How are your quarantines and quarantines doing? We know this has not been an easy year for them with the switch to e-learning and the cancellation of social events. Now is the time to make the most of it by creating family bonds. Here are some fun activities at home that even your tweens and teens will love.
Host a family game night.
Why not make family game night a little more interesting by making it a tournament that can last for weeks? The first person who wins 5 games can get a special prize. Here are some of our favorites for playing with tweens and teens: Monopoly, Apple apples, Catania and Taboo.
Learn a TikTok dance.
We already know that our older kids are already obsessed with the latest app, TIC Tac. This is where dance like “Renegade” and “Blinding lights” go viral. Why not learn one of the dances with them? Sure, you might get a few rolled eyesâ¦ but you’ll all be laughing about it anyway.
Create a book club.
If you have avid readers in your family, organize a book club. You can read the same book they read in English or find a book to accompany a movie night. Most importantly, find a book that the whole family will enjoy and be ready to discuss as soon as they finish reading.
Set up an obstacle course.
Your tweens and teens can certainly have fun in an obstacle course. All you need is a few materials like painter’s tape, skipping ropes, and light weights for the challenges. Plus, you can participate to supplement your daily exercise.
Host a themed dinner.
We all need to relax, so consider mixing up your usual dinner plans with a theme. You can focus on food like âBreakfast for dinnerâ or âChinese take homeâ. How about getting your family to dress for a theme? They can take out their dresses and costumes for a “Fancy Dinner” or let them get creative by dressing like a Disney character.
Make a quarantine time capsule.
Although this new reality was not easy for us, we knew that one day we will return to it. Why not create a time capsule that the whole family can contribute to? Add photos, notes and other things you have done as a family while staying at home. Don’t open it for years, or better yet, keep it for your grandchildren!
Train as a family.
It is important to get as much exercise as possible while you are indoors. There is a lot of fitness centers offering free trials to access their library of video workouts. Some local and national gyms even offer virtual workouts through Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to add yoga and meditation to help everyone’s well-being.
Binge watch a show or movies together.
Was there a series or a series of movies that you all wanted to watch? It’s time ! Pop some popcorn and see what’s on the air. Some of our picks to watch with tweens and teens include: A series of unfortunate events (Netflix), Forward (Disney +), Strange things (Netflix) and Blackish (Hulu)
Make a puzzle.
While watching your new favorite TV show or movie, add puzzle time. It’s brain training for the whole family. Don’t have a puzzle at home? We suggest you shop local to help a small business during this difficult time.
Now is a more important time than ever to practice gratitude as a family. Think about ways you can give back as a family. It can be as simple as ordering takeout from a family business or making rainbow art to hang for your neighbors.
Play a video game.
Kids don’t have to be the only ones playing video games all day. Ask them if you can play their favorite games with them. Here are some fun video games that anyone can play: Mario kart, Heads up!, Rocket league and Super mario party.
Create a cooking or baking challenge.
If your kids are obsessed with Food Network Bakery Championship series or Chopped, then recreate a friendly competition at home. Challenge the family to cook dinner together and assign each member a dish. If you’re in the mood for sweets, bake a cake together, but have the kids decorate it in a certain theme.
Plant a garden.
For those who crave fresh air, redevelop your garden with new flowers or a few herbs. Children can give you a hand. You can also build an indoor garden if you’d rather stay indoors – we know spring in the Midwest can be a bit chilly!
Take a virtual class.
Virtual lessons have resumed our schedule as we all stay at home. Don’t think these special events are just for toddlers. Here are some upcoming virtual events for tweens and teens.
Go for a walk (but make it fun).
You might all be fed up with your daily walks around the neighborhood. Make it a little more exciting by bringing a ball to throw while walking or doing 10 squats for each block you walk. “I Spy” is also a game that never gets old.
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