COVID Activities for Family II


After the initial posting, I had several people request more like it. So here we go. There are lots of fun things to do with the family during the COVID crisis.  You don’t always need a family with you, many of these you can do by yourself.

  • Camp out in the back yard.  Lay a tarp on the ground, cover it with blankets or comforters, add pillows,  toast marshmallows (kids need management), eat sandwiches, listen to the noises, tell ghost stories around a lantern or small fire in a brick enclosure, lay back and watch the stars.
  • Teach knitting, or crochet to your children or your mate. There are many online zoom men’s knitting groups.
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Read stories or books out loud to share with the family.
  • Learn a new dance or have a dance night. No moves ignored
  • Have a picnic in the backyard or on the porch.
  • Make a tent over the dining room table by using chairs and blankets. Use pillows and play games. Or build a fort and fight imaginary wars.
  • Go fishing
  • Go for a Sunday drive in the country. Keep track of all the exciting things you see.
  • Have a watermelon eating contest or a watermelon seed spitting contest.
  • Run through the sprinkler
  • Visit friends by setting up a zoom meeting room and invite those you want to see.
  • Cut out pictures or have the children make pictures, mount them on construction cards and send them to patients in a retirement home.
  • Take up a hobby, build model cars, make pasta beads/jewelry,
  • Make cardboard racing cars out of boxes, cut out bottoms, put them on, and have backyard races.
  • Set the same cardboard cars in front of the TV, sit in them and act like you are at a drive-in window, don’t forget the popcorn and juice boxes.
  • Learn to cut out Betsy Ross’s stars for a flag (see internet for instructions)
  • Revive hopscotch on the driveway. Draw the pattern and practice, so each member of the family has a chance to beat the game. Don’t forget the penalty stone.
  • Collect and paint designs or animals on rocks.
  • Make a balance beam (start low to the ground in the beginning) in the backyard.
  • Have a game night, badminton, croquet, outdoor bowling.

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