School districts across the country have cut the school year short to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus. With both kids and parents at home, this is a stressful time for everyone. To ensure that our children don’t become overly anxious about the disruption to their daily schedules. I’ve put together a fun list of things you can do at home while we’re all practicing social distancing.
Here’s a list of Fun things to do at home with kids:
Have a Dance Party
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade and have a dance party in the living room. A dance party is a great way for the entire family to burn off some steam. So, crank up the music, form a Soul Train line and bust a move.
Visit a Museum (Virtually)
Parents.com just released a list of world-famous museums that offer virtual tours. We’ll be exploring the Egyptian artifacts at the British Museum and the beautiful architecture of the train station turned museum at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, France.
Most kids love to bake. My kids love baking anything sweet that they’ll get to sample and eat later. I always keep a stash of cookie ingredients in our pantry. If you have cookie cutters and icing you can decorate your cookies as well.
Campout (Indoors or Outdoors)
Pitch a tent and have an in-or outdoor campout. We’re planning to pitch a tent right in our living room so our kiddos will have multiple places to read and play.
Family Movie Marathon
Disney+, Amazon Prime, and Netflix are your friends. This two-week hiatus from public school has prompted many administrators to include spring break in this allotted time off. So many children will no longer have spring break this year. While I want my children to remain sharp with their studies, I also want my oldest to enjoy his first spring break as a kindergartener. So, we’ll be having at least one movie marathon during this confinement. I’m on a mission to introduce my eldest child (5 years old) to the wonders of 80s movies. We’ve recently tackled E.T., The Neverending Story, and Honey I Shrunk the Kids. It’s a good time to introduce him to The Goonies, The Princess Bride, Mac and Me, and Flight of the Navigator. #80skid
Flip the Track, Bring the Old-School Back
In addition to old-school movies, you might want to take your children outside to show them how you entertained yourself as a kid. Let’s pull out the sidewalk chalk and teach these little ones how to hopscotch, play Four Square (or boxball), and/or cornhole. You can also play a friendly game of hide-and-seek, horseshoes, or have a foot race. There are tons of fun things to do outdoors.
Bring out the Family Board Games
Board games are a lot of fun! We recently introduced our 5-year-old to the game of Checkers and he loves it. Our youngest doesn’t really understand how to play but she loves participating. In the next two weeks, we will be playing a few rounds of Connect 4, and Jenga.
As a parent of a kid that loves superheroes our house is full of costumes. But this week I’m going to let my kiddos dress up as grown-ups and allow them to dress us up in the most outrageous outfits we can find. We’ll see how it goes but I think they’ll really enjoy this activity.
Make a Family Movie
Use your cellphone’s camera to make a short movie. Let the kids decide the storyline or movie they’d like to remake. Shoot the video using some of your phone’s cool slow-motion or time-lapse functions. My kids thoroughly enjoy coming up with cool movements that we can capture using the slow-motion feature.
Read a Book Together
We try to read to our kiddos every day but its always a treat when we reverse roles and the kids get to read to us. Our oldest is in kindergarten and has turned into a reading machine. Our youngest child is two and she loves to get in on the reading action too. It’s absolutely adorable when she uses her imagination to “read” to us by describing the pictures on each page. Her imagination is fantastic!
If you’re not a crafty person, there are quite a few creatives on Instagram that post fun and simple craft projects for kids. The following Kid Craft influencers offer a plethora of craft projects that you and your children can enjoy:
- @Mericherryla – Meri Cherry the founder of the Meri Cherry Art Studio and author of the book Play Make Create which I’m currently using to plan my family’s craft projects. Meri works to promote process-art, which according to her book is “all about the making and the doing, rather than the finished product.”
- @Makermint – Renu Blankinship of Maker Mint has a plethora of fun and simple craft projects that are sure to amuse your kiddos and keep them busy for a little while.
- @Theartfulparent – Jean Van’t Hul of The Artful Parent is a great source of craft inspiration. If you sign up for her newsletter you’ll receive a week’s worth of after-school art activities.
Self-Care (for Parents)
There’s no such thing as social distancing at home with little ones. That’s why self-care is so important. With all of the family togetherness, it’s important to take some time for yourself to do something that makes you happy. Crafting and using my hands helps to reduce the anxiety I may be feeling. When I finally have a moment of solitude, I’ll be knitting and watching a Rom-Com.
Whatever you choose to do, remember that this is a great opportunity to create good memories with and for our kids. I hope this collection of Fun Things to do with Kids During the Coronavirus Outbreak inspires you to find ways to have fun, help your little ones burn off steam and stay engaged while we’re all cooped up at home during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Outbreak.