It’s been a few weeks since kids were released from school. Are you running out of ideas on how to keep them entertained? You’re probably not alone. With many families now at home 24/7, it wouldn’t be surprising if you all were going a little stir-crazy. That’s why we’ve put together some out-of-the-box ideas to help keep your family entertained.
Eliminate the bulky table and have them burn off some energy while they’re at it. Tape large popsicle sticks to paper plates to form make-shift paddles and blow up a balloon. This can be played over the kitchen table or even in the family room across the couch like badminton. Your kids are sure to have a blast.
Simon Says, “Draw!”
Twist this classic game and get creative. Set up a table with paper and coloring supplies and have your kids draw out what Simon Says! You can range it from specific shapes to colors or using a particular art supply (such as stamps or crayons). Anyone who messes up is out of the game.
Set up hints around the house and have your kids race from clue to clue searching for the treasure you’ve hidden for them. If your children are too young to read, use picture clues instead. If they’re searching for one treasure, this activity will promote bonding and learning how to be a team player. Or, to burn off a little steam, have kids go up against each other in a race to the finish to each finding their own treasure first.
This activity can take place in-doors or out-doors in the backyard if the weather is nice. Use items from around the house to makeshift an obstacle course. Make it even more exciting with a theme such as “Spy Training.” Have them crawl under tables or attach string between the walls in a hallway as a “string/laser maze.” Whatever you decide to do, it’ll sure be a hit with the kids and get them to burn off some of that cooped-up energy.
With an unforeseen number of days until kids head back to class, now is a great time to spice up the home life with different, fun activities. Do you have other creative or educational ideas to keep the kids busy? Share them with us! Tag us in your pictures on Facebook and Instagram with what you and your family are doing during your time together. We’d love to see and share what everyone else is doing to keep the family entertained.