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5 Ways to Entertain Your Kids At Home

We're all feeling the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, whether it's working from home, getting laid off, or suddenly having to find a babysitter... We know it's a difficult time and keeping the kids entertained all day can be challenging. That's why we've put together a list of ideas for parents to help keep their kids safe, healthy, and busy during these tough times! 

1. Backyard Color Powder Party 

Grab some colored powder and have a color powder fight in the backyard! This is a sure way to keep your kids entertained for an afternoon. Don't forget to dress everyone up in white T-shirts first so they really see the powder pop! Make sure to remind your kids to only throw the powder at each other from the shoulders down, you don't want any powder getting in their eyes. If you have sunglasses for everyone, have them wear those too! 

Before letting anyone back in the house grab a fan or a leaf blower and dust everyone off. You can even have them leave their messy clothes in a pile outside the door to eliminate as much powder in the house as possible! 

Getting kids outside and enjoying the fresh air is a great way to help them burn off some energy and not feel so stuck from being home for so long. 

2. Driveway Chalk Art 

You can use colored powder to create art on the driveway! It works similarly to colored chalk. Just have each color of powder in it's own bucket and let your kids use their hands to scoop up the powder and create their masterpiece. Colored powder is a great alternative to chalk if your kids want to play with something new! 

3. Yard Games

We all remember the days before cell phones, iPads, and XBOX. Get your kids outside and enjoy the sunshine while playing yard games! You can bring back the classics like hop scotch, ghost in the graveyard, freeze tag, a bean bag toss, sharks and minnows and more! Or, let you kids create their own! Creating fun games to play is a great way to boost you child's creative development. 

4. Inside Games 

If the weather isn't cooperating, try to keep the TV turned off for a few hours a day and play some inside games! You can break out the board games and bring back shoots and ladders, or find something more interactive like hide and seek! If you have multiple kids, create a fun contest out of fort building. Breakout your old Amazon boxes (we all have them), grab some blankets, and let the kids go wild! If you really want to have fun with it, grab some para-cord or broom sticks for your kids to prop blankets up on. 

Anything to keep your kids engaged and unplugged is great. Here's a list of some fun inside games: duck duck goose, indoor treasure hunt, bean bag toss, marshmallow tower building, hot lava, window painting. 

5. Card Games

Card games are a great way to provide endless entertainment for children. You can break out the all-time classic: go fish, or you keep it even more simple and teach your kids how to play War! Either option is great for children who like to play card games. 

At the end of the day, being safe, healthy, and happy are the most important things! Take this opportunity to be grateful for the time you get to spend with your kiddos!