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Unfortunately we are living in times of uncertainty, and for many of us our normal day to day lives look nothing like they used to. Living life under quarantine is not something any of us can really claim to have experience in. For many of you, life today looks nothing like it did just a few short weeks ago….
If this is your reality, let me be the first to say that I am so sorry! My ultimate hope is that this all blows over soon and everyone can return to work, school, and any other activities that you may be missing.
However, just like many things in life, certain things are just not in our control. You can however, control your attitude about your situation, and how you choose to spend this extra time at home.
I have heard it said more times than I count. Especially among my mom groups of friends. It usually goes something like this….
“Oh hey Karen, how have you been? What have you been up to lately?”
Karen ….. “We are good! We are CRAZY busy, it seems like all I do is go go go, all the time, running the kids here and there! What I wouldn’t do for a little time to slow down and catch up on some things around the house, maybe even sneak in a little “ME” time.”
If you have ever felt like Karen than today is your lucky day, because here is a list of 100 things you and your kids can do from home that do not involve being “on the go all the time.”
- Take a bubble bath.
- Get cozy and read a book
- Pop some popcorn and watch a movie
- Call someone you care about and say ” I love you. “
- Start a journal or write in a current one.
- Try cooking a new dish in the kitchen.
- Watch the sunset (or sunrise)
- Stay off of social media for an hour, or a day, or a week.
- Plant something
- Stop what you’re doing and simply breathe
- Go for a hike
- Go to bed early
- Find an inspiring quote and repeat it daily
- Write down 3 things you’re thankful for
- Look at old photos
- Take a walk
- Lay in the grass and look at the clouds
- Stop what you’re doing and simply breathe
- Listen to an audio book
Around The House
- Paint something – A room. A piece of furniture. Or just do touch ups.
- Organize Your Closet – Start HERE
- Paint your front door a new exciting color
- Organize and declutter your kids toys – Start HERE
- Do some landscaping
- Add a touch of farmhouse to any wall by adding shiplap – Start HERE
- Rearrange your furniture
- Organize all of your kitchen drawers – Start HERE
- Clean out and organize your garage
- Get your paper clutter under control – Start HERE
- Give your entire house a good deep clean
- Update all your trim – Start HERE
- Swap outdated decor, pillows & blankets with NEW
- Organize your board game closet or cabinet – Start HERE
- Declutter your entire house – Start HERE
- Turn a closet into a home office – Start HERE
- Update old dingy cabinets by painting them – Start HERE
- Clean your refrigerator
- Organize your pantry – Start HERE
- Chalk paint something – Start HERE
- Go for a run
- Have a dance party
- Play frisbee
- Go hiking
- Throw a football
- Download your favorite workout app
- Go climbing
- Climb the stairs in your house
- Walk your dog
- Try or practice yoga
- Try a new sport you have always wanted to try
- Deep clean your house
- Jump on a trampoline
- Go geocaching
- Race – two-legged races, sack races, wheelbarrow races
- Go Bike Riding
- Play active games- games like twister, charades, or an active video game like VR.
- Slide or roll down a hill and run back up.
- Jump Rope
- Have a family slumber party.
- Play Hide and Seek in the dark
- Write letters to far away family members.
- Camp in the backyard.
- Draw funny faces of each other together.
- Make homemade gak or edible playdough
- Bake something together
- Leave a kind note for the mailman or delivery driver
- Say why you’re grateful for each other.
- Play a board game
- Create an obstacle course outdoors and have a race.
- Make a fort
- Have a lego building contest
- Search for constellations/stars
- Create a family recipe book
- Teach your kids a life skill – Cooking, laundry, money management etc.
- Have a scavenger hunt
- Write a family song or rap
- Create a time capsule and bury it in the backyard
- Create a scrapbook
Just For Fun
- Create a home version of a popular game show
- Create homemade birthday or holiday cards
- Have a family barbecue
- Create and practice a family play
- Learn a home repair
- Work on a puzzle
- Have a water balloon fight
- Watch a movie and critique it like professional critics
- Have a rap battle
- Watch reruns of old shows that were popular when you were young
- Play foursquare
- Start a garden
- Have a karaoke night
- Color something
- Watch the sunset
- Paint a picture together
- Write and illustrate a story together
- Make Tie-Dye shirts
- Learn how to juggle
- Read a book together