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Go BIG! Life-size Games & Art Activities that Make Kids Say “WOW!”

Have you ever noticed that normal sized things are boring for kids?

Want pancakes this morning?” and all I hear is  “Ok.

But if I ask “How about a pancake the size of your plate?”, then I hear “AWESOME!”

Yep, size matters to kids 😉

They LOVE things that are super big or super small — small world play is always a huge hit and creating BIG art is something they can do for hours.

So in keeping with our 105 Ways to Make Memories with the Kids without Spending a Dime theme this summer, we are introducing some VERY BIG activities the kids will really enjoy!


Today we’re focusing on life-size projects for kids.

You know, things that make them stop and go “Whoa!”


Life-size Games for Kids

BIG games also mean using lots of energy so they are really good boredom busters that will tire kids out by the end of the day.

And don’t let the size scare you off — these are SO easy to do with the kids (because I don’t do complicated — especially during summertime)!

Here are some of our favorites —


A Turtle’s Life for Me made a fun Super sized Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe Game for the yard!

How about getting the kids away from the video games to play this Life-sized Angry BirdsMy 4 Misters & Their Sister

This Jumbo Shape Sorter wil help young kids learn quite a few skills — Pink Oatmeal


Make a life-sized maze using books!  — Preschool Powol Packets

What kids wouldn’t love this big scale play railroad idea from Play Trains!

The Stay-at-Home Mom Survival Guide shows us how to make Life-size Building Blocks!

And here’s a super easy version of a Jumbo Connect 4 gameMallory Tells Stories


life size art projects

SUPER BIG Art for Kids

One of the things I really love about these life size art activities is that kids will create for a really long time!  Doing a huge art project takes some serious effort so they may want to work for hours or even return to add to the project over the course of a few days.


I’m in love with this jumbo Geometric String Art project from Teach Beside Me!

Use chalk to make a life-size drawing of your favorite sea animal!

Create a life-size portrait of your child— East Coast Mommy

Put up a beautiful Rainbow Spaghetti Wall using paper — Mosswood Connectons


This Driveway Salt Art Creation from Buggy and Buddy is so awesome!

Use multiple pieces of kid art to make a life-size mural! — Kid World Citizen

Another huge hit with kids is Life-size Rock Painting — Fantastic Fun & Learning

Create a HUGE process painting with cardboard — Mama Smiles

We also let the kids paint a mural on the fence the year we decide it needed to be replaced — huge hit with them!


Especially for dinosaur lovers:

Build a full size dinosaur nest complete with eggs! — Parenting Chaos

And then make life-size dinosaur footprints to compare with your own foot size — Preschool Powol Packets

Plus Teach Beside Me shows us how to create a life-size dinosaur fossil too!

Still want more creative inspiration?

See 15 more ways to create BIG art at You Clever Monkey!



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