Are you and your kids getting a little (or very) stir crazy? Here are some ideas for keeping busy:
Engage Their Minds
- See our lists of activitiesopens a new window and learning ideas opens a new windowchildren ages 0 to 5.
- Coloring book pages from Every Child a Reader.opens a new window
- Stimola Lifeopens a new window streams drawing videos every day from authors and illustrators.
- The Spanish Experimentopens a new window has children's stories in English and Spanish.
- Ideas from real moms:
- Car wash! All that's needed is a bowl of water, shaving cream (or soap) and a cookie sheet.
- Have an old bag of balloons from a party long ago? Blow them all up and have a balloon party!
- A plastic bin filled with shredded paper, popcorn kernels, sand, water beads, etc. Bonus: hide toys for them to find.
- Add food coloring to water and voila! Watercolor paints.
- Tape toilet paper or paper towel rolls to the wall and let them put their toys through the tubes.
- Drive past construction sites in your city.
- Look at pictures of babies. Find friends in your social media feeds who have children, too. Babies love looking at other babies!
- Let them "help" fold laundry. Not much actual folding will get done, but they'll have fun.
- Baths. My friend always says, "When in doubt, add water."
- Damp towel + many surfaces = a busy toddler.
- Grab a colander and thread pipe cleaners, yarn or ribbon through the holes.
Engage Their Bodies
- Dance and get silly with GoNoodleopens a new window videos.
- Playfull on Buzzfeedopens a new window made a list of 27 indoor activities.
- Playfullopens a new window also has 10 crafts that won't stress out the grownups.
- Today's Parentopens a new window features 10 games for toddlers.
Travel Through Time and Space
- Get out of this world with NASA's Space Placeopens a new window!
- Take a virtual field tripopens a new window!
Get Some You Time (Screen Time) - Let's face it, there will probably be screentime involved. IT'S OKAY TO USE SCREENS TO TAKE A BREAK. Just like on airplanes, you need to make sure you're taken care of before you can care for others.
- The Education Development Center has created a handy how-to, Using Technology to Support Early Learning at Homeopens a new window, for selecting quality apps and using them at home.
- Check out our list of developmentally-appropriate appsopens a new window.
Remember, we're all in this together and there's no judgment! You do you, parents.