Fun Activities to Keep the Kids Entertained While Self-Isolating

With school, sports, and pretty much every other recreational activity on hold due to the Coronavirus, we've gathered a list of some entertaining ways to pass the time at home with the kiddos!

Screentime Activities:

  • Try stop motion animation with playdoh
  • Watch Frozen 2 on Disney+
  • Get binoculars and learn about the birds near your house, look them up on google and search for their birdcalls on YouTube
  • There are a few easy "kitchen chemistry" type science experiments on Youtube that are easy to do, like making slime, baking soda and vinegar reaction, etc.

Here are some fun educational websites:

(Source: tonolatino/Princess-Awesome)

Screen-free Activities:

  • Homemade gifts. Encourage your child to make a gift for someone or a greeting card. There are many ideas and instructions online, start searching!
  • Reminisce. Sort through old photographs, make a scrapbook of memories. It might sound a bit old fashioned but it’s so therapeutic and you get to spend quality time with your kids.
  • Organize. Get your child to sort through their belongings and throw out what they don’t need. Ask them to organize their room.
  • Draw or create a family tree. Why don’t you even make an art gallery at home and show of your child’s artwork?
  • Chat. Let your child spend time with their friends on Skype or phone. Teenagers especially, truly feel isolated if they aren’t in contact with their friends.
  • Treasure hunt. If you are lucky enough to have a garden create an exciting treasure hunt with clues and home-made treasures for your kids to find.
  • Get gardening. Show your child how to take care of plants and let them garden, too. If you live in apartment, go to your balcony plant some flowers in pots.
  • Show time. If your children like performing, go through carnival/halloween outfits and help them to put on a show for the family. They can even work on some literacy skills in a fun way by writing a play script and act it out.
  • Puppets. Make finger puppets and help them create their own puppet show. Make a theatre out of a box and get creative.
  • Read. Start a family book club. Discuss what your favorite characters and what part you liked best and why.
  • Picnic time. Have a family picnic indoors, on the balcony or in the garden.
  • Adventure time. Go camping in the garden or the living room.
  • Sports. Make your own mini-golf course in the living room. There are many online ideas you can easily recreate.
  • Homemade games. In the evenings get the kids to design a game that you can make the next day – give them ideas to keep it simple such as a paper boat race in the bath or homemade skittles using a tennis ball and empty toilet rolls.
  • Origami. All you need is paper and instructions which can be found online, will keeps kids amused and they will learn a new skill.
  • Theatre. Encourage the kids to put on a play or a magic show. They could even use the dress up with clothes and props from around the house. If you have a camera, you can even film it to watch later or for some great memories.
  • Games. Play board games, puzzles, and card games, I’m sure there are some lurking somewhere in the house.

(source: Saved You A Spot)

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