No doubt we’re experiencing some strange and uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic. Families are now spending alot of time together and you may be wondering how you’re going to keep your kids entertained while you’re social distancing.
Here’s a list of 15 things to do with your kids while you’re social distancing:
Make photo albums – this is a great opportunity to go through all the photos on your phone and actually make a photo album. I like to use the Motif Photo App and do it right from your phone or Shutterfly.
Have a “yes” day – I saw this idea awhile ago from Jennifer Garner. It’s one day where no matter what the kids ask, the answer is “yes”, within reason obviously. Ice cream for breakfast? Yes. Staying up late? Yes. Wear their pajamas all day and don’t have to brush their teeth? Yes.
Take your kids to the zoo – the virtual zoo that is. The Cincinnati Zoo will be live streaming some of their animals and exhibits on Facebook Live every week day at 3pm.Click here to head to their facebook page.
Camp-out in the living room – Get out all your blankets and pillows and make teepees in the living room. Even better if you have a fireplace and can have an actual fire. Tell ghost stories, play games and make s’mores!
Put on a performance – have your kids put together a dance recital or play complete with costumes.
Go on a nature scavenger hunt in the yard or at the park – find something soft, something yellow, something wet, etc.
Pretend to travel to another country – Have the kids pick a country and then make that day all about their culture. For example, if they choose France. Make macaroons, and build the Eiffel Tower out of legos or magna tiles. If they choose Ireland, play some Celtic music, watch RiverDance and bake Irish soda bread. It will give the kids a feeling of being somewhere else.
Pizza contest – everyone makes a specialty pizza and try one of each and see who’s was the best.
Make sensory dough – This is one of my favorite recipes to make your own play dough. It smells yummy and is completely edible!
Write letters – write some letters or cards and send them to a local nursing home or arrange to do penpals with some of their friends.
Go for a family bike ride – Head to the park or bike path and go for a nice family bike ride.
Have a backwards day – wear your clothes backwards, they have to walk backwards, you get the point
Do some spring cleaning – write down some things that you need to be cleaned or tidied up around the house that the kids can do. Put them in a hat and have each child pick one thing. Then set a timer for 15 minutes, play some loud music and they have to get it done in that time
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As a mama, I am all about learning through play. That is why I love LeapFrog toys, including their new LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant. Not only is it a toy, but it’s educational as well which I love. (Be sure to scroll down to the end of my post to see how you can be entered for a chance to win one for your little ones! )
The LeapFrog LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant is a 21 piece animal themed set of blocks, geared towards children ages 2+. It promotes imagination as kids build with the blocks and stack them. The LeapBuilders Elephant features a smart cube in which kids can insert the blocks to hear educational songs as well as teach numbers, colors and fruits. In addition to encouraging vocabulary and phrases, it also promotes fine motor skills through building the blocks and pushing buttons. It’s compatible with other LeapBuilders sets so there’s also the option to purchase other learning blocks from other sets as your kids master the phrases to learn more content.
Maxwell loves to learn through his hands and with catchy music. He spent hours building with the blocks and dancing to the various songs. He saw it as play rather than learning. I love that this is a screen-free option to help expand his knowledge base. Plus any toy that promotes learning and keeps him entertained is a win in my book! It’s also really compact so easy to pick up and bring with you anywhere.
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in innovative learning toys for children that encourage a child’s curiosity and love of learning throughout their early developmental journey. For more than 20 years, LeapFrog has been helping children grow their knowledge and imagination through their award winning products.
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If there is one thing I love it’s getting packages in the mail and trying new products. Babbleboxx just sent me their Spring Kids Story box and there are so many cute things in there for the kiddos. Below I am sharing my review of The Kidstory Babbleboxx.
1.) Grow and Fit Bodysuits from Fruit of The Loom
Is there anything better than super soft baby clothes? I don’t think so. This a new line of bodysuits from Fruit of the Loom and they are specifically designed to grow and move with your baby. They are made with an ultra-soft, light pique breathable fabric and will help keep our little babe cool when he comes this summer.
Ok so this is one item I was the most excited about. I have been hearing about Kiwi Crates for a long time and have wanted to try them out. KiwiCo is a monthly subscription crate with various age appropriate activities to help enhance STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning. Each crate comes with an activity booklet as well as everything you need to complete the activities or craft.
We received the Tadpole Crate which is for those ages 12-36months. This crate focused on colors and Maxwell had a blast mixing them all together and watching the colors form.
We spend the majority of the summer months in the pool and this shampoo and conditioner duo is perfect for kid-friendly hair. It deep cleans to help clarify hair and get rid of any chlorine. Plus it smells really good and is gentle on your little one’s scalp and eyes.
From May-June you can get The Swimmer’s Duo for $20. And if you stop in to your local Snip-Its salon in May or June, get $3 off a kid’s regular haircut using code “SPRING”. Expires 6/30/2019.
4.) Conversation starters/lunch notes
We make it a point to sit down for family dinner at least 4 nights a week (the other 3 nights I don’t get home until later). Some night’s it’s a nice homemade meal and other’s it’s breakfast for dinner (my fave easy go-to). Regardless, I think it’s important for us to all connect and talk about our days. These cute little lunch notes are perfect conversation starters with riddles and facts for around the dinner table.