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Ideas for Playtime at Home

Now that kids are home more because of summer break, having activities and things to do for playtime at home are more needed than ever. In this blog, I want to share some fun and creative activities you can try at home. Playtime helps with communication, using imagination, and building friendships. Here are some ideas to consider for this summer!

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Ideas for Playtime at Home by Dr. Janessa Dominguez

Obstacle Course

You can create an obstacle course with things you have around your house, like pillows, cushions, broomsticks, and buckets. Create rules and motor skills that need to be performed for the obstacle. These can be simple for younger ones or individuals with more limited movement skills or more complex. An obstacle course can help practice turn-taking, following directions, sequencing, and motor skills. If you prefer not to use things around the house, check out this obstacle course I found on Amazon:

Step-a-Trail – 6 Piece Obstacle Course for Kids – Indoor and Outdoor – Build Coordination and Confidence – Physical and Imaginative Play

Blanket Fort

Who doesn’t love a homemade blanket fort? Push some furniture together and drape some blankets on top. Kids (and adults) can play inside. You can also check out this inflatable air fort or this fort building kit. Building a fort uses motor skills, problem-solving skills, and following directions.

Children build a fort inside their home for fun playtime at home.

Board Games

Board games may seem old school, but they can be a great option for playtime at home. There are so many different skills that are addressed with board games, like turn-taking, counting, waiting, communication, problem-solving, and sequencing. See which ones are interesting to your child(ren) and also expose them to new ones to try. Check out these classics: 

Hide and Seek

Hide and seek is a great way to spend some time without needing any kind of equipment, games, or materials. This works on waiting, counting, turn-taking, and problem-solving. Find new and exciting places to hide in your house!


Puzzles address problem-solving, fine motor skills, patience, and many other skills. Find puzzles that are interesting to your child(ren) and take some time to teach them how to complete and puzzle. You can also get a mat for puzzles you don’t finish in one sitting.

A little girl playing pretend with her dolls.

Pretend Play

There are so many things are the house that can be used for imaginary play—toys, action figures and dolls, clothes and shoes, pots and pans, and anything else. Get creative. Find objects around the house and imagine away! Pretend play addresses communication, more complex thinking, and social skills. If you prefer to have designated pretend-to-play items, here are some options:

Indoor Games

There are many indoor games, like bowling, ring toss, Twister, and other games you can invent on your own. These can address waiting, turn-taking, color identification, counting, motor skills, and more.

Arts & Crafts

Arts and crafts can be a great way to explore and promote creativity. Create something or simply color and draw. This is good for fine motor skills, creativity, foundational skills, and more. Here are some options:

Don’t forget to check for safety and provide supervision for all activities. Enjoy playtime at home! You can also watch our “Indoor Play Social Story!”

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