As a busy mom of 4 I have found myself losing patience with my children easily during quarantine. As much as I hate to admit it, I know that it’s not their fault, they are just incredibly bored. I have had to get very creative on how to keep the kids occupied and entertained during this crazy mess. Here are a few ideas on how to keep them happy and busy!
Get some sidewalk chalk. Have your kids draw out big butterfly wings (this will work with any animal really) and let them lay down and take a picture and show them their wonderful creation! Here are some examples of my children doing this!
One of my other favorites is making homemade playdough! I find that is a much better version than store bought! It smells better, and it’s safer for their little sensitive skin! This is my favorite recipe to use! It’s super soft and it doesn’t stick like normal playdough! It lasts MONTHS when you put it in a ziplock bag! It’s inexpensive and it’ll make enough for 4-6 kids! This recipe is from https://www.iheartnaptime.net/play-dough-recipe/ and it’s hands down the best one I’ve found so far! Get yourself a container and write down on construction paper different things for them to make with the playdough! I make it a game, whoever makes the item that looks the closest to what they picked gets to pick first the next round! I find this activity good for sensory, memory, and dexterity!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup salt
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)
- Food coloring, optional
- Quart sized bags
- Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot. Next add the water and oil. If you’re only making one color, add in the color now as well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball. Remove from heat and then place inside a gallon sized bag or onto wax paper. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. If you’re adding colors after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colors you want) and then add the dough into the quart sized bags. Start with about 5 drops of color and add more to brighten it. Knead the dough, while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands. Once it’s all mixed together you’re ready to PLAY.
- Store the play dough inside the bags once done to keep soft. Keeps for up to 3 months.
Try and get your kids involved in ideas on how to stay busy as well! Sometimes we do things at random: pillow forts in the livingroom, movie nights with popcorn, water balloons (since all of the pools are closed!), or just taking a simple walk around the neighborhood!
I hope this helps you moms and dads out there! I know how hard it can be keeping the kids occupied and happy!