By now the novelty of being sheltered in your home with the whole fam for days may be wearing thin! Being able to sleep a little later, work in your jammies and graze the fridge isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. And even though the restrictions are starting to lift, we may still be looking at a few more weeks of playing it safe!
I am amazed at the flexibility and creativity of so many people. The internet is just full of free concerts, virtual tours of interesting places, movies, games and school.
I found a really neat website called Mother Today that has a listing of 36 free activities to do with the whole family. There is a mix of internet-based activities as well as just plain old-fashioned games and fun.
One idea I loved was to Face-Time or video call your family or friends and play Hangman. All you have to do is hang a large sheet of white paper or place a whiteboard or chalkboard in front of the camera and play.
Everyone loves a treasure hunt! You can have it inside or in the backyard. Just write down some clues that will lead the kids on a wild and crazy time. Be sure to hide the clues in really weird places and enjoy the show! After the first time, I bet your kids will want to do it again and again, and maybe even make up a treasure hunt of their own for you or their younger siblings.
Shadow Art is a marvelous app that teaches kids how to do shadow puppets with their hands. The AI will decide if their shadow puppets are a hit or a miss by using the camera on the phone. Sounds like a fairly quiet activity!
Quick, Draw! Is an online game where all the player has to do is draw something on the screen. Then the AI will have to figure out what was drawn. A fun pastime for all ages.
And There’s More….
There are so many more great ideas on this site like have a camping trip indoors or outdoors, build a fort in the living room, have a spa or movie night, and go on an emoji scavenger hunt using the emoji scavenger hunt app. I have just highlighted a few of the 36 whole family activities you can find on this site. Click here to get to the site.
– Becky Lynn is a writer for EllisDownHome.com. She and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their 8 grandchildren and traveling. Becky loves cranking up the music and heading to the kitchen to try out new recipes or cook for an upcoming party. She is passionate about continuing to be a life-long learner!