3 Ways To Keep The Kids Busy and Keep Your Sanity

While we certainly don't want to make light of our current situation, sometimes a little levity can help with all of the heaviness that surrounds us currently. One of the things likely weighing heavy on your minds is the fact that you may be working from home with children that you have to care for simultaneously. While many kids are taking advantage of e-learning days, you still have to manage the logistics of it all - and we know that's no easy task while still working. So, we wanted to come up with some ideas that might help lighten your load in the coming days/weeks.

Take a museum tour

No, we don't mean get out and visit your local museum. Kids learn so much from tours like these museum tours. That's why they are such hot spots for field trips! Keep the kids learning while they're out of school and keep them busy so you can get some work done at the same time! We love that Travel+Leisure curated these 12 museums that are offering virtual tours:

  • British Museum, London
  • Guggenheim Museum, NY
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  • Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
  • Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence
  • MASP, São Paulo
  • National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

This is a pretty extensive list, but we're sure there are probably even more than are listed here, so get out there and get to googlin'!

Create a treasure hunt

If your kids are like most, they've probably never even done a treasure hunt. They probably have some semblance of what it is, but this is a great time to introduce games and activities that may have been popular with younger generations. It's a lost art, so revitalize it! You can visit Tresure Hunt Design for all of the details, but here are some treasure hunt themes you might want to use with your kids:

  • Secret Agent
  • Adventurers
  • Ghost Hunt
  • Missing Treasure
  • History Discover

This doesn't have to be the only game or activity you have to fall back on. Do some research on games and activities older generations did to stay occupied and get exercise. 

 

Create Penny Art Projects

Most Americans have penny jars or just random collections of coins around the house. There are some amazing art projects out there that you could use to sell on Etsy (especially if you're economically impacted by the crisis) or to just beautify your home! Check out these projects on DIY Projects for Teens. 

  • Coin mirrors
  • Coin jewelry
  • Coin furniture
  • Coin candle holders
  • Coin buttons
  • Coin coasters
  • Coin keychains 

and more! We would suggest cleaning your pennies with this homemade solution before starting on the big projects!

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