Creative Family Quarantine: 15 Inspired Projects that will help your family slow down, show up, and create lasting memories from this season together at home.

Let’s all admit we need a break from what’s going on in our own minds right now.  We need a little time where we can turn off the phones, shut the laptops, look into the eyes of the people we love and find some joy in this season where our worlds are turned upside down.  This humble post is not going to change your life, but I hope that it will help change the atmosphere of your home for a few minutes a day for the next couple of weeks.  There is beauty in this season of being home together.  I want to show up for my own life and for my family and make some special memories around this season at home.  And in the craziness of trying to make life work right now, instead of running away from my present reality, I want to take the hands of those I love and run straight into it.  Want to join me?

This post is a collection of simple, creative ideas to get your family together and making memories.  There is little to no prep involved in all of these, and they can all be completed using materials you probably already have around your house and in your backyard.

It only takes a little bit of effort to delight a child.  Pick an idea, don’t overthink it, and give it a try!

Sending love and health and hope to all of you and to your families.  May we all wake up to the miracle of our ordinary lives today.

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Backyard Sensory Scavenger Hunt: Perfect for kids who love to run, jump, smell, touch, taste, and experience life with big senses.

 

11Create-A-Flavor Popcorn Contest: Experimenting in the kitchen has never been this fun (or yummy!)

Creative Family Coloring and Activity BookFree Printable Doodle and Activity Book: Perfect for a no-stress creative family drawing time.

 

instant dress up tea party, creative family culture, sacred everyday, mackenzie chesterInstant Dress-Up Tea Party: Be surprised at the spontaneous celebration you can create when you just announce the words “dress-up” and “tea party.”  Here’s how to make it fun and super-simple.

free printable handout sensory processing 5 senses list handwriting art drawingThings I Like, A Sensory Snapshot: Want to find out something you didn’t know about each person in your family?  Try this quick exercise and I guarantee you will learn something new!

 

Children making a hand-drawn puzzle on the back of another puzzle, Creative Family Idea Box, Creative Family Culture and the Sacred Everyday by Mackenzie ChesterDouble-the-Puzzles: Make a new puzzle out of an old puzzle!  Just put it together, flip it over, pull out the sharpies, and viola!  Here are some tips for keeping it super simple and fun.

 

poetry delivery project, mackenzie chester, 14 creative family ideas, homeschool, verydayPoetry Deliver Project: Make a quick recording of your children (and yourself) reading poems, and deliver them via text to friends and family.  Ask them to reply with a poem of their own and create a family poetry album of beloved voices.

 

paintparty3No-Stress Paint Party: My secret to the easiest-ever, no stress, no mess paint party.  So easy, you can let your kids paint at the kitchen table every single day.

 

Storytelling Game Handout, free printable from the Creative Family Idea Box by Mackenzie ChesterDinnertime Storytelling Game: So easy, you can play this game at your next meal.  5 minutes prep will get your family talking, laughing, and making memories around the table.

 

f1Treasure Hunt: Get outside, slow down, and see what treasures are in store for you.  Create an instant adventure with this simple search for beauty.

 

inventaholidayhandoutInvent-a-Holiday: Use this simple handout to create your own family holiday.  Work on it together or let everyone create his/her own.  This fun exercise may turn into a tradition you celebrate year after year.

 

kells feelingsBook of Feelings: This fun activity will become a cherished record of the feelings of your children at this moment in their lives.  So simple, so much fun.

 

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Milk Jug "Paper Dolls"Milk Jug Paper Dolls: Paperdolls that won’t tear!  Cut them out of recycled milk jugs and decorate with sharpies.  Here’s how.

 

words about youWords About You: Take this fun opportunity to bless and encourage each member of your family by sharing some of the things about them that you love.

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