10 Fun Activities To Do With Your Kids During Social Distancing. The government has called on people to try to isolate themselves from crowds as much as possible. With kids also being out of school, the future looks bleak.
1. Set Up A Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunts are pretty easy and depending on how many items there are, could last a while. Hide anywhere from 10 to 20 items around the house or outside to keep kids occupied for a few hours.
2. Jigsaw Puzzles
A puzzle can be a great collaborative activity for siblings at home. Plus, while they’re piecing together the puzzles, they’re also learning skills and lessons such as shape recognition, patience and delayed gratification. Families who want to get the parents involved can opt for more difficult puzzles.
3. Indoor Basketball
An over-the-door basketball hoop and miniature ball is a great way for kids to get some exercise while stuck indoors. They can practice shooting or layups on their own, or they can enlist siblings for games like knockout and “horse”.
4. Have An Indoor Picnic
Grab a sheet, whatever food you have, and enjoy a living room picnic. You can even play that memory game at the same time: “I’m going to a picnic and I’m bringing…” Each person takes turns remembering (in order) what everyone is bringing and then adds one thing each turn.
5. Bake together
Cookies, cakes, brownies. Anything! Baking is a great lesson in measuring, ingredients, and of course, making delicious goodies. There is an array of cookbooks for kids, children’s cooking kits and even kid-safe knives out on the market.
6. FaceTime Family Members
FaceTime is another meaningful way to connect with family and friends while practicing “social distancing.” Use it to check in on family members and to socialize, even if over the phone.
7. Do Some Spring Cleaning
Granted, cleaning isn’t exactly fun, more so for the young ones. but with everyone off from school and off from work, the house is bound to get messy, and pretty quickly at that. Carve out a few minutes, even if it’s just 15, each day to prioritize organization.
8. Reading Aloud
Reading aloud is beneficial for older and younger children, as it helps them grapple with difficult issues, reduces stress, improves vocabulary and comprehension and introduces them to literature they might otherwise ignore.
9. Start A Book Club
Reading is a big one during these quarantined days. But to make reading extra exciting, join an online book club with discussions and thought-provoking questions about the books your child has just read.
10. Make A Space For Learning
This won’t keep kids entertained, but it will make learning from home all the more easier. Set up a designated homework/schoolwork area. Whether it’s a desk or a specific place at the kitchen table, having a workspace can really help kids focus.