So, if you’re a mom like me you know we’re all struggling to keep our kids as busy as possible during all of this. I’ve been trying to make sure we do a couple different activities throughout the week. All of the one’s we’ve done so far have kept them busy for a few days between activities which has been great for my sanity, haha. I wanted to share some COVID-19 activities + time capsule project we’re working on!
One of the first activities we did was an orbeez activity. We bought about four packs of seeds for each kid, and then had them measure out the amount of water we needed for each pack. You mix the water and “seeds” together and let them sit for four hours. We did ours right before quiet time, so by the time they got up they were almost done. Another great option would be right before bedtime!
The next project we did was slime, and it was a great representation for my kids as to why I don’t have the patience to be their teacher on top of their mom – fun times. It’s a super simple, super inexpensive, recipe and it’s quick. So far we’ve had our slime for about two weeks and it’s still going strong. Here’s the recipe we used for it!
Fluffy Slime Recipe
- 2/3 Cup White Elmer’s Glue.
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda.
- 1/4 Cup Water.
- 2-3 Cups Shaving Cream.
- 1.5 tablespoons Contact Lens Solution **Important: your brand of contact lens solution must have boric acid and sodium borate in the ingredient list. This is what interacts with the glue to form the slime.
- Liquid Food Coloring.
I don’t know if you have a Lowe’s nearby, but if you do they sell ladybugs for like $8, and the kids LOVED them. We spread the project out over a couple evenings and the kids had so much fun watching them crawl, and climb all over the grass.
Have you ever heard of oobleck? It’s the coolest stuff. It’s made of just water and cornstarch, you can add some food coloring too if you’d like. But it’s a solid when you try to hit it, and a liquid when you poor it into your hands. We’ve made it a few times in the past and the kids always enjoy it.
Chalk art. SO EASY. I just made a super simple design, and told the kids to color in all the spaces as well as they could. It took a good 15-30 minutes for them, which was a win for me. One thing I’ve learned with kids is if they think it’s all for fun and games they’ll take that much longer doing it.
I came across this time capsule project and thought it would be great to share for other mom’s out there who have a memory box of some sort to remember this time. It’s a PDF “booklet” to document things around us during this pandemic.
Here’s the link to download the covid-19 time capsule document, we haven’t completed ours yet, but I’m excited to have the kids work on it over the next few weeks to save it in our keepsake box!
Another simple activity that only consists of minimal ingredients, playdough. We already had all the ingredients around the house – which made it even better. The kids measured their water, added food coloring and then mixed all the ingredients together.
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 cup water (add food coloring if desired)
- Mix ingredients in a pot, cook on low heat until dough forms. Once it becomes dry and forms a ball, remove from heat. Let cool, knead for 5 minutes.
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