As we struggle in quarantine with working from home, schooling our kids and keeping the littles occupied, I am sharing some of our weekly activities to help other parents with simple ideas to make quarantine more manageable and maybe even have some fun! I try to plan at least one easy activity each day in the midst of it all - keyword being simple. There's not a lot of time or resources for elaborate activities these days! See the round-up at the end of this post for the quick cheat sheet.
Quarantine Week 3
- Baking - I actually love baking but it's definitely more work with a preschooler, so as an activity I try to keep it as simple as possible. See my favorite minimal ingredient go-to recipe below
- Make an obstacle course with ordinary objects. Coming up with the ideas required a little bit of thought so here is ours to make it quick and easy for you:
- Chores - My little guy LOVES to help with everything and anything so giving him a "chore" is fun. My older one, not so much, but chores keep him busy too! I often let my little guy have a spray bottle with water and a cloth and he can go "clean" anything he wants. Things get soaked and I have to help him finish up after a bit but it keeps him happily occupied.
- Take a walk. If you have water in walking distance our favorite activity is throwing rocks into the water.
- Make your own race mat. The one we used are copyrighted so I can't share here but you can make your own by simply drawing some cars (making it a more interactive activity) on a piece of paper, line up your cars and race to the finish line. (You can also google for printable downloads)
- Simple scavenger hunts. We do these indoors and outdoors. Have your little one find everyday objects. The last time we did this we pretended that his toy bunny was going to build a house and A had to go find what the bunny needed (leaves, a flower, some sticks, some rocks etc.)
Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
½ cup sugar
¾ cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add vanilla. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients. Roll or scoop dough into balls. Flatten cookies slightly. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, at 300 until light golden brown.