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Simple Kids Activities for Mixed Ages

by Jean Van't Hul
August 1, 2021
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These simple kids activities are chosen to work well with a group of mixed-age children. They are open-ended and can be enjoyed at different levels.

Updated September 2021

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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

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

First, we’ll give you a nice short list of ideas and then we 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. Read some seasonal books together

11. Light table play

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

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Photo by Rachel Withers


1. Playdough Play and Modeling

Simple-Kids-Activities-Toothpick-Construction
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2. Toothpick Construction (lots of different ideas here, including edible ones)

child drawing on paper
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3. Open-Ended Drawing Activities

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4. Drawing Games

cloud dough for kids
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5. Sensory Exploration and Play

Simple Kids Activities - Build a Fort
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6. Build a Fort!

cardboard building discs
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7. Smaller Scale Construction

Simple Kids Activities - Christmas Crafts
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

8. Get Started on Holiday Ornaments or Decorations

The Best Kids Games - Bird Bingo

9. Play Some Favorite Games

Bookshelf of seasonal home library for children
Photo by Anna Harpe

10. Read Books Together 

Simple Kids Activities - Light Table
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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? Will you try one of these this holiday season?

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