Okay. Let’s think about things to do.
Before you roll your eyes and say that it is easy for me to tell someone with a houseful of confined, small, children how to get through the day . . . you might remember that I have made a Grandmotherhood out of thinking up things to do with a crowd of rowdy kids on a rainy day in a small room.
I have kept track of my life with all of you on All Things Grandma for years and years and have been running around after grandchildren for 27 years. If, for one minute, you forget all of the fun things we have done together, my Grandma blog will remind you.
ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE FOUND ELSEWHERE ON THIS BLOG IN GREATER DETAIL AND WITH MORE PHOTOGRAPHS. SIMPLY USE THE SEARCH BAR OR THE CATEGORY BAR OR THE ARCHIVES TO FIND IDEAS FOR GETTING THROUGH THIS INTERESTING TIME.
(THIS IS THE FIRST OF SEVERAL POSTS DEDICATED TO KEEPING CHILDREN BUSY AND PARENTS HAPPY AND QUIET DURING THE QUARANTINE. YOU WILL NOTICE THAT I DIDN’T SAY “CHILDREN QUIET” BUT SAID “PARENTS QUIET.)
Skinny balloons are available everywhere. I have seen them a Zuchers, Wal-Mart and Partyland. I bought mine on Amazon and they were inexpensive. Most packages come in 100 and include a pump. I bought extra pumps for almost nothing which come in packages of two and keep things moving. Amazon has a wonderful DVD by the King of Balloons. I like to put the video on while the kids are making their creations. It lasts an hour and has tons of ideas for everything from animals to flowers. (see the photo above)
DOLLAR STORE WIND CHIMES
You can make colorful and interesting wind chimes out of almost anything. I wanted big things for our project but the Dollar Store, Wal-Mart and stores like Target have fun things in all sizes. Instead of BIG chimes like those in the photograph, you can buy the “birthday party favors” size of things. Just be sure that you can put some yarn or string through each object so that it will hang down.
The top of these chimes are made from plastic plate holders which come several to a bag and have lots of places to hang things.
At the Dollar Store you can buy plastic sink plugs with holes which work well for chimes made with little things.
You can use twine, yarn, cord or ribbon to attach everything.
I saved cans in different sizes in advance of the activity, washed them and asked Grandpa to drill a hole in the top of each one. The cans make a noise against each other and against other things. Plastic makes a soft clicking sound in the wind. Hummingbirds are especially curious about anything you hang up.
No money to spend ? How about a junk chime. Send the kids on a treasure hunt in the garage and throughout the house for suitable things to use.
There are NO real rules and if you make rules, you will RUIN the fun.
VELCRO RICE BALLS
These balls are made from the toes of children’s stockings. The Dollar Store sells them in packages of three pair which, if your math is rusty, means 6 balls.
You cut the stockings somewhere in the middle, fill them with rice and stitch them closed by hand if you want them to look nice and by machine if you just want to get them finished and don’t care how they look.
( Don’t use beans. They hurt.)
When the socks are sewn and filled, glue a small square of Velcro to each ball with super glue. I put mine over the stitches for extra protection.
See the black square on the yellow ball?
The gloves are those “skin care kind” which are very rough. They are usually a dollar a pair. Indoors or outdoors, the balls stick to the gloves and provide hours of fun. You can color-coordinate the balls and the gloves if you want to keep track of who is in trouble.
Velcro also sticks well to Microfiber cloths. You should be able to think of something to do with your dusting cloths. These long days are making most mothers very creative.
Below are a couple of variations on the socks. Puffy soap holders with drawstrings work as things to throw, as long as you sew them closed and any children’s knit onesie can be cut apart to make little rice bags.
LOOK FOR MORE IDEAS FOR THE QUARANTINE STARTING WITH THE WORD CORONA.