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Five Activities for Littles Stuck Inside

By now it’s not news anymore. Most of my country is practicing social distancing to help put a stop to the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020. As a teacher and a Mom this has placed a large sense of uncertainty around the things I do on a daily basis. I find myself weighing out options and activities that used to be second nature to me. In my state, we’ve been on a social distancing schedule since Friday the 13th. I know…creepy! I’m seeing so much extra pressure being placed on parents and families since schools closed and workplaces have moved to remote settings. Form a schedule, create elaborate meals, teach as if you were their teacher!

We do not, I REPEAT, we do NOT need this additional layer of stress during an already stressful time. So, as a teacher what am I currently doing for my three year old? A lot of play, fun activities, outdoor time in the yard, and even a movie thrown in here or there. Let’s take a moment to not be someone we’re not and enjoy the positivity that can come out of this moment in our lives. But if you’re looking for something to do that encompasses arts, crafts, STEM, and maybe even some literacy–here are the products that are doing it for us without the added pressure of perfection.

The Giant Busy Box from ALEX Toys has 16 different projects (we’re big fans of the bag puppets and play doh animals) that you can complete with your child. Some of them focus on fine motor skills (tissue paper bugs anyone??) and some are just fun sensory activities to get different areas of the mind stimulated. This elephant puppet was made by Leo and it took him a solid 25-30 minutes.

The Glow and Grow Terrarium on Amazon (and also at Target) is another amazing STEM activity to do with kids on rainy days or on the days where we’re not sure how long we’re going to be stuck inside. We got this for Leo and it’s been awesome checking the progress of the plants each day. We successfully grew chia grass and some wheatgrass and the light looks so cool at night. This is something awesome, SMALL, and looks different each day. I like to ask Leo what’s changed and check the moisture of the soil each morning.

And for the runner up activities:

  • Magic Tracks connectable car track – this is so simple to set up and the designs are truly endless. I love how fast the cars go around the little tracks and that you can build and purchase new track layers to add on.
  • Board games – we’ve been loving Candy Land, Sneaky Snacky Squirrel (comes with a book!!), and Pancake Pileup.
  • Cloud dough – THIS RECIPE RIGHT HERE IS THE GOAT – so don’t even click on anything in Pinterest. It’s number one on Google for a reason, friends.

9 Comments

  1. This is a really hard time for everyone. Even for children who don’t understand what is going on.

    • So true/!! It’s hard to try to find a balance of how much to share with Leo vs how much not to.

  2. I dont even have kids and I’m intrigued by the terrarium!

    • Get it!! It’s so cool!! When the grass grew too long I transferred it to a small pot. Amazon also has really cool refills for them. But I bet you could also get the right soil and re use it for basil or another kitchen herb too!

  3. I love that people are sharing some life hacks during times like this. It is great that there are lots of activities to help children continue to develop their motor skills and such. Oooh I love that these activities are super fun too – you take boring out of learning!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • I really try to make it fun…but without too much crazy structure. It’s nice because the terrarium changes every day so Leo and I can talk about what’s new and different.

  4. I wish my son was a little bit older. I feel like there aren’t a whole lot of activities that I can do with him. But we will all make it through this and it will be so nice when we can get outside and enjoy the sunshine again.

    Also I responded to your last comment on my blog. I don’t think it sends you a notification when I do that.

    • Hey Deanna!! It’s hard when they’re so little for sure! When Leo was around 1 he was really into picking up sticks and rocks outside and I had a really cool toy called a speak and spell that would make animal sounds and stuff. It kept him busy for a while!! I also did a sensory box with water and dry rice grains–he might like that!! And I saw your comment–thank you! I’m going to look into it when all of this is over!

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