Whoever thought “self-isolation” and “social distancing” would be phrases in our every day vocabulary? We’re hearing from many families who are feeling isolated from the world. But with technology you can bring the world to you! Whether you’re grandparents separated from your grandchildren or parents trying to cope with the kids home all day, we have some great ideas and resources to make this time a joyful experience. And one day, you may even be grateful for the experience.
Apps like Face Time and Marco Polo are great ways to stay connected and interact in real time. Zoom and similar platforms can bring friends family together across the world. This is a great opportunity to strengthen relationships, enjoy our time together and find ways to be apart– together. Here are some great ideas to create a fun family adventure every day.
Take a Virtual Tour, Hike or Field Trip
You know all those places you wanted to see and things you wanted to do but didn’t have time…well now you do! So you may not be able to visit these places in person–and many of them are closed now anyway–but you can visit them virtually. From national treasures to wonders of the world, nature hikes to mountain climbing, we’ve compiled some of our favorite places to see and do. So jump on the couch and get comfy as you tour the best places right from your own home! Just download our lists and get started.
Make the Most of Family Dinnertime
Family dinner is a fantastic time to connect as a family. And with so many families schooling from home, it is also a great opportunity to teach our kids life skills like menu planning, and math and science through cooking and baking together. There are some great cookbooks for cooking with kids and even doing science experiments in the Kitchen. Here are links to a couple of our favorites. Kids in the Kitchen
To make the most of your family dinner hour, Moms for America created Table Talk Sampler: 31 Days of Stories, Quotes and Questions to Spark Conversation at the Dinner Table.
Fun Recipes for Kids
There’s never been a better time to dig in the kitchen with the kids and your favorite cookie recipes. Here are some great ideas for making fun in the kitchen with sugar cookies and other baked goods with Easter and Spring Themes. Some of our favorite kid recipes are in our Kids Concoctions recipe book. Everything from play-dough to bubbles can be created with these recipes. For some fun with science in the kitchen check out this great book Kitchen Science Lab for Kids
Games and Backyard fun
You would be amazed at the fun you can have in your home and backyard. If the kids are antsy and wanting to get out here are some ideas to keep them engaged and entertained.
- CAMPOUT Have a backyard camp out! Pull out that old tent and sleeping bags and enjoy a night under the stars roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, telling stories and singing camp songs.
- BACKYARD CARNIVAL Hold a backyard carnival with simple games like pop bottle ring toss.
- MINI OLYMPICS Your backyard is the perfect place to hold a mini Olympics. Here are some great links with ideas. Activity Village Host Olympics at Home Not able to get outside, no problem! Indoor Olympics are even more fun than the outdoor ones. From toothpick javelin throw to paper boat races, the kids are sure to remember how fun these Olympics are. DOWNLOAD Our Indoor Olympics Plan Sheet Here
- MOVIE NIGHT There are some really great family-friendly movies that are not only enjoyable but also spark conversation. You can shake up your normal family move night by creating an outdoor theater or drive-in experience. Try watching the movie in the car on a laptop or in the backyard with a projector and white sheet posted to the outside wall.