The ABCs of stay-at-home fun
In recent months, we’ve all learned terms like “social distancing.” But with kids, it’s hard to occupy them while keeping a bubble around them (or immunocompromised loved ones). Here are the ABCs of activities for this summer while staying away from others:
● Art: Break out the canvases or just printer paper. Paint, draw or use chalk to create masterpieces that kids can give as gifts to loved ones or each other.
● Forts: Kids of all ages love forts. Build a blanket fort for indoor fun or create one outside for a nerf battle.
● Games - card, board or otherwise.
● Hike (away from groups and if allowed – or stick to the backyard)
● Ice: Freeze small toys in ice and let kids hammer away at them to break the toys free. Perfect on a hot day!
● Jokes: Tell them, share them.
● Kinetic sand: There are lots of DIYs online.
● Dance: Crank up the tunes and have a dance party. Teach your kids things like the Macarena or Electric Slide.
● Music: Make a paper plate shaker or drum and play along with your favorite music. If your child can play an instrument, designate time to practice every day.
● Nature fun: Paint with leaves, examine bugs and just be outside and in nature.
● Obstacle course
● Quiet time: Give everyone time for quiet. We all need time to recharge during the day.
● Slime: Make your own.
● Treasure Hunt
● Upside down: Watch a show, paint or do something else while upside down.
● Videos: Make silly videos to send to those far away family and friends.
● Write a story together
● Xrays: Draw what you think your insides look like. How about your pet or other animals?
● Zoo (virtually): Many zoos offer virtual tours online. Watch a few zoo videos and discuss your favorite animals.