If it’s one thing we can all agree on right now, it’s that during these uncertain times, the best place for our children is at home with their family and caregivers. And now that school’s out for summer (and your new role as camp counselor is about to begin), we’d like to remind you that you’re not on your own. It still takes a village to raise a child, and We Are Memphis has your back.

Here’s a list of 10 activities to ensure you don’t run out of things to do with a kiddo that refuses to run out of energy. Read this list out loud and let them get them excited and involved!

Design your own puzzles: Using crayons, markers, or paint, and the underside of a puzzle you already have to create your own. This way you don’t have to worry about your kids using sharp tools like scissors. Put the original puzzle together, then carefully flip it over, draw your complete picture on the underside, take a photo of your masterpiece, then break it apart, and finally—you guessed it—put it back together. You can make it a little more interesting by first drawing on the original pieces and then try to put the puzzle together without knowing what the final product will look like. 

Combine yoga and art: Have your kids join in on the creativity by having them create their own yoga poses (or teach them the basics!) First, create flashcards with regular yoga poses and use those as a basis for drawing some new poses. Make sure everyone can hold the poses and begin incorporating yoga into your daily routine! Kids love trying new physical activities, and it’s a great way to get out some energy before nap time.

Create your own drive-in theater: Have kids decorate their own cars made from old cardboard boxes, old blankets, and pillows. After you’ve built cars, then make signs for the concession stand complete with all their favorite snacks.

Serve up two scoops of science: Give your kids a brief science lesson by making homemade ice cream in a bag. All you need is a plastic bag, half-and-half, granulated sugar, pure vanilla extract, ice, kosher salt, and toppings of your choice. Then voila, in 15 minutes you’ve shown your kids how quickly they can make their own ice cream at home. 

Learn the state capitals: Who says learning can’t be fun? Use this interactive Map Quiz Game to learn and memorize the 50 US state capitals. 

De-stress with squishies: Follow this DIY guide from What’s Up Moms to create your own stress ball. All you need for this activity is some flour or cornstarch, a balloon, and a funnel. 

Keep the recycling at home: Before you drag your garbage and recycling to the curb, encourage your kids to use their imagination by making treasure out of trash. Remember the five R’s of recycling: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle. There’s so much you can do with an old cereal box, wine cork, juice carton, toilet paper rolls, or old clothing. Before you begin. make sure everything is clean and safe. Here is a list of 12 projects to get you started.

Find a story for every occasion: Join Audible and listen to books together. You can find anything from educational books to fairy tales to sing-alongs. Share one of your childhood favorites and enjoy the story all over again!

Communicate in a secret language: Hold your own “wilderness camp” course and Learn morse code together! You’ll both enjoy tapping secret messages to each other throughout the day!

Connect to your roots: Research your genealogy and create a family tree. This is also a great opportunity for your kids to talk to other relatives about family stories from when they were growing up.

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