Finding safe and fun activities during quarantine is a must. After all, “I’m bored” is probably one of the most frequent words stressed parents hear during the Coronavirus lockdown. After the excitement of not going to school wears off, boredom can hit hard. It’s not even like during the holidays — at least you could take the family to the movies, swimming, museums, or go on playdates. Now, you’re all quarantined, and home is beginning to feel less like a haven and more like a prison.
What can you do if you’re stuck at home with the kids under quarantine? Fortunately, there are plenty of safe and fun activities you can do in a lockdown. Great ways to keep kids occupied include virtual museum tours, trying out new recipes, video chatting with grandparents, going on walks, and keeping up with learning.
Let’s look on the brightside. There are plenty of positives to lockdown. Most parents wish they had more time to spend with their kids. So, being together 24/7 can give you the chance to form closer bonds. But you are now more responsible for your child’s wellbeing and development.
Before we look at safe and fun quarantine activities, let’s look at a few coping strategies for life under lockdown.
How Parents Can Cope with Lockdown
Lockdown catapults you into a completely new role as a parent. For some, this is pretty scary. What’s the most important thing to remember to keep quarantine safe and fun for kids?
Forbes magazine quoted Professor of Psychology, Deborah Serani PsyD. She says that routine is essential during a lockdown. Kids’ lives — and your own — need structure and routine. So, eating at regular times, doing activities on a schedule, and keeping social contact are all must-dos for parents. Interestingly, Dr. Serani says that a structured routine is the best way to avoid boredom and “decision fatigue.”
6 Safe, Fun Activities to Do Under Quarantine
What are fun and safe activities that you can include with your family’s daily routine? Read on to find out more.
1. Get outdoors
The weather is getting warmer, and it’s great to get out of the house if possible. Getting fresh air and sunshine and being in nature can help to calm nerves, release energy, and be a whole load of fun. Of course, because there’s a global health pandemic going on, we all need to practice social distancing.
What is social distancing? It basically means avoiding all forms of contact with people outside your household. The aim is to slow the spread of coronavirus. This is why schools have closed, all events are canceled, and even many businesses are shutting down. Some things to remember when social distancing include:
- Staying at least 6 feet away from anyone not living in your household — even grandma and grandpa.
- Avoiding public transport if possible
- Using remote technology to keep in touch with others
Although it could be tempting to allow kids to go to the playground, these places are sources of infection. The COVID-19 virus can stay on surfaces for days. So, if you have to use public benches or touch any equipment, disinfect the surfaces first. Use hand sanitizer after you touch these surfaces. Wash your hands when you return home.
If you meet other families on an outing, keep at least 6 feet apart and instruct the kids to avoid close contact with anyone. The last thing you want is for you or your child to get sick and then face paying for high medical bills.
What are some fun things to do outdoors? Here are a few ideas:
- Play tag using flashlights to avoid social contact
- Look for birds on a hike
- Make a treasure map of your backyard and hide things to find
- Do some fun gardening — just perfect to get your yard sorted before summer
2. Take virtual museum or zoo tours
Have you always wanted to go to the Smithsonian or travel to famous museums in Europe? Now you can do this from the comfort of your living room. Young kids can be fascinated to see up close exhibits such as dinosaurs, animals, and creepy crawlies. Older children may be interested in natural history, sports, or various world landmarks.
What about a virtual haunted house horror tour? Check out this website.
Here’s a list of many virtual tours that you can plan to “visit” with your kids today, tomorrow, or whenever you decide to schedule it while stuck at home.
3. Get creative
We’ve all got plenty of time on our hands. So, you can let your kids’ imagination run wild with creativity. You could start doing some DIY crafts with things you have around the home. Or, why not bake and get your kids to mix cake batter, knead dough, or something else in the kitchen?
Is there a new hobby you can teach your kids? There are plenty of online tutorials on how to play musical instruments, paint, draw, or learn magic tricks.
4. Connect with family and friends
Your kids are probably bored without their school friends or visits to their cousins. But there’s a ton of video chat services that allow you to set up virtual playdates or chat with grandpa or grandma. This doesn’t have to be a boring chat that sends kids to sleep. They could dress up or put on a show to entertain the grand folks. Or, depending on the virtual chat app you use, they could have kitty or robot faces while chatting.
Skype is well-known. But there are also services such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, or Facebook Portal.
5. Keep up with learning
Of course, it’s also a time to keep up with learning. The school may have arranged for online learning or sent course work. Even though kids are probably wanting to play, they’ll appreciate the time to keep learning. It gives them some structure. Just make it fun for them.
6. Play games
Games are one of the best ways to cure boredom under lockdown. There are plenty of board games that certainly don’t make you bored. There’s the topical game Pandemic, spy games, or the game Sushi Go!, which could be incorporated with making sushi after.
How about giant snakes and ladders for the whole family?
To plan for periods of boredom, you could also write a load of activities and chores on pieces of paper. Fold them up and put them in a jar. Whenever anyone says, “I’m bored,” they pick a random task from the pot. Then the whole family has to do the chore or activity.
Say Goodbye to Boredom During Lockdown
You don’t have to be at a loss of what to do with kids under quarantine. There are plenty of safe and fun activities to keep you occupied throughout the day. Make a schedule and try and stick to it, so you’ll never hear your kids say, “I’m bored” under lockdown.