By: Colin Thomas
Due to the Coronavirus, schools are closed and our little ones are staying home and we are all practicing social distancing. After the home-learning work is complete, keeping the kids occupied with projects and activities is a struggle for many parents. There are activities like baking cookies, reading a book, or playing “dress-up”, but we also need to throw in some activities that let our kids burn off some energy and are less sedentary. Exercise is great for the mind and body. Here are some of the projects and activities we have done with our children. I hope other parents find this informative and your kids enjoy:
- Build a fort: When I was a kid, my sibling and I would use the cushions from all the furniture in the house and build a fort. We would use the cushions to build the walls of the fort and blankets for the ceiling. Once the fort is made, hang out in there with your brother or sister and play a game. Uno is one card game, my kids love. Then have fun tearing the fort down! (And of course, return the cushions back to where they originally were…)
- Have a video chat with friends: If you haven’t heard of Zoom, you should check it out. It is a free video conferencing service where you and your friends can set up a specific time to see and talk to each other remotely. Use technology like Zoom, to keep your children connected to their friends. Check in with them, talk about the activities everyone has been doing during this stay-at-home time period. There really is something to be said about having a face-to-face conversation with friends remotely when we can’t do it in person. Staying home for long periods of time without interacting with friends can be very hard. We all miss our interactions with friends and doing so over the internet is a great alternative. Plus, it keeps us all sane.
- Help your kids set up an obstacle course: Use various toys, rope, or tools/supplies from the garage and set up a course that makes the kids jump, run, crawl, or balance on. Set it up so that the kids get some good exercise.
- Play Hide-and Seek with mom or dad or your siblings: Everyone loves this game as a kid.
- Have a scavenger hunt: Make a list of objects around the house for everyone to try and find. Check off your list as you find them and the kid who finds the most on the list wins! This can be tailored depending on the age of the child(ren). Smaller children could find things like a small rock, a leaf, a tennis ball, a stick and others. It can be tailored to be more challenging for those who are a bit older. Such as a specific type or color of leaf.
These are some of my family’s favorites, but we are always coming up with others. But we always try to balance activities to be both in-house and outside. We all know kids need to burn off energy and get some exercise during this time at home. What are some fun activities you and your children are doing?