These long days of quarantine, social distancing and distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic have most of us climbing walls in between Zoom meetings and trying to secure the ever elusive grocery delivery spot.
It seems like lately my kids are always “bored”. Of course, they’re not actually bored. They have access to plenty of toys and activities to keep them busy. They just haven’t developed the ability to figure out what to do with their time yet.
School schedules are gone and all that free time might have seemed like a lot of fun early on, but now it may actually be creating some unrest or anxiety in kids who rely on routine.
Like every family, we are finding all sorts of fun ways to keep busy right now.
We’ve been playing Reading BINGO to keep the kids motivated to read. This gives the kids something to work towards and keeps them prepared for the eventual return to school.
We’ve also been working on a great Covid-19 time capsule activity that I plan to save for the kids, so that as adults they can remember what it was like to live through this.
This Quarantine “Bored” Game is a new household addition. Whenever the words “I’m bored” ring through the air I send everyone the way of this printable, hung conveniently on our pantry door.
The activities on this printable aren’t just picked to provide entertainment – they offer a chance to reframe the way our kids, and us, may be feeling – frustrated, anxious, cooped up… even angry.
Activities like creating a vision board or cleaning out a closet for donations can help us to remember this things we are grateful for, or help us to focus on the things we’re looking forward to when this is over.
Journaling or writing a letter to a loved one can allow us to vent and put words to all the feelings swirling around in our heads.
Getting some fresh air or exercising can help to improve our mood and help us feel enegrized.
Movie nights and picnics create valuable time with family members and remind us to focus on quality time together.
I tell the kids to “pick two” because it’s often enough to break them out of their funk. Sometimes they do the activities on their own, and sometimes I dive in with them.
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