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Indoor Activities Parents and Kids Can Do Together

Indoor Activities Parents and Kids Can Do Together While Everyone Is Home

Together with Clorox®, we're giving you resources and ideas to keep you and your loved ones healthy, safe, and entertained at home.

Whether you're spending this time at home counting down the minutes until naptime (cough, cough, me) or fulfilling all your homeschooling daydreams, understand that this is a judgement-free zone, and if your kids are walking and talking you're doing just fine!

But as a caregiver we understand that you want your home to feel safe and comforting during this time. If you're looking for a few ways to spark creativity, inspire play, or nurture family time, look no further! Whether you want to mix up your at-home schedule, or are hoping to incorporate some of the things you love back into your routine, then keep reading for some ideas to keep you and your family entertained, happy, and healthy while you're staying indoors.

With everyone at home . . . together . . . 24/7, a clean house seems like a daunting task, but when everyone does their part to chip in during chores time it can actually be a fun activity to do together! Split up tasks and duties so everyone feels valued and important. A safe and easy chore for littles could be folding the laundry or matching the socks, while older teenagers can help by picking-up in the bathroom. Just make sure you have a cleaning kit under the sink that you keep stocked with a scrubber brush, gloves, and Clorox® Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach which kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria. This way when you come in to relieve them from their chore, you can focus on disinfecting the germ prone areas quickly and effectively.

I know, I know. Between answering work emails, making beds, and cooking three meals a day, having the time to actually play with your kids feels like a luxury. But the good news is that kids aren't picky. Imaginary play doesn't mean you need to create some make-believe fairy land or build a rocket ship out of a cardboard box, it just means taking the time to turn remedial tasks into little adventures.

Remote stuck on the other side of the family room? The age-old "the floor is lava" trick will do. Just send your kids on a quest to retrieve it and bring it back to you without falling in. Another idea: have your littlest ones play along with you while you're doing a task. For example, if you're stirring pasta over the stove, give them their own spoon and pot to mix beside you on the floor. These little moments might not seem like much to you, but they keep your kids engaged and using their imaginations!

Screen time can be anything from browsing YouTube videos to zoning out on TikTok to watching movies, but no matter what screen time looks like to you or your little one, my advice is to use it wisely. I'm more than happy to let my toddler watch Sesame Street on my phone if it means I can get a few emails checked off my to-do list, but when it comes time to decompress in front of the TV with everyone at home, I'm consciously trying to avoid the reality TV shows I used to binge-watch, instead opting for cooking shows or family movies that keep my littlest one engaged and me entertained.

Exercising looks a little bit different these days, but staying motivated and moving is possible when you turn it into another family activity. Try encouraging your little ones to exercise with you, whether that's a quick yoga flow or a 20-minute Zumba routine — if it helps you move and helps them burn some energy, it's a win! If they're too little to participate, there are plenty of simple exercises you can do at home with regular household items like cans and water jugs. And if all else fails? Family dance party, it is!

Baking seems like a pretty ambitious task — the flour, the eggs, the mess! But not only can it be educational (fractions, anyone?), it can also be a nice way to pass on family traditions or make new memories. If you're going to tackle baking with your littles, I have a few tips. First, this is a weekend-only activity meant for lazy Saturday afternoons. Don't add another thing to your weekday to-do list if you can avoid it. Second, let them pour it in. You may end up with more sugar on the floor than in the bowl, but honestly, it's not worth the fight or the tears. And finally, if they helped make the mess, they can help clean it up!

While the cookies are in the oven, hand your child a small dustpan and broom and let them handle the spillage on the floor. Once they’ve swept up, have them wait in the living room for the cookies to cool, while you tackle the countertops with trusted Clorox products. You don’t want any bacteria growing on your kitchen counters, so lean on Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner + Bleach, which kills 99.9 percent of bacteria & viruses. Your kitchen will be left clean and disinfected, ready to begin the next baking experience as a family.

Crafting can be a great way for your kids to self-entertain for hours on end. Whether it's building with clay, coloring a rainbow, or decorating a birthday card, the key is to create a kid-proof craft zone. In other words, keep newspapers on the floor, have your kids wear a smock at all times, and hide the Sharpies!