Many of us across the country are currently dealing with school being out, activities being cancelled, and perhaps even being home from work. Amidst the global chaos we are currently experiencing, there is the chaos that is now reigning in our homes as we attempt to transition to schooling at home and keeping these kids occupied. As we are trying to make the most of a tricky situation and savor the extra family time, here are 12 things to do while you’re cooped up.
- Bake cookies – These cookies are BIG, soft, chewy, and totally divine.
- Build a pillow or blanket fort – Here’s how to build the best pillow fort the world has ever seen. Because we all need this right now.
- Have a dance party – It’s easy, inexpensive, and everyone can participate! Check out this playlist for dance party songs kids and adults will enjoy.
- Have a coloring contest – You can print off free coloring pages, get to work, and then upload photos of the finished products to your social media and let your friends and family vote on a winner!
- Work your way down a cleaning list – Okay, this one might not be as much fun as the others, but you can make it fun! Make a list of cleaning and other chores that need to be done, and take turns each picking one thing from the list. Have a race to see who can get all of their tasks done the quickest! At the end, everyone will have a clean house to enjoy.
- Sensory bins – These are a lifesaver with toddlers and preschool age children. They are simple to set up, there’s an endless number of ways to do it, and they keep the littles occupied!
- Virtual field trips – Put those screens to good use by taking advantage of these virtual field trips for a fun and educational experience for the whole family!
- Build a Lego city – If you have kids that love building with Legos, put all of those pieces to use and build an entire Lego city together!
- Make musical instruments – Encourage your kids to be creative with these DIY musical instrument craft ideas! They can make them and then make music with them!
- Indoor scavenger hunt – Having a scavenger hunt is a lot of fun and not as difficult as you may think! Most of the things on these sample lists are probably already lying around your house!
- Practice yoga – Yoga and meditation are wonderful practices for people of all ages, and can be especially helpful during times of stress.
- Science experiments – Here’s a list of 35 different magical science experiments you can do together! Anytime you can combine fun and learning, it’s a win.
Most importantly, of course, wash your hands and stay home as much as possible! What are you and your family doing during this time?