If you’re a parent, social distancing has likely put you in a pickle. Not only are the kids at home, but many of your go-to family activities are now off-limits. Yet, with a little creativity, fresh perspective, and (yep) some online help, you can stave off those familiar cries of boredom. Here are some ideas for home activities to keep your kids entertained and your household humming throughout this challenging time.
Learn to cook.
When you factor in the extra kitchen help, boost of self-sufficiency, and delicious fruits of your labor, cooking with kids is a no brainer. No need for microgreens or obscure spices as, thankfully, kid cuisine is a simple affair. Start with pizza or mac n’ cheese made from scratch. Tactile recipes are especially fun for little hands, so also consider rolling homemade tortillas or wrapping dumplings. And don’t forget dessert! Few things are more satisfying—or encouraging—than a tray full of warm, fresh-from-the-oven cookies.
Direct a blockbuster.
Before kiddos loop their fifth viewing of Frozen 2, suggest they get behind the camera instead. Today’s generation has unprecedented access to media production, and your old or borrowed phone can help them transform your home into a movie studio. Let kids tackle the many aspects of film production including script writing, storyboarding, set designing, and costuming. Aspiring actors can foster their inner starlet, while the creative types can stay behind-the-scenes producing the next Lego Movie using that increasing collection of minifigures. Up-and-coming directors can keep it simple with just the camera, or add special effects with apps such as Clips and iMovie. Afterward, gather the family, pop some popcorn, and enjoy their creation streamed to the living room big screen.