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Indoor Home Activities For Kids During Coronavirus Outbreak

A List of Indoor Activities That Will Keep Kids Entertained at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Whether your company has required that you work from home for a few weeks or your children's schools are closed, the coronavirus outbreak means a lot more of time spent indoors. Of course, your kids' health and safety is paramount, but keeping your little ones entertained for hours on end is probably vital for your sanity. In an effort to make the next few weeks a little easier on parents, we came up with a list of easy, kid-friendly activities that will keep their minds occupied at home, whether you're stocked up on crafting supplies or not.

  1. Have a movie marathon. Thanks to streaming services, there are plenty of movies on Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. Postpone your strict screentime rules and vege out in front of the TV.
  2. Make a fort. How many hours did you burn growing up building the perfect hideaway?
  3. Do an easy craft. No need to go over the top, just give your kiddos some construction paper and crayons and let their imaginations soar.
  4. Make an obstacle course. Use old pillows and toys to set up a quick-and-easy obstacle course in the living room. Just lay out a few instructions for your little ones to follow.
  5. Write letters to relatives. Have your kids craft a letter to a grandparent or family member. It also helps them practice their penmanship, talk about a win-win.
  6. Make a simple recipe. Get kids involved in the kitchen by having them help you prep lunch or dinner, with supervision, of course. Here's a list of simple recipes to get you started.
  7. Do a puzzle. Amazon is chock-full of puzzles for kids of all ages. Prime one to your house and let the kids go wild.
  8. Get building. Use Legos or building blocks to create a true masterpiece. Go for a more complicated build, like a bridge, to give your kids the lowdown on basic physics.
  9. Cuddle up with a few books. There's no such thing as too much reading, so carving out an hour to hunker down with your kids' favourite titles is certainly a good idea.
  10. Stage an impromptu concert. Ask your children to practice a favourite song or dance and have them perform it in front of the family in a post-dinner talent show.
  11. Plan a scavenger hunt. Lay out some clues to hidden treasures around the house to keep kids busy.
  12. Have a board game night. A tried and true family favourite, getting a little competitive for a few hours will keep boredom at bay.
  13. Play a round of indoor games. Have little ones burn off some energy by playing a few rounds of Leap Frog, Simon Says, or Red Light, Green Light. You'll thank us during nap time.
  14. Dig up some of those activity books. Have a few puzzle or colouring books laying around you usually reserve for family road trips? Now's the time to break 'em out.
  15. Have a mini self-care day. DIY your own bath bombs, let children apply a face mask, and give each other little back massages for the ultimate relaxing experience.
  16. Decorate cardboard boxes. Let kids go to town colouring or painting any leftover boxes you have laying around for hours of fun.
  17. Print out colouring pages. Low on crafting supplies? No worries. There are plenty of free printable colouring pages online.
  18. Put on a play. Have your kids create and perform their own creation. Don't forget to dip into the costume box!
  19. Break out the Play-Doh. Children can use squishy good stuff to make whatever they want! Encourage them to make a sculpture to get the creative juices flowing.
  20. Use water. Fill your sink with dish soap and plenty of toys to keep toddlers entertained long enough to make lunch.
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