Fun Family Activities During the Pandemic
The parks are not as open as they used to be because of the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. What else is there for entertainment and fun? I think it is time we looked elsewhere and perhaps became a little more innovative.
I found myself worried that my kids are beginning to get bored with staying at home. I am certain I cannot be the only one noticing the mood within my household suddenly changing as everyone gets dull with limited outdoor activities through which we used to bond?
Cabin fever is becoming common, and I think I found several ways to beat it – these are ways that could help anyone in the same situation. For the last one year, I have devised ways of having fun within my household; I have been able to engage the kids and my wife for a wholesome and fun-filled family experience.
I find board games an excellent way to liven the mood whenever I am stuck in the house. The competitive nature of board games, even with nothing material at stake, is what makes board games interesting. The kids will want bragging rights and to feel the pride of winning over their siblings or parents. Common board games that I brought to the house include chess, scrabble, snakes and ladders, and monopoly.
There are many kinds of these games out there while it is also possible to become innovative and create a game of such kind at home using simple materials. In fact, instead of playing chess, my eldest child has created a board game similar to chess but drawn on a box cutting and played using bottle tops.
I also have a deck of cards in the house that we use to play several simple card games. One exciting thing about cards is that they offer the opportunity to play different kinds of game set-ups even with small children as long as they can tell numbers and letters. Like board games, a deck of cards can give an entire evening of fun.
Watch Old Family Movies
Recently I was browsing through my DVD collection and found old movies from the Home Alone series. These are films I used to watch twenty years ago when I was ten years old or so. My kids had never seen these films. I decided to start watching these old family films with the family and having movie nights with the family. Of course, I have to make sure they are PG-rated and age-appropriate.
Watching entertaining family movies together is a great way to kill time and keep everyone entertained; the kids of today love to see what we used to see back then during our times. Besides that, there is a lot of family-oriented content both on cable TV as well as streaming apps nowadays, so you could think about spending some quality time watching kids’ movies or shows if they do want to watch something else for a bit. Look through shentel cable packages or other similar packages that can provide you with an Internet connection as well as TV options. This should keep you and your kids entertained for quite a while!
I am probably one of the people whose children do not like to engage in anything academic or mentally strenuous outside of school. I don’t complain much; I used to be that kid too. But when we solve puzzles or do experiments together using simple materials from the house or puzzles found online, I find the children to be more engaged. This is not only a way for them to have fun but also a means of blending fun and learning; challenge their minds, and sharpen critical thinking.
If one thing changed for many households, it is the fact that people suddenly started spending more time together at home than they did before. Before the pandemic, I could not remember the last time we cooked together as a family, or even with my wife. Many families only do so on special occasions.
Fire up that grill in your backyard or on your balcony and have a barbecue. Cook nice meals together- the meals you know your kids and the whole family love and enjoy. Nothing warms people’s hearts more than good food. Bring the fun you go to seek out there into your house and to your home.
Lastly, live, love, and laugh! Do not let anything take away the fun from your household. Let there never be a dull moment. Such activities make us bond more and promote a healthy family and a happy home.