For some people, staying home is easy. For others, it’s a nightmare. When the kids are bored and are begging to go outside, what can we do?
Here are a few fun ideas to help keep busy and make staying at home fun.
Host an International Dinner
As a family, have a discussion and pick a country everyone has an interest in. Look into the culture, common types of clothing, and cultural dining etiquette. What kind of food sounds the most interesting?
There are many websites that list recipes from all over the world. Have fun and pick one of your favorites to try for dinner. Make sure you can get all the ingredients you need on base. Some spices can be ordered online too.
Have each family member find some interesting facts about the customs, history, types of clothing, or anything else that interests them and have it ready to share with the family over dinner.
Hosting a dinner party at home is a great time to get the family together and do some deep house cleaning. With everybody involved it will take much less time.
Once you have your “costumes”, ingredients, facts, and the house cleaned and ready to go, it’s time to cook.
Sit down, enjoy the meal, and have fun trading facts and information.
Learn to Draw at Home!
Drawing can be a fun and fulfilling hobby. Many artists stand by the timeless advice: practice, peractice, practice!
It’s also a great skill that can be utilized in many professional career fields, such as architecture, graphic arts, fashion, concept development, and so much more.
Drawing has many advantages:
- Enhanced Creativity – Artistic skills play a significant role in the overall development of the brain and can help relieve stress.
- Improved Communication – Art can help to creatively express yourself non-verbally.
- Bilateral Coordination – Bilateral coordination refers to the ability to coordinate both sides of the body at the same time in a controlled and organized manner.
- Self-regulation – Art requires patience, focus, and discipline.
- Self-esteem booster – Finishing a work of art is a great way to boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
- Better Problem Solving Abilities – In drawing, you start from a blank piece of paper and as you develop your ideas new possibilities emerge.
There are hundreds of videos and websites dedicated to helping people learn to draw. Use a pencil or tablet and get started. Drawing also helps to fill up those extra hours at home.
When searching, make sure to find content that will compliment your level of skill. If your child is just getting started make sure your search results are for beginners. Matching their skill level will help them be successful and good results will keep them motivated to keep trying.
Searching can be very refined as well. What is your child interested in drawing? Fruit, animals, faces of men and women, buildings, landscapes? If you see something that would be fun to draw, take a few photos with your phone. You can look for other images online during the creative process to help find new ideas and motivation.
Drawing is not just fun for the kids; the whole family can enjoy this activity! For fun, after a drawing is complete, take a quick picture with your phone and put it on your Smart TV. Having home-made art on the TV can help motivate everybody in the family to keep improving and trying new things. There are companies online that can take a scanned drawing and put it on something like a blanket, cup, shirt, or many other items. Imagine sending the family and friends a gift with family-made art on it!
If anybody becomes upset with their projects, do what you can to encourage them to keep trying. In time they will improve.
Remember that you can go to the MCX to get pencils and sketch pads!
We would love to see what you come up with. Please visit us on our Facebook page and share your adventures and drawings!