If there is anything we have learned as moms during the past year, it would be how to amuse our kids when stuck in the house day in and day out, sometimes for weeks or months on end. It all started one fateful day early on in the pandemic when states began issuing ‘lockdown’ orders and then proceeded to close all but essential services. After just having been through a long, cold winter, this is not something mothers wanted to hear. They were ready to get the kids out and about in the sunshine, but this wasn’t going to happen just yet. So, in an effort to keep the kids amused, it would take a bit of creativity. Here are 7 ways to have fun with your kids through rain, snow, and COVID.
1. Music Lessons
Kids seem to have the most fun with this activity. Why? Because they can make all kinds of noise and essentially get away with it. Actually, being cooped up provides a very good opportunity to introduce your kids to the wide world of music. Some parents have long-forgotten musical skills that they can now pull out of the closet. Some have no musical ability whatsoever. Still, it’s blogs like those on the Pirate website explaining how to hold drum sticks that inspire parents to find ways to give their kids the lessons they should have started long ago. Pirate is the name for a group of rehearsal and recording studios in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany. This particular blog on how to hold drumsticks is perfect for moms who have never had to hold a pair. It’s amazing what you can pick up online!
2. Social Media Play Dates
Yes, there is a limit to what kids can do via social media, but for those who are able to point and click, social media playdates are ideal. It should also be said that social media time for younger children should be closely monitored by mom, dad, or older siblings. There are a number of games that can be played through cyberspace, but perhaps the best use of social media play dates would be simply to keep kids in touch with their friends who are probably also feeling very isolated and bored. After the social media get together, why not set them on a course to play Roblox or some other kind of game they can play against opponents or in a group of friends who are already in the ‘room.’
3. Cooking and Baking Fun
Not only is cooking and baking fun for kids, but it is also an opportunity to teach them a very important life skill. How many of today’s parents moved out of their parents’ home never even knowing how to cook a hardboiled egg? If you think your kids have fun at snack time, you will love watching them make their own snacks to enjoy. Just don’t forget that kids do not like to clean up quite as much as they like to make a mess cooking, baking, and eating all those yummy treats.
4. Arts and Crafts
Here again, kids are much better at creating masterpieces than they are cleaning up the mess when they are done. Before getting into any crafts that entail cutting up little tiny pieces of paper, make absolutely certain that you have assigned cleanup duties to kids before sitting down to do your projects. Also, it’s great to be prepared to have your walls covered with all their lovely artwork.
5. Camping Out at Home
While you may not have been able to go on those weekend camping trips, you can still always camp from home. Even if you don’t have a yard to pitch a tent in you can clear a space in the center of one of your bedrooms. Then hang those shooting star LED lights around to imitate a night spent out under the stars. No, they can’t have friends over but they can go camping with their brothers and sisters right in the safety and comfort of home.
6. Dancercise/Lummi Sticks
Hey, mom! Haven’t you been lamenting being unable to hit the gym while the kids are in school? Unfortunately for you, the kids are not in school so now you need to find a way for them to release some of that pent up energy. Why not set up a daily dancercise session with them where you all get the aerobics you need to maintain a healthy heart? For younger children through first or second grade, you might want to check out Lummi sticks, which are fun even for parents. It’s a great way to combine dance moves with a rhythmic instrument – those Lummi sticks!
7. Birthday Parties for People from History
If you haven’t seen one kid roll their eyes when you tell them it’s time for history class, then you must be one of the world’s most interesting teachers. Some parents have begun looking up birthdays of famous people like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Paul Revere, and any they happen to be currently studying in class. To make it more interesting, why not celebrate a birthday party for them on the day they were really born? Kids will remember about that statesman if they have to put it in context of a birthday party they need to thematically decorate for.
In the end, keeping them amused may be easier than you think with the right set of tools at hand. From learning how to hold drum sticks to dancing with Lummi sticks, you really can have a very good time and just maybe, before you know it, they will stop complaining (at least as much!) about not being able to go outside to play. It’s in your hands now mom, so let’s get this party started! As a side note here, you can order for delivery, so do stop and shop. Get what you need delivered and you will be looking at fun times ahead. We hope you enjoyed this collaborative post.
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