Coronavirus Cabin Fever

Nickelodeon has seen a 20% surge in TV ratings since Monday, due to all of the families who are practicing social distancing or self-quarantine.

Have you chosen the social distancing or self-quarantine route?

My 16-year old has not been my biggest fan for the past few days because I’m enforcing social distancing. She doesn’t “get it”, which is fine because I remember feeling INVINCIBLE at her age. She probably won’t “get it” until she’s a mother herself (🙄𝙊𝙈𝙂! 𝙄 𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 🙄).

I find it extremely frustrating to see/hear so many adults who keep uttering the same ignorant, AND false statements (such as conspiracy theories) that have been floating around for the past month since it started to become a real threat to the U.S. 

I find it absolutely 😡INFURIATING 🤬 to see that other parents are allowing their children to carry on as if this is just some extended Spring Break and/or allow them to travel out of the county. And I find it truly baffling to see how many healthcare “professionals” are treating this like a hurricane party or block party. I would find it super helpful if other parents took this seriously and stood up to their children as I have.

Emily’s common argument is, “Its only so & so,” or “Its not like so & so and I have the Coronavirus!” Parents grow a set!! I don’t give AF how many times she begs, pleads, cries, throws a teenage fit or tries to guilt me the answer will remain the same: “NO!! YOU MAY NOT GO VISIT YOUR FRIENDS!”

“Quarantine for 9 year olds aka Quarantine for Dummies” ……..

Imagine the whole world got dumped into a giant swimming pool. Most of us can swim, some of us have floats and life jackets, there are lifeguards and there are rescue rings, but there are a few of us who really cannot swim…..

The problem is that there are too many fuckin’ people in the pool for the lifeguards to see who is struggling to stay above, the people who can’t swim.

Most of us can just walk to the edge, get the fuck out of the pool, sit the fuck down, put on some more sunscreen, eat a damn ham sammich, and let the lifeguards tend to rescuing the people that need help.

It’s not that everyone is going to drown, it’s that we have clear the pool so the lifeguards can see the people in need. (𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘋𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘥 𝘚𝘩𝘦𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘯)

Also, people are using the term, “Quarantine” loosely…
If you are quarantined in your home then you with have the virus or you have symptoms, but haven’t been tested. This means you don’t leave your home for 14 days! Not even to get essentials! Someone must go get your meds or whatever for you!

Social distancing means to stay home, leaving your home only to get essentials. This includes walking your dog, getting fresh air. It’s not a recommended time to travel to other communities or go on vacay. Stay the fuck home.

We can “flatten the curve” if we work together. The sooner we do the sooner life can go back to normal. (𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘺 𝘙𝘢𝘴𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯)

I believe that all schools are now closed until further notice, due to recommendations from the CDC. Some parents are trying to adjust to having their kid(s) home full-time, some also trying to balance working from home. I know for our community, our schools are officially closed until early April, yet personally I believe the date will be extended. I moved my daughter who attends the University of Texas in Austin back on Wednesday because the school closed the school down for the semester along with the dorms. My other two, Emily (10th grade) and Rebel (4th grade), children’s school has not set up any type of at-home curriculum, so as of now I am NOT sure what the plan is. Are your kids participating in some sort of online homeschool during this time?

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If you are looking for ideas, here are 113 (mostly) screen-free ideas on how to keep kids busy while you are self-isolating from Daniela Minns.

