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Keeping Kids Busy at Home Activities for Kids During Social Distancing


Some great ideas to keep your kids occupied, learning, moving and healthy during social isolation!

🔍 Scavenger Hunt

For teenagers, use creative clues and rhymes to describe different objects or spaces leading to the next clue. You can make it a competition with prizes to increase interest.

For younger kids, draw pictures on a piece of paper or paper plate and have the children use the picture as a map to the next clue. This can be done inside or outside!

🏃‍♀️ Obstacle Course

Another great option that can be done inside or outside and can be adapted for all ages.

For older kids, make the obstacles/tasks more physically challenging and athletic… Shoot baskets (if you don’t have a basketball hoop, use a garbage can or box and set a distance), hop-scotch, carrying something heavy from one spot to another, etc. Include steps for jumping jacks, push ups, and other exercises that need to be completed before moving to the next obstacle.

For smaller kids, make easier tasks that are age appropriate and easy to follow. Climbing over a pile of pillows, putting colored toys in various containers… heck, have them match socks from clean laundry!

💡 Learning + Movement

Incorporate movement into learning activities.

For older kids, have a “workout of the day” aka WOD and tell them to complete it between school work throughout the day. Create a poster board with their name on it and each day they complete the WOD before noon, they put a star on that day. If they get X amount of stars, you could have a prize

For younger kids, cut rain drops or flowers out of construction paper and hide them around the house. Each time they find one, they take it back to the table and glue it on paper. You could do a matching game with the raindrops and flowers or just glue them on a big piece of paper with clouds and a field.

Virtual Learning Resource: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

🍳 Cooking Show

Gather together in the kitchen to create a meal or bake a treat together.

Have your children pretend that they are hosting a cooking show and teaching others how to prepare the dish. Video tape their “show” and share with family and friends!

🥾 Virtual Field Trips

Pack a lunch and take a hike or just go outside and walk around your yard. Have a picnic lunch and then come back home and finish your field trip virtually.

There are tons of free virtual tours being offered by many of the zoos, art museums, national parks, and much more. Take a virtual field trip!

Virtual Field Trip Resource: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Take this opportunity to utilize screen time for education, exercise, socialization (online gaming, Facetime calls, Zoom videos). Take advantage of technology to stay connected and busy

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