How to Create an Activity Board

This summer, we have been on the go almost every day. With summer classes and activities, errands, and visiting with friends and family, each day seems so full. So when we had a rainy day and nowhere we had to go, it was a welcome change. For me, anyway.

How to Create an Activity Board

But my children got bored. They did a few things, but eventually ended up in front of the television. Not my favorite way for them to spend a day. It was time to create an activity board.

You don’t have to save the activity board for just rainy days. Include outdoor activities on it as well, and you can use it anytime your child is feeling restless. It’s also a great go-to place for ideas when friends come over and the kids are looking for something to do.

Find the Supplies

Make your activity board with any supplies you have on hand. We had a large, empty bulletin board to pin our ideas on, but you could easily use a piece of foam board or even a piece of poster board.

Find Ideas

Next, it’s time to come up with some ideas. This is a great thing to do together as a family. Gather everyone around the kitchen table. What kinds of activities can you do at home? Watching television and playing video games aren’t options!  Below are some ideas to get you started.

For rainy days:

  • Play a board game
  • Draw a self-portrait
  • Bake cupcakes
  • Read a book together
  • Write a story
  • Make a movie
  • Build a city with blocks or Legos
  • Make up a dance and teach everyone else
  • Make a card
  • Play dress-up (parents too!)
  • Draw a map of your house
  • Do a puzzle

For sunny days:

  • Play hopscotch
  • Draw with chalk
  • Climb a tree
  • Pick wildflowers
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Take a walk
  • Draw in a nature journal
  • Wash the car
  • Exercise
  • Ride a bike
  • Make a birdfeeder

Make the Activity Cards

Type up the ideas on the computer using a fun and/or colorful font, then print them and cut them out. Or, you could write them out on 3 x 5 cards. If your child isn’t reading yet, add pictures to the cards as well. Pin or tape them to the board with masking tape.  Then, when your child is looking for something to do, just send him to the activity board!

What activities would your family add to the activity board?

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