Weekend Family Fun (At Home) is sponsored by Kate McDonough.
With another week of social distancing behind us and another week of it ahead, you may be starting to feel like you’ve done everything there is to do. Not true! Keeping the kiddos occupied might feel like a full-time job, but we’re here to help. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite activities from around the internet so everyone can stay busy and have fun at the same time.
Some kids love the chance to get creative with sidewalk chalk. Give them the space and they’ll create a masterpiece. For others, they don’t know what to draw or where to start. For those who need a little more inspiration, take a look at this blog post, 50 Amazing Sidewalk Chalk Art Ideas for Kids. There are ideas for a variety of ages and skill levels, as well as some cute setups for a photo shoot. You’ll also find some outdoor puffy and foam paint ideas, too.
Another all-ages game is clothespin tag. Start by giving each player a set number of clothes pins to attach to their clothing. Each player then tries to take the clothespins off the other players while also trying to protect their own. When someone’s pins have all been taken, they’re out. The last player with clothespins wins. Other variations are possible such as dividing into teams, playing clothespin freeze tag, or anything else you can come up with based on the ages and number of players. Kids can also decorate the clothespins prior to play for an extra layer of fun!
Have you ever played Bananagrams? Similar to Scrabble, it involves making words out of a selection of letter tiles. It’s fun on its own, but what if it was giant-sized? This is a great way to get kids’ bodies and brains moving as they work to use up all their letters first. If you’re using a durable material to make your letters, you can bring the game outside, but it would work just as well indoors with construction paper.
There’s something extra fun about putting something in the microwave that maybe shouldn’t go in there. That’s what makes this experiment so exciting! This is as simple as putting a bar of Ivory soap in the microwave for 90 seconds. The soap will transform right before your eyes into an amazing sculpture. The science behind it is explained in this post, which makes this as educational as it is fun. And don’t worry, you can still use the soap when the experiment is over!
Kids love sugar so we might as well make them work for it by making rock candy! This experiment lets them explore how, as the water evaporates, crystals will form. The longer you leave the experiment out, the larger the crystals can grow. If you can keep the kids from eating it, they’ll love checking in on their candy each day to see how it’s progressing. For more about the science of this experiment, check out this website.