Just a few suggestions to brighten up the gloomiest of days…
Okay, so here’s the picture: It’s an indoor day for sure- raining cats and dogs and gloomy, or just a winter’s day where you just have to be inside, and you already made two dozen of the yummiest blondies ever, the kitchen is a mess, and so now onto something else with the grandkids. Here are some age-appropriate suggestions that will surely make you grandparent of the century…
Ages 3 to 5
Keeping a toddler occupied and happy day after day in quarantine is no small feat! Children in this age group aren’t super interested in watching a TV show and rarely stay engaged in one activity for long. But, give them pots and pans to bang on, water to splash in, or music to dance to, and as any parent will tell you, kids are at their happiest.
- Use an extra cardboard box to make a ramp. Send cars flying down and stage races.
- Dump some plastic toys in a bin and let your little one paint them with washable paint.
- Bake cookies together.
- Pull out the play dough and encourage creative play. If you don’t have any play dough-specific tools or want to try something different, set out cookie cutters, spoons, measuring cups, and other kid-safe kitchen utensils for your child to use. Don’t have any play dough in the house? Making homemade play dough is super easy.
Ages 6 to 8
Kids this age are the best for rainy day activities. You can catch their attention with so much, just using your imagination. Give those kids that say “they are bored” a run for their money with these fun indoor activities!
- Build an indoor obstacle course.
- Get all dressed up and host a fancy tea party (be sure to invite the dolls and stuffed animals).
- Have an indoor “camp out” with sleeping bags, a tent, board games, and s’mores.
- Pretend your dining room is a restaurant and cook dinner together for the family. Write up a menu and set the table for a fancy dinner because tonight the kids are the waiters and waitresses!
Ages 9+ (and yes, skip tiktok!)
We all have met a preteen that would rather be grounded than have a family game night, but this needs to change. Get those kids off their tablets and encourage them to understand how valuable family time is. And most importantly…how much fun it can be!…
- We think it’s important to keep a couple of science experiment books on the shelves for kids to thumb through. Right now, Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes: Unforgettable Experiments That Make Science Fun is providing some serious inspiration.
- Science Experiments at Home: Make a Walking Water Rainbow
- Mix up something “gross” like flubber, slime or gak. Even older kids need a good sensory experience and tweens can come up with their own concoctions of these items.
- Design a catapult and set up a target range. Ping pong balls or pom poms are unlikely to break anything!
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