10 Things to Do With Your Family During Quarantine

Posted on May 1, 2020

Looking for some fun family activities to do during quarantine? At Cardinal Orthodontics, we’ve put together a list of 10 things you can do with your loved ones from the comfort of your own home!

1. Quarantine Movie Marathon

Start out by gathering all of the comfiest pillows, blankets and furniture and build an extravagant fort with your family! Spend a quiet, rainy spring day watching movie marathon’s from inside the fort with your family. Not only will your kids think this is fun, but it’s a memory they will never forget from quarantine!

2. Enjoy the Outdoors

Explore everything the great outdoors has to offer. This could be an all-day activity with the family! Go on a hike, bike ride, or fly a kite! To keep the scenery different, set your mind to finding new outdoor destinations each day with new trails and paths. This could also be a great way to learn more about your community.

If the weather is nice, odds are many people will be out taking in the fresh air as well. Be mindful of safe social distancing and alway abide by park/recreation rules and regulations. Many outdoor facilities are closed during this time.

If you live in an area where sidewalks and trails aren’t close by, you can always spend an entire day outside grilling and playing water games with your kids. Set up some sprinklers on a warm spring day and they will be entertained for hours!

3. Plan and Organize a Family Cook-Off

A cook-off is a great way to engage with family members all while enjoying some tasty food during quarantine! This challenges each family member participating to bring their “A” game. Set some guidelines ahead of time and take a picture of each dish once everyone is complete. You can post pictures to your social media or sent them out to friends/family for everyone to vote on the dish that looks the most delicious!

4. Get Lost in a Jigsaw Puzzle

Buy a 500-1000 piece jigsaw puzzle and encourage your family members to help you complete it. This is a great way to get everyone involved working together to accomplish a common goal. Jigsaw puzzles require a lot of brain power, which is something many of us aren’t’ having to use a lot of during this stay-at-home order.

5. Phone a Family Member or Friend

Call, text, Facetime, or Zoom with friends or family members that you haven’t seen in a while! This will keep your spirits up and help you feel more connected.

6. Record a TikTok Dance Video Together

If you have pre-teens or teenage kids, you’ve likely heard of what TikTok is. Ask your kids to teach you their favorite TikTok dance so you can learn and practice it together (some of these dances are hard so be prepared it could take hours!) Once you’ve mastered all the steps and moves, it’s time for lights, camera, ACTION! Have your child record your dance on TikTok and you can look back at the fun memory for years to come.

7. Organize & Declutter Your Home

Assign each family a member a designated area, room, or closet in the house to organize. This project is a great way to accomplish some spring cleaning that will hopefully open up some additional space within your home. What better time than quarantine to purge items that are no longer used by anyone in the family!?

8. Create Outside Artwork

Break out the sidewalk chalk and write encouraging message for neighbors to see as they walk by! You can also use duct or masking tape as a stencil to create shapes to color in. Once you’ve completed your chalk masterpiece, remove the tape and show off your new piece of sidewalk art!

9. Play a Thought-Provoking Game

One example of a thought-provoking game would be to have every family member write down 5-10 “would you rather” questions. Once you have all your questions written out, fold them up and put them in a bowl where they can all be mixed together. Take turns pulling out questions from the bowl and learn about what your family members would rather do when presented with two different options. The crazier the questions, the more fun this game will become!

10. Scavenger Hunt

Create a scavenger hunt for your kids by hiding different items around the house. Clues can be written on cards leading them to the location of each item one at a time. This is a great way to kills some time, and get the family up and moving around!

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