We are in day 3 of self-isolation and I can already feel my 2.5 year old toddler going crazy. I don’t blame her, I am going crazy too! It is quite the adjustment for us because we’re usually out and about, so finding creative things to do at home took some time to figure out. But I’ve managed to come up with a shortlist of things to do while staying at home (some we’ve done already!) so I thought I’d share them here incase you too are searching for fun things to do at home with your kiddies!
I whipped up a batch of Easter egg themed sugar cookies and Audrey helped me decorate them! She loves helping out and getting messy, so she went a bit crazy with the sprinkles. Mommy did the icing because.. you know, I needed to control some of the mess. But the best part obviously was eating the cookies after 🙂
Below is the recipe I used for the sugar cookies:
Makes about 16 medium sized sugar cookies.
2. Add the flour, vanilla extract and salt to the bowl and mix only until it becomes a bread crumby like consistency. You don’t want to over mix.
3. Once it becomes bread crumb-y, take it out of the bowl and knead it a few times on a clean, flat surface until it comes a delicate ball of dough. Yes it will be fragile and might fall apart easily but that is the nature of sugar cookie dough!
5. Now the fun part!! Start cutting away! This recipe yields about 16 medium sized sugar cookies. You can roll out the excess dough again to make more cookies but I only recommend rolling out the dough twice max. After two times, I would discard the excess.
6. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 338F degrees for 10-15mins or until the sides of the cookies are starting to turn golden brown.
7. Let the cookies cool for about 15-30mins before icing!
Easter is around the corner but social distancing has caused many event cancellations, so I thought I would set up our own egg hunting adventure at home. I filled up the eggs with Audrey’s mini Hatchimals and other little figurines she has and hid them around the backyard for her to find. She is currently obsessed with opening up eggs and finding a “surprise” inside, so this activity was perfect for her. Not only did she get her exercise in for the day, but it also kept her busy for a good 45 minutes!
I don’t know what it is about kids and jumping, but they go crazy over it! So I took out the bouncy castle from our storage and set it up in the backyard for her to jump her heart away until she got tired!
The weather has been beautiful the last few days so I’m hoping to get Audrey outside and help me prepare some pots for our herb garden. I still have a few herbs that survived the winter so I would like to clean those up and add some soil to their pots. Audrey loves getting messy so I’m sure playing with dirt will be a fun activity for her. I also want to start planting some seeds for our vegetable garden!
This one is an obvious favourite for toddlers! It might require an outfit change after, but it’s so easy to set up and brings so much entertainment to the little ones that it’s an obvious choice for a stay at home activity.