Before we get into ten things you can do at home with your kids (or by yourself), remember this moment. For generations to come, we will tell stories of how we survived this pandemic. We will sound similar to our parents and grandparents who raised us with their stories of how they “walked to school, uphill, in the snow, both ways” as they drove us to school in the warm car.
Looking forward, many good things are coming from this time:
- A slower, healthier pace of life
- Looking out for our neighbors
- Family time increased
- Taking more walks
- Appreciation for the little things
- Sharing our skills and resources more freely
- New policies to prevent this from happening again
I ❤love❤ to brainstorm ideas and create lists, so here are the first 10 Things You Can Do at Home with Your Kids (or By Yourself) to keep the boredom away, for little to no money:
- Get 15 minutes of sunshine ☀ daily. Our bodies make Vitamin D in the sun, which helps fight depression and helps support the immune system.
- Read a book. 📖 Yes, pick up an old favorite off the shelf or one you just never had time to read. Modeling behaviors (reading, for example) is more effective and longer lasting than telling kids to read. I authored a book entitled; “Negative Past, Positive Tomorrow”. I am giving away signed copies with every $45 or greater donation to our campaign.
- Su Do Ku, the math puzzle that uses the numbers 1 through 9. It is addictive! You can only use 1-9 once in each small box, as well as only once horizontally, and once vertically.
- Turn on some music 🎶 and dance like no one’s watching! Music has healing properties, and the act of dancing creates healthy, happy endorphins in the body that help us stay happier longer. If you have lots of kids, space, and chairs -> play musical chairs!
- Do a jigsaw puzzle. If you don’t have one, they’re very inexpensive to purchase online. Difficulty ranges, as do the number of pieces. Be nice to yourself and pick a colorful puzzle to start with, and work up to a challenge. *Tip: put the edges together first, then fill in the middle.
- Bake or cook a new recipe, or a family favorite together (or alone). Kids enjoy feeling helpful, and jobs like measuring, stirring, pouring, keeping the timer ⏱ can engage everyone. Celebrate by eating together.
- Work in the garden; 🌱 see if you can get the base end of a veggie clipping to grow (celery works well). It is very grounding to work with soil and plants, also a great way to connect our kids to the value of food we eat.
- Write in a journal 📓 or diary. It’s not a secret that we are all going through a difficult and very different time together, and alone. One of the best ways to get feelings out… to see, reflect, and learn from experiences as we go through them is to write. Again, modeling the behavior you want to see your kids do is so effective.
- Call/Skype/FaceTime/Messenger or reach out to a friend or family member every day. ☎ Staying connected is a part of staying healthy, for our social human species. Your call can absolutely brighten someone’s entire day! Encourage your kids to jump on the call, even just to say hi, so the kids feel connected with the outside as well.
- Move the body to get your heart ❤ rate up daily. Ideas:
- Go for a walk
- Online exercise classes (I am live on Facebook Tuesday/Thursday 1pm & Saturday 10:30am feel free to join us) alone or the whole family, and workout from your home.
- Challenge yourself and count how many jumping jacks you can do before you get tired, and then add one to the total each day!
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Copyright © Barbara A. Dreyer