12 Ideas to Survive COVID-19 While Your Kids Are Stuck At Home
Did your kids school close because of the coronavirus? Ours did and now we are beginning to stress about what to do with them all day while we are stuck in the house. Ok, I’m for the safety and health of the community but I’m pretty nervous about having the kid home from school for two weeks and maybe longer. Nate’s teacher sent home a bunch of work for him and his classmates but that will only fill up so much of the day.
We compiled a list of activities to hopefully fill your day with less Paw Patrol and Disney+.
- Garden in your yard. Getting outside, if only in small batches can bring so much peace. And so can giving your kids an activity to burn off some of that energy. Don’t have a yard? Make a quick run to a local hardware or home improvement store to buy a few plants, soil, and pots. You can do this outside or inside. **Take it a step further and check out our DIY drizzle paint ceramic post right here. **
- Go through all your kids clothes. In our house clothes start to begin to play favorite. Take the time with your kid and go though what clothes fit, which ones they want to keep, and things they don’t like. Donate or hand me down any unwanted or too small clothing.
- Go through the toys! We also have approximately a million toys in our house. Some things are played with more than others but now is the perfect time to go through what they actually want to keep and what they can give up.
- Start baking. Honestly I find it pretty stressful to cook or bake with my kids but if it will fill some time in the day, i’m all for it. Although I don’t want the sugar high, making granola is a great option or making your own fruit and veggie chips. Don’t want to turn on the oven, make your very own trail mix which requires no baking at all.
- Play some games or do a puzzle. Maybe going through all the toys let you find some games to play. Have aYahtzee tournament or a Candyland showdown. Try making up your own game using playing cards or a different games board.
- Craft or paint something. Our kids love to paint and create. Check out some Pinterest boards to find some fun projects.
- Build a fort. Pull out all the pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags you can find and turn a room into a nice big hideaway. Cozy up with some snacks and books and pretend you’re on safari or camping in a national forest.
- Turn your kitchen into a laboratory! Youtube has so many science experiments for kids to do a lot of which require things you already have in your home. There is so much you can find online.
- DANCE PARTY! Ok, this will really get the energy out. Turn on your own playlist, teach your kids the Macarena, or learn a new dance together on Youtube. Shake all the sillies out and go a little crazy for a bit.
- Have a paper airplane contest. We found a great book on amazon that not only gives you the paper but teaches you how to make cool paper air planes. Don’t have something like that, no problem. Do an old school fold paper airplane or look some up online and have a distance contest.
- Wash the car. I mean if it is nice out, why not. It takes a while, they get to have some fun outside and your car gets clean. It’s really a win win for everyone.
- Play dress up. This is hit or miss at our house with whether the kids will want to do it but I keep saving costumes and fun things for when they do. Dress up is a fun way to be silly and express some individuality.
I hope this helps with the coming weeks or sparks an idea of your own. Stay healthy, stay calm, and especially try to stay sane. We are in a weird time right now. Be kind and send positive vibes out!