Feeling stir crazy?
Here are 5 easy, engaging activities to do at home with your kids.
1. Have a LEGO challenge.
Grab a few little buckets and scoop up a random assortment of LEGOs for each child. Set a timer and challenge each child to make the coolest thing they can with the LEGOs they've been given before the timer goes off. Some ideas for guidelines - planes, vehicles, animals, people, playgrounds, or skyscrapers.
2. Water play.
Throw the kids into the bath with a few toys they don't usually have in there to make it new! Some ideas: kitchen items, cleaned out recyclables (think old shampoo bottles with cool pumps, not glass baby food jars!), buckets, beach toys, special bath bombs.
3. Support our local businesses.
So many of our local businesses are adapting and offering curbside pickup or local delivery and they need our support now more than ever! Virtual sewing lessons and kits, cake decorating kits, outerwear, toys, books, and craft packs are just some of the many things you can get locally right now! You could even just contact your local pizzeria and ask for a pizza kit and have a make-your-own pizza night at home! Check out
4. Sensory bins.
Put a few materials into a wash basin or two and let them play. Some options? Dried beans of different colors with an ice cube tray and ladle for scooping and sorting; dry rice with little toy construction trucks; play dough (you can
make your own
!) with loose parts like googly eyes and pipe cleaners; acorns (collect them from outside) with meat mallets for smashing or containers with different sized lids for dropping in.
5. Get to know your backyard birds.
You'd be surprised how quickly you can have a whole flock coming to your yard regularly with the installation of a simple bird feeder. You can pick up an already-made feeder or
make one yourself
and then sit back and watch the birds!
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