100 Things Kids and/or Parents Can Do During the Pandemic

We still have work, school work, and household tasks that need to be done, but if you or your kids are feeling discouraged/bored/tired/frustrated, here are a few suggestions to get you started. Some are mainly for the kids, but parents may need some ideas as well.

1. Plant something, inside or out

2. Bake cookies or bread

3. Check on your neighbors

4. Dance party with the family

5. Yard work

6. Wash the car


8. Learn origami

9. Listen to audio books

10. Kindle books

11. Take a Strengths Finders test

12. FaceTime with other family

13. Make new play lists on Spotify

14. Donate things

15. Online museum tours

16. Fly a kite

17. Backyard or patio picnic

18. BBQ

19. Movie night

20. Watch old musicals

21. Jump rope

22. Bike ride

23. Walk the neighborhood

24. Paint a room

25. Send grandparents a questionnaire

26. Take a tour of Little Free Libraries

27. Download Libby app for library books

28. Enter KCLS poetry contest

29. Khan Academy – learn something new!

30. Learn to sew something

31. Do puzzles as a family

32. Complete KCLS Ten to Try Readng Challenge for 2020

33. Pick up trash in your neighborhood

34. Sell/buy things on Varage Sale

35. Research colleges

36. Build a blanket fort

37. Watch documentaries

38. Practice an instrument

39. Make a digital scrapbook

40. Write and record a song

41. Collect quarters by state/year

42. Watch YouTube squirrel videos

43. Practice calligraphy

44. Try new recipes

45. Enter contests: Writing, poetry, photography, etc.

46. Read aloud as a family

47. Read William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily a New Hope aloud as a family

48. Learn how to shut off the water at your house

49. Have a fire drill

50. Visit a nursery and buy plants

51. Have a campfire if you have space

52. Investigate ways to save on utilities

53. Make a family video

54. Build something out of popsicle sticks

55. Get an atlas and do geography quizzing

56. Watch Drive Thru History videos

57. Plan and plant a garden

58. Mow an elderly person’s yard

59. Read The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

60. Read Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

61. Read a book on your bucket list

62. Sort out the pantry

63. Organize your books

64. Listen to Adventures in Odyssey audio with the kids

65. Clean out the garage

66. Sit in the sun

67. Put up a bird feeder

68. Plan a victory garden

69. Learn 50 Latin phrases

70. Take photos of covers of each book you read

71. Write a letter to someone

72. Reconnect with someone in your life

73. Watch church services and podcasts online

74. Pray for countries that have it worse than us

75. Pick a country to learn about

76. Plan a future trip

77. Learn a new skill

78. Play Blokus

79. Tidy up computer files

80. Brainstorm Christmas gifts

81. Send graduation cards

82. Redo your resume

83. Finish your taxes if you haven’t already

84. Go through old family photos together

85. Make collage from old magazines

86. Rearrange the furniture

87. Exercise

88. Clean out your email (I have over 10,000 items in my email)

89. Make something to enter in the local fair

90. Make a “book safe” with an old book and a box cutter

91. Read The Lord of the Rings trilogy

92. Read a Bible devotional every day

93. Research scholarship opportunities

94. Go through clothes/donate what doesn’t fit

95. Give to a cause you care about

96. Catch up on sleep

97. Photography

98. Listen to audio The Chronicles of Narnia

99. Watch a DVD you own but have never watched

100. Find ways to be kind to each other

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” Dorothy Parker

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