Helping parents to get through this stressful time and have a little fun with the kids!
Here's a couple of kid friendly games to play
Think of this as a way to play organized sports without taking the time to actually organize yourself or your home in any meaningful way.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Realistic Time It Will Entertain a Child: 30-60 minutes
How To Set Up: Get two chairs and prop them up roughly 10 feet apart. Tie a strong between them. Inflate a balloon. Hand out fly swatters.
How To Play: It’s tennis. The only real difference is that there needs to be a clear rule about how many times a player is allowed to hit the balloon while it’s on his or her side of the net. Two works for coordinated kids, but three is probably the best bet. If kids are struggling, a game of family doubles will do the trick. Also, tennis scoring makes absolutely no sense so skip it.
Chair Hat Toss
Think of this as an indoor version of horseshoes. As simple as it is, though, it’s remarkably entertaining past-time that teaches kids to throw.
Prep Time: 1 Minute
Realistic Time It Will Entertain a Child: 10-15 minutes
How to Set Up: Turn over a kitchen chair so that its legs stick up. Find a hat — baseball is best but winter and cowboy work.
How To Play: Try to throw the hat onto the legs of the chair. That’s it. Want to complicate it a bit? Give each leg a point value. Now we’re learning about counting (but mostly just throwing a hat around). If kids are super into it, have them make DIY rings out of rope or cardboard.
And when they need some down time check out these Podcasts:
Virtual field trips:
Explore the world without leaving your home with the help of virtual field trips: (click on idea for the link)
Guggenheim Museum Van Gogh Museum
Houston Zoo live animal cameras
Cosmic Kids Yoga is a YouTube channel that will encourage your little one get up and get moving while teaching them mindfulness and relaxation.
DIY - Science Experiments:
Cook or Bake together:
There are so many choices and recipes available - just pick your favourite one
and then Have an indoor picnic
Grab a sheet, whatever food you have, and enjoy a living room picnic (without the ants). You can even play that memory game at the same time: “I’m going to a picnic and I’m bringing…” Each person takes turns remembering (in order) what everyone is bringing and then adds one thing each turn.
The Riverside Community Hall and the adjacent park are owned by the community through the non-profit Riverside Community Club, for the benefit of and use by the community.