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Cabin Fever Setting In? Here Are Some Kid-Friendly Ideas To Beat The Boredom




(Photo courtesy of Kathy Bobal)

Spring isn't usually the time of year when we think about cabin fever, but in this unprecedented time of social distancing and self-quarantine, spring 2020 will go down in the history books.

With schools closed and our social lives limited, boredom may be setting in — for kids, especially. That's where we come in. Our Willy's Wilderness website is packed full of kid-friendly stories, crafts and experiments that may be just the thing to help pass the time. Here are just a few activities — both indoor and outdoor — to try. Most require just basic household items — or nothing at all. 

  • Make paper flowers: Spring has officially sprung, so what better time to be inspired by nature for some art of your own. The possibilities are endless for this craft project.
  • Create a beautiful sun catcher or wind chime: DVDs and CDs are fast becoming a thing of the past. If you have some laying around your house, you can use them to make a sun catcher or wind chime to hang in your yard. 
  • Make your favorite critters fly: This activity takes advantage of items you already have around the house. So gather some materials, pick your favorite critter, and let’s make them launch.
  • Create a milk rainbow: You won't find a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but you will get to see science in action. This experiment requires just a small amount of milk, but make sure you have enough to spare before giving it a go.
  • Go on a nest quest: The leaves haven't quite started to fill in on the trees yet, so it's still a great time to see all the nests left behind from last year. Head outside for a walk — whether it's around your neighborhood or at a nearby preserve or park — and look up. See how many nests you can find. Can you figure out who left them behind?
  • Do a soil study: Dig into the magical world below your feet by literally digging in the dirt. What will you find? So much more than just dirt. You might find pebbles, sand, wood or even insects. You only need a small amount of dirt for your soil study.
  • Put on your listening ears: Head outside for a few minutes to see if you can hear any sounds of spring around you. Do you hear birds chirping? Frogs calling out? Wind breezing through the trees? Sit quietly and take it all in, journaling what you hear as you go. 
  • Read up on your favorite creatures: Do those e-learning assignments include independent reading or a research project? We've got you covered with our creature feature series. From squirrelly squirrels to slithering snakes, you can read up on many of the animals you see right here in Will County.

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