Home Love is a collection of tips and ideas that will make your time indoors more productive. ).
Some people have a stash of canned goods, water and medical supplies in national emergencies or pandemics. For this reason, I have been building a stash of crafting supplies since the mid-nineties.
Many of us find ourselves unintentionally at home with our children, as social distancing and schools are closing, and we look for ways to make our days more enjoyable. To assist, I have assembled a list of at-home activities–quarantivities, if you will—to get you through this.
You may have 25-year-old scrapbooking materials and half-finished knitting projects in your closet. Here are some ways to reduce screen time and make family memories.
I’m sure that there will soon be plenty of crafting supplies, considering the number of paper towel rolls and toilet paper that has been sold over the past few weeks. You can use the empty tubes with some tape to make tunnels for marble runs, rainsticks, and toy cars. You can also use those Amazon boxes to build forts, houses for stuffed animals, or targets for Nerf guns. College art projects, junk mail, magazines, or brochures from vacations you no longer take are great sources. You can save the tops of your food pouches and use them as beads to make bold jewellery safe for you to wear under quarantine.
Many parts of the country are experiencing spring. You can save some beautiful blooms to make lovely art by pressing flowers and leaves into books.
“Minute To Win It” Games
The TV series “Minute to Win it” created many simple and fun games”. You can host your competition at home. The Hello Wonderful blog is a great resource for creating your contests.
Even if your children are older than 6, you can still use traditional embroidery supplies. With a needle and thread, you can sew simple designs onto blue jeans or t-shirts.
Take a hike
While visitor centres are closed at certain parks, many trails are still accessible in national and state parks. Most likely, the sidewalks in your area are also open. Take your children outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Create an Obstacle Course
You can create an obstacle course with household items in your living room and backyard. You can create simple activities such as crawling under and under chairs, navigating through cardboard boxes tunnels, or throwing stuffed animals in a basket.
You don’t need to invent the wheel. Get out the puzzles, board games, and cards! As a family, read a book together. Play charades.
Weave a Mandala
Your kids can make beautiful mandalas with sticks, pencils, and some yarn. These mandalas can be used to decorate your home or hang from your windows. You can weave with fabric scraps, old clothes or cut into strips if you don’t own yarn.
Disposable drinking straws have become a trend in 2018, but you might still have some. If so, let your children see how large a structure they can create with only plastic straws and marshmallows.
You can mix it up at your home if you have cabin fever. Ask your children to imagine a different layout for a room and then test them. It doesn’t matter if it looks horrible because no one will be coming to your home anytime soon.
Art School Home School
Arielle Goddard, a Los Angeles-based artist, has a wonderful website Art Camp. Her blog features simple art projects inspired by contemporary artists. You can teach your kids about contemporary art and create masterpieces for them. Some of the pieces I made using her tutorials are very proud of me, and some of my children’s works aren’t bad either.
Make Some Fun
Try new dishes with your children by getting them involved in the kitchen. You could let your children plan the evening and set the menu, or you could let them decide and set up an “Iron Chef” competition where they can be creative with the ingredients.
Open a Home Theater
You can stage a play together with your children and Facetime an audience. There are many scripts available online for free or very inexpensive. Your kids can also make their scripts or adapt a favourite book. You have even more creative options with costume and set design.
Decorate your Parents
My daughter’s favourite hobby inspired this activity: decorating babies. He loves stickers. But, it is important to supervise him, so he doesn’t choke. Decorating the parent is a safer option. It is simple: The parent lies down and closes his/her eyes. The child covers the parent in stickers. You will receive a facial wax free of charge after removing all the stickers.
KonMari The Toys
The one thing I couldn’t get up to do in Marie Kondo was tidying the toys. But now that we live at home with all that tiny plastic everywhere, it is time. You can make your toys more fun by having them divided into halves. Each child can choose two toys from each group to keep and one to donate. Warning: My child required a huge bribe to complete the exercise.
Take a Bath with the Toys
Strangely, toddlers love bathing their toys. This is surprising to me as I do not feel the same about giving toddlers baths. A little more sterilization-sterilization is always a good idea in times like these. Let the children wash their plastic toys with dish soap and water in a container or bucket.
Spring Clean the Kids
Children could use more baths. Why not make bath time more enjoyable for them? You can break out of the normal bath routine by adding food colouring to the bath, shaving cream in your tub, or having a tub popsicle. Check out the Busy Toddler blog for great bath time ideas and activities for preschoolers.
Get a Pen Pal
Children all over the country have more time than you do. Encourage your child to write to children in other states. Perhaps you know a college roommate or even a cousin who has a child your age. You can form a friendship far away. You can even exchange ideas about their lives.
Create a Garden
This is the best time to start a garden. Many garden stores now allow you to pay by phone and have curbside pickup to minimize contact. You don’t need a garden to start seeds. Instead, place some cups of seeds on your windowsill. Then you will be encouraged to watch new life grow.
Paint by Number
Although paint-by-number may appear old-fashioned, they are making a comeback. A Paint-by-number kit can be as relaxing and contemplative for adults as colouring books. You’ll often end up with a beautiful finished product to hang on your walls. Pink Picasso’s paint-by-number kits are great for older children and adults.
Your children can learn secret codes to send messages to friends. You can teach your kids how to send messages to their friends using classic spy techniques like a “deaddrop” (basically dropping the message in a neighbourhood where a friend can pick it up later). This will maintain both operational security and social distance. [utm_campaign
With your children, make a list of those in your life that may need extra love. Are there relatives or neighbours at risk because of their age or pre-existing conditions? What about your friends who live alone, may feel isolated, and health care workers who might be under stress or overworked? Or loved ones who are not working? Next, make a list of all the possible ways you can show kindness to these friends.
Connect through Conversation
The last and most important quarantining is reaching out to the little ones trying to understand their new normal. Communicate your values, share your hope, show gratitude, and take care of your spiritual and emotional well-being. This could be a significant event in their childhood that will shape how they deal with adversity. These weeks will be remembered as a time of stress, when their parents were watching too much news, or as a time when they got more time with their families. Will these weeks be either “boring” (or an adventure)? This is the essence of parenting.