Schools are out for the summer, playgrounds, restaurants and stores are slowly reopening, and some of us are still working from home. As we protect ourselves and others from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked us to practice social distancing to prevent being infected or infecting others.
To avoid exposure, a lot of us are spending more time at home away from friends and family. Many of us are finding this frustrating and, honestly, plain boring, but for our kids who are used to playing with others, it is even more boring for them. Social distancing can be a great opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. Here are fun things you can do at home with your kids to keep them entertained as we do our part to social distance.
Read, Read, Read
While the library is still closed to the public, this doesn’t mean you have to stop reading! Now is a perfect time to start using your online library through the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County. This is also a great time to utilize the library’s curbside pick-up to check out any books, or movies, you’re interested in!
The movie theaters may be closed, but your home theater is always open. Create forts and load up on snacks to binge your favorite movies or choose to watch all the Harry Potter movies in order. The choices of movies are endless from DVDs, Blu-Rays, Hoopla, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Disney+, or other streaming services you may have.
Now that the weather is nice, this is a great time to get active. Head to the park or use your own backyard to play catch, go for a walk around the neighborhood, maybe play basketball or street hockey in your driveway. If you prefer to enjoy the outdoors without heart pumping activity, buy chalk and let your kids draw on the sidewalk for a crafty outside activity.
Host Game Tournaments
Whether you choose to play board games, cards, or video games, you can have a tournament or divide into teams and compete. Track everyone’s scores and keep trying to beat it. Or play online with your family and friends you might not be able to play with in person. This is the perfect time for you to teach your kids one of your favorites, or even better, your kids could teach you how to play their favorites!
Have you always wanted to teach your kids kitchen skills? Now is the time to do it! There are plenty of things kids can do in the kitchen whether its peeling vegetables or mashing potatoes. Or teach them how to load the dishwasher and set the table to get them involved in daily household activities. And best of all, take the time to make cookies with them for a fun and yummy reward.
For more ideas to try at home, check out the library’s online resources and explore fun and educational activities.