As we near back-to-school season, you and your family may be mourning the summer fun that would have been if not for the pandemic. But there’s still time left, and there are many ways to make this summer memorable for your kids with safe indoor activities.
A Themed Movie Night
Movie nights are probably already a staple of your family time, especially during times of social distancing. To change it up, try making your next movie night into an event.
Pick a film theme and then make snacks and decorations to match. For example, have an outdoorsy-themed night with movies like Up or RV. Make a blanket fort and enjoy some s’mores during your movie viewing. Or perhaps it’s a space themed night with viewings of Star Wars or Wall-E. Try these rocketship-shaped wraps as a snack and, for decor, stick removable glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling. A theme will take more work, but it will transform an ordinary evening into one your kids won’t forget.
Your family doesn’t have to be artistic for this challenge to be entertaining. Set up easels for each family member with a paint set and paper or canvas.
Pick a painting you all want to copy and set up the image on your TV. Then get to work each trying to recreate it! There are also videos you can follow or virtual classes you can join for a full experience and tutorial. Try Painting Parties or Yaymaker.
Need to keep the kids busy while you get some work done? Send them off around the house and yard on a scavenger hunt. Good Housekeeping has a list of ideas, including educational ones. You can also make your own!
Early Holiday Cheer
This year has been tough in many ways. One way to perk things up around the home is to have a sneak peek of the holiday cheer we feel during the fall and winter season. Ask your kids what holiday they are most excited for this year: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Eid Al-Fitr, Hanukkah, etc. and then get out some of those decorations and spend a weekend doing all of your favorite family holiday traditions.
Learn to Cook
Staying in provides the opportunity to cook more meals at home and to get your kids used to working in the kitchen. Teach them about kitchen safety and how to make their favorite meals. You can watch shows like Be Our Chef or Chopped Junior to give them some inspiration. Allrecipes has a list of 10 suggested recipes to start teaching with — and they seem decently healthy, too!
Home Improvement Projects for Kid Rooms
Now may be a good time to redo your child’s room if it’s been on your to-do list. Especially if he or she is going to be spending a lot of time at home this year.
This doesn’t have to be anything too intensive or expensive, it could be just a fresh coat of paint or reorganizing the closet. Whatever the project is, have your child be involved in the process. Have them help pick a paint color or closet strategy.
Involvement with a home improvement project (where appropriate) helps children learn valuable skills and gives them an added desire to keep their spot in the house tidy. Check out these HGTV kid room decorating tips for ideas.
We wish you a happy end of summer, and we hope these tips help you make the most of these precious last days of summer family time!