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12 Creative Ideas To Keep Your Kids Busy During Quarantine

Tyler Michaels

Tyler Michaels, Team Marketing Coordinator, is a graduate of Penn State where he earned a bachelor's degree in business marketing...

Tyler Michaels, Team Marketing Coordinator, is a graduate of Penn State where he earned a bachelor's degree in business marketing...

Mar 20 4 minutes read

Since even the most creative among us eventually run dry on ideas, especially while quarantined, here's a list of things you can do with your kids (or things you can tell them to do while you hide in your home office or the bathroom). 

Some of these require supplies that you may have on hand or can order online. Others don’t require any supplies. Some are outdoors (but stay 6-10 feet from other people) and others are indoors. Some require supervision, and others you can keep your children occupied while you work. Many of the activities involve using smartphone apps or the Internet, but they are tied to a specific activity since this post assumes you’re looking for ideas besides YouTube, video games and gaming apps. Most of this is directed toward children, but adults may enjoy some of these ideas too.

1. Explore Space!

Explore the Red Planet with the Mars Curiosity Rover or travel through space with photos from the Hubble Telescope.

You can even listen to a real astronaut read you a book from space! Watch and listen to Ada Lace, Take Me To Your Leader as the story is told by Astronaut Anne McClain.

2. Make a Comic Book

Turn yourself into a superhero by creating your own comic book. allows you to create a story and bring it to life. What story will you tell?

3. Learn to Make Healthy Snacks

There's no better time than now to start living your healthiest life. Making a complete diet change can be difficult so try starting with snacks. Learn how to make easy and delicious healthy snacks that taste great!

4. Lego Activity

Create a list of animals and buildings and write them down on individual pieces of paper. Put the pieces in a box and have a person pick one out. That person must create whatever is on the piece of paper out of Legos. Be careful not to step on any!

5. Take a Virtual Tour

Now's your chance to visit places you've always wanted to see without flying! Take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China or escape to the beautiful Yellowstone National Park

You can also tour museums from around the world such as, The British Museum, Louvre, and the Smithsonian Institute.

6. Watch Wild Animals LIVE

Watch wild animals like wolves and puffins on webcams at wildlife refuges and other sites. See top lists from Audubon (some dead links), Outside Magazine and EarthCam

7. Create Your Own Secret Code

Create a secret code and write a letter to someone. Can they decode it? You may have to help; better make a code key!

8. Do Yoga 

Breathe in. Breathe out. Relaxxxx. There are plenty of videos on streaming services and online video sites can lead you through a virtual class. has some great yoga videos for kids. Namaste.

9. Scavenger Hunt 

Put together a list of items for your kids to find around the house or in the backyard. Last one to find everything does the dishes!


Not into comic books? Shoot your own movie with your phone! Write a script and use items from around the house as props. Get creative!

11. Earn a Badge

Are you a member of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or a 4H Club? See if there are any badges you can work on at home.

12. Make a Fashion Statement 

Start a fashion trend by making your own jewelry! You can order jewelry making kits online or simply use materials from around the house. 

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