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Five Day Activity Guide for Stir Crazy Kids

by Rebecca Eanes

Most of us have been under a stay-at-home order for what feels like years now. As a result, our kids are going absolutely stir crazy, or at least I know mine are! You’re probably weary of trying to keep them entertained or maybe you’re a bit stir crazy yourself as well, and this can be a recipe for bad moods, snappy kids and parents, and negative energy in the home.

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It’s not that there’s a shortage of activities to do. The internet is swarming with great activity ideas, but taking the time to search for them and gather the materials is an extra chore that no one needs right now! So, to make it easy for you, I’ve gathered a workweek’s worth of fun and engaging activities to keep your stir-crazy kids entertained for a whole week! Having this plan of activities at your fingertips will ease stress and allow positive energy to start to flow once again. 

This short list of supplies is stuff you likely already have at home. Enjoy! 

Supplies Needed: 

  • Washi tape (or any kind of colored tape)
  • Cotton balls or pom poms
  • Straws
  • Socks
  • Large cardboard box
  • One pool noodle
  • Playdough
  • Whatever craft supplies you have on hand, such as pipe cleaners, googly eyes, buttons, sequins, etc.
  • Small rocks, twigs, acorns, flowers from your yard
  • Glue
  • Yarn
  • Paints

Monday

The Washi Track

Create a track with your Washi tape on your hard floor by placing parallel lines. Your track can go straight for a good length, or it could have a few turns to make it a little more challenging for older kids. At the end of your track, create a square with the Washi tape.

This track can be used for multiple activities, including using it as a racing track for toy cars or horses, a walk-along course for little ones, or my personal favorite - a cotton ball track. Have your child place a cotton ball or pom pom at the beginning of the track. The objective is to blow the cotton ball down the track and into the square at the end using only a straw. No touching the cotton! If you have multiple kids, you can create two tracks for racing!

You can also help them work on gross motor skills by dumping several cotton balls onto the floor and having them sweep the balls into the square. 

Tuesday

The Puppet Theater

Creating a puppet theater is really simple. All you need is the side of a large cardboard box and one pool noodle cut in half. Carve a square “screen” out of the cardboard and cut a slit in each of your pool noodle halves. Slide the cardboard into the pool noodles so that it stands on it’s own, and there you have a quick and easy theater. For the puppets, simply use up some of your old mismatched socks. You child can decorate the sock puppets however they wish using whatever materials you have lying around, such as yarn, felt, googly eyes, and markers. Now they’re ready to put on a fantastic show!

Wednesday

Playdough Fun

There are so many fun activities you can do with playdough! Here are a few ideas to keep your little one happily entertained.

  1. Print a free playdough mat from A Little Pinch of Perfect found here. These adorable themed mats can be decorated with rainbows, bugs, flowers, and more!
  2. Make playdough monsters like these using whatever craft materials you have on hand (googly eyes, pipe cleaners, etc.)
  3. Make playdough muffins. Get out your muffin tin and let your child create and decorate playdough muffins.
  4. Create playdough fossils and impressions by pressing things into playdough. Try combs, leaves, buttons, keys, etc.
  5. Build playdough faces by rolling out playdough to a round face and using buttons, rocks, twigs, leaves, pipe cleaners, or sequins to create faces.
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