Many of us have had the kids at home for several weeks now. It may be getting a bit overwhelming to keep them busy during the beautiful Spring days when they can’t play with their neighborhood friends. So here are a few fun activities to occupy their time and bring smiles to others.
Stain glass windows
Pull out your painter’s tape and give each child a window to design. You can start with a cross and do a stain glass pattern leading out from if. Or give your kids free rein. Use washable markers or paint and fill in the spaces (test in the corner of your window to be sure it is easily removed.) You may have to do a few layers of color to get it dark enough but what a beautiful window you’ll end up with.
Many of our neighbors have taken to the streets these days. Out on their bikes, taking strolls, or riding golf carts around just to get some fresh air. Why not send them a message without getting up close and personal? Use card stock or cardboard and create messages for your front yard. A painters stirring stick or close hanger can be used to plant it in the ground. Thank our first responders. Wish everyone a happy spring. Or post words of encouragement! Let the kids brainstorm and change the signs up regularly! You’ll be sure to start a fun trend that can continue each Spring.
If yard signs are too much for your young ones why not try chalk messages? Simple to put on your sidewalk or driveways (please avoid using a busy street for your own safety!).
There are many elderly people who can’t receive visitors right now but we can send them a card. And what about our healthcare workers, grocery workers, etc. Have your children draw pictures and add a message to lift someone’s spirits during the quarantine time. We have a neighbor who is collecting the cards and is dropping them off. What could be easier?
Create a scavenger hunt in your house or yard!
There are a couple of ways to do this, one is have the kids find items that start with the first letter of the alphabet. A – apple tree, B – brick, etc. Or you can plan a list of things to find. These can be things found in nature like a stick, white rock, leaf, small flower or they can be things you plant in your yard like a mitten, clothespin, pencil, etc (be sure you check that you found all the items).
These are just a few fun activities to get your kids thinking and playing without the use of technology. They are also great ways to get outside and enjoy a beautiful day!