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16 Inside Activities for Kids

If you're spending lots of time inside this winter, or need something to do that isn't far from home, these 16 inside activities for kids will hopefully bust the boredom!

Raise your hand if you foolishly thought this quarantine was just going to be a fun couple of weeks at home. We are on week nine at home in our house (kids got the flu before lock down and never got better before this all happened), and to be honest it's starting to weigh me down a bit. 

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The last couple of weeks have been hard, and since getting an iPad to for online learning, it's all Kinsley asks for about 99% of the day. If you haven't had a five year old ask you if she can play the iPad for eight hours straight, are you even living life? 


16 Inside Activities for Kids:

If you need an arsenal of go-to, quick and easy mostly screen free activities (some require a screen, but the screen isn't the major point of the activity), here are 16 of our favorite go-to activities for this time at home. 


Color By Number Books: 

Kyle is obsessed with color-by-number coloring sheets. We bought him several different color-by-number coloring books on Amazon over the last year and he's been obsessed with all of them. In that same realm, I've also thought that the Sticker By Number books are really cool too. Here's a quick list of the ones we've bought, and ones we're interested in. 

Reading

I know every parent says this, but if you have a kid who loves to read, totally monopolize on that. Even Kinsley who can't actually read loves to look at books on the couch, and be read to for long periods of time. You can see all my book lists and recommendations here.

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Make Oobleck

Oobleck is a super fun and easy activity to put together for your kids. Make sure you're in a good mood when you start because it's similar to slime and will make a mess. You kids will love it though! For instructions on how to make Oobleck, click here!

Make Slime

In the same vein as the last suggestion, play with slime! I have never really made slime at home, but we usually just get it from the dollar spot at Target. It comes in small containers, and doesn't actually make a huge mess. The kids love sticking their action figures and other toys into it, and then dig them out. They could literally do this for hours straight. 

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Homemade Play-Dough Recipe

If you haven't made homemade play-dough, you're honestly missing out. I find it to be so much softer and more enjoyable to play with than the real stuff, and it could totally double as a homeschool science lesson for the day. This is our go-to recipe for homemade play-dough.

Audiobooks

Kyle recently discovered Audiobooks and it has been so fun for him. He's listened to most of the Boxcar Children series during quarantine, and asks to listen on the iPad every night before bed. This is one of those activities where you need a device, but the device is facilitating something better. We use an app called Epic, which is free for 30 days and then goes to $6.99 a month. They have a huge selection of unlimited books to read, and listen to, and we've loved it for both Kyle and Kinsley. We even went to cancel our membership before we had to pay after the trial, and they gave us another month for only $2.99. You can try Epic free for 30 days here.

Learn to Draw Books

This is another one we haven't done yet, but probably should since we're majorly failing on keeping up with Kyle's art class. I loved these books as a kid because it was always so fun to draw my favorite characters. You can see a huge variety of learning to draw books here. 

Cooking with Kids 

I've really wanted to take this time to teach Kyle how to cook in the kitchen. We bought him a kid's cookbook, Kids Bake: 100+ Sweet and Savory Recipes. I'm super excited for it to get here and start working through some recipes with him and get him more comfortable with cooking. You could also try a Raddish Kids subscription.

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Free Printable Coloring Pages 

My kids love when I print them out random coloring pages that I find on google, or the ones that I've made and shared here on the blog. If you need something in a hurry without spending money, these are always my go-to for a quick and easy activity. Be sure to come back on May 1st when I launch six new free coloring pages! 

Write Letters to Family 

This is something we really need to do this week! My friends over at LDZStudios made these super cute printable envelopes that I really want to print out and send letters in! 

Kids Yoga

If you didn't know we switched Kyle from a public school to a private school this year. We learned since switching that apparently his old school did Cosmic Kids Yoga everyday in his French class... who knew? Anyways, he's apparently a yoga aficionado so we made a rule that he couldn't play on screens unless he does yoga first... which involves a screen but this is an activity with a greater good than just vegging.  There are a ton of different themed videos like Harry Potter Yoga, Dinosaur Yoga, Minecraft, etc... Kyle apparently knows them all and tells me which one he wants to do and I turn it on for him. 

