With five kids, we’ve accumulated a lot of toys and books over the years. We also have a yard! And Netflix, and an Xbox, and enough devices for some communal 4-kid games of Minecraft (these have been pretty cool).
Nonetheless, with everyone home all day every day for weeks on end, cabin fever can set in. So as April dawned, I ordered a lot of kid activities to be doled out over the next month. Here’s a partial list of what made it in my cart; I welcome suggestions of other things that might entertain a 12-year-old, 10-year-old, 8-year-old, and 5-year-old.
Stick-Lets — these connector pieces make it easier to build elaborate forts in the backyard. We haven’t tried these out yet (they’re still quarantined in the garage), but with all the random sticks and logs stuck in my trees right now, I have high hopes.
Origami sets — I ordered some Harry Potter and Star Wars themed origami kits. I think origami is cool in general, but the character tie-ins might help with bumping up initial interest.
Mazes — giant activity books are fairly cheap per hour of entertainment. My 5-year-old has really gotten into mazes, so I ordered a lot of those.
Paint-by-sticker books — the 8-year-old is peeling off stickers to place them in certain spots to make animals. Kind of a neat idea.
Modeling clay — so far, the kids managed to make a model of a McDonald’s hamburger and fries (pictured). Made me hungry!
Jump ropes — a mildly challenging, but still doable physical activity. Can be used indoors and out, which is a plus.
Bubble wands — good for backyard entertainment. Cheap when you get party-favor type sets.
Sidewalk chalk — turns the driveway into art space.
Scratch-off paper — these black sheets have bright colors underneath, and you scratch off the black with a stylus. The 5-year-old has found these quite entertaining. I’m sure they have an official name but I’m not sure what it is.
Bedtime Math — OK, we’ve ordered a lot of books, but this series has been really good for getting the 5-year-old to try more challenging math work. The 8-year-old is reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and the 12-year-old has been working through Twilight (and then watching each movie after he reads the book). The 10-year-old seems to be re-reading all his Rick Riordan library (I offered to purchase any new series but he’s not hunted for one yet). My husband is reading the fifth Harry Potter book to the 8-year-old and I am quite sure this will take the entire rest of this quarantine.
What would you add to the list?