10 Engaging Activities to Bring the Family Together

We’re spending a little more time at home this holiday season than in years past, so we are all in need of fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. When you’re ready to give the screen a break, rally your tiny troops and try out a few of these games, DIYs, and projects!

  1. Pretend & Play Together

    • Visual aid of how to complete Monster Mash Up
      Monster Mash Up

      (Ages 3-5)

      For several months every year, our Seattle skies are filled with gray clouds. So as a kindergarten teacher, I was always on the lookout for easy, rainy day activities that would make inevitable indoor recesses fun for my students. Hands down, Monster Mash Up was one of the kids' all-time favorite projects. Now that I have children of my own, I can officially declare this simple activity a winner. It's guaranteed entertainment at doctors' offices, restaurants, and on airplanes.


  2. Build & Experiment Together

    • Visual aid of how to complete Craft Stick Chain Reaction

      Chain reactions are amazing displays of energy. When everything is set up right, one little tap can cause a cascade of action, like a single domino knocking over a chain of thousands. Try this experiment to make a huge chain reaction out of just a few craft sticks!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Cranberry Catapult

      We love catapults around here at Kiwi Crate. Launching things is endless entertainment. This particular catapult that we created includes a nod to the Fall season and Thanksgiving. Cranberries make for the perfect ammunition. We tried Pom Poms too, and they worked just as well.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Egg Drop Project
      Egg Drop Project

      (Ages 9-16)

      How can you get an egg to drop without breaking it? Change the way it drops with this awesome egg drop experiment!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Baking Soda-Powered Boat

      Fizz, fizz, zoom! This baking soda experiment boat is easy to build and fun to race. If you’ve ever dropped a fizzy tablet into a cup of water or made a baking soda volcano, you’ve made the same chemical reaction used here. But this time, we’re using that reaction to power a soda bottle boat, for a short distance at least.This is one baking soda experiment that is more fun with more room, so try this one in the bathtub. You can also experiment with the amount of baking soda and vinegar you add.


  3. Share & Make Together

    • Visual aid of how to complete Tree of Gratitude

      Every Thanksgiving holiday, we have a family tradition where each of us writes down what we are thankful for. Typically, we just jot them down on some post-it notes and read them out loud, but this year, we wanted to create a centerpiece of gratitude. This tree is a simple but elegant way to display what we are are thankful for. Going forward, the tree will be a part of our holiday tradition.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Homemade Dough Gift Tags

      I wanted to get my entire family involved with personalized gift giving! So I created these nature-inspired dough gift tags with an easy no-bake recipe for white dough that hardens overnight. This activity was a hit with our kids, who loved the feel of dough in their hands. Using tree trimmings and alphabet stamps made them extra special and unique!


Get inspired!