By Kids For Kids has been creating materials for teachers, parents, youth groups, and kids for more than fourteen years. During that time, we’ve created hundreds of activities on different topics and for different ages…and some of our activities are perennial favorites. Below we’ve provided a sampling of activities that parents, educators, and youth group leaders have used again and again, much to the delight of their kids and students. Enjoy—and stay tuned for more samples soon!


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Name: Break Old Habits

Description: Creative thinking means breaking habits and realizing there are many different ways of looking at things. Have your students do these creative exercises to get those inventive juices flowing.

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Name: You Can Make Today Better

Description: Encourage students to be kind to others with this activity about inclusion. That positive action or kind word will go a long way toward creating an anti-bullying environment. See how your students can make a difference today! Check out some of the things they can say or do to promote an anti-bullying environment.

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Name: Inventive Thinking and the Inventor’s Lab

Description: Kids should “exercise” their minds in and out of the classroom! Here are lots of fun ways to support kid inventors. Watch as they become confident in the ways to identify and solve problems by themselves, and in their own ways!

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Name: Hink Pinks

Description: Use this fun activity based on rhyming, syllables, and clue recognition to teach valuable language skills, promote problem-solving, and build vocabulary. Designed to be led by a teacher, parent, or any adult facilitator, the activity can be completed by kids individually, in pairs, or in groups. Ideal for grades 3 through 8.

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Name: Marketing Your Mother

Description: Teach kids about everything that goes into selling a product! Ideal for classroom, after-school club, and youth group use, this activity can be used for a single class period/session or divided up to make a unit. It can be modified to use with all ages and grades, but is ideal for grades 3 through 8.

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Name: Invent Like Mattie!

Description: Teach kids about an impressive female inventor and give them the opportunity to become an inventor themselves! This easy-to-implement hands-on activity builds problem-solving and innovation skills and can be completed individually or in groups, in classrooms, with parents, or in after-school groups. The activity will work best with kids in grades 4 through 8.

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Name: Reef Ball

Description: Gets kid thinking about the environment around them. They’ll learn about some of the problems facing our planet and consider how to take concrete steps to make a difference. This activity can be completed at home, in a classroom, or with youth groups, and is ideal for grades 4 and up.

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Name: Lawn and Order

Description: Help kids learn the value of saving money! They’ll learn the basics of how money matters apply to business and finance. This activity can be completed at home, with after-school groups, or in a classroom, and is designed to be led by an adult facilitator. The content of the financial fitness discussion can be modified to suit grades K through 9.

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Name: Inventing Products

Description: Give kids a chance to come up with new inventions. This fun activity will help them develop creativity and problem-solving skills. It can be modified to suit grades K through 12, and can be done in a classroom, at home, or with after-school groups. Kids can do this by themselves, in pairs, or in small groups.

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Name: What’s the Story?

Description: Help kids build language skills while having fun with an activity similar to Mad Libs. Kids can work with a teacher, parent, or youth group leader—or one or more peers—to come up with parts of speech to complete stories. Ideal for kids in grades 3 through 8.

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Name: Mixed Emotions Improv

Description: Ideal for kids in grades 3 through 8. Give kids a chance to get in touch with their emotions in a fun and action-filled way with role play and improvisation. Kids can work with a parent, teacher, youth group leader, and two or more peers or siblings.

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Name: Absolutely Abstract Art

Description: Guide kids to create abstract art by referring to examples and incorporating emotions. Perfect for kids in grades 3 through 8+. Can be done individually, in pairs, or in groups, with minimal guidance.

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