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24 March . 2020

Fun ideas for keeping kids active and engaged while at home

Here are some fun and easy ideas for keeping the kids engaged during this unexpected and extended break from school. We borrowed most of them from Elyson, our sister community in Houston, while adding a few that are unique to Hollyhock.

  • Make goodie and activity bags and leave them on the front porches of friends and neighbors. This is similar to the “You’ve Been Booed” game played during Halloween, but with different coloring sheets, games and other activities for friends and neighbors to enjoy.
  • Get the kids in the kitchen with DIY Cookie Decorating Kits from Hollyhock resident Susie Williams. For $25, each kit includes Susie’s fresh-baked sugar cookies and decorating supplies. You can find Susie on Facebook and Instagram, at @susiessweetstx.
  • Start a Neighborhood Window Walk and invite neighbors to join in. Start by creating pictures and craft projects to hang in your front windows and doors, then go on a “hunt” to see how many you can find. Making it a contest adds another fun angle, and changing the theme each week can help keep it exciting. Themes can include Animals, Flowers, Jokes (for April 1), and Easter Eggs.
  • Bring the Dallas World Aquarium home with animal cams, offering live views of the Large Freshwater River Exhibit, featuring manatees and other denizens of the deep. The Cenote Exhibit is home to sharks and other species prowling this mysterious sinkhole.
  • Tour the Smithsonian, enjoy a symphonic concert and drop in on other museums, art galleries and playhouses around the world with an increasing selection of virtual tours. This often-updated list offers links to virtual experiences, along with tips for how to get kids engaged.
  • Enjoy a family walk, while practicing social distancing, along the miles of trails in Hollyhock.
  • Record your child reading a book, then share it with friends and neighbors. Encourage them to do the same for your kids to watch.
  • Create a LEGO Challenge like the ones on the TV show, “LEGO Masters.” Come up with a new theme or challenge each day. This can be done with siblings or virtually with friends via photos or Facetime.
  • Virtual playdates and virtual boardgames are more activities you can enjoy with Facetime and other technologies.
  • For a quick and easy boredom-breaker, try blind taste tests. Skittles work great – everyone can try to guess the color as well as the flavor.