For the next few months my daughter and I have the privilege of spending a lot of time at home. (This is a nice way of saying that due to medical reasons I won’t be able to drive!) I have been preparing lists of ideas of things we can do, and I thought I would share it with others who may be in a similar situation or just need some fun activities to do with your little ones!
- Puppet show night- gather all your puppets or have fun making some new ones using socks, paper bags, popsicle sticks, etc! Set up a mini theater using blankets and a table. Use the puppets to perform favorite stories, nursery rhymes, scriptures, or make up your own stories! We have done this a few times and it has been so much fun! This is a great literacy activity!
- Mommy made books- being stuck at home is a great time to finish all those well intended book projects with my daughter… Including books about her favorite baby stories, horses, sports, ballet steps, and maybe even a book created solely by my sweetie!
- Flashlight fun- most kids love flashlights! And there is so much you can do with them… From playing an easy game of I spy where you give clues and point to objects with the light, to shadow making, and our latest craze- snuggling up in a blanket while holding the light and making up ghost stories. It has been fun so far!
- Super work- we have neglected our dedicated learning activities and this is a perfect time to get through these… Some ideas include writing her name, more scissor practice, continuing to work with my daughter on her amazing reading skills, those blasted piano lessons I never started, and a whole bunch of mini-lessons on horses, weather, sports, and nature.
- Play- it is so easy to get caught up in a checklist of things to do, and while i want to teach my daughter everything I possibly can, i do recognize the importance of just playing. That means i will be sitting in the playroom with my daughter for hours and letting our imaginations soar. There will be a time for more structured learning…and to me, that time is a few years down the road. I waited so long to be a mommy that I have to cherish every second I can!
- Game night- round up all your games for a night of fun! You can have little game stations where you play games and rotate after 5 or 10 minutes. Or if you don’t mind the clean up mix and match game pieces to play new games! (For example, use the numbered uno cards to play Candy Land….and the Candy Land guys to be the markers on a another board game.)
- Stuffed Animal Spa- Instead of throwing the stuffed animals in your washer, let your child help you bathe them! We did this recently and had a great time. Just pull out a basin or your child’s old baby bathtub, pour in a small amount of laundry detergent, and fill the tub up with water! Now you are ready to go! After bathing them with a white washcloth (to avoid a washcloth’s color to end up on the poor stuffed animal), rinse, and blow dry on the cool setting with a hair dryer.
- Felt board- Pull out the unused felt board (well, at least in my case!) and let your kiddo have free play with felt pieces. Or sit down together and create new pieces to add to your felt collection!
- Family read-a-thon- grab your sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, even indoor tents and snuggle up to read! You can all share your favorite stories or just enjoy being close while catching up on some independent reading.
- Celebrations- Have fun celebrating the smaller holidays that are so often neglected. There is one special day coming up next week: Barbie’s Birthday! And this past week was National Pig Day and Dr. Seuss Day!
- I hate to admit this last idea, but thank heavens for Netflix. We have loved having movie nights streamed right to our TV without going out to find something to watch. I have heard people complain about the movie selection they have, but I absolutely love the selection they have for our little family.
What are some things you do when you are stuck at home? I would love to hear your ideas!!!