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  • 6 Fun, Indoor Activities That Will Keep Your Kids Busy (So You Don't Go Crazy, Mom!)

    This will keep your tots distracted especially if you're working from home!
    by Lynne Luakian .
6 Fun, Indoor Activities That Will Keep Your Kids Busy (So You Don't Go Crazy, Mom!)
PHOTO BY courtesy of Lynne Luakian
  • With the community quarantine brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, kids may feel a mixture of emotions knowing that they are unable to go outside for the time being. Yes, they might feel happy because classes are cancelled, there are no homeworks, and they can play all they want, but inevitably, boredom will strike. Staying at home is quite limiting, if not suffocating, especially for kids who are always out and about.

    6 lockdown activities for kids

    Knowing this reality we are faced with, my two kids and I came up with various lockdown activities to keep their hands and brains busy while at home. (Having a routine also helps! Learn more here.) I'm grateful I get to spend more time with the kids during this lockdown, and I've realized we must start living in the present and start doing more of what makes us happy.

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    Here are some of the activities that kept us entertained and learning during the community quarantine:

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    Rainbow slime

    Creating slime from glue is easy!
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    What you'll need:

    Glue
    1 teaspoon of borax mixed with 1/2 cup of water
    Food coloring
    Ice tray or accessories organizer

    Instructions:

    Squeeze out glue onto a container. Add food coloring and mix. Pour the borax solution a few drops at a time. When the slime is still in its gooey, slime-y state, scoop it up and start kneading by hand instead of stirring. This will make the slime super soft and stretchy.

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    Dog house

    Whether you have a real pet or a stuffed toy, this is a fun activity that will unleash your children's activity!
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    Our kennel is made out of cardboard boxes. We painted the roof and decorated it with fuzzy wires and pompoms. There is a carpet inside that's also made out of pompoms, which serves as a sleeping are for the puppy. 

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    Feel free to decorate the dog house with whatever detail you want!
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    Piggy bank papier-mâché

    Don't forget to draw eyes on this pig!
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    Papier-mâché is an easy art activity using strips of paper bonded together with equal parts glue and water to harden an empty water bottle, which we turned into a piggy bank.

    Did you know that papier-mâché literally means 'chewed paper'?
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    The ears and legs were made of an old egg tray, the paper strips are from the kids' old reviewers, and we painted the pig with an ombre? effect because we’re so extra like that. We also attached a yellow ribbon to reel her in.

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    Unicorn marionette

    This is perfect for storytelling!
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    A marionette is a puppet controlled using wires or strings from above. Just like Pinocchio! For our marionette, we used two rolls of tissue for the body, ribbon and two straws to control our unicorn. 

    You can make the marionette out of materials found inside your home.
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    Tic-Tac-Toe (on the go)

    The handle will be handy for future roadtrips!
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    We put a handle on top so we can bring it with us wherever we go. For now, that's anywhere inside the house, but maybe for future travels, too! The smiley face is used for the winning shot! 

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    We made it using cardboard, with each piece cut and painted with love.
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    Binoculars

    Encourage your kids to have adventures around the house using binoculars!
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    We took two tissue rolls and turned them into the cutest binoculars. We attached strings to hang around the neck and used straws as connector.

    These fun activities are easy and inexpensive!
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    These are just some of the activities that we did so far during the lockdown. The best tip I want to share with you is to be resourceful. Use materials already lying around your house! Also, enjoy the process. It is all a matter of perspective — some might feel trapped inside their homes and stuck with their children but I view it as a gift. It is a blessing to be given an opportunity to be completely present and to spend more time with the kids.

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    Lynne Luakian is a graduate from De La Salle University Computer Science who woke up one day and decided to write. A wife and a mom of two, she is on an imperfect mom's quest to be the best version of herself. Read more about her survival guide to the crazy world of motherhood at www.perfectmommyproject.wordpress.com or follow her @perfectmommyproject on Facebook and Instagram.

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