Staying home was fun at first, but now it might feel like your kids have done everything possible indoors. They might have completed a video game, used all their toys or become sick of playing the same board games. Everyone’s ready to go outside, but the world needs people to stay at home a little longer.
The next time you and your kids feel cooped up, get outside with these stay safe at home activities. You won’t need to risk your health to get active and have fun in new ways.
1. Create Nature Sculptures
If you have clay or playdough at home, you’re in luck. Forget about sitting around the kitchen table for another hour and get outside. Ask your children to find little bits of nature around your yard, like leaves or small sticks. They can bring everything back and stick them in the playdough to create nature sculptures. Let them dry overnight and you’ll have a new art installation at home.
2. Draw a Chalk Obstacle Course
You’ve spent many afternoons watching your kids draw stick figures and small pictures on the driveway with chalk, but now it’s your turn. Grab your favorite colors and draw a chalk obstacle course that encourages your kids to exercise. They can run, jump, spin and hop their way through to the end and add new challenges their next time through.
3. Set Up the Sprinkler
Most kids love going to the pool, but not many people have one in the backyard. Instead, hook up your garden hose to a sprinkler and let your kids run through it in their bathing suits for a half hour. They’ll love the time in the sun and your lawn will appreciate the extra water during the hot summer afternoons.
If you think your kids are too old to find a sprinkler fun on its own, introduce them to new games that will make them look at the sprinkler in a whole new way. See who can win the different games or come up with new ones to pass the time.
4. Teach Them Sports
Households with two or more kids are the perfect place for backyard sports. Introduce them to the rules of soccer or baseball if you have the right equipment in the garage. They might fall in love with being on a team or playing the sport and turn it into a lifelong hobby that carries them through college and their careers.
5. Start a Scavenger Hunt
Anyone looking for something their kids will enjoy that’s also inexpensive will love the idea of starting a scavenger hunt. The first step is to make a list of all the things they have to find. You can write down objects they’ll find in your yard or hide secret surprises for them to discover.
Another way to make scavenger hunts fun is to establish a prize. Maybe your kids would love a later bedtime, an extra scoop of ice cream at night or a movie night with you. Tailor the prize to what they’d like and the game will mean so much more to them.
6. Find New Grill Recipes
Eating outside is also an activity many families are enjoying now that the weather is warm. Pull out your grill, clean the grate and use a cast-iron skillet for cooking new recipes everyone will adore. After you finish your flaky fish or sautéed mushrooms, lay everything out on a blanket and make it a picnic. Don’t forget to set up fun extras like a speaker with music and special drinks to make it an occasion.
7. Grow a Garden
Do your kids love hands-on activities? Teach them about how the world works by growing a garden together. You can find flower or vegetable seeds at most grocery stores or order them for delivery. Get some soil and teach your family how to plant seeds in pots or your yard.
Gardening is an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about responsibility and new skills because they’re personally involved. They’ll become more confident in their abilities, study how plants grow and express their creativity through how they decorate their garden.
8. Host a Camping Night
Stretch your outdoor fun into the night when everyone camps outside. Show your children how to set up a tent and even start a fire if you have a fire pit. You can cook outside, roast marshmallows and watch the stars come out. Entertain everyone with spooky stories or hang fairy lights around your yard for ambiance. Adventurous kids will love a vacation away from their rooms and you’ll create memories they’ll treasure.
Tailor to Their Interests
Think about what your children do for fun and tailor your outdoor activities to their interests. Maybe they’d love helping you draw a chalk obstacle course. They might want to help make food to grill for dinner or plant a garden by your side. Find new ideas they’ll enjoy and everyone can have fun and stay safe outside.