Looking for new ways to keep the kids busy while social distancing and spending lots of time at home? We’ve rounded up some of the best family fun ideas we’ve found this past week. Give some of these a try!
Shadow tracing is an activity for kids of all ages and can be done simply with supplies most homes have. Start by setting up an object so that it casts a shadow onto a piece of paper. Trace around the shadow to create an outline. This project can be as simple as tracing shapes for the littlest ones and can be more complex for older kids. The best part is it works with any kind of paper and any kind of drawing tool. Once the outline is done, color in the shape, add to it with more shadows, cut it out, or fill in the paper with other sketches. The sky’s the limit!
The Tadashi Mori YouTube channel offers up tutorials on how to make some of your favorite Star Wars characters out of origami. Grab some paper and fold up some friends with these detailed how-to videos. For kids who aren’t into Star Wars, there are plenty of other tutorials to make some beautiful paper creations, from flowers to dragons to fighter jets!
Symphony Space in NYC, hosts of the Just Kidding concert and events series, has started up Family Fridays, a series of online concerts including audio from various Just Kidding concerts over the years. The whole family can join in for a dance party that’s sure to help the littles get the wiggles out!
If you have a young one who loves little cars, they’ll love this idea for a pool noodle racetrack. Simply take a foam noodle and cut it in half lengthwise. Put the two halves side by side, secure with toothpicks, and prop the tracks up to form a ramp. Hold the cars at the top, then let them go at the same time to see which is fastest. If you have multiple noodles, you can repeat this and make a longer track, too. Decorate it with flags and a finish line for that authentic feel!
Now that it’s time for April showers, check out this fun science experiment that helps kids understand how clouds make rain. With simple household items like a jar, shaving cream, and food coloring, kids can get a closeup look at a weather phenomenon. This website not only shows you how to create this experiment, it also includes all the information you need to turn it into a full science lesson that’s fun!