Create Some Memories With Your Kids During Quarantine

Quarantine has become a reality for all of us.  It’s only natural for kids, and probably parents, to start going stir-crazy the longer the quarantine lasts. Rather suddenly, parents have been asked to entertain their children for hours on end every single day.  It could be easy to just set them behind a screen and call it a day.  However, too much screen time could be doing more hurt than help.

Parents, we are here to help!

Our staff has brainstormed tried-and-tested activities to do with your kids during quarantine that are memorable, easy to do, and fun.  Here are a few great ways to keep your kids entertained during this coronavirus quarantine.

1. Cook a meal together.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and you don’t have to ask them to chop up carrots.  Find easy ways for them to contribute, like pouring in the flour or washing the fruit.  Your kid will feel a sense of accomplishment, and you get an extra littler helper in the kitchen.  Sacrificing a little bit of efficiency for a lot of fun will be well worth it!

2. Rearrange their bedroom.

Reorganizing the furniture completely transforms a bedroom to a kid.  To them, it’ll feel like they are living in a completely new room!  This could be a fun way to spend time with your child, and maybe even declutter a little while you’re at it.

3. Build a blanket fort.

Be creative with different materials you find around the house.  Floor lamps are good bases, ceiling fans are great to hang blankets, and clothespins can help hold blankets together.  This is a great way to get your kid’s imagination flowing.  Just a warning, blanket forts often naturally evolve into pillow fights, so be prepared!

4. Write and send letters to friends or teachers.

Ah, the forgotten means of communication, writing letters!  This is a great way to teach your kids how to address an envelope, write a letter, and mail it.  I’m sure their friends and teachers would love to hear from them, and they might even write a letter back!

5. Do your own science experiment.

This is a great opportunity to do some hands-on education!  There are lots of easy science experiments that you can do from home.  Here is a link to some of the best DIY science experiments:  Most of them use around-the-house items that you probably have on hand.

6. Make a time capsule and bury it.

In light of recent events, 2020 is already one of the most memorable years in recent memory.  Ask your child to find some items that will help you remember this time in history.  Some suggestions include photographs, coins, an old test, ribbons, or art projects.  You could even have them write a letter to their future self!  Then, find a box that will fit all of the items you have collected, and bury it (or just set it in the back of your closet).

7. Camp out in the backyard.

Even if you don’t stay out all night, pick a warm evening to camp out in your yard.  You could set up a tent, build a fire, or just set up chairs and tell stories.  If building a fire isn’t realistic, you could always make s’mores in the microwave!

8. Make an art gallery.

Grab some paint, crayons, or markers and have an art day.  After your child finishes each masterpiece, let them proudly display it on the wall or on the fridge. This is a great way to allow your child to express themselves and let their artistic side shine.

These are just a few way to help you make the most of this quarantine with your child.  We encourage parents to be intentional about how your children are spending their time.  Be creative, and don’t just set them behind a screen.

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