It’s been a few weeks now since the coronavirus pandemic has affected us globally. It’s caused many shutdowns and quarantines throughout the world and Hawaii is no exception. My sons have been out of school since Spring Break started and now we are doing distance learning and homeschooling to keep them up with their studies. It’s a difficult time for everyone and finding activities to do while social distancing has been a challenge. To help get in our important Vitamin D and sunshine, I’ve been working with my children to play outside in our yard. With this crazy time in the world, it can seem like an uphill battle. Our lives are being turned upside down and while it’s difficult, we can get through this together.
Schools are closed, how do I keep my kiddos busy?
One of the main issues that I know parents are struggling with right now is ideas and ways to keep their kiddos busy during their school closures. They not only have to go to school from home, but they have to stay home and it can be a challenge. Thankfully, Razor has provided me some awesome suggestions for kipping kids busy and entertained during this time. This list of things is perfect to help our kids get up and active inside or outside and allows them to take in some of that Springtime sunshine. It’s perfect for getting some fresh air and having some fun while still social distancing from others.
Indoor Activity Ideas to Keep Kids Busy from Razor
The Spring weather is here and you may have the option of getting kids outside for some fresh air and play time during these school shut downs…and bikes, skateboards, scooters and electric rides are the perfect solution for kids with some energy to burn….
But what about when they are inside?
Let’s Unplug & Play
Razor has got some great energy-burning activity ideas perfect for indoor play!
Get kids of all ages to unplug, get up, and MOVE, even inside, with ideas like:
- Simon Says – This classic game gets an indoor twist with commands like “Simon says hop to your pillow and back,” “Simon Says run up the stairs and back,” and “Simon Says bring me a spoon”
- Dance Party – Nothing gets kids going like a dance party! Pick a favorite playlist and crank up the jams! Learn a new move on YouTube or try a round of freeze dance, pausing your music and holding statue-still til it starts up again (Alexa is a great freeze dance partner!)
- Tape Shapes – Clear some space on a non-carpeted floor and use painter’s tape to make large triangles, rectangles, squares, and circles on the floor. Assign each child a starting space, then call moves like “crab walk to the circle,” “crawl to the square,” or “jump backwards to the rectangle.”
- Balloon Ball – Blow up some balloons, toss a sheet over two chairs to make a “net”, and serve up a round of indoor balloon volleyball – just don’t let that balloon touch the floor!
- Laundry Basketball – If your kids are bonkers for basketball, empty out a laundry basket and take turns tossing a Nerf ball into the basket, backing up two steps each time you score. See who can shoot from the farthest distance!
- Soda Bottle Bowling – Dig some empty soda or water bottles out of the recycling and set up an indoor bowling alley in your hallway. Roll a soft ball toward your targets and see who can knock down the most “pins” and reset them the fastest.
- Long Jump – Using painter’s tape, lay six 2-foot strips, each about a foot apart. Assign a starting spot and see who can jump the farthest!
- Potato Pass – Kids waddle their way toward a bucket or bowl – with a potato between their knees – and see who can drop it in first in this half-baked indoor game! Make it tricky by placing the bucket in another room, forcing turns or steps along the way.
- Be My Mirror – Pair up your kids and assign a starter to make a series of moves while their partner tries to mirror what they’re doing. Get through the series and switch roles – miss one and begin again!
- Hula Hoop Marathon – Grab a hoop and set the timer to see who can last the longest. Expert “hoopers” can try swiveling their hula hoops on their necks, arms, and ankles.
Just because they are playing inside doesn’t mean they have to be couch potatoes. Get creative and your kids will follow suit. And these can all be played outside as well!
Thank you Razor for providing me with this list of awesome activities. My sons are all having cabin fever and it can be a challenge to keep a little one entertained. While electronics are helpful, there are a lot of things we can do to keep our kiddos busy while they have fun.
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How about you, what are you doing with your children during school shutdowns? For Moms, if you’re interested in a little Netflix & Chill, check out my list of shows and movies that you can watch too.