No Screen Boredom Busters For Kids

  • by XpatAthens
  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020
No Screen Boredom Busters For Kids
Schools will be closed for the next couple of weeks, and we can hear the joyful cries of kids who'll be off (school) duty until further notice.

Unfortunately, parents aren't as excited, especially when due to the measures against the coronavirus, we're advised to stay indoors. Inevitably boredom will come knocking on our doors, so we need to be prepared. Here are some fun activities to tackle boredom and keep kids entertained while schools are closed!

Make Mug Cakes
Most kids love helping out in the kitchen, so cooking and baking activities will probably be accepted with excitement, especially if the recipe calls for sugar, Nutella, and cocoa! Mug cakes don't require a hot oven; don't create a huge mess, and what's more, is that older kids can make them themselves. For a delicious mug cake mix 4 tablespoons self-raising flour, 4 tablespoons sugar and 3 tablespoons each of milk, oil, cocoa powder, and Nutella, and 1 egg. Divide the mixture into 2 mugs and microwave for 90 seconds or more if needed. Add a topping such as whipped cream or icing sugar and enjoy!

Enjoy Your Favorite Board Games & Puzzles
It's challenging to be stuck indoors due to weather (or virus) conditions but with a bunch of snacks, and a stack of games and puzzles staying indoors can be a ton of fun! On the upside, surely you'll stimulate family bonding and create some happy family moments!

Make DIY Puffy Paint
Painting is fun, but painting with puffy paint is even better. Young kids love this sensory paint and will spend hours creating their puffy masterpieces! For DIY puffy paint, you will need 3/4 cup shaving cream, 1/4 cup white glue, 1/4 cup flour, food coloring. Mix the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined—Color the paint with food colorings. Use squeeze bottles for delicate artwork or paintbrushes for a thicker texture. Make sure to use thick cardstock instead of plain paper– to avoid sogging–and to let the artwork to air dry for a few hours.

Make Rock Candy
Rock candy is a delicious, fun recipe that also doubles as a science experiment because you get to watch the sugar crystals form. Get creative with endless flavor and color combinations that will delight children and grownups alike! One of the best things is that it takes time and patience. It can take up to a week for the rock candy to form, which makes it an ongoing project for the next few days! Learn how to make rock here.

--> Indoor bowling using anything light enough to tip over and a ball
--> Indoor obstacle course
--> Colored rice or pasta art on paper or jewelry creations

--> Ice bucket discovery (add water in a plastic tupperware or pail and toss in small plastic toys let it freeze in the freezer and then have them break the ice with tools and discover what’s hidden inside)

--> Salt dough shapes and colorin. Use flour, salt and water, kneed the dough, cut out different shapes then bake them in the oven and when cooled off, paint them!

--> Trace hands on paper, glue beans or peanuts for fingernails and have them paint them or cut out the shape of a head; add face features and have them paint the face or superhero mask on face.

This content has been sourced and prepared by Codico Lab