It’s a time for going stir-crazy, especially if you have kids. Social distancing, stay at home, memes and more memes…. we’re already seeing the effects on personal lives, and isolation. it can be hard to switch your midset from “stuck” at home to “safe” at home, so make sure you reach out to your friends and family and check they’re ok. Hook up on a video messaging app (there are quite a few out there) and stay in long-distance touch. You might save a life.
In the meantime, for those who have kids, here’s a few idea that might help you and them to stay sane;
Pick a Stick Take a number of icy-pole sticks (or similar) and colour them different bright colours. On each stick, with black texta, write a different activity (and include housework!) Whenever the kids say they’re bored, or are looking for something to do, have them pick a stick at random, and they do whatever task/activity is written on the stick
Hide something somewhere in the house and write a series of clues on paper, and hide all but the first around the house. Make the “treasure” something they’ll want to find (a teddy, maybe? I won’t suggest chocolate, but… chocolate works). You could also do this in your back yard, or both indoors and outdoors.
Play a series of “sports” with the kids and award medals – egg and spoon race, hurdles, ball toss and so on. The possibilities here are almost limitless, and can be done both inside and outside (try ping pong tennis on the dinning table, without bats or net!) Then, when everyone’s worn out, lie on a blanket outside and see what shapes you can spot in the clouds.
It’s a great opportunity to clean out everyone’s wardrobes. Hold a fashion parade with everyone’s clothes (maybe not the underwear)- let the kids wear yours! – and take photos of them prancing down a “runway”. At the end, you’ll also know which clothes to keep and which are no longer suitable
Put on a Science Show
It might sound a little crazy, but there are plenty of science “experiments” and demonstartions that you can do at home with the kids safely – and they’ll love it. YouTube is your friend for this, but here’s a couple you can try:
Wood-bending bracelet craft
Boil icy-polesticks for 5 minutes
Turn off heat and soak sticks for 30 min
Mold sticks in a glass (the smaller the better)
Let dry for 24 hrs
Make Juicy Fruit Gummies
2 cups fruit juice
4 packets Gelatin
Honey to taste
Pour 1 1/2 cups of juice into a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until it reaches a gentle boil.
While juice heats, pour remaining 1/2 cup of the juice into a small bowl. Add gelatin and let bloom for five minutes. Teach kiddo about polymer science.
Add gelatin to heated juice and stir until fully dissolved.
Take a quick taste of the juice mixture. Is it sweet enough for you? Add honey and stir until it is.
Pour mixture into silicone candy or ice molds or a 9×9 metal baking pan. Round shapes like hearts work better than pointy shapes like stars.
Chill for 1-2 hours and remove from pans / trays. If gummies don’t come out easily, chill for another half hour. If you used the 9×9 pan, pull out gummy in one piece by running a knife along edges. Then place on a cutting board and cut into squares of desired size.
Store in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
What else are you doing to keep the kids entertained? Let us know in the comments and share the fun 🙂