Games:

4 Corners. This is a fun game the whole family can play! Pick a room or space (outdoors can work too) where you have 4 designated corners or areas. Assign those spaces a number, 1-4. Choose one person to start by going in the middle. They close their eyes and count to 5 (slowly). While they are counting, the other players are running around to the different corners. Once the player in the middle reaches 5, the other players must be in a designated corner quietly. The player in the middle then calls out one of the corners by number (“I pick 3″). If anyone is in corner 3, they are out, and the next round begins. If no one is in corner 3, the middle person closes their eyes and plays again. The goal is for the middle person to get everyone out! Another version is to keep score. The middle person guesses a corner and if there are two people in that corner, the middle person gets a score of 2. Their turn in the middle is over and another player takes the middle position and plays the same way. Each player takes a turn and you play until the first person gets 10 points.

Fortune Tellers. A great paper activity that will keep kids busy as they make their own and also keep them busy as they ask family members to read their fortunes.

Spaghetti Tower Challenge. This is a fun STEM activity. Grab all the extra pasta you stocked up on, some marshmallows and some masking tape and see how high you can build a tower!

Steal the Fire. Build a pretend fire with sticks or kitchen utensils or even a pillow. Put the fire inside a target such as a hula-hoop or bucket. Then one person is designated as the fire guard and is blindfolded. This person stands in front of the fire and tries to protect it. They are allowed to move all around the fire, but cannot touch it. Then a second person has the goal to steal the “fire” without getting tagged by the guard. This person is trying to be quiet and sneaky.

Crafts:

God’s Eye or Woven Butterflies. This craft requires yarn and popsicle sticks or left over chopsticks!

CD suncatchersCD Sun Catchers. Break out those old CDs that you haven’t listened to in years and let your kiddos go crazy with the markers! Let’s face it, the CDs weren’t getting used anyway!

Nature Animal Prints. Another chance to get outside! Collect leaves and twigs and different flowers. Then pick an animal you want to create and use those natural pieces to lay out the design. The link provided is in French, but you get the idea!

Pet Rocks. Go outside, find a rock, name that rock and paint the rock!

Kindness Rocks. We could all use a little extra kindness in the world right now. Work together as a family and think of affirmation words and paint them on rocks. Then take a walk around your neighborhood or go to the park (practice social distancing) and lay the rocks out for others to find! Wouldn’t it make you smile to see a brightly painted rock with the words You’re beautiful, Strong, or Hope?

Kindness rocksPinecone Bird Feeder. If you have extra peanut butter and bird seed, get outdoors and make a homemade bird feeder!

Fairy Garden Structures. This is a great chance to get outside and find all kinds of nature and turn it into Fairy Gardens or gnome homes! If you Google or Pinterest Fairy Gardens you will have endless options!

Slime Recipe. Making your own slime can be lots of fun. Make sure you have a clean workspace to avoid big messes.

Pine Cone Bird Feeder