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What are some of the best activities to do with your children while staying at home?

Hi everyone,

I hope you're all doing well amidst this pandemic. As a mother of two kids, I have been struggling to find innovative ways to keep my children entertained while we're at home. With schools being shut and parks being closed, it's been challenging to keep them occupied, and I'm sure many of you can relate.

That's why I'm here to seek your valuable advice. What are some of the best activities that I can do with my children while staying at home? I'm looking for both indoor and outdoor activities that are safe and easy to do. My kids are aged 6 and 9, so suggestions that cater to their age group would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your help. I'm looking forward to reading your suggestions!

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keith.schuppe

Hey there,

I'm also a parent of two children and I totally relate to the struggle of keeping them entertained at home. Here are some fun activities that my kids absolutely love doing:

1. Building forts and tents - Use sheets, blankets, and cushions to create playful spaces that can be used for reading, playing games or even sleeping in.

2. Movie night - Pick a movie and let your kids choose their favourite snacks for a fun night in. You could also set up a projector in your backyard for a movie night under the stars.

3. Online learning - There are plenty of educational websites that offer free online learning and interactive activities that your kids could benefit from while they’re at home.

4. Obstacle course - Create an obstacle course using items around the house like chairs, pillows, and toys for your kids to get creative with outdoor gymnastics.

5. Online gaming - While too much screen time isn't often recommended, game consoles or online games and apps that are designed for children's entertainment and growth can be good temporary approaches for keeping children occupied.

These activities have been a great source of entertainment for my kids, and I hope they help you too!

schuster.loyce

Hi everyone,

I have been engaging with my 5-year old and 7-year old daughters in many fun-filled indoor and outdoor activities.

To fuel their creativity, we love making DIY slime, playdough or even paint together. To ensure we don't make too much mess, we spread an old sheet out, put on some music and let our inner artists go free!

One amazing outdoor activity that we find fascinating is backyard camping. We set our tents, hang out our lights, and start a backyard campfire. We then spend the evening as though we were out camping, telling stories, cooking and enjoying the sounds of nature.

Learning new things is just as important, so we often play educational board games like Snake and Ladders, Scrabble or even Trivial Pursuit. These games keeps their learning engaging with lots of laughs, while teaching numbers, words, even history and geography.

Finally, we take turns in reading books to each other. It helps our fluency, imagination and confidence. It also let us explore different worlds and characters that spark many meaningful conversations between us.

These are some great home-centric activities to keep our children entertained and nurtured. I hope it was helpful for you too.

gislason.magdalen

Hello everyone,

I am a father of two boys, aged 8 and 10 years old. One great activity that we love to do together is building with Legos. We spend hours using our creativity to make intricate creations such as castles, vehicles, famous monuments or anything else that our imagination can come up with.

Another activity that we indulge in quite a bit is playing board games, card games, and video games. We all get competitive and indulge in some good old fashioned family fun. We’ve also tried some outdoor games like Frisbee or badminton to get some fresh air whilst staying active.

Since my kids are into technology, we discovered that there are a lot of educational apps that can enhance their learning. Duolingo is great for practicing a new language, and science apps like NASA Kids' Club and Scratch help teach STEM skills in a fun way.

Lastly, when it comes to fun indoor activities, we have been trying out new recipes that we find online. Together, we learn how to use different ingredients and equipment to create delicious meals while also having a lot of fun.

These activities have proven to be fantastic ways to keep my children entertained as well as help us bond and enjoy quality family time.

koch.demarco

Hey folks,

As a mother of a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old, I've found that sensory play and exploration is an excellent activity to keep my children engaged and learning. We experiment with different materials like shaving foam, play sand, and kinetic sand, which stimulates creativity and imagination, and helps develop different senses.

For fitness, we’ve started family yoga days! Yoga can help improve balance, flexibility, and mindfulness while being a fun exercise to do together.

On the topic of travel, we’ve been exploring the world through virtual tours of famous museums, zoos or amusement parks around the world. Our favorite ones have been of Disney, Legoland and Universal Studios. Exploring these places virtually have been a perfect substitute for visiting them in person.

