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Boredom Busters: 45 things to do at home with kids

With so many businesses closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many families have shifted from “let’s go!” to “let’s stay in.” Here are some stay-at-home activities to keep boredom (and hopefully the bickering) at bay:

  1. Take a virtual tour. Organizations here in the metro and around the world are getting creative to reach families in their homes, and we are here for it! The OKC Zoo is live streaming animal enrichment activities, caretaker talks and animal wellness exams every day at 2 p.m. on their Facebook page. Find other virtual tours and educational activities here.
  2. Make customizable pizza cups to tempt everyone in your family’s taste buds. Simple ingredients and instructions mean the kids can help with prep and choose their own toppings.
  3. Assemble an adventure box together. What’s an adventure box you might ask? A collection of books, toys, games and resources on a single topic that interests your child. Explore dinosaurs, Egypt or space together, place items of interest in your box (really, any container will work!) and search for art projects, recipes and lessons to further everyone’s knowledge of your chosen subject. Get tips and advice for getting started here.
  4. Prepare your own play dough. There’s simple satisfaction to be found in making this family favorite. Perfect for kid play, it also doubles as a squishy stress reliever for older kids and adults. Both Unpluggits and Science Museum Oklahoma have mom-tested, kid-approved recipes to share!
  5. Move your bodies! Local mental wellness experts and parents alike agree daily movement can be key in calming stress and anxiety. Check out silly Cosmic Yoga on YouTube or try out this special yoga series created for kids and adults alike by locally-owned This Land Yoga.
  6. Chalk your walk. We may be socially distant but that doesn’t mean we can’t still spread some cheer to our neighbors. Draw pictures or write encouraging messages on your driveway or sidewalk for neighbors to enjoy when out on a walk. For a new take on on the traditional sidewalk chalk, check out a recipe for messy silliness with wet chalk art.
  7. Choose a movie you’ve been wanting to see together and snuggle up with pillows and blankets. Surprise your kids with the makings for popcorn with special add-ins or get creative with s’mores made with favorite candy bars in place of the usual chocolate.
  8. Fly a kite.
  9. Play guessing games like I Spy, Hangman or 20 Questions.
  10. Create some cheer with handmade crafts you craft together, including these easy-to-craft Popsicle theme projects. Be sure to share your family’s art on social media with our hashtag #okcfamilyart. Not crafty? Check out Unpluggits’ to-go paint and ceramics kits with everything your kids need for a creative project at home.
  11. June usually brings with it our super STEAM event, hosted by MetroFamily and the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, with a variety of local vendors offering hands-on experiments and opportunities to create. But this year’s Geekapalooza event has been postponed until later this year. For now, enjoy our array of simple science experiments using household items, everything from concocting ice cream in a bag to racing a soap propelled boat. Tag us in your social posts about your results by using #okcfamilyfun!
  12. Play indoor hide and seek.
  13. OHOF @ Home is a virtual version of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Spring Thing! They are telling Oklahoma’s story through free educational content and activities families can do at home.
  14. Write letters to family and friends and include a beautifully colored masterpiece with these coloring pages from #OKCMOAathome.
  15. Hop on a bike for a two-wheeled adventure. Cruise around your neighborhood or check out this guide to local biking events with a roundup of metro bike trails at the bottom. Bonus: social distancing built in!
  16. Create your own bingo cards and have a bingo tournament.
  17. Explore nature! Whether it’s in your own backyard or at a nearby local park, a wide open green space is sure to offer plenty of family fun.
  18. Create a nature scavenger hunt in your back yard.
  19. Explore STEM principles with these fun Snoopy-themed lesson plans from the Space Foundation Discovery Center.
  20. Play “The Floor is Lava.”
  21. Visit a virtual story time! Rapunzel, Elsa and more with Project Princess will be hosting a morning story time on Facebook at 10 a.m. and actor Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, is hosting a nightly story time on Twitter. Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Jena Nelson has started a story time on her YouTube channel.
  22. Shake up your own story time with painted storybook stones.
  23. Curate a playlist and throw a family dance party.
  24. Dig in! Spring time is the perfect time to get started on some family gardening so it’s a win-win.
  25. Try out some fun, new recipes. Take some inspiration for three local moms in our What’s for Dinner? series or from local chef Marc Dunham.
  26. Dress up in your best clothes and have a fancy dinner party. Find inspiration here for some new-to-you menu ideas.
  27. Create a family tree. We might have to be apart physically but sharing your family history will help keep you connected to loved ones.
  28. Homeschool mama Lauren Herrell shares her school break hacks to keep little ones occupied.
  29. Put on a puppet show.
  30. Get some guided inspiration from popular children’s author Mo Willems and his Lunch Doodles, hosted by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Or hangout with Dav Pilkey during his video series for kids, sponsored by Scholastic and the Library of Congress. Pilkey will read aloud, draw and more, highlighting his mantra – Always Be Creative.
  31. Make ice cream in a bag.
  32. Plan your own staycation with a campfire-inspired art activity, plus some fun, at-home “camping” ideas.
  33. Go old-school and play a game of charades. You can even play with family and friends on video calls.
  34. Learn something new! Whether it be a few handy phases of a foreign language, some sign language or outdoor skills like first aid or knot-tying, YouTube has lots of educational tutorials to expand your family’s horizons.
  35. Make friendship bracelets with friends, virtually on Skype.
  36. Have a pizza party! Make your own or order in and play some classic party games like telephone or pin the tail on the donkey.
  37. Shake up your game closet with some educational twists.
  38. Make a maze on the floor with painter’s tape.
  39. Turn math time into game time with these creative card games from Weareteachers.com.
  40. Beat boredom with these FREE outdoor learning activities for kidsfrom OutdoorFamilies magazine.
  41. Make paper airplanes and see whose plane flies the farthest.
  42. Take part in the FREE RIVERSPORT Community Cardboard Canoe Challenge Day. Read over STEM information exploring buoyancy, Newton’s laws of motion and more. Then, design and build a canoe from a sheet of cardboard, markers and tape. Watch this video to get started. Be sure to post or email your creation!
  43. Facetime or Skype with family or friends.
  44. Make a time capsule! One day your kids can use it to tell their kids all about this quarantine experience.
  45. Listen to an audiobook or podcast. Here’s a handy list of popular kid-friendly podcasts.
  46. After an early end to the traditional school year and weeks at home, we know many kids are craving educational fun with friends new and old. Summer camp and program enrollments are currently open through a variety of our local partners, though they will be continually monitoring recommendations by the CDC and health officials. Find dozens of options to pique every kids’ interest in our searchable Summer Camp Guide.

BONUS ACTIVITY: Enter our Virtual Egg Hunt Challenge and our Draw Your Art Out community project for a chance to win great prizes!

 

Got an inspiring stay-at-home activity we should add? Email us at tips@metrofamilymagazine.com. For even more family-focused resources and information, visit our Coronavirus resource guide

 

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