You’re stuck inside. Your backyard is the extent of going out. Quarantined in your own house. It’s been two days and you’re going crazy, your kids are bored and you’ve about hit your limit. You need to do something.
You’ve cleaned your home. You’ve sanitized everything. What’s left?
Let’s go camping! “But, I can’t leave my house.” No worries, you can bring the camping experience right to your own living room.
You can take this “‘quarantine” break and turn it into a way to bring your little ones a little joy and laughter when the whole world seems to be a little chaotic these days.
Just find a few simple things you probably have laying around your home and you can create a simple, fun and rememberable camping experience:
- Tent supplies
- Sleeping bags and pillows
- Hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixin’s, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, cookies and of course, trail mix. Have a cooking challenge with your kids or make your own trail mix for your campout. Grab some cereal, peanuts (unless you’re allergic), raisins, M&M’s or any sweets or chocolate you want to include, pretzels or salty mix. Have fun and mix it up!
- Paper plates, because who needs to wash dishes when you’re camping? Right?
- Graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows. S’mores is a must when camping!
- Flashlights: what better way to tell stories or play games?
- Glow sticks: who doesn’t love waving those glow sticks around? Let your light shine in the darkness.
- Water bottles: stay hydrated. Then you can turn those empty water bottles into a fun and creative lantern with those glow stick you have later.
- Use red and yellow tissue paper and empty toilet paper or paper towels rolls, put all those empty rolls to use and create an imaginative campfire.
Spend the day camping at your favorite spot. Imagine you’re in camping in Yosemite Valley or in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Set out on your adventure by gathering your supplies, packing your bags and traveling to your living room.
Setup your tent or using your imagination, use blankets and sheets to create your own sleeping fort.
Now it is time to get a little crafty and if you’re not so crafty, just go with it. It’s all in the fun of it and it’s the memories you are creating with your kids. Create your campfire out of supplies you have at home. It could be all those empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls you have, along with some red, yellow, or orange tissue paper or construction paper. While you have all of those empty rolls, create binoculars so you can go star gazing.
Now your camp is set up. Grab your favorite food you packed and enjoy your lunch in the “great outdoors.”
After lunch, enjoy the afternoon quiet and read some books together.
Gather your family for fun-filled activities during your camping experience.
- Create stars using a flashlight and a colander. Even if you can’t see the stars in the night sky, you can see stars right in your own living room.
- Play flashlight tag. Hide behind couches and chairs, under tables and anywhere you can think of.
- Play card games and board games together. Who knows, you may actually finish that game of Monopoly you started by the end of this social distancing.
- Make DIY glow stick lanterns, another way to use those empty toilet paper rolls.
- Create a fun scavenger hunt around the house with riddles for your kids to solve and stunts to do to get to their next clue. In the end, the first person who finishes gets the first s’more or picks the movie to watch at the end of the night.
It’s getting dark and the day is coming to a close. After those hot dogs you ate for dinner, your kids are bugging you for the … I mean asking you for … the s’mores you packed earlier. While you are making the s’mores, the winner of the scavenger hunt is picking your family movie for the night.
So put on your pajama’s, wrap yourself in blankets, enjoy the s’mores and finish off the night with a movie together.
When you’re tired, exhausted and don’t know which way to turn, remember there is hope, there is joy, there is still laughter. Embrace the quiet, be still and make those memories.
Don’t forget to document it, whether you write it down in a family journal or take some photos. When you get back where you have “cell service,” don’t forget to tag your photos on social media with #FamilyFunQuarantineTime and #ChaoticButMemorable and of course, #ThisIsUsIn2020.
If you have made your own family fun “quarantine gathering,” we would love to hear about it. Send us what you are doing and pictures of your joy and chaos to firstname.lastname@example.org or through messenger on Facebook.