Fun Things to Do With a 10-Year-Old Boy

by Hallie Engel, Demand Media

    The prospect of entertaining a ten-year-old boy can scare even the toughest of adults. Keeping a kid happy, laughing and having fun isn't always easy, but the right activity can make the time fly by. Try to find things adults and kids care can share in together, making bonding all the easier.

    Visit a Museum

    Though some boys might think museums are stuffy placed filled with dusty old paintings, many offer exciting exhibits kids will enjoy. Many science museums have hands-on displays to teach kids about everything from the cosmos to gravity. Other institutions, like the Children's Museum Indianapolis, are dedicated entirely to little ones. The museum offers various exhibits a ten-year-old boy will enjoy, like Take Me There: Egypt. The exhibit recreates a modern Egyptian village, letting children explore contemporary life in the most populous Arab nation.

    Play Spies

    Add some intrigue to the day by playing spy with your ten-year-old boy. The Telegraph newspaper suggests making spy crafts, like constructing phones out of tin cans and string, and playing hide and seek with the help of walkie-talkies and dark sunglasses. Use a mirror to practice writing backwards as a form of code and use the juice of a lemon as invisible ink, writing a message in it on a piece of paper and holding it up to a light to read.

    Get Cooking

    Though some little boys might think cooking and baking is for girls, it's never to early to teach a kid to learn his way around a kitchen. Besides, making a fresh batch of cookies, baking a cake or whipping up some brownies is fun and no one will complain when it comes time to snack. Research cookbooks for fun, kid-friendly recipes, hit the grocery store for ingredients and don aprons to get the work done.

    Learn to Play an Instrument

    Cultivate a lifelong love of music by teaching a boy to play an instrument. Parents and friends who strum the guitar, play the piano or bang the drums can help a special boy learn to the do the same. Set aside a time for lessons and practice each week and consider buying a starter version of the instrument being studied, like a simple acoustic guitar or a second hand keyboard. If you don't play yourself, enroll for dual lessons and study together.

    About the Author

    Hallie Engel is a food and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in several international publications. She served as a restaurant critic for "Time Out Abu Dhabi" and "Time Out Amsterdam" and has also written about food culture in the United Arab Emirates for "M Magazine." She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and film studies from University of Amsterdam.

    Photo Credits

    • Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images