11 Simple Kids Activities for Mixed Ages
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11 Simple Kids Activities for Mixed Ages

11 Simple Activities for Kids in Mixed Age Groups

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

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I hope you are having a lovely day filled with whatever you like to do on Thanksgiving.

We are baking pies and other yummy foods in preparation for our Thanksgiving meal, watching snow fall outside, and looking forward to seeing family who are driving in today. Maia and Daphne are super excited to see their cousins!

Since many of us have a range of ages in our houses over the holiday, as we are, I thought I’d put together some simple kids activities that work for a mix of ages.

11 Simple Kids Activities for Mixed Ages

And since I can’t leave well enough alone, I’m giving you a nice short list of ideas and then I expand on many of the ideas. Stick with the short list if you just want a something quick; head on to the longer list if you want a few more ideas for simple kids activities…

11 Simple Kids Activities for Mixed Ages

(the quick list)

1. Playdough play and modeling

2. Toothpick construction

3. Open-ended drawing activities

4. Drawing games

5. Sensory exploration and play

6. Build a fort!

7. Smaller scale building

8. Get started on holiday crafts

9. Play some favorite games

10. Watch a family movie

11. Light table play

11 Simple Kids Activities for Mixed Ages (the longer list)

A couple of playdough turkeys!

A photo posted by Jean Van’t Hul (@jeanvanthul) on

1. Playdough play and modeling

Simple Kids Activities - Toothpick Construction

2. Toothpick construction (lots of different ideas here! including edible ones…)

Simple Kids Activities - Double Doodle

3. Open-ended drawing activities

Simple Kids Activities - Drawing Games

4. Drawing games

Simple Kids Activities - Sensory Activities

5. Sensory exploration and play

Simple Kids Activities - Build a Fort

6. Build a fort!

Simple Kids Activities - Construction

7. Smaller scale construction

Simple Kids Activities - Christmas Crafts

8. Get started on holiday ornaments or decorations

Simple Kids Activities - Play Games

9. Play some favorite games

Simple Kids Activities - Family Movies

10. Family movie night 

Simple Kids Activities - Light Table

11. Light table play 

  • Remember you can make a super simple light table with a transparent plastic storage box and a string of white lights!

How about you? What are your favorite simple kids activities for mixed ages?


  • Reply
    Katie Harding
    November 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Love the cloud dough!

  • Reply
    November 29, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I adored ur an amazing ART

  • Reply
    December 12, 2014 at 11:57 am

    These are all great activities for keeping the kiddos busy over winter break! Thank you for sharing, I’m definitely passing along the ideas via Pinterest!

  • Reply
    The Little Tourist
    October 19, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Wonderful ideas! I love the fact that a lot of these are very simple and requires minimum set up ;)

  • Reply
    May 2, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    great activities for children, thank you.

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