Nowadays, kids are stuck with their smartphones and tablets. Get them to be active no matter the season (not just spring or summer) with these games and other activities that will guarantee hours of fun and learning! Plus, they’re not so hard to set up.

1) Water balloon games
Fill up several balloons with water and tie up the ends. Perfect for water balloon throwing challenge, balloon stomp, blindfold water balloon toss game, laundry basket catch, relay games, water balloon darts, water ballon pinatas and several other fun games that you can ever think of! The only limit is your imagination.

2) “Simon Says”
It involves of a participant named “Simon” who tells the other players what to do by saying the phrase “Simon Says.” If “Simon” says something that doesn’t have that phrase and the player does what he says, they’re out of the game. This popular and classic game also helps in building your child’s listening and attentive skills.

3) Scavenger hunts
Gather some items that are easily found at the park or even at your own backyard – flowers, pebbles and leaves, etc. Affix those items with names and have the kids to start looking for them!

4) Making “mud pies”
For a kid, nothing compares to the feeling of mud squishing between their hands and turning it into “mud pies.” It’s time to get down and dirty with this simple but fun nature activity! It also espouses your kid’s creativity.

5) Sand games and water fun
If you live on a sandy beach, you are quite lucky! The beach and the sea are your vast playground. Aside from the usual water activities, you can also get your kids into playing with sand. There are different types of fun activities using sand, such as making sand castles, sand drawings, making a “sand angel,” building a sandman and lots more!

Kids love the water, but remember to keep your eye on them as they wade through the shallow waters — especially on the younger kids! To keep them safe as well as provide them additional element of fun, check out 15 Fun Float Ideas for Your Pool or Next Vacation for cute water floats.

6) Making art pieces and décor using natural materials
Exploring nature doesn’t have to be done in a faraway forest – it can be done at your front yard or at a nearby park dotted with lush plants. You can make arts and crafts using natural materials that you’ve gathered from your nature walks, such as painting using different kinds of leaves or a collage using fallen acorn nuts. Have fun making Christmas decors using fallen pine cones that you’ve just collected from the nearest park, and sprinkle them with silver-colored glitter or polystyrene powder for the “snow.” These are the perfect activities especially during fall or winter.

7) Winter activities
Most kids get so excited whenever they encounter the first snowfall – and that means it’s going to be a winter wonderland for them! There are many fun outdoor activities during the winter season: building a snowman, making a “snow angel,” snowball fight games, ice skating, sledding, building snow forts, making igloos, creating ice art, and so much more!

Having fun with kids doesn’t have to be very high-tech or costly. Some of these classic outdoor games and activities have proven, time and again, to be a hit even with kids in this generation.

There are lots of benefits your children can get from doing outdoor activities such as getting lots of exercise, developing their creativity and promoting their social skills, among other things.

Some outdoor activities, like nature walks, also ignite your children’s curious nature and their desire to explore more new things.

Cooking is a basic survival skill, which is true. But it doesn’t always have to be a chore. As you can see, there are lots of people – whether professional chefs or home cooks – who find joy in cooking. That’s why it’s better to impart this notion of cooking and preparing food to your own children while they’re still young – that it is not just a job, it can also be really fun! It’s always enjoyable to make things from scratch. Cooking also helps you to bond closer to your kids as well.

The following are a few good recipe suggestions for your kids to start. Since cooking works with heat, you should closely supervise your children in the kitchen, but eventually, they will be able to cook on their own. Who knows, they will become chefs in the making!

It’s also a good idea to find kid-safe cooking tools on department stores or online to minimize the likelihood of injuries.

1) No-Bake Peanut Butter Treats
It requires the most accessible ingredients: 1/3 cup of chunky peanut butter, ¼ cup of honey, a half teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/3 dry milk powder (preferably nonfat), a 1/3 cup of instant oats and two tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs.

Mix the wet ingredients first (peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract). Mix them together until combined well. Add in the rest of the ingredients, mix well and shape them into small balls – that’s the most fun part! Cover and keep them in the fridge. Now they’re ready to eat!

2) Bread roll pizzas
Most kids love pizzas, and we’re sure they will be thrilled to make their own! Split the rolls in half to form the “dough” and let your kids customize their own toppings – pizza sauce, pepperoni, many kinds of cheeses, ham, bacon, pineapple – it’s up to them! Pop the pizzas into the oven and wait until they’re warm and cooked well.

3) Easy Fruit Pops
They’re basically just Jello and Kool Aid. But kids will definitely enjoy making them – and eating them as well. Plus, Kool-Aid comes in a variety of colors and flavors to choose from, so that adds the fun part of making them.

