How many of your kids are starting to go stir crazy with social distancing? How many of you as parents are beginning to go stir crazy? No one expected this pandemic to last as long as it has. At first, I’m sure you hunted down every Pinterest article you could find, joined a few new Mommy/Daddy groups on Facebook, and exhausted YouTube for activities. You’re raising smart, inquisitive children. Their minds are going a mile a minute with everything they’re taking in. It’s only natural they want their minds to stay active all the time. The problem is that you might be at your wit’s end with what to do with your active little adventurer. Well, look no further! We’ve gathered a few brand new activities you and your kiddo can do together.
Scavenger Hunt: If your little one is the adventurous type, create a scavenger hunt around the house or in the backyard. They can search for a flat rock, a colorful butterfly, a green leaf, a couple of birds, and more!
Baking: Most children love their sweets. A great way to sneak in a lesson of counting, following directions and patience is to bake your little’s favorite treat. Make it a simple batch of cookies or make a delicious cake. Don’t forget the frosting either!
Go For a Walk: You can’t go to a playground or go on a playdate, but you can go out to your local trail or even explore the woods a little bit. Both of you will get a good dose of fresh air, look for animals, new leaves, rocks, and more.
Build An Indoor/Outdoor Race Track: Does your kid love playing with cars? Get a roll or two of painter’s tape to create a track throughout one room or multiple rooms for the ultimate race. Painter’s tape won’t damage any of the floors so that the fun can be had without the worry. For an outdoor race track, all you’ll need is some chalk and a driveway or concrete! Does your kid love playing with cars? Get a roll or two of painter’s tape to create a track throughout one room or multiple rooms for the ultimate race. Painter’s tape won’t damage any of the floors so that the fun can be had without the worry. For an outdoor race track, all you’ll need is some chalk and a driveway or concrete!
Make A Recycled Birdhouse: This is another great learning experience for your children. If you have freshly empty milk or juice containers, clean them out and make a new birdhouse for the visitors you have each day.
Do Science Projects: Who doesn’t love making a mess sometimes? Make that mess with a cool science project! Build a volcano outside, make bubble wands out of various shapes and see which ones stick the longest, or get some diet coke and Mentos for a safe, explosive reaction!
Start a Garden: A great way to teach responsibility is to have your little one start their very own garden. Decide if you want an outdoor garden or just a small potted plant to look after. Your child will have to keep after it every day, making sure it’s watered and healthy. Nothing beats their excitement when they see the plant growing a little taller each day.