Keep Calm and Quarantine On

dad and son in fortIs social distancing making you wonder what to do for the next few weeks? If you have small kids, spending weeks at home, not seeing friends, and avoiding public places could make the time seem to drag on. Our Child Life team at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center offers these activities to keep your children engaged while they are away from school during COVID-19 quarantine.

  • Play hide and seek.
  • Create a scavenger hunt or treasure map to find things around your home.
  • Build a fort with pillows and blankets. You can watch movies, read or sleep in this space.
  • Make your own bingo game.
  • Go on a nature walk and create rubbings or paint the items you find.
  • Make letters and numbers in shaving cream.
  • Play Simon says, red light/green light, double dutch or hopscotch.
  • Get creative! Make things using recycled materials.
  • Dress up and have a dance party.
  • Involve children in preparing meals (if age appropriate).
  • Toss a ball or have a family “pick-up game” of sports.
  • Create your own obstacle course or marble run.
  • Print coloring sheets and educational worksheets from online.
  • Make music with the Chrome Music Lab!
  • Build a tower with cups, blocks, pillows, or sticks and marshmallows!
  • Clean up around playrooms and bedrooms!
  • Go for a nature walk.

Join the conversation. Help other parents and grandparents out by sharing things you’ll be doing to make the time pass.

  3 comments for “Keep Calm and Quarantine On

  1. Jennifer Niles
    March 20, 2020 at 12:18 am

    I hear that you are considering cutting up hospital gowns to make masks. A lot of us out here who aren’t working have some extra time. Some of us even have sewing machines, although our skill level might not be very good (and I’m speaking for myself.) If someone could post instructions online and if there were a way for materials to be distributed, you could have an army of people out here helping you.

    • UMass Memorial
      March 20, 2020 at 8:51 am

      I’ve shared your comment with our command center team as I hadn’t heard about cutting up hospital gowns. Great idea to involve the community though. If you look at the UMass Memorial Medical Center facebook or Instagram accounts – we are also asking people to make cards and send them in so we can give to patients.

      • UMass Memorial
        March 20, 2020 at 3:44 pm

        We could also use some phone chargers.

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