50 Ways to Keep Kids Busy When You’re Stuck at Home

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While there’s no reason to panic, daily life is definitely changing. South Carolina closed schools through the end of April and my email inbox is full of notices that all of our classes and activities will be postponed, too. The best thing to do right now is to limit contact with others as much as possible.

It might not be convenient or comfortable, but there’s a high likelihood that you’re now looking forward to a lot more time at home with your family. And if you’re not used to spending every single day with your little ones, you’re probably also wondering how in the world you’re going to survive.

The good news is that half the stress of parenting is trying to get places on time. Now you have an opportunity to slow down, be present with your family, and look for as much humor as you can.

I put together a list of 50 ways that you can keep your family occupied while you’re stuck at home. They are super simple, back to the basics ideas that are intended to promote fun and bonding. And if weather permits, most of these activities can be taken to your yard and enjoyed in the fresh air.

Here we go:

  1. Build a couch fort
  2. Have a dance party
  3. Draw a chalk mural
  4. Read a book
  5. Write a book
  6. Bake cookies
  7. Cook a new dinner recipe together
  8. Make play-dough (try this recipe)
  9. Play games on the tablet
  10. GoNoodle Dances
  11. Cosmic Kids Yoga
  12. Play board games
  13. Play cards
  14. Build the tallest possible block or LEGO tower
  15. Put on a fashion show
  16. Have a costume contest
  17. Make sock puppets and put on a play
  18. Stream a new movie together
  19. Stream an old movie together
  20. Go on a nature hunt
  21. Take a walk
  22. Play hopscotch
  23. Have a talent show
  24. Learn a TikTok dance
  25. Make a TikTok dance
  26. Kick a ball around
  27. Play hide and seek
  28. Clean out the toy box
  29. Organize your bookshelf by color, height, or author
  30. Write thank you letters to healthcare workers and first responders
  31. Write thank you letters to community helpers, like sanitation engineers and mail carriers
  32. Write a letter to anyone
  33. Make masks
  34. Cotton ball painting
  35. Learn how to play an instrument on YouTube
  36. Learn a new language on Duolingo
  37. Try new hairdos
  38. Home manicures and pedicures
  39. Draw or color in coloring books
  40. Go cloud watching
  41. Set up an obstacle course
  42. Play in the bathtub
  43. Living room karaoke
  44. Make mosaics or collages
  45. Have an “Easter Egg Hunt” with toys
  46. Online lessons
  47. Build a box spaceship or car
  48. Start a kitchen band with pots and wooden spoons
  49. Make a time capsule
  50. Take a virtual museum tour

If you’re someone who enjoys planning, stick some of these ideas into your daily schedule. And if you prefer spontaneity, save this list for later and come back to it when you’re ready.

As we’re all facing our current reality, just remember to stay calm, be responsible and compassionate. Count your blessings and know that we’ll get through this together!

What would you add to this list?

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Tasheena is a California native who moved to Columbia in the Fall of 2018. She has been married to her college sweetheart since 2013 and together they’re raising two feisty little girls. Tasheena has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a minor degree in Child and Family Science. She worked as a kindergarten teacher until her second daughter was born in 2017 and she transitioned to life as a stay-at-home mom. Although being home full time has its challenges, she loves being her girls’ first teacher and experiencing the world their eyes. Tasheena enjoys yoga, impromptu dance parties, exploring the community, solo trips to the grocery store, and sharing pieces of her life on her blog, The Cinnamon Mom. With so many transplant families in Columbia, she hopes to share a newcomer’s perspective and connect with more mommies in the area!

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