We know that you may be getting a little stir crazy, as most of the country is operating under a mandatory Stay-At-Home Order. While kids are out of school and parents are working from home, it's easy to run out of fun activities and allow isolation to get the best of you. Carolina Trust has put together a list of fun activities to do with your kids while you’re stuck at home together.
Comment below with some ideas of your own. We'll need all the ideas we can get in these next several weeks.
Sidewalk Chalk Masterpiece
Art class might be canceled for the time being, but you can still find ways for your kids to express their creativity. Get outside and let them decorate the driveway and sidewalks with a chalk masterpiece of their own. If you don't already have chalk lying around, use this recipe to make your own.
Make Origami Figures
All you need is paper and imagination, and you can make your own origami figures. Origami is a traditional Japanese pastime where a single square of paper is folded in different ways to create shapes like cute animals and beautiful plants. Since it only takes a sheet of paper, the hobby can easily be enjoyed anywhere. Not only is this activity loads of fun, but it allows you to teach your kids about different cultures.
Build a Blanket Fort
Grab all the blankets you can find and use your imagination to make the ultimate indoor fort. Indoor forts are the perfect place to curl up for a movie night or a sleepover. Comfortability is key in fort making. The living room, dining room, or bedroom are all excellent options for fort locations. Be sure to grab extra blankets and pillows to put on the floor of the fort, so you have somewhere to lounge. Here are some more tips on how to create the perfect indoor fort.
Visit the Zoo
Although you cant actually go to the zoo, the Calgary Zoo is offering free live videos of their Panda Bears during COVID-19. Watching the animals in their habitat is not only a great source of family entertainment, but a great way to educate your children about different animals.
Make Your Own Piggy Bank
Check out this tutorial video on how to make a piggy bank from things you probably already have at home. All you'll need is an empty water bottle, pink construction paper or paint, scissors, tape and a marker. Use the time while you're crafting to talk to your kids about the importance of saving.
Enjoy Live Music
Global Citizen and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched this week a virtual concert series to promote unity amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s social distancing protocols."Together, At Home" will feature live performances from various musical artists via Instagram TV channels.
Getting your kids to read may be more difficult these days due to the pandemic, but for a limited time, parents can phone in to Disney's Bedtime Hotline at 877-7-MICKEY to play a special message from Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck or Goofy.
Carolina Trust has also recorded a few story time videos that you can play for your child before bed, that will help enhance their financial literacy.