With many school districts closing in these difficult times surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, a lot of parents are finding themselves at home with their children and need a way to keep the kids occupied. We’ve put together a list of 10 ideas for ways to keep your little ones busy while you’re all stuck at home together.
1. Make a cardboard or pillow fort
Kids love building things, give them blankets, couch pillows, old cardboard boxes, turn upside down chairs, so they can create their own little worlds!
2. Set up a treasure or scavenger hunt
Treasure hunts are pretty easy and depending on how many items there are, could last a while. Hide anywhere from 10 to 20 items around the house or outside to keep kids occupied for a few hours.
3. Bake together
Bake anything your kids like: cookies, cakes, brownies. Baking is a great lesson in measuring, ingredients, and of course, making delicious baked goodies.
4. Take a virtual field trip to Yellowstone National Park
Virtually visit the Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more with a digital field trip to Yellowstone.
5. Watch the beluga whales at the Georgia Aquarium
There’s a beluga whale webcam set up at the Georgia Aquarium, so you can see what your whale friends are up to at anytime.
6. Write a letter
Break out the envelopes, the stamps, the pens, and paper. It really feels great to receive a letter from a friend or family member through the good, old-fashion snail mail. Write a mail a letter to someone you love, like to your children’s grandmother and grandfather, or a family member who lives far away.
7. Make your own play dough
Play dough is surprisingly easy to make with common household items. Check out this one from I Heart Naptime. All you need are quart-sized bags, all-purpose flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, veggie or coconut oil, and food coloring.
8. Play cards or board games
Playing card games like Rummy, War, Go Fish, Solitaire, Uno, Old Maid, or playing board games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, etc can be fun for the whole family.
9. Take a virtual tour of a farm
Children love learning about what it takes to run a farm. On this website, you can meet farm animals, learn about crops, and more by taking a virtual farm tour on Farm 360.
10. Bird watch
Look up bird local to your area and teach your kids about them, See if they can identify five types of birds common to your part of the country! All you have to do is look out the window, you can also put out birdseed or crackers to try and attract more birds!
We hope these ideas give you some relief from having to entertain your children at home while everyone is practicing social distancing! If you ever have any questions about mortgages or homeownership, don’t hesitate to reach out to us: To find a local Mortgage Loan Originator or Office near you, click here. If you’re thinking about homeownership, start with our pre-qualification application here.