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At-Home Activities for Girls

At-Home Activities for Girls

APRIL 14TH, 2020

As the Coronavirus continues to challenge the US, families are looking for ways to keep kids busy at home while nurturing their development. It’s unrealistic to expect parents to design the perfect homeschooling curriculum, teach and work at the same time, all while managing other family responsibilities and the stress of this moment. Sometimes you just need an activity that will keep kids occupied for a little bit! So, today we’re sharing four at-home activities for girls, designed to keep them busy while building them up.

1) Activity Hunt

This is a fun riff on a scavenger hunt. Instead of just hunting for objects or clues, we’ve added activities to the mix. This is great for stretching out the total time of the hunt so parents can have more time to work, etc. Ideally kids would find some kind of small reward along the way (like jellybeans) or earn a bigger reward at the end (like screen time—especially if you have more work to do) so they’re motivated to play along.  

Just write out the activities and clues, then hide them around the house. Here are some examples that you can customize or use for inspiration:

  • Activity: Build the tallest Lego tower you can! Count the bricks as you build. Write down the number of bricks you used, then put the bricks away.
  • Clue: Find the next clue by the art supplies.

  • Activity: Draw a self portrait. Before you start, think about how you want to depict yourself. Are you brave? Strong? Happy?  
  • Clue: Find the next clue in the back yard.
     
  • Activity: Do 30 jumping jacks.
  • Clue: Find the next clue in the toy bin. 

  • Activity: Play a game of Uno.
  • Clue: Find the next clue where you keep your shoes. 

  • Activity: Make up a short dance routine about your emotions and how you’ve felt today. Are you happy? Sad? Excited? Put it all into the dance.
  • Clue: Collect your prize near the pots and pans in the kitchen!

2) Fantasy Fort

A good blanket fort can provide hours of fun for kiddos. It’s also a way for girls to experiment with building/construction and practice turning their vision into reality. To kick things off, put together a bunch of construction materials (sheets, blankets, etc.). If your kids are new to fort-building, you may need to show them how to hang blankets over chairs to create a roof, etc. After that they should pick it up pretty quickly.

3) Art Projects

I’m sure you’ve already thought of using art to keep girls busy. One thing we’ve noticed is that if you set things up so the art project feels special and out of the ordinary, girls can sometimes create for an hour or more. Here are a few art projects that feel special and aren’t super messy.

  • Collages: Give her a stack of old mailers, magazines, catalogs, etc. and let her loose with safety scissors and glue.  
  • Watercolors: Painting is always a ton of fun. We like that watercolors are less messy than finger paints, etc.  
  • Card making: Set her up with some card blanks (you can make your own by simply folding a piece of paper in half) and encourage her to make cards for friends and family members she’s missing. If you plan to mail them, be sure to make the card blanks so they’ll fit inside your envelopes.

4) Activity Books

We’re admittedly biased here, but since we make activity books we had to mention it! When a girl really takes to an activity book, it can keep her busy for hours. Check out our coloring book, our science-themed sticker book, our outdoor sports-themed sticker book, our blank sketchbook, or our blank journal. If you’re looking for something free, you can always download a Hopscotch Girls coloring page and print it at home.
We hope these fun activities buy you a little more time, and keep your children entertained.
At-Home Activities for Girls

APRIL 14TH, 2020

As the Coronavirus continues to challenge the US, families are looking for ways to keep kids busy at home while nurturing their development. It’s unrealistic to expect parents to design the perfect homeschooling curriculum, teach and work at the same time, all while managing other family responsibilities and the stress of this moment. Sometimes you just need an activity that will keep kids occupied for a little bit! So, today we’re sharing four at-home activities for girls, designed to keep them busy while building them up.

1) Activity Hunt

This is a fun riff on a scavenger hunt. Instead of just hunting for objects or clues, we’ve added activities to the mix. This is great for stretching out the total time of the hunt so parents can have more time to work, etc. Ideally kids would find some kind of small reward along the way (like jellybeans) or earn a bigger reward at the end (like screen time—especially if you have more work to do) so they’re motivated to play along.  

Just write out the activities and clues, then hide them around the house. Here are some examples that you can customize or use for inspiration:

  • Activity: Build the tallest Lego tower you can! Count the bricks as you build. Write down the number of bricks you used, then put the bricks away.
  • Clue: Find the next clue by the art supplies.

  • Activity: Draw a self portrait. Before you start, think about how you want to depict yourself. Are you brave? Strong? Happy?  
  • Clue: Find the next clue in the back yard. 

  • Activity: Do 30 jumping jacks.
  • Clue: Find the next clue in the toy bin.

  • Activity: Play a game of Uno.
  • Clue: Find the next clue where you keep your shoes.

  • Activity: Make up a short dance routine about your emotions and how you’ve felt today. Are you happy? Sad? Excited? Put it all into the dance.
  • Clue: Collect your prize near the pots and pans in the kitchen!

2) Fantasy Fort

A good blanket fort can provide hours of fun for kiddos. It’s also a way for girls to experiment with building/construction and practice turning their vision into reality. To kick things off, put together a bunch of construction materials (sheets, blankets, etc.). If your kids are new to fort-building, you may need to show them how to hang blankets over chairs to create a roof, etc. After that they should pick it up pretty quickly.

3) Art Projects

I’m sure you’ve already thought of using art to keep girls busy. One thing we’ve noticed is that if you set things up so the art project feels special and out of the ordinary, girls can sometimes create for an hour or more. Here are a few art projects that feel special and aren’t super messy.

  • Collages: Give her a stack of old mailers, magazines, catalogs, etc. and let her loose with safety scissors and glue.  
  • Watercolors: Painting is always a ton of fun. We like that watercolors are less messy than finger paints, etc.  
  • Card making: Set her up with some card blanks (you can make your own by simply folding a piece of paper in half) and encourage her to make cards for friends and family members she’s missing. If you plan to mail them, be sure to make the card blanks so they’ll fit inside your envelopes.

4) Activity Books

We’re admittedly biased here, but since we make activity books we had to mention it! When a girl really takes to an activity book, it can keep her busy for hours. Check out our coloring book, our science-themed sticker book, our outdoor sports-themed sticker book, our blank sketchbook, or our blank journal. If you’re looking for something free, you can always download a Hopscotch Girls coloring page and print it at home.
We hope these fun activities buy you a little more time, and keep your children entertained.

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