Let’s be honest: being stuck at home is trying for all of us—especially households with little ones running around. The power of social distancing this week and the coming weeks is so vital. So remember, you’re doing great.
While it’s super tempting to set your children in front of the television to help pass the time, we’ve come up with 18 creative ways to keep your kids busy.
Use the list below to create an “activities jar” full of these ideas, and take turns picking from it each day to keep your family occupied (thanks for the idea, Chrissy Teigen).
-Create a vision board using items from around the house.
-Put on a play.
-Build a puzzle.
-Practice meditation or yoga.
-Tell a fun story (it can be make-believe or real).
-Journal things they’re grateful for.
-Sing and make up new words to their favorite songs.
-Have them help you in the kitchen and bake these simple cookies.
-Take Kourt’s lead and have your kids help you clean out their playroom, toys, and bedrooms.
-Play dress up.
-Jump rope in the garage or on the sidewalk (while practicing proper distancing) to burn energy.
-Plan a scavenger hunt inside the house (you can make this educational, too!).
-Scholastic is offering free (daily) courses for kids of all ages.
-Schedule midday digital dance parties.
-Explore virtual museum tours (here, here, and here).
-Take a virtual tour of national parks.
-Bookmark these free sites as fun and educational outlets: Switch Zoo, FunBrain, Nat Geo for Kids, Into the Book, Starfall, Seussville, and Storyline Online.
-DIY personal Dinglehoppers for them to use if they need to scratch their face.
What kid-related activities are you leaning on during this time? Share with us in the comments on Instagram.