Bike Rides 

We've gotten really into bike rides during quarantine. Kinsley can now pedal her trike with basically no help from us, and Kyle has gotten really good at pedaling his bike with confidence, which has been huge for him. Derek and I just walk up and down our street while the kids ride to their content, and it's the best. 

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Visit a Free Little Library 

There are a couple of these libraries near us and we've been frequenting them the last couple weeks. These libraries can be found in people's driveways, parks, the side of the road... they're everywhere! You can find a list of ones near you here. The basic idea is that you take a book you want, and you leave a book to share. We've found some real gems and always leave a couple books behind for someone else too! 

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Board Games 

We've gotten into lots and lots of board games the last several weeks. Here is a post with some of our favorites... It's pretty outdated though, so I'll have to do an updated one soon!

Craft Box 

We took an old mason jar box and filled it with tons of arts and craft supplies. Whenever the kids are getting restless we pull the box out and let them go ham on all the supplies. It's the best money we've ever spent. 

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What are you doing right now to keep your kids busy and yourself sane? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

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7 Things I'm Doing for Myself During Quarantine

While we're all stuck in isolation during quarantine, I know this can be especially hard on moms. We've overnight assumed the role of teacher, in addition to all the other things we do. If you have a special needs child, you likely took on the role of physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech language pathologist as well. All of Kinsley's appointments have been canceled until further notice and so any therapy that happens is on me. 


I know it's really easy to feel consumed by all the things going on around us, which is why I think self care is more important now than ever. I've been doing a few things for myself each day that help me to feel better, and feel more in control of all the chaos going on around me. 

Read my scriptures every morning:
This is something that I fell out of habit with for the last year. About six weeks ago I recommitted to doing this every morning, right when I wake up, before I get out of bed, and I can see the biggest difference in my day. Doing something for myself right off the bat gives me more energy to pour into my kids the rest of the day. 

Make my bed and tidy the house:
I know this isn't for everyone, but my bed is actually where we do Kyle's homeschool lessons, so I've been making that each day in preparation for schoolwork. Making my bed though automatically forces me into cleaning the rest of our bedroom and bathroom, and the rest of the house as well. Having the house picked up each day eliminates both mental and physical clutter, and I'm here for that. 

Getting dressed and doing my make-up:
I've been getting dressed in simple jeans and t-shirt outfits and throwing on a little makeup each day, and it just helps everything else to feel more normal. Once I get out of bed in the morning I head right into the bathroom and spend five minutes getting ready for the day. I don't really own a ton of lounge clothes anyways, but making the effort to get dressed really helps this abnormal time feel just a little more normal. 

Spending time outdoors:
The kids and I have been getting outside together after lunch for 30 minutes and the fresh air and sunlight just feels so good. It's the perfect way to recharge for the rest of the afternoon ahead. 

Prioritizing exercise:
My race that was supposed to be on April 4th has been pushed back to the second week of May. It's been really great to have that target date ahead of me to keep me motivated with my training. I've been getting outside for a run in the evenings and it's the perfect way to clear my mind from the entire day, get some more fresh air, and do something great for my body.

Set a goal for yourself:
I set a goal a few nights ago that I want to be able to do a full split by the time this quarantine ends. So I've been setting time aside each night for stretching and practicing, and it feels fun to have something super random to work towards!

Making healthy lunches:
We don't eat lunch until everyone's homeschool lessons are done for the day, usually around 12-1pm. By this time of day, I'm starving! I started making myself a super yummy salad everyday last week with romaine lettuce, quinoa, hard boiled eggs, turkey, tomato, cheese, and cucumbers, and then drizzled with some salad dressing, and it is SO GOOD. It feels good to fuel my body with nutrient dense foods, and it's become a bright spot in the afternoon that I look forward to.

What is something that you're doing for yourself each day? I'd love to know in the comments below!


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