos into origami – not just for the cute end results. Origami develops eye hand co-ordination, sequencing skills, maths reasoning, spatial skills, memory, as well as patience and attention skills. With the help of Red Ted Art’s Youtube tutorials we made butterflies, birds and beautiful tropical palm fronds (now all hanging up next our masks in our hallway). Go on give it a go!
Learn New Origami Tricks
20. Make Secret Agent Invisible Ink
The most talked about method of homemade invisible ink is using lemon juice on paper to write invisible code that can then be revealed when you apply heat (via a hot iron). But, we have found a much better invisible ink method that doesn’t involve heat (so it’s much safer for kids). Mix a small amount of water and a couple of tablespoons of baking soda, then paint out your letters onto paper with a cotton bud or paint brush. To reveal, let the “ink” dry then mix 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (if you have any leftover from making your DIY hand sanitizer) and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (careful, this will stain if it gets on material or surfaces). Paint your turmeric solution over the paper with a paintbrush and magically see the letters reveal – the paper turns yellow and the letters turn bright red! So exciting and visual – we bet your kids will be thrilled with the results.
21. Grab a Little Footprints Fun Kit
Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) with Science Centre’s fun and engaging Little Footprints Fun Kit ($5 only, while stocks last) that’s specially designed for 4-8 year olds and delivered to your doorstep! Learn to build a circuit with the Little Electrician Kit, or engineer a toy from scratch with the Little Engineer Kit. Also check out one of these online subscription boxes for babies and kids of all ages.
Little Footprints Fun Kit
22. Set up a Home Cinema
How about setting up a cinema night at home? Kids can make cinema tickets and practice their drawing and writing skills. Rearrange your furniture cinema-style, dim the lights, choose a movie (we help out with this roundup of 33 family movies to choose from) and get the snacks ready!
23. One Bowl Sugar Free Banana Bread
Anyone else feeling like it’s snack o’clock every hour at home? Here’s a tried and tested zero-sugar spelt banana bread recipe that our family made with the kids. It’s great because you can make it in one bowl so there’s minimal cleaning up. The sweetness of this really hinges on the ripeness of your bananas — the riper and spottier the better. If you’re not used to sugar free recipes you could sneak a tablespoon of honey in here. Or try the recipe as is without sweetener and if it’s not sweet enough you can drizzle some honey or maple syrup on top to serve. Thanks to the nutty spelt flour and the wholesome ingredients this makes a super healthy snack for kids and adults and is a nutritious breakfast bread-cake too!
One Bowl Sugar Free Banana Bread
Read more: 6 Healthy Substitutes for Sassy Snackers!
24. Fizzy Bath Bombs
Ok so this week we are steering out of the kitchen (because we happen to have a bumper article of healthy snack recipes for something delicious and edible). Instead we’re making a play recipe: fizzy bath bombs! If there are any dads reading this, we reckon these could make marvellous a Mother’s Day present, too. This bath bomb recipe is double the fun — it’s a fun activity in itself to make the bath bombs, and then later the kids can play with them at bath time. If you don’t have a bathtub you can still let the kids play with these in a large bowl or bucket, just add boats, figurines and let the imaginative play begin!
Bath Bomb Ingredients
– 1 cup baking soda
– 1/2 cup citric acid (available at Phoon Huat)
– 1/2 cup salt
– 3/4 cup cornstarch
– 2 TBsp oil (coconut oil or any oil works)
– 2 tsp water plus a little more if needed
– 15 drops of essential oils or dried rose petals
- Mix everything apart from the water together. Gently drop a little water in (or use a spritz bottle) – the soda will cause the mixture to foam up so try not to add excess water – just what you need to bring the mixture together. You don’t want it too wet.
- Mix well with hands (wear gloves if your kid’s have sensitive skin).
- Squeeze mixture together so it comes together without crumbling. You may need to add slightly more water to do this.
- Add mixture to your molds, press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours in the fridge. As it expands try push it down into the molds. We kept our bath bombs in the molds in the fridge until we wanted to use them.
25. DIY Chocolate Truffles
This healthy recipe for chocolate truffles is packed with nuts, seeds and dates and is so simple that older kids can make it themselves while younger kids will just need help with the food processor and melting the dipping chocolate. Looking for a more indulgent truffle recipe with heavy cream and chocolate? Try this recipe.
