Collect a bunch of tape markers and cardboard boxes. That’ll keep them busy for a day or two.
Watch all the hand washing videos & vote on your favorite. Discuss why each good, helpful, funny. The Holderness parody one is hilarious, the Vietnam Tiktok one is great choreography, some have good songs etc.
Also pick your favorite song with a 20 second refrain or verse perfect for hand washing length of time.
Family puzzles. Ones that are 500-1000 pieces and a challenging but not frustrating picture
Team up and really clean and organize each kid’s space, making a donation box for each. Parents are included.
Kids can also make their own games! Board games, card games, you name it!
Write a story cooperatively. One person picks a character and the other picks a setting and then go gangbusters together.
the folding picture story one! One person draws a small picture across the top of a paper the next person writes a sentence that describes that picture and folds Over the paper top of the paper hot dog style to cover the picture. So the 3rd person only sees a sentence and they have to draw a picture. They fold over the sentence.
Any and all art is fun at home: beading, painting, drawing, play dough or kinetic sand, sewing, etc.
Massive board game tournament with all the (mostly forgotten) board games you own!
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Do yoga at home. There are kid-friendly YouTube videos and printed cards with poses.
Zumba or Dance-along videos on YouTube
Check out Pinterest. There are tons of ideas for activities, games, etc.
Draw self portraits on blank faces
Color coded different interesting places on a map.
Draw maps of places and then make directions from one place to another to see if someone else could follow it.
Scavenger hunts, indoor treasure hunts where they follow clues through the house to a “treasure” at the end (could be candy, a movie, whatever), and a lot of charades.
Make a doll house for her 18″ dolls. from cardboard boxes .
There are a few easy “kitchen chemistry” type science experiments that are easy to do, like making slime, baking soda and vinegar reaction, etc.
Put food coloring under the baking soda in a mini muffin pan and used Pipette to drop vinegar in and then you can see the color!
give the dogs a bath and brush
wash and clean out the car (mostly their food trash and dirty socks)
mow the lawn (my 11 year old just learned!)
glow stick party
popcorn + movie marathon
Listen to kid podcasts
Have an Olympics with a bunch of events competitions – funny ones, helpful ones like cleaning and really fun ones like minute to win in style.
Learn new card games
Learn to make sushi!
Dig up all the activity books, presents, etc that never got played with, and use those!
Bust out the hiking gear and try new hiking paths. As long as you stay away from over populated areas you will naturally stay a safe distance from others and sick people generally don’t hike!
Do a study on planets, then have the kids create their own planets- how big is it, where in the universe is it located, atmosphere conditions, can it sustain life, how long is a day/year, name it, etc.
you could even spread the planets out around the house to show “approx.” distance from each other.
Design a new space craft, draw plans, then create out of legos or household items. Spend some time pretending you’re on different planets with different gravity, you could seriously spend a whole week on just fun space activities.
But that’s not limited to space- these ideas would work for animals, geography, body systems, historical events/time periods, etc. Beyond that, do some fun physics experiments like making a bridge out of straws, egg drop protectors, paper airplanes, etc.
PuppetMaster: an app where you can animate anything from a drawing to a stuffed animal.
Practice spinning poi – my daughter is just learning how to spin and it’s been fun practicing together.
races: put several puzzles (20+ piece puzzles) in a paper bag and shake
it up. Pour pieces out and give each person the puzzle box they are to
put together. Go! (Cooperation tends to be a result as pieces are
through cabinets and figure out recipes for that thing you got at the
grocery store and thought “this is interesting surely it can be used for
something!” And then make it!