The honeymoon quarantine period is over and now we have to accept our new normal of social distancing and no school. Below are some creative and free ways to entertain your kids, and maybe even you as a parent!! Hang in there, friends!!
1. Set-up a home carnival with a few of these easy to make games. | Cul-de-sac Cool
- Pool Noodle Car Race
- Muffin Tin Tic Tac Toe
- Duck Race
- Go Fish
- Bean Bag Ladder Toss
- Mini Golf
- Toilet Paper Toss
- Frisbee Tic Tac Toe
- Football Throw Game
2. Take a virtual tour.
- Take a virtual Glider Tour around the world from the Smithsonion.
- Tour the Great Wall of China.
- Take a virtual tour of a Farm.
3. Practice driving with your teen.
If you have a new driver in the house, this is the perfect time to practice driving. There are not as many people on the roads because of quarantine and lots of empty parking lots to practice in.
4. Join a Facebook Live dance party with DJ Mel. | DJ Mel
DJ Mel from Austin, Texas, is hosting a weekly kid-friendly “Living Room Dance Party” on his Facebook page. Join the party here!
5. Explore hundreds of kid’s titles of audio books with Audible for free. | Audible Stories
From little listeners to teens, now your kids can listen to books for free through Audible during this crazy pandemic. Audible has made this super simple. All you have to do is go to Audible Stories and click to listen and enjoy your book. You can choose to download the app onto your phone, computer, or tablet, or you can simply listen to their titles through their website. For these free titles, there is no required sign-up. Thank you, Audible!!!
6. Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems | Kennedy Center Instagram
Lunch Doodles is a fun new series of online drawing classes. They’re being taught by Mo Willems, the author of popular kids books like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. In each episode, he shows you and your kids how to draw some of the characters in his books. Any kid who likes to draw will love these lessons. Parents will probably love the quiet time, too. Join Mo through the Kennedy Center Instagram page. Every weekday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing.
7. Make some DIY toys out of all those empty Amazon boxes. | Kids Activities
Over at Kids Activities they have a great list of lots of things you can make from used cardboard boxes. From doll houses to mailboxes. A great activity for parents and kids to do together.
8. Checkout these cool webcams.
- Watch the beluga whales at the Georgia Aquarium.
- Watch the Cincinnati Zoo livestream videos.
- Watch what’s happening on Mars.
- Watch the Monterrey Bay Aquarium sea otter cam.
- Watch the Puppy Playroom.