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37 Fun Frugal Ideas to Have Fun with the Kids While Social Distancing

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Let’s face it. One of the benefits of social distancing is more quality time with the kids but, without friends and other family to play with, YOU become their center of attention.

mother and daughter playing in the living room

What are some things that you can do to with the whole family that doesn’t involve crowded public spaces or interacting in close contact with other?

Here are 37 cool and fun ideas for kids while still being able to social distancing.

  1. Use the old cardboard boxes in the garage to make a fort.
  2. Prepare a photo journal.
  3. Learn baking cookies.
  4. Have an A to Z scavenger hunt where everyone has to find something in the house that starts with every letter of the alphabet.
  5. Have a picnic in the park (or your backyard).
  6. Make leaf rubbings with as many types as you can find in your garden.
  7. Learn how to make ice cream.
  8. Go to the beach and create your own seashell collection.
  9. Visit the beach and make sandcastles.
  10. DIY an oversized backyard game.
  11. Try your hand at writing an adventure story.
  12. Go to a nearby lake for canoeing.
  13. Hold a backyard campfire for the family
  14. Ditch market bought pizza and try making your own, from scratch!
  15. Head out every morning for a nature walk and make a collectible of everything that you see.
  16. Go up to a creek and play with the ducks.
  17. Have a family water balloon toss, or fight!
  18. Learn origami and create your own wonderful paper crafts.
  19. Interview an elderly member of your family to learn about their life when they were young.
  20. Take up biking as a hobby.
  21. Visit your library and try to read as many interesting books as you can.
  22. Learn some gardening tricks by making your very own vegetable garden.
  23. Create a butterfly garden with lots of flowers.
  24. Dress up like pirates or any of your favorite characters and live one day of their life.
  25. Make shadow puppets and then organize a show of your own.
  26. Make your own jewelry.
  27. Hold a family stargazing event in the backyard and identify as many constellations as you can.
  28. Go roller skating. If you don’t know how to roller skate, now is the best time to learn.
  29. Make a collection of rocks and paint them as per your choice to use them as a paperweight.
  30. Organize your own family version of the Summer Olympics, complete with races, rallies, and all sorts of sports.
  31. Learn how to sew and knit and create your own garments.
  32. Create beautiful crafts using recyclable items such as magazines, old pictures and repositionable glue.
  33. Try your hand at making hard-to-pop bubbles by using 1 cup distilled water, 1 tablespon of glycerin and 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap.
  34. Make bird house using popsicles.
  35. Organize a fancy tea party complete with fancy snacks.
  36. Create your own summer playhouse by setting up a tent in your backyard.
  37. Arrange a game night with Pictionary, charades and bingo