Lastly, Cooking or baking is another fun family activity that we enjoy as it helps teach children basic maths and practical skills. We let them help, with little tasks like mixing or measuring, or even letting them decorate depending on their age, which creates a sense of accomplishment and togetherness.

These activities are some great ways to bond and have fun as a family, I hope you find them helpful too!

akohler

Hello everyone!

Being a mother of a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old, one thing that they love to do is baking. We have fun using different ingredients to make cookies, cupcakes, or even delicious family recipes passed down from generations.

Apart from this, we have been encouraging our kids to read as much as possible. Reading books from their school library and children’s books have been a great way for them to expand their vocabulary, fluency and imagination. We also make trips to our local library for story time sessions.

In addition, we have been doing virtual tours to different museums and national parks. We get to learn about different cultures, animals, and historical artifacts without having to leave the comfort of our home.

Finally, we have regular game nights where we play board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, and Chess. This activity not only helps in building their logical and strategic thinking, but it also nurtures our family bonding.

These are some awesome activities that kids at home can enjoy with family and keep them entertained while learning new things.

schultz.ken

Hi there,

As a parent of two kids around the same age group as yours, here are some activities that have been a hit in our house:

1. Indoor scavenger hunts - Create lists of items for your kids to find around the house and see who can get them all the quickest.

2. Arts and crafts - Stock up on some basic art supplies and let your kids' creativity run wild. My children have been loving making their own DIY bookmarks and designing their own journals.

3. Virtual playdates - While we can't visit friends in person right now, setting up virtual playdates with other kids has been a great way to give my kids a chance to socialize and have fun while staying safe at home.

4. Planning and cooking meals - Involve your kids in meal planning and cooking. It's a great way to teach them life skills and bond as a family.

5. Nature walks and hikes - If you have some green space nearby, take your kids on a nature walk or hike. It's a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while taking in the beauty of nature.

I hope these suggestions help!

cummerata.patsy

Hi all,

I have been enjoying quality time with my 7-year-old and 10-year-old while exploring our artistic side. We have been into making homemade crafts like soap, candles, greeting cards, bookmarks, and even friendship bracelets. This activity is not only helping them improve their fine motor skills, but it's also an excellent idea to give these things as gifts to grandparents or relatives.

Additionally, we also did some garden work together, which included planting new seeds, flowers, and even herbs that we could use in the kitchen later on. This activity is great for getting some fresh air and teaching kids at home about gardening and its benefits.

We also take turns cooking our favourite dishes for dinner, while engaging in interesting conversations to bond over some good food.

Finally, we've been utilizing online resources to learn new things as well, such as Duolingo, an interactive language-learning app. We've been expanding our vocabulary and trying to learn new languages together.

These pastime activities have helped us pass the time and enjoy everything the family has to offer. What about you, do you have any other creative ideas that you'd like to share?

marvin.thaddeus

Hello everyone,

I am a father of two girls aged 4 and 6 years old, and we've found a great way to bond during these times is by making music together. We play around with different instruments, like ukulele, tambourine, or keyboard to create fun melodies and rhythms. We also enjoy impromptu karaoke sessions with our favourite tunes.

Another activity we love doing is building imaginative structures using wooden blocks, magnetic tiles, and other building toys. This is a creative outlet for not only the kids but also parents, and encourages collaboration and problem solving together.

If your kids love spending time outdoors, geocaching could be a fun and unique activity to keep them busy. It's a treasure hunt-style game using GPS coordinates to find hidden items. We've discovered so many interesting parks and landmarks hidden in our community that we wouldn't have known about otherwise.

Lastly, since we're all missing our relatives, we've used this time to write letters or make video messages to our grandparents and friends who are far away. It helps build and maintain long-distance relationships, and is a great way to strengthen the bond between the little ones and their loved ones.

These are some of the things that have worked great for us and our family. Stay safe and have fun, everyone!

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