how to entertain kids

how to entertain kids

how to entertain kids

For those seeking a useful way to spend their time during social distancing—or anyone simply interested in forging a deeper connection with their homes—HB has launched Home Love, a series of daily tips and ideas to make every minute indoors more productive (and gratifying!).




Some folks have a store of canned goods, bottled water, and medical supplies for potential national emergencies and pandemics. I, on the other hand, have been stockpiling crafting supplies since the mid-nineties for just such a time as this.

With closed and social distancing in full effect, many of us find ourselves unexpectedly at home with little ones, and are looking for ways to fill their days. To assist, I have assembled a list of at-home activities—quarantivities, if you will—to get you through this.


Whether you have a closet full of 25-year-old scrapbooking supplies and half finished knitting projects, or you are looking to keep busy with everyday household items, here are some ideas to help you keep screen time to the minimum and create some family memories during these strange days.



Tour This Off-the-Grid Cabin in Bovina Center




Tour This Off-the-Grid Cabin in Bovina Center


Upcycle the Recycling


Given the number of toilet paper and paper towel rolls that have been sold in the last few weeks, I am guessing that we will all soon have plenty of potential crafting supplies. Use those empty tubes and some tape to create tunnel systems for toy cars, marble runs, telescopes, and rainsticks. All those Amazon boxes are useful, too, for building forts, cardboard houses for stuffed animals, and targets for Nerf guns. Junkmail, magazines, and the brochures for the vacations you are no longer taking are the perfect source for a collage art project. If you have a baby in the house, save those food pouch tops to use as beads and make some statement jewelry so bold that you can only wear it under quarantine.




Press a Flower


Spring is here in many parts of the country. Save some of those beautiful blossoms and create lovely art by pressing flowers or leaves in books.


“Minute to Win It” Games


The TV show “Minute to Win it” created countless fun and simple games with household objects. Host your own competition at home. The Hello Wonderful blog is an excellent source for crafting your own contests.


Embroidery Embellishments


Even if you don’t have all the traditional embroidery supplies, your kids (above age 6!) can stitch simple designs and images onto t-shirts or blue jeans with the needle and thread from a sewing kit.


Take a Hike


Although visitor centers are closed, trails are still open at many state and national parks. (As are the sidewalks in your neighborhood, most likely.) Get out with your into the fresh air and explore nature.

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