Hey friends! I hope your isolation has been treating you all well. I have been trying to think outside the box to keep these girlies entertained while we are social distancing.
And believe me, I have had my fair share of anxiousness and frustration while trying to keep them entertained.
I wanted to share some ideas we’ve been doing in hopes that it helps you keep your kiddos entertained whether you are working from home or just needing them to do something other than watching Netflix…guilty (it can be a big problem when bedtime approaches).
1. Rock Painting – Alina literally spent an E N T I R E day painting rocks while I was working. Luckily we have a ton of rocks in our backyard! Once she finishes painting a rock, she will put them on display. Super cute little touch from my little human in our yard.
2. Sidewalk Chalk – It’s messy, it’s dusty, I know! I’m not a fan of the messy activities, but at this point I figure I am at home and I need her to do something! So let that little imagination drawing fly!
3. Indoor Obstacle Course – (make sure it’s safe) I remember when I was younger, my brother and I used to love making obstacle courses for each other and kept us entertained for hours. It creates a mess in the living space but I have pretty much gotten use to the fact that my house is an endless tornado. I also love that she can get a nice little energy spurt out with an obstacle course.
4. Board/Card Games – These are such a no brainer and they just require a little bit of participation. We have been loving to play Jenga lately (as long as the baby doesn’t knock over our tower) as well as Crocodile Dentist.
5. Bike Riding – We live in a cul-da-sac so Lina just rides in circles and she can do it for a good hour multiple times a day. I usually just sit outside in a lawn chair in the driveway and let her have at it while I supervise.
6. Baking – Lina loves to help me cook/bake hence why we have now adopted Brownie Friday’s haha. I like to make the chore of cooking fun for her and me all while teaching her how to do things.
7. Scavenger Hunt – You can find a pre-made scavenger hunt online or you can just create one to fit whatever is in your house. For example it can be as simple as “Find something Red” or you can get a bit more in depth and say “Find something that is squishy”. The perk of this is you can have them searching while you are working. Lina loved loved loved when we did this!
8. Imaginative/Creative Craft Time – While I work, I will allow Lina to grab anything from my craft closet and just create something imaginatively. This helps keep her creativity flowing and busy while I get my work done.
9. Jelly Bean Counting/Math – To keep Alina sharp on her math, I will have her do interactive learning activities. I will just create a bunch of Addition/Subtraction equations. And she will use Jelly Beans to solve the equations. You can use beans or anything that’s countable.
10. Reading/Writing Practice – A few weeks ago, I printed off a ton of printable assignments for Alina to complete every morning. School work is usually not her favorite activity to do because she thinks she is on vacation haha but nonetheless, I tell her it’s mommy’s homeschool program.
I hope all these ideas help you guys out and give you come ideas to keep these kids entertained while being at home. If you have some fun ideas that you have been doing, please make sure you comment below to share!