Seattle's Child

Your guide to a kid-friendly city

Drawing comics, one of Erika's picks for acivities at home.

If kids try making their own comics, a coronavirus makes an easy-to-draw cartoon villain.

Erika’s stay-at-home picks for June 27 and 28

Every week, Erika Bigelow chooses five fun activities to do at home.


Every week, Erika Bigelow chooses five fun activities to do at home.


Pizza and quesadillas – two of my kids’ favorite foods, blended into one. Let your kids personalize their own pizzadilla as a snack or a meal. All you need is marinara sauce, tortillas, shredded mozzarella, and whatever toppings they normally like on pizza. Simply spread marinara sauce on half of the tortilla, sprinkle with cheese, add toppings and fold in half. Then grill on the stovetop, bake in the oven, or microwave for a minute, and enjoy. Guaranteed to be a huge hit!


Make Your Own Comic Strip

If you’ve got kids who like the Sunday funnies, challenge them to make one of their own. Simply pick a character, practice sketching the character happy, sad, and mad, walking, running, and jumping, think of a plot and lay out the plot in panels, then draw. Comic worksheets can be downloaded from this website.


Build a Balance Board           

All you’ll need for this experiment is an empty 2 or 3 liter bottle of soda and a skateboard deck (no wheels). If you don’t have a deck handy, you can cut a piece of three-quarter inch plywood to a shoulder-width stance length. Then fill up the bottle with water completely and put the cap on as tight as you can. Then put on your helmet, place the board on top of the water bottle, place on foot on either side of the board, and practice sliding the board across the water bottle without touching the ground.


Hold a Toy Protest

If you aren’t able to make a protest or march in person, consider helping your kids make a statement with a toy protest. Ask your kids what they believe, talk about what you believe, gather your toys and dolls and stuffed animals together, and have fun making signs they can wear or ‘carry’. Arrange them together, snap a picture, and, if you wish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #toyprotest.


Dancing Raisins Science Experiment

A fresh bottle of club soda (or a clear soda like 7-up) and a new package of raisins are all you will need for this unique experiment. Separate the raisins and select a handful of smaller ones. Fill a glass with your bubbly liquid, then drop in the raisins and watch what happens! Be patient because it might take a minute or two. Record your observations on the sheets included in this link then learn why the raisins dance.


About the Author

Erika Bigelow

Erika authors the weekly Stay-At-Home, nee Going Place column. She lives in Seattle with her husband, three human kids, two furry kids, and a school of fish. When she's not scribbling, cooking, or chauffeuring, Erika enjoys running and reading, although not simultaneously.