July 13, 2020
by: Chad Welch, Community Impact Coordinator – Education
Some of the best parenting advice I ever received was: “When it rains, play in the rain.” There are ways of making the best out of any situation, this one included. We have a unique opportunity here: We can make the COVID-19 crisis into a moment that will live vividly in our kids’ memories, so that in other times of uncertainty they’ll recall fondly how their family pulled together and made the best of things, and they’ll be able to do the same.
- Play the silent game – this activity helps children practice self-discipline, develop awareness of their surroundings, concentration, stillness, relaxation and patience.
- Have a staring contest – the current world record for a staring contest is 40 minutes and 59 seconds – how long can you hold your stare for?
- Learn some yo-yo tricks – check out the Duncan website for video tutorials on yo-yo tricks
- Build the biggest Lego/block tower in history
- Make shadow puppets – get some tips on shadow puppetry here
- Have a tea party
- Have a doll or stuffed animal wedding
- Play Simon Says
- Talk with an accent
- Make a stuffed animal zoo
- Learn a little American Sign Language for Kids https://youtu.be/nGKrVR82DPg
- Invent a new sport
- Do a puzzle
- Polish the silver (raise your hand if you have grandma’s silverware or bud vases)
- Invent your own nation
- Memorize all of the Presidents
- Memorize all of the state capitals
- Match all of your socks, roll them up and have a sock fight
- Play dominoes (extra credit if you make your own)
- Teach the kids how to play Solitaire