Mummy Confession: I’m not entirely panicking about being stuck at home with the kids. In fact, I rather enjoy the time spent together without too much of a schedule.
Times happen in our lives when we may be a little isolated, or unable to get out and about as much as we would like. In times where it may be difficult or impossible to get out of the house (or out too much in public), it’s great to have some ideas and resources. In light of the current situation, I’ve included multiple resources which are available to parents as well as ideas of things which can be done when you’re stuck at home.
Always follow the instructions and guidelines of your local area when it comes to any measures for isolation, quarantine and social distancing, and check with your relevant government body for updates and information for local resources and help.
(For Australia- Check the Health.gov.au Website — For United States- Check The CDC Website)
And some helpful information for parents can be found at Messy Motherhood’s Website on their Coronavirus Survival Kit Page
Ideas of What You Can Do At Home:
Activities With Kids At Home- For The Kids, For You & The Kids
Board Games- For You, The Kids, The Family
Board Game Ideas For Young Children- Mummy Confessions
Build Things- For You, The Kids, The Family
Building things like LEGO, blocks, models or other things can be fun!
Calming bath or foot soak- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
I love to have a “foot bath” night with our family! We fill a little of the tub up with some nice warm water, add bubbles or nice soaking soap and just enjoy talking together and soaking our feet!
Clean The House- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Cooking- For You, For The Kids, For You & The Kids, For the Family
Pretty much search any recipe website for ideas! We love Kidgredients‘ recipes as they’re kid friendly and fun!
Find a FREE meal planner course below from Busy Mum. Balanced Life.
Crafts- For You, For the Kids, For You & The Kids
Colouring, Painting, Drawing, Things that are messy or not. There are so many ideas for this!
Dancing/Singing- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Even just searching “best dance songs for kids” can help you find some fun ones! Or, bring back the “oldies” with some of your favourites from when you were their age. Or have a karaoke night.
Movie Night In- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
A helpful guide for watching movies with kids and what’s in each movie- https://kids-in-mind.com/
Online Shopping- For You
Highly recommend shopping with places which may depend on local events and markets for their income if you can find them online! Your local community noticeboard on Facebook or other local groups may be able to suggest some brilliant small businesses!
(If you’re shopping online with bigger stores, I highly recommend checking out how to get cash back for shopping online)
Organise- Probably For You
Organise the pantry, your room, your bathroom, toys, your clothing and pretty much anything!
Pamper- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Pretty similar to my foot bath idea, but this can include facials, painting nails and anything else that would be “pamper-y” for you, the kids or the whole family!
Photography- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Whether you have a separate camera or not: do selfies, take photos of every day things or fun times. Make memories.
Podcast- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Listen to any range of podcasts for you or the kids. Or create a podcast!
Product Reviewing (Of Things You Already Have)– https://mummyconfessions.com/how-to-be-a-product-tester/ -For You
Tell Me Baby- https://tellmebaby.com.au/become-member/
The Baby Industry- https://www.thebabyindustry.com/
Mouths of Mums- https://www.mouthsofmums.com.au/mom-rewards/
Puzzles- For You, The Kids, The Family
Whether you like jigsaw puzzles or book-type puzzles (crosswords, sudoku, or other book puzzles), they can be a fun and relaxing activity.
Read- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Have a little quiet time and let everyone find a book to peruse. Read together.
Scavenger Hunt- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
There are so many ideas for this on Pinterest or the internet. Just google some ideas and you can find some to do from home!
Screen Time- For You, For The Kids, For the Family
Writing- For You, For the Kids, For the Family
Write a letter to someone you haven’t in a while. Write a book! Write a poem! Practise handwriting or tracing for littler ones.
For Educational Help During Quarantine
For other resources during isolation or limited ability to get out of the house, check out these:
(Always follow the instructions of your local area when it comes to this, and check with your relevant government body for updates and information for local resources and help)
Resources For Help With Getting Groceries or Other Errands When You May Be Unable to Do So:
Ladies Running Errands- Sydney; https://ladiesrunningerrands.com.au/
Mummy’s Little Helper- Sydney; https://mummyslittlehelper.com.au/
Airtasker- All over Australia; https://www.airtasker.com/