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FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING

1. MAKE YOUR OWN CARNIVAL GAME 

 

Use whatever you have around the house (cotton balls, boxes, foil, balls, etc.) and make up some carnival style games. Then, have fun playing all the games!

 

2. CREATE AN OBSTACLE COURSE

 

Take chairs, pillows, painter’s tape, and anything else you have around and create an obstacle course. Take turns and time yourself completing the course and for extra fun, complete it blindfold!

 

3. BAKE

 

Make your favorite baked good. Find a new recipe to try, slow down and enjoy the process of baking. When it’s all done, sit, talk, and enjoy your hard work.

 

4. FACE PAINTING

Creativity is a great way to get out pent up feelings and stressors. Have fun painting faces and let your children paint your face for some extra laughs.

 

5. BUILD PAPER AIRPLANES

 

Teach your children how to make paper girls (Google it if you need instructions), build your best and decorate them with stickers and markers. Then hold a flying competition and see how they soar!

 

6. STAGE NIGHT

 

Make a stage in your home. Then, hold a joke night, karaoke night, talent show, skit or any other fun way to have fun on a stage. This will bring a lot of laughs and let you see your kids' talents. 

 

7. PLAY “WOULD YOU RATHER…” 

 

If you haven’t played these before, there are card games or online sources with lists of questions asking “would you rather…” followed by some choice to make. It can be hilarious or just a great way to know your children more and have some fun conversations.

 

8. MAKE YOUR OWN SCAVENGER HUNT

 

Make little clues for your kids and send them off on a scavenger hunt. The end can be anything from a small surprise to a giant bear hug.

 

9. FAMILY FASHION SHOW

 

Pull out all your fashion items and let the kids design your outfit. Everyone dress up and then hold a fashion show. 

 

10. BUILD THE TALLEST TOWER

 

Take all the building materials you can find and build the tallest tower! We made our’s out of blocks, Picasso Tiles, straws, and pipe cleaners and it was 11 feet tall! It was neat to see our children problem solve and be creative. 

 

11. CREATE A NEWSPAPER

 

Your children might not even know what a newspaper is, so this one might be a history lesson as well! Choose a column each and write up an article. There are so many great options for articles including news, sports, fashion, cooking, and humor. Let the creativity fly. Younger children can draw pictures and be in charge of the comic strip. 

 

12. KEEPY UPPY

 

This is the classic game we probably all played as children. Blow up a balloon and see how long you can keep it in the air. Turn on fans, make new rules, or create obstacles to keep the game interesting. We want to give a shout out to the show, Bluey, for the name of this game. If you haven’t seen this show, it’s a fun one that even we adults can find funny and learn from. 

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