Fun activities to do at home with kids

  1. Treasure hunt (with clues, hide a favorite toy somewhere in the house)
  2. Make a batch of play doh
  3. Tint shaving cream with food coloring, paint the windows or glass doors (or the inside of the shower glass) then rinse it off
  4. Go through clothing from previous seasons, try on and cull things that are too small
  5. Play dress ups in mum and dad’s clothes – do a photoshoot
  6. Graffiti the garden fence with chalk
  7. Make a small bowl, plate, egg cup or statue from air dry clay
  8. Day spa – do a Mani/Pedi/foot soak/face mask
  9. Go through old photos and videos, and old craft and paintings
  10. Have a Living Room disco – play freeze, musical chairs, have a dance off
  11. Go through recipe books together and have a bake off challenge
  12. Do a backyard scavenger hunt
  13. Make Origami animals or paper ninja stars
  14. Gardening – pull weeds, trim bushes, collect flowers for a vase
  15. Make a mud kitchen in the garden, make different colored rock paint
  16. Practice hammering nails into a plank of wood
  17. Organize the books on your shelf into a rainbow of colors
  18. String up a sheet tent in the backyard
  19. Find three toys to give to charity
  20. Using Lego characters or other small toys, make a stop motion movie (download the app Stop Motion to your phone or iPad)
  21. Organize your Lego and then have a building challenge. Who can build the best house, hotel or shop?
  22. Write notes of love, compliments or doodles and hide them around the house for family to find
  23. Do a marshmallow toothpick engineering challenge
  24. Create a “God’s eye” weaving using sticks and wool
  25. Build a teepee fairy house
  26. Try shadow drawing, leaf rubbings, painting bark or stones
  27. Build a bug hotel
  28. Try leaf threading and make a nature chandelier 
  29. Use a mirror to draw a self portrait
  30. Create an Alfoil river in the garden and float things down it
  31. Learn to braid hair
  32. Create an obstacle course
  33. Build a fort using the couch and every cushion/pillow you can find
  34. Thread pasta into jewelry
  35. Make 3D paper rainbows
  36. Make your own bubble blower
  37. Put goggles and swimmers on and swim in the bath
  38. Go through your board/card games and challenge yourself to play them all. Design your own game
  39. Make greeting cards for the stationery cupboard to be used for birthdays and other occasions
  40. Paint a family portrait to be framed and hung
  41. Choose a picture book each and read aloud to each other in the biggest bed in your house
  42. Have a handball tournament
  43. Write a short story or poem that includes a dog, an umbrella and some sushi
  44. Find 10 different shaped leaves in the garden
  45. Create a paper crown for a member of your family and decorate it
  46. Make a paper chain to hang up in the dining room
  47. Try the traveling water experiment
  48. Fill a small spray bottle with water and aromatherapy oil and then spray and wipe the house
  49. Fold paper and cut out paper snowflakes
  50. Make pom-poms out of wool
  51. Play drawing games like Simon Says drawing
  52. Put on a puppet show using toys behind the couch
  53. Make DIY rain clouds in a jar
  54. Do the magic milk experiment
  55. Create a sensory shaker bottle using an old bottle, glitter and water (and whatever else you’d like to put in there!)
  56. Outdoor games like egg and spoon race, tag team races, three legged races, or play stuck in the mud
  57. Fold paper planes and see how far they will fly
  58. Build the highest block tower you can
  59. Learn how to bake bread
  60. Make a Lego zip line
  61. Keep a balloon in the air as long as possible
  62. Build a house with a deck of cards
  63. String up the Christmas lights in your living room
  64. Play cinema – make tickets, popcorn, give your guests a rug and watch a movie together
  65. Play hotels using your bedrooms as ‘hotel rooms’ or restaurants by setting up the dining room like a restaurant with menus (or hospitals, vets, banks, etc)
  66. Make up a workout and do it together (eg: 25 star jumps, 20 squats, 15 crunches, hop like a bunny around the lounge room, frog leap your partner)
  67. Choose an inspirational quote and create a poster for your room
  68. Change the bedsheets and build a sheet city in your bedroom before they get washed!
  69. Press flowers within a few heavy books
  70. Play the gummy bear game (using dice and 5 gummies each. Roll a 1 you eat one in your pile, a 2 you pass one bear to your left, a 3 you pass to your right, a 4 you keep it, a 5 you eat it, a 6 you keep it – keep playing till the gummies are gone!)
  71. Make sidewalk paint
  72. Make a magic potion using aromatherapy oils, glitter, water, petals
  73. Take some garden clippings and see which ones you can get to grow roots for replanting
  74. Use masking tape to make a race track. Race matchbox cars. Or use the inside of your bathtub as a ramp for racing
  75. Listen to a kid’s podcast or audio book. Podcast suggestions:
    • Brains On
    • Wow In The World
    • Circle Round
    • Little Green Pod
    • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
    • Fierce Girls
    • Story Pirates
    • But Why?
  76. With some old clothes, cut and create clothes for your toys
  77. Take everyone’s height measurement on a door frame
  78. Using butchers paper, trace a partner’s whole body. Now try to include as many body parts and organs as you can
  79. Give someone a back, foot or head massage
  80. Try sharpie tie dye using a sharpie and rubbing alcohol
  81. Take some artistic photos in black and white. Play around with filters and see what you can create. You could use a phone or learn how to use the proper camera (if you have one)
  82. Water play – buckets, scoopers, whisk, pouring jugs, straws, bubbles!
  83. Have a picnic lunch outside. Take books and toys with you
  84. Sort through all your crafts and art supplies. See if something inspires you. Organize and sharpen all your pencils and test all your markers
  85. Make a bottle rocket 
  86. Make rainbow paper 
  87. Make a stained glass window using clear contact & cellophane 
  88. Make a marble run
  89. Paint a stick gnome
  90. Make a rainbow stick
  91. Jump rope – can you get to 100 without stopping?
  92. Take apart an old appliance. Can you put it back together?
  93. Research your family tree – see how far back you can go
  94. Make a time capsule of this time to be opened in 10 years
  95. Get swimmers on and wash the car or your bike!
  96. Set up camp in the garden and play inside the tent
  97. Write a letter to a friend, relative or teacher to mail
  98. Lie on a rug in the garden and spot cloud shapes. Make up a story about what you see.
  99. Work together to a family emblem, motto or song. Include elements that are important to you and your family
  100. Learn to finger knit, french knit or braid wool into friendship bracelets
  101. Sketch your dream red carpet look!
  102. Try Michelangelo drawing under the table 
  103. Make a pretty lantern using an old jar, tissue paper and glue
  104. Make an infinite paper flipper
  105. Make frozen dinosaur eggs (or you could use fairies, or Ooshies, etc) 
  106. Make a paper cut out family
  107. Make a paper plate whale 
  108. Try dying some old plain fabric using natural dyes 
  109. Do a chalk photo shoot
  110. Interview the members of your family 
  111. Make a popsicle stick catapult
  112. Can you draw or paint with your feet?
  113. Do a Yoga class together

Shopping list for craft activities

Play-doh

  • Cream of tartar
  • Table salt
  • All purpose flour
  • Food colourings
  • Vegetable oil

General craft supplies

  • Chalk
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Paper – colored and white
  • Air-dry clay
  • Glitter
  • Cornstarch
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • Wool
  • Acrylic paints
  • Watercolour paints
  • Crayons
  • Shaving cream
  • Balloons
  • Sharpie
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Butchers paper or a large paper table cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Duct tape or Masking tape
  • An empty plastic bottle
  • Black paper
  • Clear nail polish
  • Tissue paper
  • PVA glue
  • An old jar
  • Sticky tape
  • Marbles
  • Popsicle sticks

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