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Wow! This is definitely a unique time in history! So many things have changed over the past while, one of them being that families are now pretty much staying at home while in quarantine for Covid-19.
I've been thinking about you and wanted to do what I could to help you strengthen your family family during this crazy time.
I firmly believe that this crazy time is also a TREMENDOUS GIFT for our families to reconnect, to bond at deeper levels, and come out stronger and better because of it all.
So today, I've got a list of 80 fun things your family can do at home during the COVID-19 quarantine. Let's make the most of it!
Indulge in a family read-aloud. This can fill time each day for several days. Then start a new book!
Have a dance party
Compete in contests, such as cooking contest, paper airplane contest, lego building contest...
Make a bucket list - one for thing to do while in quarantine, and another for things to do after...
Here's an idea - whenever someone in your family expresses a wish of something they could do right now, have them write it down on a small piece of paper and put it in a large vase or jar, so that when the quarantine is all over, voila, you have a family bucket list of things you've been longing to do!
Teach older kids how to change a tire, change the oil, and the windshield wiper fluid on a car
Play card games and board games
Bake something yummy together
Put on a talent show
Build a fort in the family room
Make a note of encouragement and take it along with a small handful of treats like Hershey's kisses and leave it on the doorstep of a neighbor
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Have a movie marathon day, such as Toy Story 1-4, Star Wars, etc
Put together a large puzzle - this could take days!
Have a science experiment day
Have a video game tournament
Go for a bike ride
Plan a pajama movie night to look forward to during the week, make popcorn, and everyone snuggle around and enjoy the movie together.
Do some art, drawing, painting, models made of tin foil, etc
Dream up some fun make-believe stories
Go for a walk or a hike
Play games in the back yard
Play in the rain
Make cards for people in the hospital
Plant a garden
Watch the sunrise or sunset
Dress up and do a silly photo shoot
Fly a kite
Blow bubbles, regular or monster-size bubbles
Experiment with Opera singing and perhaps film it for posterity
Post encouraging things on social media
Have a spa day - soak your feet and give each other pedicures or foot massages
Do a back massage chain - stand in line one in front of the other and massage the shoulders of the person in front of you. After a minute or so, the person in front goes to the back of the line and then continue on.
Run through the sprinklers
Play "Simon Says"
Do yard work
Dream of what you’ll do when all of this is all over
Come up with ideas of how you can serve others
Put on a play together - a simple reenactment of a fun story everyone knows, like Little Red Riding Hood or Robin Hood, for example
Have a book discussion
Put on skits for each other
Make a movie - use your phone or camera and let the creation begin!
Deep clean a room in the house - fun? It sure can be! A family who works together sticks together. 🙂
Read aloud a Shakespeare play and act it out as you go - a good one might be The Merchant of Venice
Compose a song
Watch documentaries or nature shows
Write a funny story together
Perform random acts of kindness - for each other in your family without getting caught, or for a neighbor while still maintaining distance
Repaint a room
Have a sports tournament, basketball, 50 yard dash, etc
Have a tea party and read poetry
Go on a nature hike and collect treasures
Listen to a motivating podcast
Listen to a great audiobook
Make fairy houses
Make homemade bread
Do yoga together
Have a game of smells - Blindfold each player and hold objects up to their nose that have distinctive smells such as a fresh pinecone, a flower, vanilla, an orange, cinnamon
Tell your kids stories about their ancestors or about you as a child
Go outside and practice photography skills
Have a campout in your backyard or in your house
Learn a new skill
Build a castle out of playing cards
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Whew! That's a TON of fun ideas!
I sincerely hope these ideas help bring your family a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of great memories for a long time to come.