Parents are wearing many hats in this unprecedented season, with many trying to keep little ones entertained while working from home. Try these creative ideas to breathe some fun into your day and theirs!
Bake Easiest Ever Banana “Bread”
Repurpose a box of yellow cake mix and introduce your kids to baking with this easiest-ever banana bread, the perfect way to use any spotted or browned bananas on your counter (Tip: Freeze bananas as they’re browning and thaw them in the microwave when you’re ready to bake!).
A great “play next to me” activity, hand your little one a piece of yard or string cut to the size of a bracelet or necklace and a bowl of dry fruit loops or cheerios. This works best with a dull yarn needle but if you don’t have one, wrap a piece of tape around one end of the yarn to make it easier for little fingers to thread the cereal. Bonus - this makes for a yummy and fun personalized snack for movie night!
Shaving Cream Sensory Craft
A cheap can of shaving cream can provide endless fun in the bathtub. Or for a science activity, let your little one spray it into a freezable container, mix in a few drops of food coloring and even some little plastic toys. Freeze for a few hours and then let them dig in and experiment with the texture of their frozen creation.
Sidewalk Chalk Art
Convert your driveway or sidewalk into an artistic display! Use chalk to share inspiring quotes, and draw murals. Invite your neighbors to do the same and create an ‘art walk’ in your ‘hood! Another fun tip: Trace each other’s shadows at different times of the day to watch how they change as the sun moves across the sky.
Google Images Coloring Pages
Search “keyword” coloring sheet in Google Images and you’ll find so many to choose from. After two days, you'll have brightly colored artwork decorating every wall of the house!
Get the Wiggles Out
Crank up the music and have a dance party! Rotate who picks out the song to jam too. It's sure to make you all feel better or reset the mind before tackling more homeschooling.
Write Letters + Thank You Notes
Have your kids write letters to friends the old fashioned way - with a pen and paper! Or better yet, put together some thank you notes or drawings for medical providers at your nearby hospital thanking them for all their doing during this time.
We know this is an incredibly challenging time. You're doing great, parents! Let us know what activities and things you do as a family to add a little more fun to your days.