Practicing social distancing can be tough, especially with small children. While we are all safe at home, it is more important than ever to find new ways to keep your family entertained. Below are some ideas to help keep you and the family busy during these tough times.
Bust out the board games
Board games are a great way to pass the time and bring out your family’s competitive side. If you have younger kids, card games like Uno are a great way to expose them to numbers and colors. This can help reduce screen time and challenge your child’s brain.
Indoor treasure hunt
Collect some small items and hide them throughout your home. Your children could spend hours looking for these items, depending on your level of creativity. You could also offer a prize to whoever finds the most items.
Create a family tree
Creating your family tree is a great way to keep your kids entertained while connecting with family virtually. This also helps connect with older family members who may be struggling without any social interaction.
Sidewalk art gallery
Have an artistic side? Get outside and create an art gallery. If you have chalk, you can fill the sidewalk with your creative vision.
Write letters to friends and family
When is the last time you wrote a letter? While the post office is still considered an essential business, you and your children can handwrite letters and send them for just the cost of a stamp. This can help develop younger children’s handwriting skills and excite the recipient when they get something new in the mail.
Living room obstacle course
Creating an obstacle course in your living room will help keeps your little ones entertained while keeping their heart healthy. Your obstacle course could include:
- Small items to jump over
- Blindfolded walk
- Star jumps
- Chair tunnel
- Hula hooping
Need to go through everything but never have the time? While being stuck at home, you can go through all your your house, room by room, and pick out old items throw away or donate.
Go for a hike
Get outside and see the world. If you are lucky enough to live in the parts of the world where spring has already arrived, you can head outside and go hiking. This can occupy your family for hours and is great for your heart. Getting outside has also been shown to improve your mood which means if the lack of human interaction has you down, this will help.
Indoor fashion show
Do your kids love dressing up? If so, then hold an indoor fashion show. You can set up a voting panel with the rest of your family and score each outfit. This is a creative way to get the whole family involved without spending any money.