26. Kid-friendly Mini Frittatas
The recipe of the week is a fun one to make with your kids. And the good news is that there’s no flour or yeast involved (if anyone knows where to get these at the moment, please shout!). Mini Vegetable Frittatas just require eggs and whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. The kiddos can help cut up the veg and it’s fun to crack open eggs (with no probs if the yolks and whites mix as you’ll be scrambling them anyway). Get this recipe and plenty more kid-friendly recipes in our free downloadable here.
More lunch box recipes here
27. Cheese & Onion Buns
Try making these tasty sugar free Cheese & Onion buns with the kids for a savoury snack. These cheesy buns are similar to Brazilian cheese bread, or Pão de Queijo (which is traditionally made with gluten-free tapioca flour instead).
Ingredients for 7 buns
• 1 cup flour
• 3 tsp baking powder
• Pinch of salt
• Pinch of dried mustard powder
• 2 cups of grated cheddar
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1⁄2 cup milk
• Extra grated cheese for tops
• 1 onion (chopped, microwaved for 1 minute)
1. Preheat the oven to 390F/200C. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl but be careful not to over mix.
2. Drop large soup-spoonfuls on a cold baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle tops with extra grated cheese.
3. Bake for 10-12 minutes until puffed and golden.
28. Frozen fruit “Lollipops”
This week the kids are making frozen fruit lollipops! You’ll be surprised how tasty these frozen treats are and when you put fruit on a stick it makes it so much more appealing to kids, freeze them and as they take longer to eat, these refreshing healthy treats are perfect for afternoon munchies. This fun and easy recipe is just one of the many snacks in our Healthy Snacks article and is a great healthy alternative to store-bought popsicles with artificial flavours and added sugar.
Ingredients for 8 Skewers (we used chopsticks for safety)
– 4 strawberries
– 3 tangerines
– 1 pack of blueberries
– 2 medium bananas
– 16 cubes of watermelon
1. Cut the fruit into large chunks and place in separate bowls.
2. Let the kids place the fruit they want on their lollipop on the chopsticks.
3. Place on chopping board and into the freezer for an hour.
29. Wholemeal Pizza Wraps
So mama and dad understand the deliciousness of a “proper pizza” with its chewy crust and dough lovingly slow fermented over many hours to achieve the tangy taste and chewy crumb. Your kids? Not so much maybe. My two little food critics were all gung-ho about these super easy made-from-scratch pizza wraps! You can make wraps one day for lunch and eat as regular wraps and then the next day use them for pizza! My kids loved decorating their own pizzas and lunch was made and served in under 30 minutes.
Wholemeal Pizza Wraps
– 1 cup whole wheat flour
– 1.5 Tbsp coconut oil (or any neutral oil)
– pinch salt
– 1/3 cup warm water
1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, oil and salt then add the warm water while mixing until a rough dough comes together. Add a little extra water if needed. Then knead dough on the counter for about two minutes. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes (if you have the time if not just continue). Divide dough into 4 equal balls then roll into a thin wrap circle shape.
2. Heat a pan over medium high heat and cook each side until bubbles form- about 1 minute.
3. Top with tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella and your fave pizza toppings.
4. Grill in the oven until the cheese melts- roughly 4 minutes.
Have you tried Nicecream? This one-ingredient home made ice cream is so easy to make it barely needs a recipe, but here we go anyway! Just freeze banana chunks (peeled) – the riper the better – and then blend for a delicious and creamy treat. You can store for later but it will freeze up and go hard if frozen for too long. Add in any flavours you like — raspberry, cocoa powder, a squeeze of lemon…and you can top with sauces or sprinkles, too. Go wild! Tag us @sassymamasg with your kiddos, mamas — we’d love to share your pics of trying out our recipes in our Instagram Stories!
Ingredient Nice Cream
– Ripe Bananas (cut into chunks and frozen)
– Optional; any other ingredients to flavour: cocoa powder, peanut butter, other fruit etc
1.Peel and chop bananas up — the riper they are the sweeter they’ll be. Freeze.
2. Blend frozen bananas in a food processor (you’ll need to scrape the sides down regularly). You can add in extra ingredients here – coconut cream if you are having troubling blitzing; other fruit; peanut butter; cinnamon or go pure. You can also add toppings after blending like chocolate chips or peanuts.
3. Serve immediately for a soft creamy nice cream or pop in freezer for no more than an hour to make firmer.
31. Have a Dance off with Go Noodle
Our kids just loooooove Go Noodle — a website that features fun dance sequences for kids to follow. You parents may even find yourself bopping away to fun tunes like “The Water Cycle,” which simultaneously educates about precipitation and other parts of the water cycle while teaching some jamming moves – what’s not to like?
