How to Keep Busy at Home When Social Distancing with Kids

With an extended March Break upon us and social distancing being encouraged, you might be looking for ideas on how to keep the kids busy. We’ve put together a list for you to check out.

  • Get Crafty

Break out the craft box and let the kids take the reigns on making some really cute DIY items. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got a few suggestions that require basic household items:

  • Popsicle stick or pipe cleaner characters
  • Colouring books / printing out a templated image
  • Homemade paint using only light corn syrup, baking soda, white vinegar, cornstarch, and gel food colouring.

And if you have a crafty selection on-hand already:

  • Making boondoggle or embroidery floss bracelets
  • Adding googly eyes to practically anything
  • Decorating a wooden box
  • Making felt masks

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  • Put on a Play

Kids with a thespian spirit might be inclined to come up with a fun play idea with you. You can use various materials from around the house like old linens and curtains to create the stage and curtain look. When it comes to costuming, let the kids choose. It’s bound to be pretty silly.

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  • Crack Open the Games Chest

Whether its a puzzle or a game you’ve forgotten about, jumping head first into a day of board games is going to make the day go by and is the perfect way to make memories. Some of our picks:

  • Monopoly
  • Sorry
  • Checkers
  • Operation
  • Settlers of Catan: Family Edition
  • Trouble
  • Perfection
  • Dominoes
  • Apples to Apples
  • And a few classic card games: Go Fish, Crazy 8s, War, Snap, Rolling Stone, Spoons, War & Pig

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  • Have TV Time Together 

This extra time at home is a nice opportunity to get together as a family to binge watch a show or get invested in a video game.

  • Stay Fit Close to Home

Whether you encourage the kids to run around in the backyard or play an active video game like Mario & Sonic Olympics or Just Dance, it keeps the blood flowing and the mind occupied.

  • Read to Each Other

Take turns reading sections of a book to each other – it will pass the time and be a great opportunity for the kids to practice.

How are you keeping busy at home? Let us know below: 

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