Quarantine has us all going a bit stir-crazy. Our homes don’t quite feel big enough and our go-to activities have become stale. And, if we’re being honest, we can only watch the same Disney movies so many times before we get tired of our favorite girl-power anthems.
It’s a constant challenge to keep ourselves and our kiddos educated and entertained from the confines of our homes. And now that we’ve got to keep social distancing for a little longer, we run the risk of being bored faster than ever. But fear not! There are still amusing activities the whole family can thoroughly enjoy to keep coronavirus cabin fever safely at bay.
2. Break out the games and get interactive!
Dust off your favorite board games and sit around the table in the spirit of healthy competition for a few rounds of chess, checkers, Trouble, or Scrabble. Experience an exciting remix of toys you currently have thanks to Hasbro’s latest campaign, #BringHometheFun a portal for parents, filled with activities from Play Doh to gaming. Remember to get creative and even more knowledgeable by conducting a science experiment.
3. Learn another language.
Now is a great time to practice that mostly-fluent second (or third) language you already know or learn a new one. Free resources like dual-language books and the Duolingo app will get you speaking a new language in no time.
Flip the script by only speaking in your new language for an entire day or while playing family board games to hone your skills.
4. Write a letter.
We could all use a kind word or a bit of encouragement. Put a smile on grandpa, auntie, or even a neighbor’s face by writing a short letter by hand. You can even drag out the arts and crafts to make a card for an extra special touch. Think how special it will be to receive such a personal item. Then mail it to them!
We’re all watching more Netflix than we want, but you can still make that time magical by stringing up lights, creating a makeshift concessions stand, fake movie tickets, or decorating the living room like your favorite theater. Start with a fun and educational activity like turning a smartphone into a projector using a shoebox!