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15 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy During Social Distancing

from puzzles to fort building

With school closures and events being postponed or canceled, finding something to do with your kiddos may seem daunting. So we made a list of 15 things to do with the kids while they’re home from school.

  1. Educational Apps
    This will give them a chance to keep learning even when school is on a hiatus. Plus, it’s a great way for kids to discover new topics and have fun while they learn. Check out Amazing Educational Resources—it has endless suggestions. 
  2. Get Creative
    So many options here: coloring books, painting, drawing, make your own musical instruments, create an at-home movie or music video, learn to sew, make jewelry, make slime, make a sock puppet—should we keep going? 
  3. Tell Stories
    This is another great way to pass the time but keep their imagination going. Take turns telling a story, or make it a challenge by doing a group story where each person adds a line at a time. 
  4. Go Outside, Get Active
    As of now, the CDC doesn’t have any limitations on kids being outside. So go with them on a walk, get on a bike, play some catch with a football or Frisbee, kick a soccer ball around, camp in your backyard, fish in a nearby pond … The opportunities are endless. 
  5. Grab a Few Puzzles
    Depending on the number of pieces and complexity of the pattern, puzzles can keep your kiddos occupied for hours. 
  6. Play a New Game
    Whether it’s a board game, card game, or maybe one you found online, taking the time to learn a new game keeps kids interested and busy. 
  7. Watch Movies
    This seems like a no-brainer, but we also know you don’t want to overload your kids with screen time. Throw in a movie every now and then to give yourself some downtime. 
  8. Teach Your Kiddos To Cook or Bake
    With so much time on your hands, get the kids in the kitchen. They’ll love helping out. Teach them to bake cookies or cupcakes, or maybe the different ways to cook an egg. 
  9. Cheer Others Up
    Find little ways to send out positivity during this difficult time. Have your kids send thank-you notes to health care workers and first responders, write letters to those in nursing homes or assisted living, and make a few calls to see if any friends or neighbors need help. Call or FaceTime friends and family members to catch up. Put together a care package for a US service member serving overseas. 
  10.  Build a Fort
    Talk about old-school fun! This also gives your kids a chance to play a tad more independently inside. 
  11. Try an Easy Science Experiment
    There are loads of simple experiments you can find online. Plus, it’s another opportunity for learning. 
  12.  Do Chores
    While probably not a popular option, chores are a life skill kids should continually practice. If you’re cleaning, have them help you—they do the bathroom while you do the kitchen. Maybe find a way to make a game out of it too! (One of our editors challenges her son to get all the toys picked up in less than a minute.) 
  13.  Read Together
    Grab a handful of books and take some time to read together. If your kiddo also has some trouble reading out loud, have them practice that. Try a few audiobooks while you’re at it too. 
  14. Play with Legos
    Did you know Lego has 30-day Lego challenges? There are tons of them. 
  15. Create a Family Contest
    The sky is the limit here. You can have a contest to see who does the most chores, who reads the most books, who blows the biggest bubbles, who builds the best house of cards—the list goes on and on.

Do you have more ideas on how to keep your kiddos busy during social distancing? Email us at editorial@dfwchild.com or share with us on our Instagram and/or Facebook!

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