Ingredients include a packet of Jello, a packet of Kool-Aid, ¾ cup sugar, two cups of boiling water and two cups of cold water. Combine all the ingredients, except the cold water, and stir until the dissolved. Then add the cold water and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze for at least four hours until set and solid.

Another fun alternative is to pour the ingredients into cute little Gummy Bear-shaped molds. You can find silicone Gummy Bear molds on this link “Cool Ice Cream and Dessert Accessories.”

4) Easy Nutella Brownies
Who doesn’t like Nutella, especially the kids? Now your little ones will be able to enjoy Nutella more by making these easy and chewy three-ingredient brownies!

This recipe just calls for: 1 ¼ cup Nutella, two large eggs and ½ cups of flour.

Combine all the ingredients and mix them together until the batter becomes smooth. Pour the batter into a greased baking pan. Have the oven pre-heated at 350 degrees Fahrenheit before popping the pan into the oven. Make sure that the brownies won’t get overbaked (otherwise they will become dry and won’t be fudgy).

5) Mini Lasagna Cups
This is an easy and fun twist on a classic Italian dish! Use won ton wraps and put them into a cupcake and muffin pan. Add the ingredients normally found in a lasagna such as marinara sauce and ground beef. Kids would love to add lots of cheese on these cups! Bake these mini lasagna cups into a pre-heated oven and wait until the cheese begins to melt.

Crafting sessions with children are always fun! Check out these three easy, engaging and fun arts and crafts ideas suitable for kids (and also kids at heart!) and for all occasions. The great news is that these arts and crafts ideas use anything that you can find – household items, recycled materials and things you can find from nature. Not only they are fun, but they will also tap your kids’ imagination and creativity. Some of these crafts even serve a practical purpose!

DIY Nebular Jar
A nebula is an interstellar cloud of gas and dust in outer space, which can be seen at night by the naked eye. If your kid is a fan of astronomy and anything about outer space, they will surely love this “intergalactic” craft project!

What you need:
1) A piece of newspaper to keep your works pace clean
2) A clear jar with a lid
3) Paint (preferable tempera paint)
4) Cotton Balls
5) Glitter
6) Water

How to make it:
1) Fill up about one-third of the jar with water.
2) Add a few drops of paint.
3) Mix paint and water together until the paint is thoroughly dissolved.
4) Put some cotton balls into the combined paint and water, and push them down until they are filled with the mixture.
5) Add glitter.
6) Repeat the procedures No. 1 to No. 5 until the jar is full.

Desk Organizer from Recycled Materials
This craft does not only engender your kids’ creativity and imagination, it also helps promote resourcefulness and care for the environment.

What you need:
1) Newspaper (to keep the work space clean)
2) Three empty toilet paper rolls
3) Paint
4) Paintbrush
5) Glue stick
7) Glue gun

(Reminder: please supervise your children while they are using the glue gun, as it can burn their skin)

How to make it:
1) Coat the three empty paper rolls with paint (the colors are up to you!) and set them aside to dry.
2) Load the glue stick into the glue gun and plug it into a nearby electrical outlet, and wait until the glue stick heats up and starts to melt.
2) Use a hot glue gun to stick all the three painted toilet rolls together, forming a pyramid.
3) Make sure that the edges are even so that it stands well. Your desk organizer is done and ready to use!

Sponge Bath Toy
Bath time for kids will be more fun with this googly little friend! It’s easy to make, too.

What you need:
1) Bath sponge
2) Scissors
3) Glue stick
4) Glue gun
5) Bendable straw or a pipe cleaner (preferably red)
6) Googly eyes (preferably big ones)

(Reminder: please supervise your children while they are using the glue gun, as it can burn their skin)

How to make it:
1) Using scissors, cut one edge of the bath sponge into a curved and round shape.
2) Using scissors again, cut slits in the bottom to create “tentacles.”
3) Load the glue stick into the glue gun and plug it into a nearby electrical outlet, and wait until the glue stick heats up and starts to melt.
4) Glue on the googly eyes on the sponge.
5) For the lips, cut a small strip of the bendable straw or pipe cleaner and glue it to the sponge.
6) Voila! It’s ready to play!

Looking for more fun arts and crafts ideas? How about picture frames? There are many wonderful DIY picture frame tutorials and this is one of them: DIY Picture Frame Ideas. They’re not only ideal to place you snapshots, but also any  piece of arts and crafts (whether portraits, landscapes, your kids’ art or calligraphy art which is quite popular nowadays).