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8 Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained During Quarantine

 

It isn’t easy to be holed up at home with just your family for company. After the past few weeks, you may be thinking there isn’t enough coffee or chocolate in this world for a parent who’s stuck home with their kids for weeks at a time. As the parent, though, you have the unique opportunity to set the tone in your home and decide if these weeks will be a nightmare for everyone, or filled with precious memory-making and family-bonding activities.

Here are some fun activities to keep your kids busy while you wait out the pandemic at home:

Marshmallow Tinker-Toys

For a fun twist on the classic building toy, take pretzel sticks and mini-marshmallows and let your child build a world of sweetness.


Puppet Shows

All you need for the show of a lifetime is a cardboard box, some popsicle sticks, old socks (which may have lost their match), and markers for decorating. Have your child entertain you, or be the entertainer – either way works!


Scrapbook

Spend some quality time reliving precious memories by digging out the scrapbook supplies and old photos to create a timeless masterpiece together.


Salt Painting

Move over, glitter; this new painting technique makes designs that are just as pretty and twice as fun! Lay a piece of cardstock on top of some newspapers and have your child draw patterns using Elmer’s glue. Next, pour salt over the wet glue and then shake off the excess salt. Then let your kids paint the salt using watercolors.


Teach a Household Skill

Instead of complaining about the endless housework, enlist your child’s help! Even very small children can help sort laundry, load the washing machine and press the buttons to turn it on (with your supervision, of course). Have the older ones help you bake, letting them put their math skills to use by adding fractions in recipes.


Simon Says, “Draw!”

Give this old favorite a twist by breaking out the craft supplies. Seat your kids around the table and begin an intense game of Simon Says, only instead of movements, instruct your kid to draw something on their papers.


Balloon Ping-Pong

No need for a bulky ping-pong table! Just tape large popsicle sticks to the backs of paper plates, blow up a balloon and have your preschoolers play ping-pong with their makeshift paddles over your empty kitchen table!


Scavenger Hunt

If your kids are bouncing off the walls from being cooped up at home, have them let off some steam with a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt. Set up hints around the house and have them race from clue to clue searching for the treasure you’ve hidden for them.


No, it isn’t easy to be holed up at home with your kids. But, with some creativity and a positive attitude (and lots of coffee and chocolate), you can fill this challenging time with warm memories your children will treasure for the rest of their lives.

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