Seattle's Child

Your guide to a kid-friendly city

Erika's stay-at-home picks for April 11 and 12

Make Your Own Stickers

Keep your kids busy for hours with wax paper and packing tape. Simply print out small images they like (or ask them to draw some), then cut out the images. Lay a piece of wax paper down and stick a length of clear packing tape face down on the wax paper. Place the images on top of the tape, and then cover them with another piece of clear packing tape. Once again, cut out the images, this time leaving a border all the way around. When you are ready to use your sticker, peel away the wax paper. Here’s an instructional video.

 

Increase the Puzzle Challenge

So, after 2+ weeks of quarantine your brood is whipping through the jigsaw puzzles you own and you are tired of sourcing more. Here are a few ideas to up the difficulty meter: 1. Mix two or more puzzles together and see how quickly they can complete the puzzles. 2. Turn the pieces over (cardboard side up) and try to complete that way 3. Remove the edge pieces and set them aside, then start construction of the puzzle from the middle.

 

Pizza Night!

Get the kids involved in a dinner they’ll love. All you need is pizza dough, your favorite pizza toppings, and a grill – yes, a grill. The trick to grilling pizza is to make sure the grill is HOT! Stretch your dough, wipe the grate with olive oil, then lay down the dough and let it cook for 2 minutes. Remove the dough and flip it cooked side up onto a cookie sheet. Kids can ladle on the sauce, sprinkle on the toppings and then return it to the grill for an additional 3 minutes. Dinner is served. Here’s an instructional video.

 

Build a Fantastic Fort

Gather all your cushions, pillows, and blankets and dump them in the room with the fewest breakable things. Then set your kids and their imaginations to work to create the biggest, best, most impenetrable fort ever! Using a couch or chairs for stability, see if they can make more than one room in the fort. Pro tip: Collapsible play tunnels make great fort hallways.

 

Pick a Pen Pal

We might be in quarantine in the digital age, but we don’t have to act like it. Ask your kids to (hand) write a letter or draw a picture and snail mail it to a friend or family member. They can learn how to address the envelope, attach a stamp, and deliver it to the post box, and hopefully, they’ll also learn the joys of anticipation and of receiving a letter in return.