Surviving The Shut Down With Kids.

It’s all over social media. Parents freaking out about their kids being home for weeks at a time without the ability to take them out and do fun things like museums and jump parks.

But I spend a lot of time with my daughter and majority of that time is not spent in front of a screen, so I’m used to having to find things to do with her.

So I’ve decided to make a list for you of all the fun things we do to maybe help other mommies and daddies survive the shut down. Take this opportunity to slow down and really enjoy spending some time with your kids. Obviously not all of these are going to be age appropriate because my daughter is 3, but I hope you can find at least one thing to make your days a little easier.

1. Make a blanket fort in the living room.

2. Make your own playdoh.

3. Make bath bombs!

4. Bake cookies

5. Play a game! Guys just because you can’t run to the store and buy something new, let’s not forget about Amazon! Order your kiddos a new game. Our favorites are Lucky Ducks, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Alphabet Bingo, and the Dr.Suess Matching game.

5. Puzzles! No explanation needed. They’re so fun!

6. Family movie night. We do this once a week on Friday evenings and my daughter LOVES it. We all pile in mommy and daddy’s bed with more snacks than we ever eat, and we watch a movie together.

So excited!

7. READ. Just because your kids arent in school doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. My little one loves snuggling under a blanket with me and reading books. You know where else is a fun place to read books? In a blanket fort! πŸ˜‰

9. Obstacle courses! Kids love this. We make an obstacle course for Annaliese using pillows to weave through or jump over, hula hoops on the ground to jump into and then out of, jump three times on her little trampoline, then spin 2 times on her sit and spin. The possibilities are literally endless! Use your imagination and have fun with it!

8. Play outside. Not only is sunshine and fresh air good for you, but it can help break up that feeling of being stuck at home. And don’t be afraid to take toys outside with you. When my daughter was teeny tiny I would take a blanket outside under a tree and scatter toys all over it for her. Now that she’s a bit older we play on her swing set, blow bubbles, play pirates, and go for walks. But don’t let your yard limit you. Look up local hiking trails and take a hike. Just remember no highly populated areas, or areas with a lot of surfaces that the kids are going to touch.

Hiking with Annaliese when she was just a tiny thing.

10. Allow a little more screen time. I’m not a parent who limits screen time, rather I limit what my daughter does with the tablet/phone. Download some new educational games and sit with your kiddos for a bit while they play. They will love ya for it.

11. Arts and crafts.

12. Dance party. Make a playlist on your favorite music app and dance and play with the kids. Let loose a little. You’re stuck in the house might as well have a little fun.

13. Have a picnic. My peanut loves doing this. A blanket in the yard and lunch outside.

14. Go star gazing in the backyard. If you haven’t totally lost your mind by the time evening rolls around, take the kids out back to look at the stars!β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

I’ll add to this list as I learn of more things happening. A lot of places and companies are doing some pretty cool stuff for us while we’re holed up! So I’ll be sure to add them as I find them. Keep checking back!

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