In this post…
- Reading Bingo
- Spring Bingo
- Let’s Get Moving Bingo
- Social Distancing Bingo
Inspirational Activities During a Pandemic
So often we find ourselves feeling alone during difficult times. Whether we are suffering the loss of a job, battling health issues or grieving for a loved one, we find our world at a stand-still while the rest of the world moves on. Family and friends are there to show their love and support but no one can ever truly understand what you are going through until they have stood in your shoes.
Right now the entire world is feeling the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Across the globe, athletes, celebrities and average janes like me are all living through one of the craziest events in history. We can all empathize with one another because our lives are all at a stand-still, together.
In Wisconsin, we are under a ‘safer at home’ order and are only supposed to venture out for the essentials like groceries, appointments, work and toilet paper (but good luck finding it). In the past couple of weeks, I’ve talked to many family and friends and people are very fearful. They fear the unknown, the effects that the quarantine will have on their business/work and of course the virus itself.
I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t let fear creep in now and then. As the wife of a first responder, I fear a lot of things, especially during times like these. However, I cannot let those fears consume me. I’ve been reminding myself each day to Have Faith, Not Fear.
Those four words remind me that God is with us. We are not in this alone. He has a plan.
I’d like to believe that God is asking us to slow down. Our lives are so busy and many of us are juggling way too many things on our plate. Between work, activities, errands, appointments, housework, caring for our families, and everything in-between. If you’re anything like me, you try to be super-mom in all aspects of your life and you just wind up feeling stressed and anxious about everything.
This pandemic has reminded me to slow down and appreciate the little things in life. My girls are absolutely incredible and there is truly nowhere that I’d rather be than home with them. All of the projects and crafts that I didn’t have time for before, are now top priority. Our home is filled with more artwork than an art studio and I smile thinking of all the memories that we are making during this time.
Thankfully, my girls are too young to remember this pandemic but it is one that I will never forget. I’m choosing to make the most of this extra time with my family. We aren’t rushing to go anywhere or worried about what visitors will think when they step into our home because no one will be visiting. Some days we never get out of our jammies, eat way too much food and watch one too many movies. Other days we take long walks, cut out hundreds of hearts for our windows and read for hours. It’s all about balance, going with the flow and finding what works for your family.
I’ve created several different Bingo Boards for you below. Hopefully they will bring some excitement and help fill the long days of isolation. The boards can be done individually or as a family. You could even get competitive by seeing which family member can get ‘Bingo’ or ‘Blackout’ first. Do you or your kids miss their loved ones? Are they longing to play with the neighbor kids? Print out a couple of them and have a friendly competition together.
My girls are little and enjoy doing these just for fun. I usually let them choose a couple different squares each day and they can cross it off. You can also use stickers or dot markers to mark off your completed boxes. To add to the fun, you can offer some type of reward for whomever gets Bingo first. The winner could choose what’s for dinner, pick out the movie for movie night, lead the way on a walk/bike ride, get extra screen time, a new book/toy, and a favorite treat are all ideas most kids will love.
Quick tip… If you laminate these, you can reuse them again and again. =)
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Materials You Can Use...
One of our favorite past times is reading. Both of my girls love to read and be read to. I created a Reading Bingo that we have completed a few times now. It keeps reading interesting and encourages your little ones to explore new titles that might not get pulled off of the shelves as often.
If you’re running out of books to read at home, be sure to check out these FREE options that are currently available.
Audible: For as long as schools are closed, Audible is offering an incredible collection of stories, in six different languages, that can be streamed on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Hoopla: Local libraries are offering this digital media service that allows users to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows. Media can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline viewing.
Libby: You can borrow and read ebooks and audiobooks from your local library with the Libby app by OverDrive. This app allows you to read across devices, including your kindle, stream or download for offline reading and listen in your car.
Flipster: This app allows you to check out digital magazines through your library account. I didn’t find a wide selection for kids but it’s another great free resource to add to the list.
If you’re looking for physical activities and projects to do while you’re home with your kids, I put together a Spring time Bingo that I’m sure they will love. Many of the activities require little to no prep and you will likely already have most of the supplies at home. My 16 month old gets so excited when she sees animals, especially dogs, cats and birds. We’ve spent a lot of time bird watching from our window. We even planted a couple of the sunflower seeds from the bird food. It’s been about a month now and our plants are several inches tall and will have beautiful yellow flowers on them soon. My three-year-old has been fascinated by how much they’ve grown. Hopefully your little ones will find simple pleasures in some of these spring time activities as well.
Let's Get Moving Bingo
Spring time is the perfect time to show your body some love and get moving. Movement gets your heart pumping and blood flowing and is just what kids need to burn off some of that constant flow of energy. Whether you’re enjoying the warmth and sunshine outside or stuck inside on a rainy day, there are plenty of ways to get your little ones moving.
Social Distancing Bingo
You can also check out my Social Distancing Bingo that is great for older kids, teens and adults. It’s guaranteed to motivate and inspire you and will hopefully bring you a little bit of hope and sunshine during this time of isolation.
I hope that you and your family are able to enjoy one or all of these Bingo boards together. I know many of us have a lot of extra time on our hands right now. I encourage you to try and make the most of your time by staying positive, giving yourself grace and having faith.
He will provide and we will get through this, together.
Stay safe my friends.
Love & Blessings,