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I don’t think there’s been a time in my generation’s life where everyone, literally everyone, has been as affected by something as much as this virus. A virus that seemed to come out of nowhere, and yet now it’s everywhere. As much as it’s turned my life upside down, it’s my kids who I worry about the most. Yes, they’re resilient and won’t likely remember it quite the same way we will, but it still pains me to put them through this at such a young age. So many kids who won’t get the chance to finish an entire school year…the thought just kills me. Seniors missing out on their “lasts” with their childhood best friends. Elementary kids like my son, who absolutely adores his teacher and would rather go to school than most other places, are having to adjust to a new normal that we never asked for.
But as I stroll with my kids on our nightly “family walk,” and see the countless positive messages scribbled onto the sidewalk, I’m reminded time and time again that “We are all in this together.” As parents, as friends, as families, and yes, even as strangers. So in an effort to use this little blog of mine to help out, even in just a small way, I’m sharing our daily schedule* along with tips for keeping kids busy amidst all the school closings. I’ve also partnered with Razor to offer parents some ideas on how to keep kids entertained as well as active during these crazy quarantined days ahead.
*Please know we use this schedule as more of a guide & have modified it to suit our family ?
Indoor & Outdoor 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. Bikes, skateboards, scooters and electric rides are the perfect solution for kids with some energy to burn….but what about when they are inside?
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 (these can all be played outside as well)! ?
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