The world may be on pause, but life really doesn’t have a stop button and neither do children. Families are confined in close quarters and there is really no end date in sight, so the idea of coming up with different activities to achieve a work-life balance much less one that will keep every occupied can seem daunting. Here are 6 fun family activities to do while quarantined so families can stay busy and maybe get some work done and shower while they’re at it.
Check-in on the Animals
There are live streams at most zoos and aquariums that will give your family the pick-me-up they need. You can pick a daily time to check out whatever animals you want to see for that day and maybe that will peak you or your children’s interest to adopt a zoo animal! You can also make these streams part of your homeschooling and have your kids take notes on the animal’s behaviors and even have them give a report on an animal of their choosing.
Turn Math into Dessert
Math isn’t always the most fun, for kids or adults. However, dessert is always a good time. Whether it be a family cookie recipe or just one out of the box, have your family pick a recipe and prepare the measurements for either a smaller or bigger serving size so they have to also do some math other than just measuring. It will be some school work and a great end to the night all at once.
Masks are becoming a mandatory accessory for any trips outside the home to help protect people from COVID-19. However, masks are hard to come by or are being sold at ridiculous prices. You also don’t want to take the medical-grade masks away from our nurses and doctors, so the best way to help out is to make your own. All you need is fabric, elastic, and time. If you have a sewing machine you are one step ahead and can find some patterns online for sewing or even hand-making.
Have a Campfire in Your Backyard
You can make or buy a fire pit for the family to sit around and make s’mores and tell campfire stories. It may even give some parents the time to have a relaxing glass of beer or wine. You can even cook some meals over the fire if you want to be adventurous. If your family is having a blast in the backyard, you can keep the good times rolling and have a “drive-in” and even camp in the backyard.
Build a Lego Community
Lego’s are always fun for kids and adults. You can get some more difficult kits for you and your significant other to relive your childhood. If your kids have a Lego bin, you can have a contest on who builds the best community or whatever it is you decide on.
Go for a Walk or Hike
If you leave your home, remember to practice social distancing. Fresh air and exercise are great not only for your physical health and mental health. You can walk around your neighborhood or even go hiking or jogging. However, you should avoid playgrounds, they are all closed during quarantine and not as sanitary as you would think. If you don’t live in a great neighborhood for walks, you can always check out Banff Homes for Sale to see where the best places are. These six family activities to do while quarantined will get your spirits up, and make for a happier family.