32. Get Musical with Chrome Music Lab
If your kids are missing their usual music lessons, check out Chrome Music Lab. This website makes learning music fun through hands-on experiments. Plus you’ll get to explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more. Your kids will even be able to make their own songs with the Song Maker experiment.
Chrome Music Lab
33. Fun & Educational Activity Ideas from The Artground
#HomewithTAG is a contribution of ideas from the wonderful artist friends of The Artground. If you’re on the lookout for activities to do at home with the kids, check out their page for some creative and fun ideas! Write a letter, dehydrate flowers at home, or go on a backyard outdoor exploration and more! If you complete any of these activities, do share a photo or video on social media and tag them so they can continue to share them with other families and artists in an effort to “Let art do, what art does.”
34. Real Safari Live at Kruger
The Kruger National Park in South Africa is doing two safari drives a day Monday – Sunday (12pm and 9:30pm Singapore time), which you can watch “live” on WildEarth – LIVE safari YouTube. The drives happen at dusk in South Africa and at sunset and last a few hours. It’s super interesting and informative, and there’s something magic knowing it’s a real setting and anything could happen – will you spot impala or maybe a lion or elephant?
Real Safari Live at Kruger
35. Check out Tate Kids website
So while Mum is having that me-time, how about another adult in the house help the kids with some art? The (temporarily closed) museum Tate in London offers artistic activities to children confined indoors during the pandemic. We hopped on to their Tate Kids website and loved the look of the activities in store for kids. Tate Kids’ posts outline how the activity ties in to famous art techniques, what you’ll need, and how much time it takes so it’s super to prepare in advance. We also like that one of these activities could produce a fab gift for mum! On our list: how to make marbled paper with foam; learning to weave like Anni Albers; and how to make Pop Art like Warhol. Plus the kids will love the Quizzes section and watching the little video snippets like Jacqueline Wilson’s magical tour of Tate Britain to get inspired.
Tate Kids Website
36. Tune in for Library Story Time
The National Library Board (NLB) has launched weekly virtual storytelling sessions for children in English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. These prerecorded sessions will be hosted by librarians, volunteers and local authors on Facebook.
37. Draw with TIME’s Drew (and Rosie)
If your kids just love to draw, check out the new Draw with Drew (and Rosie!). Drew is creative director of TIME for Kids, and he and his sidekick, fourth-grader Rosie, explore their imaginations and dream up fun things to sketch each week in the latest free offering from TIME for Kids. There’s a new subject each week with lots of helpful hints to help make your kids’ artwork the best it can be. Also check out TIME for Kids’s free digital library.
Draw with TIME’s Drew (and Rosie)
38. Get inspired by ArtScience Museum’s new online programmes
Did you know ArtScience Museum has an online programme called ArtScience at Home? Here you can experience their museum programmes and educational activities such as guided exhibition tours and craft workshops, from home. You can watch their in-house craft creator Dina’s tutorials (every Friday fortnightly) as you create your own DIY space mission patches with materials easily found around the house, go on a virtual tour of Future World and more. Look out for Online Talks: Feeling the Future, and ArtScience Late, for intimate, living room performances from musicians and performing artists on the third Thursday of each month.
ArtScience Museum’s new online programmes
39. Get involved with Science with Bill Nye
Don’t believe you have super powers (even after the work-hbl-life juggle?). With Bill Nye (The Science Guy) you will learn how to bend a light beam through a water stream (physics) and a whole bunch of other cool science tricks (just look for ‘Learn’ and Home Demos). We like how the instructions are simple and easy to follow with a short kid-friendly “What’s Happening” explainer to understand the basics of the science theory.
Science with Bill Nye
Read more: 6 Easy Home Science Experiments for Ages 2-8
40. See Human Anatomy in 3D
If you are tired of your kids grabbing your phone to take pics and play with your filters, look away now. Google has come up with some more fun Augmented reality (AR) in Search so that you can bring 3D objects to life. Earlier this year we all had tigers and snakes in our living room thanks to Google’s AR, but they’ve now added 23 creepy crawlies to its AR Search results. You can also check out the human anatomy (from 11 body systems) as well as tiny organisms like mitochondria in 3D! How cool is tech?
To find it: Search for the name of the insect/anatomy type and select the “View in 3D” option.