A country-wide quarantine status is a new concept for all of us. Schools have moved completely online and kids at home have work to do but the work is not meant to fill an entire seven to eight hour day. This scenario creates a chunk of time that needs to be filled with intellectual, active and/or creative activities. Parents have a tall order to fill every day in the confines of our homes and that can get tricky.
There is an overabundance of resources with information on what to do during this time. Here is a condensed list of varied activities to help fill these long days that have become our new normal.
Get to Cooking
There are so many kid-friendly recipes that kids of all ages can participate in the cooking process. The best part about kids in the kitchen is that there are so many educational lessons that can come from cooking one recipe from math to even art. Kids can participate in every stage of the cooking process from finding the recipe, creating the ingredient list, scaling the recipe to feed an entire family to even the execution of the recipe. All hands on deck for the entire process!
Start that Hobby
Is there a hobby that your child has an interest in pursuing? Well, now is the time. Some children may need a push to find that special hobby but something will click. There are so many hobbies to pursue during this time. Some kids have an interest in improving their drawing skills from doodling to creating beautiful self-portraits. Maybe you are a knitter and one of your children has expressed an interest in learning how to knit themselves. Now’s the time to pursue that hobby because who knows what it could lead to? There are YouTube videos available for guidance on any and everything.
Read a Little More
I have yet to meet a person that hasn’t said they wish they had more time for reading. Well, here we are. Allow your kids to read their favorite genre as much as they want. If you have reluctant readers, set a daily timer for at least 30 minutes (or another age-appropriate time) and let their imaginations soar. If you have the time and availability, shut down the entire house and read together as a family.
Write that Letter
The fine art of letter writing was lost with the introduction of email years ago. Receiving a handwritten letter is very special. It takes time and extra effort to write and send a letter. Writing a letter is also a highly valuable skill for kids to gain and utilize. Although the letter may not be as easy to send due to current mail restrictions, they can still be signed, sealed and delivered at a later time. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, friends, and just about anyone in your family’s circle would adore a handwritten letter from one of their little people.
Play Some Card and Board Games
It’s time to pull out all those classic card and board games that have been collecting dust. In today’s world, we are so attached to our devices that we have forgotten how much fun classic games can be. Everything from neverending Monopoly battles to fun rounds of Uno is open for play. Playing board and card games not only creates family bonding experiences but also great logic and mathematics experiences.
Complete a Puzzle
Puzzles are a classic activity that can get even the youngest members of our families involved. There are a plethora of benefits to completing a puzzle activity. Puzzles not only build problem-solving skills but they also build hand-eye coordination, fine motor, cognitive and even social skills. There is such a wide range of puzzle types that even a puzzle a day is easily feasible.
Kids like technology. Or should I say, kids love technology? They were practically born with a device in their hand so it’s only fair that constructive online activities be a part of their daily routine during this quarantine. The number of learning websites available for children can be overwhelming. I suggest picking a website to fit their needs, set a timer, and let them play. Some basic sites to get you going are typing.com (a free site that teaches kids how to touch type), prodigy.com (a free mathematics site) or even abcmouse.com for the little ones. The easiest way to start is to choose a site that will build your child’s needs and start scheduling online time.
Journal This Experience
By now we know that the experience of living through COVID-19 will be documented in history texts. It will be studied in college courses. It will be evaluated by researchers and scientists for years to come. We can take that experience and document our own story. Grab a notebook, set a 10-minute timer and write about what you are feeling or thinking. Everyone in your family from young children to teens and even adults can participate in this activity. It would be amazing to be able to share this experience with the younger generations of your family through your lens.
We may all be confined to our lovely homes for the next few weeks, but we don’t need to suffer all the time. We just need to change our perspective and switch up our routine a bit. Just know, we are all in this together.
Do you have any activities that you are doing to keep you sane during the pandemic? Please share in the comments below. I will need some fresh ideas soon.
Hugs and love,