Our children are resourceful. They will find ways to fill their time while they are home. It may be playing games on their phone or computer. It may be doing homework. And, if you are lucky, it may be spending time with you. Here are some activities to help make that happen.
A little self-care can go a long way to revitalizing a person. As a treat, give yourselves manicures and pedicures. You can even have a virtual manicure party with your favorite people! Don’t worry that you are not an expert and that the nail polish is a little all over the place or has a few bubbles in it. Just enjoy the experience. Add some mineral salts or a lovely scented shower gel to some warm water in a tub for soaking your feet before the pedi. Add a tablespoon of some body oil (or even cooking oil will do) to large bowl of warm water to soak your hands. Make sure to rub in an indulgent thick lotion to your feet and hands before you paint your nails. Check out a step-by-step manicure guide online and a great guide for pedicures. If you want to add some fun to your polished look, check out these 27 creative nail art ideas!
I am still surprised at how meaningful this activity was with my children when we tried it on a whim five years ago. My kids still remember doing it (they were 5 and 7) and whenever we come across the art we made they become very nostalgic. The activity is very simple and works for any amount of people. Grab a blank paper and a pen. Someone starts with a small marking on the page. It could be a swirl, a line, a geometric figure, etc. Nothing much more complex that that. Symmetry is allowed. So if you make a mark in one corner you can choose to make the same mark in another corner(s) to make it symmetrical. After the first person makes their mark, then the next person does, and so forth. The goal is not to make separate pictures but to eventually grow these marks into one beautiful coelesced work of art. To make it more interesting you can add colored markers, create more rules, or come up with a theme for the artwork. My kids remember this activity with such sincere joy and I hope your family will too!
Here’s an activity you can do with your family that can occur indoors or outdoors (if you have the space). Berries.com is a great resource for a scavenger hunt. First, they explain some important rules for any scavenger hunt. Second, they have printables you can use (without having to sign up for a mailing list!). Third, their ideas are based on taking pictures of the items so no one needs to touch anything, take anything, or even own anything except a camera or cell phone with a camera. Participants just need only to find an item and take a picture in order for it to count in the hunt. Scroll to the bottom of the Berries.com page and you can print them all – did I mention that no sign up is required? Though the printables include a beach theme and an amusement park theme, neither of which are easy to get to nowadays, you can expand the hunt to include these items wherever they appear in your home including photo albums, toy boxes, decorations, and even magazines!
Ted Talks aren’t just for adults. There are ones that can inspire kids just as much. Kids are even watching these in school! With so many great Ted Talks to choose from, how do you pick? Rather than guessing which would be the best to watch with your children, there are sites that provide guides of which ones may have the most value for you to consider. Check out the 17 Ted Talks for children recommended by LifeHack.org. You can also go to the source itself and watch the 11 Ted Talks that Ted.com recommends you watch with your kids or the 13 Ted Talks they recommend by “brilliant kids and teens.”
Because you are not near your colleagues, classmates, friends and family as much as usual, being in your home most of the time might seem lonesome. At times, though, being in your home with the same people for an extended period of time can … motivate you to seek some quiet alone time. It’s in these moments that journaling becomes a welcome retreat for our minds. Journals provide a great opportunity to say all the things we may not have another outlet for- how annoying someone’s behavior is, how much you miss someone you aren’t able to see, how worried you are about things going on in your life, and much much more. Journals give you a chance to talk about the funny, happy, and sentimental things too. Make sure to pick journals that reflect yourself and your child. This could mean what’s on the cover – there are SO many different types of journals in stores to choose from- but also think about the more basic details like whether the journal is lined or unlined. The latter is much better for those inclined to doodle. Having space for doodling on a page can make the idea of a journal more appealing and provide another outlet for one’s ideas- drawing as well as writing. No need to purchase a fancy journal though. Any notebook will do and you can make an activity out of decorating the cover! In a pinch, you can make the journal from scratch using basic materials in your home to create a journal that is more personal than anything you would find in a store!
15-1. FUN ACTIVITIES
For more great activities check out the fifteen ideas we posted yesterday! Read the full post here.
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