One of the biggest challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic is finding activities for kids to keep them busy. I’ve had my good days and then had bad days. On my good days, I’ve made sure to make mental notes about what worked and what didn’t. And most of what worked has a ton to do with the activities I chose for them and I’m sharing them here with you!
With the spring in full force, we’ve had so many rainy days so staying indoors becomes even more of a challenge.
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I may or may not have had more fun with the playdough then the kids. The boys enjoyed making the dough themselves and then getting to play with their creation. The best part about DIY playdough is that I had all of the ingredients right in the kitchen.
To make the dough, I used Michele at Simple Michele B’s recipe that she posted to her Instagram account. To make the dough, you’ll need:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup warm water
- food coloring
In a bowl, mix all of your dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix warm water and food coloring. Pour water mixture into the flour mixture, stirring gently until combined. Knead with your hands until all flour is absorbed.
DIY LAVA LAMPS
The boys really enjoyed making lava lamps. They were so excited to watch the reaction to the colored water when we dumped the alka-seltzer tabs in. To make your lava lamps, you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 empty water bottles
- Alka-Seltzer tabs
- Food coloring of your choice
In a bowl, mix water and 15-20 drops of food coloring. Pour oil into empty bottle, then pour the colored water into the bottle. The colored water will sink to the bottom.
Once the water settles, break the alka-seltzer tabs into four tabs. Allow the kids to drop the tabs in one at a time and watch the magic happen!
Last week we learned about magnets using the Toysmith Magnetic Science Kit at Michaels. The boys enjoyed building a magnet car and fishing for magnet “fish”; just two of the many activities included in this kit. While it didn’t keep them busy for HOURS, it did intrigue them and kept them pretty interested.
Ok, I have to admit, this one was definitely a stress reliever for me and was the perfect indoor activity for the kids. I wasn’t really concerned about the mess, which was minimal and easy to vacuum, as I was more interested in keeping them busy.
The kit came with tons of tools and two colors. Jaden spent at least and hour and a half using his imagination and playing independently with the sand. That’s a HUGE win for me!
COSMIC YOGA RIGHT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM
Cosmic Yoga may or may not be new for you but it was new to us! If you’re like us and have no clue what I’m talking about, Cosmic Yoga is a kids channel on YouTube that tells a series of imaginative stories while going through various yoga poses that are easy enough for the kids to follow along with. What I love most about Cosmic Yoga is the way stories are told in a fun and creative way that keeps the kids moving throughout the story and the imagery.
I’ve always had this idea that my kids would want to cook with me. But that’s just not the case. Every so often I can capture their attention long enough to join me in the kitchen but anything we do has to be quick and easy.
I decided making frozen yogurt pops would be a fun activity to do with Jaden and give us a healthy snack in the afternoon. This activity may be more suitable for your older kids but the younger kiddos will enjoy eating them! Here’s how we made our frozen yogurt pops in a few mintues:
Frozen Fruit and Yogurt Pops
- Popsicle Mold
- Blender or Food Processor
- 1 5.4 oz. Greek Non-Fat Yogurt Cup flavor of your choice
- 2 tbs Honey
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced divided
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries divided
- 1/4 cup fresh pineapple, diced divided
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Set aside half of the strawberries, blueberries and pineapple.
- Place the fresh fruit in the tops of the popsicle molds. Fill each popsicle mold with the yogurt mixture. Add any remaining fruit and place in the freezer for at least 4-5 hours or until frozen.
- Remove from molds, eat and enjoy!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of Activities to do with your kids. Do you have any favorite things you and your kids like to do together? What are some of your favorite indoor activities for kids? Let me know down in the comments!
Until next time,