Many of us are staying at home right now. We are working from home while our children are off from school.
In thinking of positive things to do during this time, I’ve already washed my curtains and plan to do some spring cleaning as time allows, but let’s have fun with our loved ones while soccer practices and dance lessons are cancelled.
Here are a few ideas:
1) Movie night
Take turns selecting movies so that everyone gets into the fun while making sure that the show is appropriate for each person in the room. Don’t forget the popcorn!
2) Themed dinner nights such as:
Meatloaf Monday or burgers
Wacky Wednesday can be hodge-podge meal of menu items that don’t normally go together like Spaghetti and peanut butter sandwiches. Ask your children for ideas—they’ll be creative!
Thermal Thursday—spicy dishes or soup and sandwiches
Put up your card table, if possible, so that you can leave the puzzle out for a few days depending on how fast you work.
4) If your budget allows, order carryout meals for your family. Pizza, chicken, burgers, wings, and sandwiches will be a treat and will also help our favorite restaurants make it through these challenging times.
5) Board game night
Many of us have a few board games on a shelf. Dust them off and plan a fun game night. Take turns allowing each person—no matter their age—to select the next game. Doing this helps with grumbling because each one knows their turn is coming to select a game.
6) Make dessert together.
Do you have a delicious chocolate cake recipe? Does you banana bread always get compliments? Do your children love your chocolate chip cookies? Invite them to bake a batch with you. It may be messy but messes can be cleaned. The fun your children have creating their favorite dessert is worth biting your tongue and keeping the atmosphere light and happy.
7) Video game night
Remember those video games in your cabinet? Why not use them in that gaming system none of you have thought of for months? Take turns playing each one’s favorites.
8) Silly Saturday—have some silly fun with your family!
a. Wear pajamas all day
b. Eat breakfast food for supper
c, Crazy hair day—on purpose!
d. Ask your children for silly ideas and select one.
9) Stay active!
a. Enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. If possible, play in the yard. Sit on your balcony or porch. Walk in the park if it’s open, maintaining social distance.
b. Create dance steps to your favorite song. Involve as many family members as possible. Consider input from everyone in the home. Practice the steps and then take a video. Share it if you like. Your video will encourage others.
c. Many of us have exercise DVDs tucked away in the cabinet. Pull them out and do one daily.
10) Read a book!
This is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. If you want new selections, it’s very easy to buy print books and eBooks. Authors are small businesses too.
Many churches are live-streaming worship services so this will help us stay connected to others too.
I hope this list sparked ideas for fun activities with your family. I’d love to hear about it if you’d like to share.
I am saying a prayer for the health and safety for all my loved ones. If you’re reading this, you’re included! Stay safe and healthy. Love to all.
-Sandra Merville Hart