Growing up, I always loved to spend time with my older siblings. Being the youngest, they would dress me up, take me out, and play with me as if I were a doll that they could do anything with. As I got older, those things haven’t changed, and the fun keeps going on. The only difference, now I get to return the favor with their children.
If you have a great relationship with your siblings, honestly, even if your connection to them is mediocre, odds or that you love your nieces and nephews as if they were your own. The offspring of your siblings are amazing because you get the opportunity to influence young children’s lives, have fun with them, and then return them to their parents at the end of the day.
Since most of us are stuck at home, now more than ever is a great time to show the little humans in your life some extra love by treating them to a fun day or even some cool activities.
Here are 10 super fun activities to keep your nieces and nephews entertained!
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Create a fun and safe environment to make delicious treats with your nieces and nephews
The only thing children love more than eating delicious treats is making them themselves. First, pick your recipe. Chocolate chip cookies, muffins, and any cake are all recipes that are sure to not only please your nieces and nephews but also all of the adults at home too.
Start off by pre-measuring your ingredients and preparing them in separate containers to make putting them in the bowl or mixer as easy as possible. If you have more than one niece and nephew, have them take turns.
Children love to feel responsible, so in addition to giving them turns, also entrust them with duties—mixing and kneading are great ways to make them feel like chefs in the kitchen.
2. Go for a walk!
Turn your walk into something more: hide surprises all along your walk for the ultimate scavenger hunt!
With school and camp not being an option for many children, finding time outside is crucial. Take your daily walk and turn it into a fantastic adventure. The one thing children love more than playing games is winning prizes while playing games.
Tailor the scavenger hunt to your niece or nephew’s favorite things. If you have a nephew who loves cars and trucks, place matchbox cars and small trucks throughout your walk to make for a fun journey! Let’s say your niece loves all things underwater, draw out a treasure map with nautical jargon leading your niece to starfish, mermaids, and gold treasure at the very end!
3. Dance Dance Dance!
Make a TikTok video and have an epic dance party.
With all of the major TikTok dance trends out there, you’re sure to find a dance your nieces and nephews will love!
Not only do children love to have a fun dance party, but they also love to see themselves on video.
4. Get Crafty!
Whether you love to draw, make collages, or build fun structures together with your nieces and nephews to create great memories.
While everything today is digital, back in the day, picture collages were all the rage. Take your favorite snaps of your nieces, nephews, and family and print them either at home or at your local pharmacy.
Once you have all of your favorite pictures printed, cut them up into fun and creative shapes. Next, pick your picture-perfect background and start pasting.
Use glitter pens and stickers to elevate your designs.
Want to take your collage a step further, make multiple pages, and put them in a scrapbook for mom and dad!
5. Make Kinetic Sand!
We already know that kids love to create things, so why not make something that will keep them entertained for days to come.
Making Kinectic sand with your nieces and nephews is a wonderful fun and safe way to bond with them and learn a little bit along the way.
6. Movie Night
Create a movie experience that your little ones will never forget.
With movie theaters being closed, your nieces and nephews must miss the thrill that comes with a night out to the movie theater.
Make a special night for your favorite moviegoers by transforming the living room into a movie paradise.
First, lay blankets and pillows on the floor to change the scenery. Maybe even label each pad for the ultimate VIP experience. Once you’ve purchased all of their favorite candies and snacks, fill individual plastic bags so that they each get their own goodies.
Finally, settle on a movie that everyone will love and enjoy!
Do it yourself with the little ones!
There are so many different projects that can be done to wow your nieces and nephews. To absolutely make their day, pick a project that will not only take up a chunk of their day but also leave them with something exciting to bring home to mom and dad.
If the weather is nice, set up a tie-dye station. You can purchase supplies here.
Order a bunch of t-shirts, shorts, hoodies, and even dresses if you’d like and set up shop for your nieces and nephews to make super cute outfits.
Create a show and belt out your nieces and nephew’s favorite songs!
To give them the ultimate experience set up a stage and get them into costumes! Since you’ll be putting this show on at home, there is no need for expensive karaoke machines. Instead, get some speakers, a laptop, tennis rackets, and hairbrushes.
Play their favorite music and let them jam out, pretending their hairbrushes are microphones and rackets are guitars.
9. Play Pretend
Get into character with your nieces and nephews and pretend to be anything they want to be.
If you don’t already have costumes handy, get creative, and style them like their favorite cartoons and tv characters.
Next, open up your imagination and join in their magical fun. Kids are great at pretending, so follow their lead.
While playing pretend and dress up may seem silly, this activity is one your nieces and nephews will cherish forever.
10. Being with them
Finally, just be with them.
Children often feel left out. Especially now with their reduced friend and social time. Take a moment away from work or be with other adults and just sit with your nieces and nephews to talk about their feelings. Odds are, they have more to say than you can ever imagine.
When you’re done catching up, you can cuddle and read their favorite books to them. While children love activities, there is nothing they value more than good quality time with those they love.
When it comes down to it, don’t stress. Whatever you choose to do with your little ones will make them so happy and excited for the next time you decide to spend the day with them.