University of Illinois Extension

Planning Play Activities

Activities for School-Aged Children

These children like many of the same activities that toddlers and preschoolers like. These activities include playing with water, cooking, and dancing. Make activities more fun for older children by adding more toys and by letting them do more things by themselves (supervised by you of course).

Most school-aged children are very active. Older school-aged children like competitive games like kickball or basketball. Some school-aged children like to play alone.

Girls tend to like to play with girls and boys tend to like to play with boys.

Help the children make water wave jars. In a jar, mix one part water with food coloring to two parts oil. Tightly screw on the lid. Hold the jar sideways. Rock it back and forth to make waves.

Activities for: Infants | Toddlers | Preschoolers | School Age | All Ages