Here’s 10 ideas to keep kids busy at home during self-quarantine. Finding things to do while while staying home can be challenging for adults, much less for kids, so its time to get creative. I scoured the internet and local sites for these ideas. Hope they help!
#1 – Create a “wheel” your kids can spin to select different activities to do at home or in your neighborhood. We happen to have a prize wheel at home that we use at events. So my daughter filled the slots with her ideas of things to do. I’ve shared those below and added a few of my own. To do this, you don’t have to have a fancy spinning wheel like ours. You can make your own with some ingenuity and cardboard! For the very ambitious you could try making this one or for a simpler version try this one. Want more ideas for your wheel? Check out this insane list of ways to keep busy from Mile High Mamas.
Our Spinning Wheel List:
- Read a book.
- Organize your closet.
- Ride your bike, scooter or skateboard.
- Watch an interesting documentary.
- Watch nature films.
- Sing karaoke.
- Take a virtual museum tour.
- Make dinner for your family.
- Bake something new.
- Write a poem or song.
- Binge watch a new tv show.
- Play Animal Crossing with a friend.
- Do something outside.
- Paint or draw.
- Take a walk in your neighborhood and take artistic pictures.
- Do activities with your dog! Here’s some ideas from the AKC.
- Learn a new language.
- Do a puzzle.
- Construct a blanket fort.
- Play a board game.
#2 – Play golf or tennis. That’s right, staying home doesn’t mean missing out on your favorite sport. Over the next month, TGA Premier Sports will be sharing this new online golf and tennis programming with their families and students nationwide through email, blogs, and online. This includes video-lessons from coaches, videos of kids playing the games, warm up exercise videos, games to play solo or with the family, all to put sports skill practice into play. In addition, TGA will provide academic worksheets related to these sports and STEAM that the kids can do at home with minimal resources.
#3 – Have a family karaoke contest! Stingray Karaoke is offering their 50,000 songs for free for the next three months. Just download the app before April 18th. You can even use Zoom or Houseparty to invite friends to join in the karaoke fun!
- 50,000+ songs in many languages and genres including pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, country, Latin, and more
- Disney favorites including Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, and The Descendants
- Songs in the style of today’s top-charting artists (Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and more) and yesterday’s legends (Elvis, The Beatles, Bon Jovi and more)
- Pre-made party mixes in a variety of themes including “Party Time,” “Karaoke #Hits,” “Totally ‘80s,” “Disco Party,” and “Motown Classics”
Hope you liked the first three ideas – here’s more of my list of 10 ideas to keep kids busy at home during self-quarantine.
#4 – Have your kids help you plan out the meals for the week and cook with you. NBC just posted this fantastic article about getting three meals a day on the table with some terrific suggestions like prepping ahead and getting your kids involved in the planning. LA author, chef and food blogger Katie Chin suggested doing a “quick-fire challenge” using one ingredient. You can join her for weekly online Cooped Up Cooking with Katie Chin live stream videos as well! Just follow her on Facebook!
#5 – Take a virtual tour of a national museum. People Magazine recently published this article listing 12 famous museums offering virtual tours including the Guggenheim, Musee d’Orsay, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. Since you’re not able to hop on a plane to visit these museums right now – this is the next best thing! You will need to download the Google Arts & Culture app on your ipad or iphone to do the tours.
#6 – Watch a documentary or nature film. This is a perfect time to explore the world, learn about other cultures, unearth an interesting biography or experience something epic through film. If you’re looking for ways to help your children view the world differently, here’s some suggestions from Becoming Unbusy. I also found a great list on Common Sense Media (I highly recommend The Biggest Little Farm ps – follow Apricot Lane Farms on Insta for live moments from the farm on Fridays!) and here’s a list from SheKnows Media. Missing your friends? You can do a watch party with friends via Netflix or use one of these apps.
#7 – Set up a family game table. When we’re home for extended periods of time we turn our dining room table into a game table. There’s always a puzzle or an ongoing game of Monopoly set out. We play Scrabble and Battle Ship, Life and lots of card games too. Our favorite card games are Uno, Exploding Kittens, Unstable Unicorns and You’ve Got Crabs. It’s a great way to do dinner together, especially if you’re just eating pizza. Check out this list of recommendations from Family Education and new game that starts conversations called Our Moments designed for families, generational, couples etc.
Did you take my advice and set up a game table? Having a place to stop and congregate and exercise your mind helps with the restlessness. Here’s the remaining list of my 10 ideas to keep kids busy at home during self-quarantine.
#8 – Count on Common Sense Media. If you are a parent, you should be subscribing to these emails, using their site for reviews and recommendations and taking advantage of their educational opportunities. In a recent email they sent over the below list of ideas:
|Media recommendations for entertainment
Hand-picked, age-appropriate media suggestions to keep the whole family engaged.
|Resources for at-home learning
Tools to help parents and caregivers keep kids focused and learning at home.
#9 – JK Rowling created an online world to bring Hogwarts to You at home. Login for a fully robust, educational and magical experience. “We know that everyone is trying to keep safe at home at the moment and so, with J.K. Rowling and our friends at Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, we are delighted to introduce Harry Potter At Home to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives.”
#10 – Workout with your kids. We’ve all gotten the memo about walking outside, 6 feet apart from other people, to get a little daily exercise, but what about actually working out with your kids? So many adult workouts have moved online and are now offering options for kids. What about trying out a boxing class with your kids? Boxing requires focus and form and is a great way to get out aggression. BoxUnion is offering online classes right now. We have a Wavemaster bag in our back yard, but you can just get sparring gloves and have your kids use you as the bag. AloYoga offers kids online yoga and meditation classes. And Jane Do – a women’s workout app is now offering Jane Do Littles for workouts with your little kids! You can also always get them Dribble Up and have them practice soccer and basketball on their own.
Thats a wrap on 10 ideas to keep kids busy at home! If you have other ideas please comment below and share this with friends. We all need inspiration!
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