Many states have made the difficult decision to close schools to limit the spread of COVID-19. It is very possible in the upcoming weeks that even restaurants and stores will close too.
If you are living in one of these states, you are probably wondering, "what in the world am I going to do with my child for the next 2+ weeks?!"
It's important that we all do our part and continue to practice social distancing, even when we feel bored or are itching to get out.
I have created a list of 10 activities to do while the kids are off school during this difficult and scary time. Check it out:
1. Create a play.
The entire family can star in the masterpiece that your child has created.
2. Write a book or short story.
This is always a fun idea! Let their imaginations run wild as they create the next best seller! You can then print and even publish the book using services such as Blurb.
3. Get started on Mother's Day gifts and cards.
Mother's Day is right around the corner--Sunday, May 10th for those that need a reminder!! Hopefully, if we all do our part and continue to practice social distancing, we will be able to celebrate Mother's Day together with our loved ones. Get started now on creating handmade gifts such as soaps, jewelry, photo books etc.
4. Spring cleaning.
Start organizing and donate old clothes and toys. Save your donations for when things are back to normal. At this time, I do not recommend unnecessary visits to shopping malls and stores.
5. Go for a walk, hike, or bike ride and enjoy nature.
There is nothing better than fresh air. Just because we are encouraging that you distance yourself from other people, does not mean you cannot enjoy the great outdoors!
6. Rock painting.
While enjoying your walk or hike, pick up a few rocks to bring back home to paint. Once completed, display them around your mailbox or in your garden.
7. Pick up a new hobby.
Pick up a new skill such as sewing, knitting, or even skateboarding!
8. Learn something new.
Whether you want to learn more about the solar system, human body, or even a new language, there are tons of resources on the internet. Check out the Duolingo Kids app if your children are interested in learning a new language.
9. Cooking challenge.
Have yourself a brownie bake-off or chili cook-off event. Not only will it be fun, but you'll have delicious food to eat for days!
10. FaceTime with loved ones.
I know that social distancing is hard. Your kids may not be able to see their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins for a few weeks. Explain to them that this is essential in order to slow the spread of COVID19. You can, however, still FaceTime and communicate with family and friends on a daily basis.
Lastly, please remember that due to the long incubation period (the time from exposure to the onset of symptoms) of COVID-19, you may not have symptoms while spreading it to your friends and family. This means, someone can look and seem fine but they are capable of spreading the virus to everyone around them. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE... Do your part in order to "flatten the curve" and slow down the COVID-19 outbreak.
Until next time, Mandi
P.S. wash your hands