Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


5 ways ChatGPT can make parenting easier this summer

Forget Pinterest, ChatGPT will give you all the ideas you need to make life easier while your kids are home this summer.
Written by Maria Diaz, Staff Writer
Child playing with vintage robots on a in a neutral kids room with white walls. Conceptual with space for copy.
Catherine Falls Commercial via Getty Images

Parenting is already hard enough during the school year but if your kids are staying home this summer, you may be wondering how to entertain their minds for the better part of three months. 

With my kids being so young and me working from home, I'm always open to new ideas on things to keep them occupied that are also fun and challenging. And that's when I turn to ChatGPT.

Also: 7 ways you didn't know you can use Bing Chat and other AI chatbots

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot that is capable of generating text on command and delivering its results in a conversational style. 

ChatGPT has become popular for anything from writing code and creating apps to writing cover letters and Excel formulas. In my case, it's also come up with creative ideas for my kids.

1. Create play experiences and science experiments

ChatGPT may not have access to the internet, but it is capable of compiling a list for fun things to do using pantry staples. You can either give the AI chatbot a list of the ingredients you have in your pantry or ask it for a more generic list of ideas.

Also: How does ChatGPT actually work?

Simply asking ChatGPT to give you a list of science experiments that you can do at home will provide ways to keep your kids entertained.

Here are some prompt examples:

  • How can you make balloon rockets at home?
  • How can you use pantry ingredients to make things to play with?
  • How do you make salt dough?
  • Give me some homemade science experiments for kids
Make Ooblek with ChatGPT
Screenshot: Maria Diaz/ZDNET

2. Come up with creative art or craft projects

If have a crafty kid at home (like I do), you might struggle to get your creative juices flowing to keep them entertained while school's out. But that's where you can lean on ChatGPT and think of it as the most knowledgeable resource for craft ideas.

Also: How to use Bing Chat (and how it's different from ChatGPT)

ChatGPT can help you and your youngster come up with lots of ideas, no matter what the theme. You just have to ask the right way.

Here are some prompt examples:

  • What kinds of crafts can I make with paper towel rolls?
  • Give me crafty ways to reuse construction paper pieces
  • How can I make a marble run at home?
  • How can you make a toy car with recycled materials?
ChatGPT kid craft example
Screenshot: Maria Diaz/ZDNET

3. Answer awkward questions

One of ChatGPT's greatest features is that it will do (mostly) what you tell it to do. I love using it to answer my kids' hard questions -- such as simple words they want explained, but you suddenly blank on how to define them. 

ChatGPT has helped me answer things like 'what is shame?' and 'what are values?', without me trying miserably to fumble for an answer. 

Also: ChatGPT vs. Bing AI: Which AI chatbot is better for you?

The key to success is to ask ChatGPT to answer your question like it's chatting with a young kid. For example, I asked 'explain what values are like I'm five years old'. 

Here are some prompt examples:

  • Explain to a six-year-old child where they were before they were born
  • Define the word 'eager' like you're talking to a five-year-old child
ChatGPT kid example
Screenshot: Maria Diaz/ZDNET

4. Ask for some puzzles and riddles

If your kid is old enough to read and type, and you're comfortable letting them use ChatGPT with your supervision, you can also ask the AI chatbot to challenge them with some riddles or logic puzzles.

Also: ChatGPT: Who's using the AI tool and why?

Alternatively, if your kid is younger, or you don't want to give them access to ChatGPT on their own, you can just ask the AI chatbot to give you some logic puzzle ideas to use with them. 

Here are some prompt examples:

  • Give me some logic puzzle ideas for my eight-year-old child
  • Tell me a riddle for kids about cars
Riddle ChatGPT
Screenshot: Maria Diaz/ZDNET

5. Come up with party game ideas

If you're planning a soirée, BBQ, or playdate this summer, you can count on ChatGPT to come up with some games to keep the kids entertained. 

Also: The best AI chatbots: ChatGPT and other noteworthy alternatives

Simply describe what you're working with, ask for some game ideas, and lean on the AI chatbot for creativity.

Here are some prompt examples:

  • What kind of backyard games can I do with two eight-year-old kids and a ball?
  • Give me some summer backyard game ideas for kids
  • Come up with backyard games that don't require objects
  • Come up with some summer birthday party ideas for kids
Bubble Snakes ChatGPT
Screenshot: Maria Diaz/ZDNET

As you come up with ways to brighten up the summer for your kids, take advantage of the power that AI tools can give you -- and make your life a little easier, too. 

Editorial standards