More time together means more time to play, laugh, create, learn, and explore together! We are all getting a little stir crazy, so we thought some quarantine activities might help pass the time. These "quarantivities" are fun for both kids and families! Send your photos or videos of family fun to Mrs. Herrera at email@example.com or tag us using #StarseLearn and/or #POPQuarantivities.
Create a Window Aquarium
Bring the sea to your windows by creating a hanging "aquarium" in a window of your house using household craft supplies. Create sea creatures you already know, or use your imagination to make new ones! Consider using paper, scissors, tape, string, pipe cleaners, yarn, cardboard tubes, construction paper, and/or markers. Use other supplies that you find around the house to add dimension or texture to your sea creatures. After you finish decorating, hang them in your window with tape and string/yarn.
Teaching your child to pray for others is a wonderful and selfless practice that will help them see beyond themselves. You can help your child learn to pray for others by creating a simple paper chain link.
- Have your child cut a piece of paper into strips.
- Talk to them about the different people they can pray for. On each strip of paper, write a name of a person that was mentioned.
- Make your chain by looping the strips of paper together and securing each end with tape or a staple.
- When you are finished, hang the chain garland in your house or child's room as a reminder to pray for those around you! Each night when you tuck your child into bed, remove a link from the garland and pray for the person on it.
Build your own arcade game out of cardboard boxes and tape. Try decorating the box with markers and any craft supplies you have at home to make it look like a real arcade game.
Who Will Laugh The Most?
To play this game, you only need two people. However, this is fun for the entire family. Each person must prepare an equal amount of jokes - consider keeping it to 5-10 jokes. When you are ready to play, person #1 should read their joke. Next, person #2 should read their joke. Players will go back and forth until they run out of jokes. The object of the game is to get the other person to laugh. Tally each time the other person laughs. The player with the most laughs is the winner!
Make Your Own Puffy Paint
To make your own puffy paint, you will need glue, shaving cream, food coloring, Ziploc bags, and scissors. First, add equal parts glue and shaving cream in a bowl. Second, add the food coloring and mix well. If you want to use the paint in a DIY piping bag, then add the paint to a Ziploc bag. Seal the bag and cut a small piece of the corner off. Lastly, squeeze the paint through the opening and create fabulous art!
Virtual Talent Show
We know our POP Stars have lots of talents to showcase. Hold a virtual talent show by filming yourself performing your talent, and then share it with your friends via email, text, or social media.
In celebration of Earth Day, let's give our reusable cups and bottles another purpose. Create your own drum set using reusable cups, bottles, or water bottles. Pull out cooking utensils for your drumsticks, and start making music!
A World of Hearts
Let's create a rainbow of hearts to help spread love and hope to our neighbors during these challenging times. Cut out a bunch of hearts using colored paper or construction paper. They can be all different size hearts; just make sure you have a variety of every color in the rainbow! Then, tape all your hearts to a door or window that is visible from the sidewalk. Look up #AWorldofHearts to see different ways to display it in your home!
Write a letter or note to your friend. This is a fun way to communicate that doesn't involve screen time. And who doesn't love receiving mail?! Check in on them and ask how they are doing. Ask them all the usual questions - What shows are you watching right now? What movies have you recently seen? What is your favorite midday snack? What is your favorite part about quarantine? What is your least favorite part about quarantine? What hobbies or activities have you picked up since being home?
Organize a Drawer
Let's take responsibility for our belongings and make sure to tidy them up. Your parents will be so thankful afterwards! Let's start with a drawer or two. First, take everything out of the drawer and organize the items by what you need, like and use versus the items that are old, don't work and can be thrown out. Before putting back the items you need, like, and use, be sure to clean out any dust or dirt left behind. When placing items back, be sure to group things that go together.
Bake Your Favorite Dessert for the Family
Have your kid(s) be in charge of whipping up a sweet treat for this weekend! It can be as easy as a boxed cake, brownies, or blueberry muffins! Or take out the recipe box passed down from generations to make homemade fudge, butterscotch no bake cookies, or an apple crisp. We'd love to see the final product or even the mess in the process of getting there!
Scavenger Hunt Spelling Out "STARS!"
Get outside while still practicing social distancing and take a break from your screens. Look around at nature and try to spell STARS. It can be letters in a license plate, sticks, chalk, street signs, or anything outside to spell STARS!
If you do not have a hacky sack ball, use a rolled pair of socks! The basic rules of hacky sack (or "circle kicking") are:
- Keep it in the air. If it hits the ground, start over.
- No hands are allowed, but everything else is fair game.
- Be sure to pass it to siblings or your parents. When it is passed to you, you are usually allowed to kick it more than once to gain control of it again.
- Complete the circle.
Outdoor Obstacle Course/Chalk Walk
Use sidewalk chalk to draw an obstacle course and include any movements you wish. You can draw in balance beams, hopscotch, jumping jacks, run on a line, skip on a dotted line, shuffle (side step/slide) on a circle in both directions, mountain climbers, ski jumps, zig zag run, tuck jumps, jump over a line, etc. See an example here.
- Time yourself! Can you beat your best time?
- Leave this out for your neighbors to try!
- Get creative and make it as easy or as difficult as you want!
Put on a Puppet Show
Make sock puppets or use figurines or dolls to act out your very own script or favorite scripture.
This is a fun activity everyone can do, just follow the steps below:
- Make a list of things that need to be found. The items can be inside your home or even outdoors around the yard.
- Give everyone the list. Those looking for items can either check it off when found or take a picture to document.
- Put a time limit on how long they must locate the items.
- Let the games begin!
- Be creative! Consider providing clues to help everyone figure out what the item is. Give the winner a medal/trophy of some sort. Each winner will draft a new hunt and pass the trophy to the next winner. The cycle continues.
Play Board Games
Board games are an excellent way to have fun at home. There are so many options to choose from such as Checkers, Chess, Monopoly, Bingo, Sorry, Uno, and more!
Film a Healthy Living Cooking Show
Grab your chef hat and apron, and get ready to cook! Pick out a recipe you would like to try. Pretend you are hosting your own cooking show and video it. Invite the whole family participate. You are certain to have a lot of fun while watching your family episode. You can also email the video to family and friends to help stay connected while social distancing!
Plan an evening of karaoke! This is a great way to spend family time together. We guarantee there will be lots of laughs involved! For those of you who own video game systems such as PlayStation and Wii, there are several options to make a selection. If you do not have a gaming system, all you need is an imaginary mic (a cooking spatula or water bottle will also do) and music.
Invent Your Own Board Game
This is an awesome way to interact with your family and build something together. Here are the steps to building a board game:
- Have a family discussion regarding board game type. Use this information to determine what you want to make.
- As a family, design the playing board together.
- Solidify the rules that will be followed and why they will be needed.
- Create the game pieces you will need.
- Play the game that you invented.
Have each family member write down their own charades on index cards. Once you have them all, let the games begin!
Play Hide and Seek
Good old-fashioned hide-and-seek never gets old. This game is best played outdoors with lots of space to hide from and evade the tagger.