Play ideas

Active play ideas 

  • Physical Activity Websites: 

Kids Workouts to do at Home

NSW Office of Sport - staying active


  • Build pillow forts or indoor cubbyhouses 
  • Build safe obstacle courses around the house
  • Make treasure hunts around the house (or in the backyard if you have one)
  • Make an area for an inside picnic  





  • Play backyard cricket or basketball
  • Try tennis, volleyball or badminton over the fence with the neighbours
  • Play with pets (wash hands before and after handling pets)
  • Make obstacle courses (inside and out)



Educational Play

Spelling bees

  • Spelling bees, suitable for the age, can be fun for children 
  • Word games such as Word Search or Word Unscramble
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • See how many words children can come up with when you give them 7 random letters (including vowels) 




  • Fill a jar with coloured discs, beads, marbles etc and ask children to guess how many are in the jar
  • Children can then sort them by colour, count up the number in each colour and then add them all together to find out how many objects there are.




Memory game

  • Put 10 to 15 items on a tray and cover with a tea towel.
  • Give each child a pen and paper, then lift the tea towel and let them look at all the items for about 10 seconds.
  • Cover with a tea towel and then ask children to write down as many items as they remember.
  • The child who remembers the most gets a small ‘prize’ – stickers are often good for this. 



Sensory play


Kids love slime

  • Make sure that you buy or make slime that doesn’t contain dangerous ingredients like Borax and boron.
  • We found a few slime without Borax recipes but a Google search will show you others. Or you can use this slime recipe from our Child Life Therapists.
  • Playing with slime (and play-dough) has many benefits. While it is often used for hand dexterity and fine motor skills, playing with slime and play-dough engages all five senses and can give children something to refocus on instead of their own thoughts and worries.
  • Remember to supervise if cooking in a microwave or stovetop is needed. 



Making your own playdough can be fun. There are lots of recipes online but a Google search will show you others

  • Remember to supervise if cooking in a microwave or stovetop is needed.
  • Plastic or blunted knives can be used for cutting playdough.
  • Cookie cutters are great for making shapes.
  • A spare cutting board from the kitchen might be useful for children to cut on.