Stuck at home? Here’s some fun ideas for the whole family!
Many of you have had kids at home for months and may be running short on creative ideas to pass the time. Here’s a few activities, links, and tips you might find helpful.
AMUSE THE KIDS
1. Learn to draw treasured cartoon characters with “Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems,” a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator.
2. Watch an aquarium live feed. Watch the African penguins or Boston’s New England Aquarium’s giant ocean tank!
3. Write and mail letters to your buddies and family. There’s nothing like receiving an actual ink on the paper letter. Maybe it’s time to give snail-mail a try and set up some pen-pals for summer correspondence. E-mails and video chats are fun too.
CONNECT WITH FAMILY
1. Lego challenge! Each competitor builds a particular creation ( a plane, truck, car) in a finite amount of time. Or, try a family epic Lego masterpiece.
2. Jigsaw puzzle together. Jigsawexplorer.com offers free online puzzles. A great family project that is also a soother for everyone.
APPRECIATE THE ARTS
1. Browse great works of art online. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art have online collections, videos of gallery tours, lectures, and artist interviews.
2. 12 Virtual tours from world famous museums. Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.
3. Experience the natural world in real time. Explore.org brings you to remote places around the globe via live feed. From eagle nests to wild mustangs. Check it out from your home!
4. Download free coloring books from 113 museums from around the world. When you are done, share your creations with the world using #ColorOurCollections.
5. Play classic board games virtually. Play loved games like Scrabble and A Way with Words. These and many more can be played online with friends.
EXERCISE AND STAY HEALTHY
1. Living-room workouts for yoga, pilates, and more don’t have to take up much space, time, or money. Two to try: Boho Beautiful and Taryn Toomey’s The Class. A customized HIIT program from Daily Burn lets you choose your intensity, total time, and preferred exercises (find it at dailyburn.com, now offering 60-day free trials). Steezy Studio brings dance class to you. Think of it as the Peloton of popping, with one free class per day, or more with a subscription.
2. Try these 5 free workouts you can do from home.
DOSE OF NATURE
1. Ride a bike around Jamaica Pond, through the Fens, or out to Castle Island. All of these 10 rides are fairly flat and easy to pedal.
2. Plant seedlings or plan your garden. It’s the perfect time to begin thinking about the bounty of summer months. If you don’t have access to outdoor open space, try planting seeds in an egg carton and putting it on a sunny windowsill.
DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW
1. Learn to code. Codecademy and Khan Academy both offer free tutorials at different skill levels.
2. Engage in a foreign language. Linguistica 360 uses current events to teach lessons in French, Spanish, Italian, and German.
3. Learn to play an instrument. Guitar maker Fender offers online guitar, bass, and ukulele lessons (with a free three-month trial period). Meanwhile, on YouTube, find any play-along song you can imagine for countless instruments.
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