Although coronavirus restrictions are less strict in most areas in 2021 than they were in 2020, governments and health officials continue to recommend that people stay home and avoid crowds as much as possible.
After nearly a year of this, many people feel bored and are running out of things to do. For families with children, keeping them occupied can be especially challenging. Below are some fun ideas for activities that can help beat the quarantine blues.
Make S’mores in the Backyard
Going to a park or campground may not be ideal or even possible right now, but families can create their own camp-like experience from the comfort of home. All it takes is some graham crackers, marshmallows, roasting sticks, and a firepit to get the fun started.
Adults should closely supervise children around live flames or roast marshmallows for toddlers and preschoolers. Even the youngest children can help put s’mores together by handing their parents supplies. Regardless of who makes the s’mores, everyone should enjoy the chance to eat them. Telling stories while sitting around the firepit can make the day even more special.
Be Sure to Get in Some Physical Activity
Sitting in the house all day isn’t healthy for anyone, and children may find it physically impossible. To encourage physical fitness and outdoor play, parents might consider joining their children in outside games. Keep in mind that adults need exercise just as much as children do, if not more since they tend to be less physically active.
Requiring children to play outside each day that weather permits can prevent them from becoming too restless and displaying problem behavior. Here is a list of ideas to encourage physical activity and beat the quarantine blues.
- Take a family walk or bike ride through the neighborhood.
- Set up a scavenger hunt outside.
- Parents can introduce kids to classic outdoor games they played in their childhood such as tag, hide and go seek, and follow the leader.
- Workout together as a family.
- Have each family member pick a favorite song and then play freeze dance to it.
- Rollerskate or rollerblade after first making sure that everyone wears helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads.
- Play hopscotch, catch, Frisbee, or skip rope.
When one activity starts to become repetitive or some people don’t enjoy it, rotate the list so there is always something fresh to do.
Experiment with New Recipes or Complete Batch Cooking
People who have a lot of kitchen gadgets but have never had the chance to use them have the perfect opportunity to do so now. Staying home more can also mean looking up new recipes and cooking new types of food.
Those who don’t feel quite so adventurous can use the extra time to prepare a week’s worth of meals at one time or cook meals for an elderly or homebound neighbor who has difficulty getting to the grocery store.
Don’t Forget to Enjoy Some Kid-Free Time
No matter how much parents love their children, forced togetherness 24 hours a day can be stressful. After the kids go to bed each night, mom and dad could relax with a glass of wine, play a game, or whatever else interests them. Taking the time for self-care helps them prepare for the next day’s challenges without feeling completely burnt out with the quarantine blues.