Psssst! Nannies! Here are 50 fun activities that can be organized with minimal preparation using items found in the home. Keep this list handy for rainy days, snow days or extreme temperatures!
1-Finger paint on tinfoil
3- Play in the bath with kitchen items and make ‘bubblechinos’!
4- Have a tea party with stuffies on a blanket on the floor
5- Play ‘hair salon’
6- Make a story book
7- Pitch the tent and camp indoors!
8- Make homemade play dough or slime
9- Bake a yummy treat
10- Plan a treasure hunt
11- Put on music and have a dance party!
12- Pull out the dress up box
13- Face Paint
14- Make a ramp with pillows and race toy cars
15- Play ‘store’ with a cash register, money, and items for sale
16- Make a fort out of blankets
17- Throw a birthday party for a favourite stuffie
18- Have a car wash in the kitchen sink
19- Pull out the art box and let the kids go wild!
20- Rearrange the toy room
21- Volleyball with balloons
22- Button jewellry
23- Karaoke or a concert
24- Write a grocery list
26- Race against the clock (how many times can you jump in 10 secs?)
28- Paint little toes!
29-Sort through old toys to donate
31- Make book marks
32- Make friendship jewellery with paint, pasta and string
33- Play ‘library’ with books, stamps and story time
34- Make a city using every single block in the house
35- Make an obstacle course in the basement
36- Create a time capsule
37- Invite friends over to play
38- Take pictures of your favourite items
39- Put on a fashion show
40- Make an art package to mail to a grandparent
41- Write a letter to a friend
42- Make crafts from the recycle bin
43- Pull out the board games
44- Hide and Seek
45- Create a treasure map and hide items around the house
46-Play ‘cafe’ or ‘restaurant’
47- Make Sock puppets
48- Have fun with a good ol’ cardboard box
49- Surprise Mom and Dad with dinner made by the kids
50- Get inventive with masking tape on the floor (hopscotch, roads etc)
Kate McGeachin has been matching nannies and families for over 12 years. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and her daughters. When she is not camping, skiing or biking, she is scouring the Internet looking for the latest vegetarian-gluten free recipes.