Here we are, home with the kids—still. No, we can’t go to our regular fun or make-it-through-the-day places. Can we really keep this up? Absolutely. And it doesn’t need to be stressful. Keeping it simple is the secret to making it work for everyone.
The key to a successful extended period of time at home is balance. Rest is equally important to outside play. Fun activities are equally important to everyone (including parents) as having alone time. Make time for each of these types of activities to ensure everyone is weathering their time at home well. Write down these activities from our favourite site at www.parents.com, let the kids pick what they want to do for the day (or for the hour), and just go from there.
When the weather is nice, it’s the perfect time to play outside (just avoid common play areas like playgrounds.) The fresh air and sunshine or even splashing in puddles in the rain are great ways to have a change of scenery.
- Host a teddy bear picnic in the backyard
- Draw with sidewalk chalk
- Blow bubbles
- Play in the sandbox
- Collect rocks/shells/treasures
Playing dress up for the one-thousandth time in a week is going to lose its appeal fast. Indoor activities don’t need to be complicated or boring. Have some fun without feeling stressed to gather tons of different materials.
- Hand over a doll and encourage your child to hold, talk, dress, and take care of it.
- Do a puzzle
- Read a book
- Print some free colouring pages and colour away
- Play with blocks
- Watch a movie
Family Activities to Do at Home
During stressful times, being physically present for our kids is essential. As long as everyone is in good health and following guidelines, you can still sit together, give hugs and remember that you are in this together. Set aside time to do things together and be fully engaged will help all of you feel intentionally connected (yes, even little ones!).
- Hide a toy somewhere in the house, and ask your child to find it. Explore with her, using cues like “warmer” and “colder” to guide her.
- Clean together
- Play “Red Light, Green Light”
- Make Play Dough
- Do YouTube exercise activities
- Prepare a meal together
- Bake dessert
- Take a walk
- Do a scavenger hunt.