Parenting in the current state of the world presents its obvious challenges. Between work-from-home responsibilities, virtual learning, and finding enough safe, entertaining activities to keep your kids busy, quarantine parenting requires even more stamina, creativity, and patience than normal. Although kids may not grasp the magnitude of COVD-19 and its far-reaching effects, they are experiencing the same anxiety, boredom, and disruption of day-to-day activities as adults.
If you exhausted all of your go-to games and movies within the first two weeks of lock down, it’s time to get creative. We rounded up some of our favorite quarantine-friendly activities designed to bring the family together this season. Whether you need a bit of entertainment to keep spirits up, or are simply looking for creative ways to fill the hours in each day, the below projects are fun and different, but still relatively low-lift. Below, find the indoor activities that are educational, safe, and enjoyable for the entire family.
Teach your kids about the joys of plant care.
Spending time outside and getting your hands dirty is the best quarantine antidote. Our new Grow-How Kits allow you to do just that, while teaching your kids about the joys of plant care. Each special-edition set comes with a small Philodendron Heartleaf plant, a propagation kit, downloadable plant coloring cards, and an exclusive plant care workshop led by Plant Mom Joyce Mast and her grandchildren. Your kids will learn something new, and you’ll get a stylish new plant for your home or garden. Most importantly, we’re donating $20 from the sale of each kit to Detroit Prep, a free public charter school located on Detroit’s East side. The initiative will provide students with the at-home school supplies they need to continue their studies in quarantine. Learn more about the partnership here.
Host a baking workshop.
Gather your kids around the kitchen island for a special baking lesson! Make one of mom and dad’s favorites, like a pie or scones, or amp up the creativity factor with cut-out sugar cookies and fun decorations. Make homemade frosting with powdered sugar, milk or water, vanilla extract, and the food coloring of your choice, and break out the sprinkles, edible glitter, and chocolate chips. To skip the baking prep altogether, sites like Etsy are brimming with kid-friendly baking and cookie decorating kits — even quarantine-themed! To escalate the fan fare even more, coordinate with friends and family in advance to decide on a recipe, and set up a weekend baking Zoom with aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.
Have an all-out craft day.
Nothing keeps kids occupied like an all-out craft day. Break out the fingerpaints, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, feathers, sparkles, and construction paper and let your little ones create an artistic masterpiece. You can also keep things simple and stick with computer paper for homemade cards. Encourage your kids to write heartfelt messages to the friends and family members they miss, and mail out each pick-me-up. If the weather allows, take things outside to avoid a mess — set up your arts and crafts table on the deck, or lay a blanket in the yard.
Have a backyard picnic.
Instead of your standard lunch around the kitchen table, switch things up and host a backyard picnic on a nice Sunday afternoon. Prepare an all-out spread complete with sandwiches and snacks, and have your kids help with something easy, like laying out the blankets or packing the picnic basket. Top things off with fresh flowers from the garden, upbeat music, and wine for the adults. Keep the festivities going all afternoon with family games, like cornhole, spikeball, and ring toss.
Get creative with plaster.
Make memories and spruce up the garden with homemade stepping stones from the kids. Order a few plaster molding kits for a sentimental craft, or stick with mosaic tiling for a more artistic activity, and spend the afternoon crafting as a family. Your kids will love mixing the plaster, decorating the finished product, and admiring their artwork in the family garden for years to come.