20 FUN THINGS TO DO AT HOME DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING
We are in Week 2 of Quarantine, and so much has changed! Where we work, the way we travel, even the way that we gather to worship has been impacted. As adults, it has been overwhelming trying to transition into our new reality.
Now imagine being a child. Children are used to going to school, playing outside with neighbors, and participating in extracurricular activities. COVID-19 has changed all of that, and as tough as it is on us adults, it is a pretty scary time for kids as well.
There is so much right now that is out of our control. We wanted to do something to keep everyone in good spirits.
So, as a family, we came up with a list of 20 fun things that you can do at home during Social Distancing. Now every week, we have something fun to look forward to!
*By the time this is published, we will have completed some of these so I will update the post and share some of our experiences with you.*
I have listed our favorite 5 first, which we have already tried and the rest we are looking forward to doing.
Surprisingly none of us had done Tye-Dye before except Ethan! We had so much fun, and it was pretty inexpensive!
The kit came with about 12 colors of Dye, the rubber bands to section off the shirts, and ten pairs of plastic gloves so that your hands didn’t get dirty, and the plastic that you needed to wrap it in overnight to let the shirts dry! The only additional items that we purchased were our Gildan T-shirts, and they were on sale for $2.49, so for about $30, we were able to have an afternoon of fun plus get some cute shirts that we can wear again!
2. Bake your favorite cookie recipe:
I love baking from scratch with my kids, but I don’t usually have the time to do it. Since we have been home we have been able to try a few new Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes here is our favorite one so far:
Big Double Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda -(Bobs Red Mills)
1/2 teaspoon salt- (Mortons Salt)
3/4 cup of unsalted melted butter-( Kerry gold Irish butter)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg ( We use Nellies Free Range Eggs)
1 egg yolk-
1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips –
1 cup of white chocolate chips my favorite ( We love Ghirardelli)
Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy.
Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended combine in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
Bake at 325 for 15 to 17 minutes or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely
3.Board Game or Card Challenge-
This one is super simple because most people have a board game or deck of cards lying around their homes. Our favorite is UNO; we play with the huge UNO cards, which makes it even more fun! After the game, the winner gets to choose one thing for the losers to do. Example: Hop on one foot, spin in circles, or be tickled.
4. Ice Cream Social
My whole family Screams for Ice Cream! And we were lucky enough to get a 80 degree day in March. So we bought Some Mayfield Snow Cream and grabbed our favorite toppings, and sat up an Ice Cream Social on our Back porch. It had been years since I put gummy’s in my ice cream, and y’all I have been missing out!
This one was Eric’s suggestion. He’s a super curious kid and loves to see how things work. He wanted to see what would happen if we put Mentos in Coke. Let’s just say I am glad that it was a rainy day so that I didn’t have to clean my driveway.
7.Relay Race/Field Day
9. Grill Out
10. Create a Time Capsule
11. Make a pizza
12.Tell Spooky stories:
13. Make a TikTok
14 Play Hide and Seek
15. Make Home Made Ice Cream
16. Make Slime
17.Have a fun photoshoot
18. Make a Music video
19. Have a Spa Day
20. Have a sleep over
It’s easy to get discouraged when things change suddenly. During Spring Break, we were supposed to be on our Family vacation in Paris. I would have NEVER guessed that we would be trading the Eiffel Tower for Tye Dying shirts! But we are healthy, and with so much going on in the world, we are blessed. So we are going to make the most out of our time at together at home and enjoy it!
What are you guys doing to stay in good spirits during the quarantine? Do you have any activities planned with your families if so what?
Let me know in the comments below.