If you’re stuck at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, don’t indulge in self-pity.
There are plenty of things you can do at home with your family to get your mind off the situation and enjoy your extra free time.
Read on to see what we have in mind for you.
Play Board Games
Instead of spending the evening passively staring at the TV, or your phone’s screens, shake up your routine by playing board games.
Due to the current situation, most of us are staying at home together with all the members of the family. And you probably wouldn’t want to leave out anyone, especially not kids.
Exploding Kittens Card Game is a board game that includes everyone, meaning kids of age 7+ and adults.
Kids are usually thrilled to play on the same level as their older relatives. The incredible thing about the game is that it’s equally fun for both kids and adults.
The cards are random and easy to relate to. And the pictures are touchy and original.
Exploding Kittens Card Game will get the talking going between all of you and probably make you laugh a lot.
Isn’t that what we all likely need in times like this?
Hasbro Clue Game
If you haven’t played this board game as a kid, it’s a good choice to start now.
It’s a classic mystery game that will get you and your kids to think critically and logically.
And since this game stood the test of time, it’s most probably because it’s really that great.
Do a Puzzle
Another idea for spending some quality time together with your loved ones is to do puzzles. You’ll possibly be amazed at how fast you can get hooked on doing puzzles. If you want to practice patience, doing puzzles is a great start.
Cinque Terre is a challenging 1000 piece puzzle if you have never done one.
Anyway, with plenty of time on your hands, and together with your family, you can have a lot of fun doing it. You can include kids to help.
You can divide tasks for everyone. And after maybe a little bit of a frustrating process, you’ll hopefully get all the pieces together. You’re likely to feel proud of your puzzle, especially if you put it on the wall.
After all, Cinque Terre is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy.
The USA Map Puzzle is much easier compared to Cinque Terre and it only has 45 pieces. Although it’s for kids, everyone can learn a thing or two about the USA from this puzzle.
You can get a good mental picture of where all the states are. And it’ll be fun to tell the kids fun facts you know about the states.
You’ve probably heard it many times – coloring books can help you feel less stressed.
And as we live in uncertain times, coloring books might truly help us with our worries and anxieties.
You get to color 100 unique illustrations of farm animals, wild animals, sea animals, and the list goes on. And the best part is that there’s no wrong way to paint them. Coloring books are an enjoyable way to focus on the present. And kids can join you with their coloring books, too. Make it a relaxing evening at home with coloring books for everyone.
Our other suggestion is this 35-page coloring book.
Its goal is to take you to your happy place for coloring, relaxation, and introspection. You’ll hopefully unplug from technology and be more present. So, it might do good for your relationships with your family.
They say that taking up this hobby can help your self-esteem and self-awareness. If you like to get in touch with your inner-self, this could be the right thing to do. And also, it might be the right time since you’re stuck at home either way.
Play With Lego
Some adults admit they’re having a blast when they play with Lego. They say they use it to get away from the day-to-day. Well, why not? It’s convenient, easy and it can help you relax.
But what would be fun for you to build?
Now, here’s an awesome idea. Build a volcano with lots of red and orange bricks for lava and surrounding a plastic test tube. Then, add baking soda and vinegar. You’ll watch the volcano erupt.
Kids will probably enjoy it, and so will you. Maybe you’ll find the happiness that a lot of adults experience by playing with Lego.
Another thing you can build with Lego and have fun with is a maze. Kids could help in the process, and then everyone will enjoy the game. You can teach the kids about planning and problem-solving using the game. They won’t even notice that they’re learning stuff.
Playing with Lego together as a family could benefit all members. You might re-discover the power of play and make the time at home pleasurable.
And who knows, you might become one of the so-called “AFOLs” — adult fans of LEGOs.
Have an Indoor Scavenger Hunt
If you want to get creative and get moving around the house, have an Indoor Scavenger Hunt. You can create your own clues, and include plenty of inside jokes you share with your family. Now, this one requires more planning and organizing, but it can be loads of fun.
First, plan your route. Then, write and number the clues. It would be fun to put them in colorful envelopes. Setting ground rules in advance could save you from troubles along the way. In case you’re too lazy to come up with a lot of interesting clues, maybe the easiest scavenger hunt to plan is with taking silly photos.
Nowadays, even kids of young age have smartphones or tablets, so every member of any age can participate. You can divide into teams. Make a list of the photos that the teams need to take. The list can include photos in which all team members are standing in a bathtub.
Or all the team members are sharing a milkshake, each with their own straw in a different color. All the team members with sunglasses and hats on. All the team members wearing the same color or all the team members wearing someone else’s clothes.
You can re-make some old photos you took a long time ago.
The list can go on, and you can end up spending the whole day playing.
Whatever you decide to do, whether playing board games or playing with Lego, or anything else we’ve suggested, it would probably free your mind from worries about what’s going on outside your home.
At least for a little while, let yourself get lost in the world of games. And instead of thinking of yourself being stuck at home, maybe try thinking safe at home.
So, stay safe and also have fun with your family!