Who knew a month ago that life would look so differently today? It still is a surreal experience that our lives and economy have been disrupted in such a drastic way because of COVID-19. Many parents are now working from home and are also responsible for homeschooling their children. It’s a new normal to get used to without a specified end date.
While they are definitely challenges with everyone constantly being at home during this season, it’s also an opportunity for a reset. We can slow down and live at a different pace than before when our calendars were full and we were running in so many different directions.
While parents definitely understand this, it’s hard to explain and can be harder for kids to embrace. They might be using the “I’m bored!” card more often than we’d like.
Here’s a helpful list of boredom busters you can give the kids while you’re working or use together as a family.
Games and Crafts
- Hide and seek
- Board games
- Play with Play-doh. Don’t have any? Use this recipe.
- Pull out the construction paper, markers, and crayons. Have fun creating!
Bible and Faith
- Pray, especially for healthcare workers and those affected by the virus
- Read a family devotional
- Read Bible stories
- Work on memory verses
- Memorize the books of the Bible together
- Play sports
- Use sidewalk chalk
- Go for a walk
- Blow bubbles
- Go for a bike ride
- Fly a kite
Reading and Learning
- Read, read, read!
- Play library and check out books from within your home
- Find interesting audio books or podcasts
- Write stories
- Create a family journal to document your experience at home over these weeks.
- Tackle an organizing project together
- Bake a new recipe
- Cook a new meal
- Teach the kids something you’ve been meaning to, but have been putting off, like tying their shoes or how to ride a bike.
- Spring clean: Wash windows, prepare the garden, etc.
Movies and Music
- Watch movies together as a family, let everyone have a turn picking.
- Find educational programs on streaming services that will provide entertainment along with some learning.
- Take online music or voice lessons
- Create musical instruments out of recycling items at home
- Have a dance party
Acts of Kindness
- Depending on where you live and whether you’re required to stay at home, you can drop off cards, gifts or treats at the doorstep of your neighbors and friends you’re not able to see because of the virus.
- Create and mail cards to friends and relatives. It’s always fun to receive some happy mail!
- Buy extra non-perishable food at the grocery store and take a drive to drop it off at your local food bank.
I’d love to hear of any other boredom busters that you and your family are using during this time. Keep the faith, my friends, this too shall pass! In the meantime, let’s make the most of each day and the extra time at home to bond and make memories with our family.