As a parent, there are always situations where you wish you could be spending more time with the little ones. “They grow up so fast and I feel like I’m missing it all” is a classic for a reason. And then came Covid-19 and all of sudden, parents had plenty of extra time to be spending with their kiddies.
But we all know kids love to be busy, and mindless TV watching 24/7 isn’t going to cut it. Currently, hundreds and thousands of people are living in quarantine, and for most, that means making do with what’s at home.
So how do we make the most of our time at home with kids, and how do we overcome the challenges of a lockdown? This listicle provides you with stimulating things to do in quarantine for kids, but also some that are going to allow you to embrace your inner child with your children.
What to Do with Kids During Quarantine
Finding activities for kids during quarantine doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, nor a lot of effort. Kids appreciate the little things in life. Below you’ll find things to do at home during quarantine that can be enjoyed by children of any age (even if they won’t admit it).
Build a Blanket Fort
No one is too old to be building a blanket fort; especially in the colder months. Pick out a cozy spot in the house before commencing ‘operation-blanket-fort’. Source organic sheets and blankets, snuggly pillows, and maybe even a broomstick to support your fort.
For more of a long-term fort, moving a mattress to the lounge makes your fort that extra bit cozier. While you’re at it, consider adding some light to the fort with Christmas lights hiding in the attic.
Build a Puzzle
Building a puzzle has probably been one of the most iconic activities during quarantine. A puzzle is something that is fantastic for kids of all ages; with intricate or simple pictures, it can be solved over a couple of days.
Bring the Cinema to Your Living Room
This is one of the particularly great things to do during quarantine with your family. And best of all, it’s something you can do weekly. Before your movie night begins, you can gather up some movie-inspired treats. Of course, popcorn is mandatory, but if you’ve got a little extra time on your hands, baking some goodies is another great way to get the kids involved.
To set up your movie night, gather as many cotton bed sheets and pillows to act as comfortable movie set chairs. Dim the lights and get your rented movie ready to go. If you’ve got an old-school projector, even better.
Invent a Game
Kids are the world’s greatest storytellers, and nothing beats inventing your own game. While it might sound a little tricky, it’s not like you’ll be strapped for time. Inventing a game can be as simple as collecting bits and bobs from around the house to create a makeshift board game. If you’ve got garden space, collect some old sports equipment and incorporate it into your newly thought-of game.
Monopoly is a brilliant game for a Friday night in. Taking up quite a bit of time, the game is both fun and educational. Teach your kids the financial basics, squeeze in some maths learning, develop their negotiation skills, and lastly, just have fun with it!
There are endless possibilities for at-home science experiments that will amaze your kids. Best of all, the experiments can be set up indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather.
Science experiments are a way of describing what is happening all around us to kids. Find an experiment that’ll perk your children’s interest; it could be astronomy, earth science or chemistry.
If you’re a parent with a little less time on your hands, you can get the prep work done and print out some online instructions.
Plant a Veggie Garden
Get your hands dirty and set up your own veggie garden that can be used to grow all kinds of wonderful herbs and plants. Use old wooden palettes to construct the base for the garden - you’ll fill this with potting soil which will allow your plant babies to thrive.
If you’re limited with space, an alternative is to gather different-sized pot plants to place alongside the windowsills. Basil, thyme, and mint grow beautifully in pot plants. Plus, painting your pots is half of the fun.
To Sum Up What to do During Quarantine
Being cooped up inside can be challenging, especially with little ones. The most important thing to remember is that the world is quarantining to be safe.
While there aren’t any places to take kids during quarantine, that’s not to say you can’t make home fun. To keep things fresh, try out at least one different activity a day; it can be as simple as playing a game, or as extravagant as building a blanket fort.