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Are you stuck inside and wondering what to do with kids so you don’t go crazy? Here are some suggestions on fun things to do at home.
So are the kids are home for either summer or because of sickness? And now you are losing your mind because you’re wondering what you are going to do so that you all survive being together 24/7?
First and foremost, you don’t need to be a super parent! Don’t feel like you have to keep your kids engaged or only do educational activities at all hours. Children should actually learn how to be bored and how to entertain themselves for a certain amount of time.
But it might be a good idea for everyone’s sanity to have a few activities planned out for them to do with and without you. I have been thinking myself of what I can have my own children do so I thought I’d share what I came up with!
Boredom Busters at Home
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If you are stuck inside for an extended length of time, technology can be a good thing. Your kids need downtime and letting them watch TV, YouTube or playing video games can keep everyone happy for some of the day.
Family Board Games
Get out those board games! We have a closet full of games and we are starting to go through them. Here are a few of our favorite family board games:
- Phase 10
- Rocky Mountain Poker
- Widgets and Wagers Family Edition
- Say Anything Family Edition
- The Game of Life
- Apples to Apples
- Monopoly – you know this one can last forever!
- Beat the Parents
It’s amazing some of the funny things that come out of the littles mouths during playing games!
There are also fun family games to play on your phone and online. Find apps for Ellen games like Head’s Up and Psych.
What To Do With Kids: Teach Them!
You can also use rainy days, summertime, and sickness to teach your kids much-needed life skills.
Break out the checkbook and teach them how to write checks, balance a checkbook, and how to use credit cards appropriately.
Teach your kids how to do the laundry and clean. My kids started doing their own laundry at the age of 10 and it is beneficial for all of us.
Teach your kids to bake or cook. Have them pick a recipe from a book or website and have them cook dinner. It’s amazing how they get upset when others don’t like what they make, and I always say “Welcome to my life!”, LOL!
Read books together or on their own. You can even have a little book club with just your family. Have everyone read the same book and then have a night of answering questions about the book.
Color or draw together. You can even find books on how to draw and you can all learn something new.
Exercise together. Have each child lead a workout for 5-10 minutes each day and everyone else has to do it. They can lead a yoga workout or act like different animals! Up to them, make it fun!
Build lego together. If your house is anything like mine, you have a ton of legos. Pull them out and have everyone build something. Maybe create a city or street scene.
Binge watch TV or series together. We watched the Marvel series from beginning to end over summer and it was so fun. I want to do it again. Harry Potter series or Star Wars or other great series to watch, one movie a day.
Rainy Day Indoor Activities for Kids
Here are some fun indoor activities for kids that I found around the web. Most of them are craft related and require basic everyday craft supplies. Click continue reading to grab the instructions or free printables.
I hope you found some ideas on what to do with kids when you are stuck at home together. I’d love to know some of your favorite boredom busters are!
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Thanks so much for stopping by and have a creative day,