With many schools closed and kids stuck at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, spending time together at home can be a great way to reconnect as a family.
Here are a few creative activities that encourage kids to use their imagination and help bust boredom while being quarantined at home. Many of these activities can play an important role in children’s development. You can make learning fun for everyone involved and help kids master skills, all while having a great time.
Here are 10 fun activities you can do with your kids in the comfort and safety of your own home, garden, or local area.
- Teach your kids a useful skill by making a game of it
With a little creativity, doing household chores can be a fun activity. Put on music and dance while you’re dusting and putting toys away. You can make a game of it by coming up with a fanciful story. Pretend that you have to slay a vacuum dragon and you can only do that by filling it up so that it won’t spew flames.
Help kids learn skills by planting a garden (kids can pick out the seeds), creating a budget (save money), or playing a sport (an indoor putting green).
- Make a time capsule
Time capsules can capture your kids’ memories about their lockdown experience – drawings, stickers, a note about what they felt, a token from a project they completed, and so on. You don’t have to bury your time capsule since you can put it somewhere safe like the basement or the garage.
- Make shadow puppets
Turn off the lights, use a flashlight and make shadow puppets with your kids. You can use your hands or draw animals on cardboard and cut them out. Some kids hate the dark, so shadow puppets are a great way to show them that the dark can actually be a lot of fun.
- Make bubbles
Create your own bubble mixture by using 1/2-cup dish soap, 1-1/2 cups water, and 2 teaspoons sugar.
- Launch a treasure hunt around the house
Create clues to find an item or a location using photos, riddles, or puzzles based on the age of the kids.
- Make a homemade jigsaw puzzle
Have the kids cut up a cereal box or a greeting card.
- Make a collaborative story
Give the kids five objects and they have to make up a play or story that uses each object.
- Play in the sprinkler if you have a yard
- Play classic board games
Playing a board game is an excellent way to get closer to your family while strengthening your family bond. Monopoly is a great game that introduces slightly older children to real estate in a passive way while teaching some basic economics principles. Other games to consider include the classic board game Clue, and word games such as Scrabble.
- Take a virtual tour of museums in the Charlotte, North Carolina area
Cultural attractions may be shuttered due to coronavirus, but there are plenty of online virtual tours for those who can’t visit in person.
The real estate sector in Charlotte, North Carolina is known for being a historic site for car auto racing. Kids can virtually explore the NASCAR Hall of Fame, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Carolinas Aviation Museum and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art are other places that can be toured virtually online.
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