The COVID-19 situation is getting better, and also the water is getting nicer now, so staying home is no longer something we would do all the time. But still, maybe there will be some rainy days, and we don’t know if new restrictions won’t be imposed. So, what should you do if you have a little kid at home? It is not easy for sure to keep them entertained all the time. We will share some great ideas for family activities to do at home with you.
Plan a Scavenger hunt
If your kid loves riddles or mysteries, this is a great way to make something fun together. You should come up with a price or a treasure that you will hide somewhere around your house. With clever clues left at your place, each one will lead to the next until your kid finds the hidden treasure. You can use riddles or something that means something only to your family. Make the clues as hard as you wish, depending on how much time you would like to take for your kid to solve the mystery.
Play board games
There are so many board games you can play with your kid or get ones that are developed for children and just help them start with them. You can choose some action games or puzzle ones depending on the mood. If you would also like to educate your kid, meanwhile, you can always play a game like Scrabble or other word games. In the beginning, it might be a bit hard for the little ones to get used to it or come up with words. You can use a Word Finder to help them, or you can teach them how to do it themselves. They will surely learn some new words like that.
You can also try games like Catan to help your kids more about strategy and how they should gather resources to be able to build something. Other games like Monopoly will be fun but can get really competitive, so make sure that the mood doesn’t escalate too quickly. There are very simple games as well, like UNO, that kids will love, and they don’t take too long to finish and are easy to learn.
Have a cooking class
You can choose an easy recipe to start with, like cookies or a cake. Try to choose something that will also be suitable for a kid to be involved with. Tasks like stirring, preparing, and cutting different forms in the dough or decorating are very fun for kids, and they will enjoy spending this time with you. Or if you prefer something salty, you can try making pizza which is again easy but fun. Sharing the time for cooking with your kid will be a great bonding time. Try to involve them in the cleaning after that as well, so they might also learn how important it is to keep everything clean while cooking. The pleasure of sharing this meal together will be even greater afterward.
Organize stargazing and an astronomy class
Kids are usually fascinated by stars. Those little shiny dots in the sky are so beautiful and magical. Kids’ imaginations can connect the stars in any form you can think of, and having an astronomy class together will be very interesting for them. Teach them where the Polar star is and why it is called like that, show them the constellation and tell them the stories behind it and just have a nice time with your little one under the start. Listen to them and what they imagine as well. It will be a magical experience and who knows maybe you will be lucky and see a shooting star as well.
Learn magic tricks
Magic is so entertaining, and kids love it. You can try to get some magic kit and entertain your kids by making magic, or you can try to learn magic together. There are some simple tricks with cards or coins that your kid will quickly learn and can imagine their friends with them. Magic can also turn out to be a nice hobby for your kid, and if they become passionate about it, maybe soon they will even be able to trick you.
Solve a puzzle
Puzzles are a great way to spend time together and have some fun. You can start with small ones that will be very easy to put together and then slowly increase the number of parts and the complexity. Choosing the puzzle picture together with your kid will also show you more about their interests. While solving the puzzle, you can then have exciting discussions around the image that you are tiring to put together.
Watch old animations
You probably know all about your kids’ favorite characters and animations, but do they know what you watched when you were a kid or teenager? Share with them your favorite animations that you enjoyed watching when you were their age. There are so many great ones that we all loved that were either animated series or animated movies. It is easy to find them on different sites and have a lovely movie night.
To sum it up
There are many ways to keep your kids, and yourself entertained. We gave you just a couple of suggestions, but there are many more you can come up with by yourself, or you can find inspiration online. In any case, with the variety of games you can play, activities you can try, or content you can watch, you will never get bored.