I think I’m a traveler by nature. I’m a road-tripper, for certain — a lover of car excursions both long (like weeks) and short (we like driving 3-4 hours in a day to visit stuff around here). But sometimes? We just need to sit and stay put. I have to wash everyone’s underwear and read the mail and play with the dogs and do house stuff, you know? And so below — a list of things to do with kids. Without leaving the house. Or even necessarily getting out of your pajamas. We don’t judge.
1.) Make flubber. (Best investment of your time, I swear. Five minutes to make, hours of fun!)
2.) Read. (Sign up for a summer reading program like this one sponsored by the Washington Post.)
3.) Learn to knit. (Try this book, or youtube.)
4.) Learn to crochet.
5.) Bake something.
6.) Make a fairy garden.
7.) Make playdough.
8.) Do a science experiment. (Need ideas? Check out my Pinterest page on science for kids, or Steve Spangler Science)
9.) Make paper dolls. And paper clothes. And furniture. And houses. And stuff.
10.) Make a movie. We downloaded a free video editing app onto our iPad (here are a few suggestions for good ones) and the kids have a great time making creative, ridiculous videos. Bonus idea: Make a video for Grandma or Grandpa’s birthday and send them the link.
11.) Learn origami. Youtube is full of instructional videos to help you out — and while you can buy special origami paper, you can also get started with simple printer paper. Then make peace with the tiny paper animals that will appear all over your house.
What’s your favorite staying-home activity?
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