School, sporting events, play dates and more are canceled, for the time being. Don’t stress, we’re all in this together. This is the perfect time to slow down and bond as a family. We know it’s difficult to keep the kids occupied for an entire day, so here are a few fun ways to fill the next few weeks at home.
- Zoo Streaming
Because of social distancing, many local zoos have temporarily closed. No worries, many zoos are going digital during the quarantine. We’ll include links to a few of our favorites below. While you’re watching, pull up fun facts about each animal. This may be a learning experience they will never forget. Who knew that pandas were so interesting?!
- Craft Projects
You know that construction paper that’s been sitting in your “craft closet” for 15 years? Now is the time to shine!!! Pull out those old craft supplies and put them to work. Here’s a link to a few fun projects that are sure to be fridge worthy. And, who knows, maybe this downtime is the perfect opportunity to discover that you have a little Picasso living right under your roof.
- Build a Fort
Is there really anything better than a pillow fort? You’re probably thinking of reorganizing your linen closet anyway, drag it all out and have a little fun! We found this guide online that will help you build the BEST pillow fort of all time – click here.
- Movie Binge
Parents, this may be the only time ever that you can convince your kids to sit down and watch the REAL classics, and with today’s streaming services, you’re sure to find your favorites online. Here’s a quick list of some of our must-see titles, plus the year they were released if you wanted to feel old today.
The Goonies (1985)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Home Alone (1990)
Finding Nemo (2003)
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Sandlot (1993)
- Go for a walk
Tired of being inside? If you live in a neighborhood, or rural area where you can still stay at a safe distance from others, take some time outside! A little vitamin D and fresh air are a great way to reset the day. Make the walk a little more fun – Play ‘I Spy’ along the way!
- Sensory Bins
A sensory bin is a great activity for younger kids. These bins are typically a plastic tub or a large container of some sort filled with materials and objects carefully selected to stimulate the senses. A sensory bin can be filled with a large variety of different materials such as shredded paper, water beads, water, sand, and more. Read more by clicking here.
Parents, need a minute alone? Well, hide-and-seek may be your answer! Set the time and find the BEST hiding place in the house, and make sure to bring a snack.
- Homemade Obstacle Course
Since sporting events are canceled, it’s important to keep everyone moving. Grab items around your home and set up a backyard obstacle course. Here are a few ideas from Pinterest.
- Balloon Volleyball
Throwing balls in the house isn’t allowed? No, problem! Grab a pack of balloons and get ready for a fun game of Balloon Volleyball! Balloon Volleyball is such a simple game to play that is fun for young and old. The objective of the game is to keep the balloon in the air for as long as possible. You must reach up to hit the balloon, but it is easier than using a regular ball since it is so light and floats down.
- Dance Party
Sometimes, we just need to get moving! Turn on your favorite playlist and dance the day away.
As stressful as this period may seem, we’re all in this together! Let’s take this opportunity to relax as much as possible. We may never get this much “spare time” with our children again. Make it worthwhile and cherish these moments with your loved ones.