Not to harp on COVID-19, but all this staying at home is – what would you call it?
I would find a word but I gave up using those words in public, back a bit.
I love my kids to death and am actually soaking up the time with them; in between wanting to julienne them along with the carrots for dinner and make it look like an accident. They miss their friends enormously, and I miss mine, and I have become an inadvertent homeschooler overnight, which is both an ego boost and a death wish.
Half of me has no idea when I’ll get my work done, while the other half is busily outsourcing huge swatches of it to the younger generation and praying for more for them to do. But then there’s MY work, which they can’t do, and that part might as well rot along with the kale in the fridge, for all the attention I’m giving it.
Kale seemed like a good idea, when I was eating lunch alone some days.
I can’t describe how fun all of this is, and I mean it truly – hanging out and inventing a bunch of homegrown action and excitement – and how exhausting. Do you know what I mean?
What I’m looking for today are practical ideas for fun activities at home. The activities can be useful, educational, adventurous, or silly. I’m interested in the brilliant ideas you’d like to try, once you gather the supplies and the energy, and also the simple and rather modest ideas that take next to nothing and which you just did yesterday, to keep yourself and your children out of trouble.
Nothing is too small. I want to hear all of it.
Here’s how to share. Follow this link to the spreadsheet shown below. (You cannot edit it here on my blog page, only by following the link to the actual document.) Then add:
- Your name (Purely optional.)
- Description (Briefly explain your activity. Insert a link to online instructions if you want.)
- Simplicity rating (One star means super simple, five means a little complicated but worth it. Just erase the stars till you get the rating you want. If you erase too many stars, scream for help.)
Is that easy enough?
Limit yourself to sharing five ideas per person, please, but otherwise – have at it! I’ll start with five of our Zook activities, though I reserve the right to add more later, and I’m inserting the ideas people shared in comments on yesterday’s post. (To which I randomly assigned star ratings – feel free to edit if they’re yours.)
I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!
TIP: If you have trouble editing your own words in the spreadsheet, try finding the text bar at the very top of the page – where it shows the same text as the box you’re trying to write in. You can click around in that text bar and edit easily up there.