Fun Ways to Pass the Time During Social Distancing
Fun Ways to Pass the Time During Social Distancing is a new thing! Social distancing, self-quarantine and Covid-19 are now well-recognized words in our language given the recent events. As families become confined to their homes for fear of spreading the virus, it means only one thing – what activities can we do to pass the time? Here are some great educational and fun activities for members of your family to enjoy during the social distancing recommendation.
Activities for Toddlers
There’s really no need to go rushing to any store to buy a new puzzle, game or activity set for your toddler. Chances are you have enough stuff laying around the house to create endless entertainment for your child. Here are some activities designed with that in mind.
Laundry Hamper Fishing
Sort and Drop Activity
Fine Motor Color Sorting Activity
Toddler Fine Motor Water Activity
Erase the ABCs
Homemade Bath Paints
Golf Tee Push
Painting on Foil
Card Slot Drop Shape Hunt Sensory Bin
Best Apps for Toddlers
Additionally, there are many apps offering free trials or a free membership for the time being. Here is a list of apps to try out with your toddler:
Circle Time Fun
Activities for Elementary Aged Kids
For the kids that are ready to tackle bigger projects, these activities for your elementary-aged kids are perfect. There’s a huge variety to choose from with the ability for a little more independence.
Paint objects from nature
Shaving cream masterpiece
Make rainbow foam
Take the marker challenge
Create your own movie
Make ice cream in a bag
Create a scavenger hunt
Backyard obstacle course
Best Apps for Elementary Aged Kids
These apps are great tools for education and entertainment. Your elementary aged kids will appreciate these downloads.
Activities for Middle Schoolers
For the middle schooler in your family, consider finding activities that require both education and independence. Most of these activities allow for simple instruction while the child can complete the rest of the task on their own. Try these out:
Cooking or baking a new meal
Plant a flower, herb or full on garden
Learn a new dance (i.e. line dancing)
DIY holiday project (i.e. making Easter decorations)
Practice an instrument
DIY flip book
DIY fairy jar
DIY paper necklaces
Best Apps for Middle Schoolers
Lots of apps have the ability to entertain and educate all in one. Try some of these apps to get your middle schooler off of video games and Youtube videos.
Activities for High Schoolers
The most independent of your crew, the high schoolers bring a whole new element of patience and dedication when it comes to entertainment and education.
Best Apps for High Schoolers
Some high schoolers are ready to prepare for SATs and life beyond high school. Now is a perfect time for your high schooler to step up and prepare for their most independent moment in life – moving out and/or going on to college.
SAT Prep (Ready4SAT)
Activities for Mom and Dad
Not to be left out, mom and dad need to find ways to pass the time as well. While you are likely to be facilitating all of the activities for the kids, there’s always time to still do a few activities for yourself.
Make dinner as a family
Go for a walkStart your spring cleaning
Catch up on podcasts
Take a free online class
Apps to download during the self quarantine
While there is no certain way to know when this social distancing and self quarantine era will end, you can stock up on activities and apps for the whole family. There are plenty of things the whole family and enjoy doing to hopefully prevent severe cabin fever.