Have you been feeling antsy lately because you’ve spending a lot of time at home? Are the kids constantly complaining about being bored to death at home? Is everyone around you at home in a sour mood most of the time?
Well, if your answer is ‘yes,’ you’re not alone. This is the scenario in most households around the world because everyone’s been staying at home more than ever before. But the good thing is, there are many things you can do to make staying at home a little more fun and interesting for everyone in your family. Read on for some helpful tips.
Find time for play
If you’re one of those adults who think playing is only for kids, then you have another thing coming. Playing is a great way to relieve stress, to get your competitive juices flowing, and of course, to have fun.
So bring out the kid in you and find time to play with everyone in your family. Get down on your knees with the kiddos and see if you can construct a scooter or a helicopter with building kits for children.
Were you a Super Mario Bros. champ back in the day? Then, play the Super Mario 3D All-Stars and show everyone how it’s done. You can also play sports at home. Indoors, you can get everyone to play chess, darts, table tennis, or billiards. And if you’ve got a big backyard, flag football, basketball, hockey, and soccer are great sports you can enjoy with the family.
Learn new skills
You and your family are probably bored because you have nothing interesting or challenging to do during your downtime in your house. So why not encourage everyone to learn a new skill to pass the time at home? Learning how to play musical instruments, for one, can be both fun and rewarding.
The same goes for arts and crafts. You can try painting, drawing, sculpting, knitting, basket weaving, or scrapbooking. Or you can have a family cook-off at home. Challenge everyone to learn to cook a dish and then vote among yourselves (remind everyone to vote wisely!) who has the best shot at being a chef one day. What’s great about learning a new skill these days is that there are now many online tutorials, so you can learn without getting out of the house and paying any fees.
Make household chores fun
Everything gets a bit easier when you’re having fun, and doing household chores shouldn’t be an exception. But how do you make doing these tedious chores fun? For one, do the chores together. This way, you’ll not only finish a chore faster but also have someone to talk to or joke around with during the task. For good measure, play some music, too, so that you can sing your hearts out while doing the dishes, cleaning the living room, etc.
You can also add an element of play. For example, while you’re washing the car or bathing your pooch, have a water fight using water guns and balloons. When doing the laundry, play some shooting or catching game with the kids. Give the kiddos a laundry basket each and toss the clean clothes into the basket. Just cross your fingers that they’ll catch everything and won’t drop the basket!
You may be stuck at home, but this doesn’t mean you can no longer experience nature. If you’ve got outdoor space like a backyard or garden, then your family better take advantage of this. Everyone will surely feel better if they can breathe in the fresh air, soak in the sun, or enjoy the cool evening breeze regularly. So relax on your patio and watch your kids play around in your backyard. Or have a cookout every Saturday so everyone can spend more time outdoors.
If you don’t have outdoor space, you don’t have to worry. You can still experience nature inside your house. For one, get some indoor plants, such as pothos and calathea, for your home. You can also have some water features like an indoor water fountain. It might not be the same as being outdoors, but having some nature inside your house can be relaxing.
Make Staying at Home More Fun and Interesting
Staying at home doesn’t have to get very difficult for your family. There are many ways you can make being stuck at home a bit more fun and interesting for everyone. Start with finding time for play, learning new skills, making household chores fun, and experiencing nature. Stay safe and healthy!