Why are we all stuck inside?

Going Back Outside Activity Menu


Going back outside

What are we going to do today?

By now, we’ve made a bunch of crafts and accessories to play with. 


Do you like wearing your mask or your crown? Who else wears masks? Why do people wear crowns?


Which game was your favorite? Should we play it again?


Dress up with your friends (over video) and teach them how to play your favorite game.

Activity: Corona Costume

Mode: Imagination

Time: 15 min


What are we going to do today?

20. Corona Costume

What You Need

Coronacrown (Activity 1)

Cape (Activity 9 - Helpful Heroes)

Mask (Activity 6 - Block it out!)

Coronabadges (Activity 8)

Sock puppets (Activity 20 - Sock Puppet Expert)

How To Play

Put on all your new accessories! 

Take a picture or a video!  Tag us in it! (@whyareweallstuckinside)  


Now make a new game!

When can we go back outside? 

While we’re inside keeping the virus to ourselves a lot of things are happening.


Doctors and nurses are healing people who already have the virus, and cleaning up all the virus that people have.


Once the people in charge think the virus is mostly gone, we’ll be able to go back outside.

Activity: Scrubbing away the virus

Mode: Cleaning

Time: 15 min


When can we go outside?

21. Scrubbing away the virus

What You Need


Cleaning supplies

How To Play

1. What room is most “infected” with the virus? That’s the one to tackle!


2. Make a few squares of tape on the floor--for your child to tackle. The rest of the space is for the grown-ups to clean!


3. Name the different places you’ve designated. If you’re cleaning the kitchen (where you spend 93% of the day preparing snacks anyway), it might be “Cornerville” “Oven’s front lawn” etc.

4. Let’s pretend the virus has infected the floor! Let’s work together to get it all out!


5. Put on some music and get to cleaning!


6. Once a square is scrubbed clean, declare that

area “virus free!”


7. Once the whole room is done, choose a way to celebrate that room’s cleanliness.

Parental guidance: If your kids are already used to helping clean, great! If not, have faith!  They are fully capable of helping out. The worst that can happen is you have a lot of water to mop up.

Well, it's all about how you frame it.

If you believe scrubbing the floor is fun, maybe just maybe your kid will too?!

I'm sick of staying inside!!

This is a very strange time we're living in.  


Probably everybody feels ready to go back out.  


We might feel like we’re constantly in each other’s space.


It’s okay to get frustrated. Let’s find a way to let it out and have some fun!

Activity: Escape valve

Mode: Movement

Time: 5 min


I'm sick of staying inside!!

22. Escape Valve

What You Need

Nothing, really. A room with a door.

How To Play

1. Sometimes you just want to unleash your frustration. And while you’re stuck inside, we have fewer opportunities for letting our energy out.


2. Grown-up: decide what “semi-destructive” activity you can permit on a one-time only basis in your household, or a rule that you can break. Do it!

Some suggestions:

  • All go in the bathroom at the same time and scream at the top of your lungs for 30 seconds (maybe give the neighbors a heads up)

  • Have a pillow fight

  • Bang on all the pots and pans

  • Tear up a stack of magazines

  • Fill up balloons with water (in the bathtub!) and break them. 


3. After everyone’s calmed down, explain that it’s ok to be frustrated. We just have to find ways to show it that everyone can understand.

How do you cure the coronavirus?

It takes a lot of research to figure out how to make the right medicine to cure sicknesses like the coronavirus. 


Sometimes the ingredients are everyday things like mold on bread. Sometimes they’re exotic plants found deep in the rainforest.


Scientists around the world are working in their labs to make different medicines. When they think they have a good idea, they give them to sick people to test if they get better.

Activity: Lemonade Laboratory

Mode: Experimentation

Time: 15 min


How do you cure the coronavirus?

23. Lemonade Laboratory

What You Need

Aprons or white button-down shirts for “lab coats” 

3-4 lemons (½ cup)

A juicer, if you have one (otherwise your kid will enjoy squeezing by hand!)

Water (3 cups)

Sugar (½ cup)

How To Play

1. Let’s pretend we’re scientists and put on our lab coats, like the ones working on the cure for the Coronavirus. We’re going to test out making lemonade to see what’s it’s like to do an experiment. 


2. Squeeze all the lemons into a glass

  • Measure out ½ a cup of lemon juice

  • Take a spoon and taste the lemon juice -- how does it taste? Do you think we should include something else to make it taste better?


3. How about some water?

  • Add 3 cups of water to the ½ cup of lemon juice--let your kid measure and pour!

  • Does it taste different? Does it taste like lemonade?

4. Now, finally, the magic ingredient--sugar!

  • Add ½ cup sugar to the liquid

  • Stir and stir and stir

  • Now let’s taste it! How does that taste? 

Keep tweaking the recipe until you think it’s perfect!

Two shots of vodka should mix in quite nicely for the grown-up version of this potion. 

What happens when the coronavirus goes away? 


The people in charge will tell us when they think the coronavirus is gone.


Once people aren’t sick anymore and there’s less risk of the virus jumping around from person to person, we’ll be able to go outside again.


We’ll be be able to see our friends and family, and people will go back to work and school.


But not everything needs to change. We still get to decide how we want our lives to be.

Activity: Emotions check-in

Mode: Imagination

Time: 15 min

What happens when the coronavirus goes away?

24. Emotions check-in

What You Need

A cozy place to sit and have a heart-to-heart

Markers and paper (optional)

How To Play

Parents, use this opportunity as a pulse check, but also to get ideas from your kid for other activities to do, right now or in the future.

1. Is there anything you like better about being stuck inside?

  • Are there some things that you like about being stuck inside?

  • What are they?

  • Guide your kid gently from things like “I love watching more TV” by prompting them with what you like doing with them.

2. What do you miss? 

  • What isn’t fun about being stuck inside? 

  • What are you excited to do again?

  • Grown-ups prompt by telling them what you miss --after all, you’re stuck inside too!

3. What do you wish we could do more of?

  • Ask your child what he’d like to do more of, either while you’re stuck inside or once you can go outside. This could give you some valuable ideas!


Optional: Make a list or draw some pictures as you have the conversation


Has this ever happened before? 

In the past, there have been other diseases that made a lot of people sick and made them stay in their houses.  


One example was the Spanish Flu.  The Spanish Flu happened before grandma and grandpa were even born! Many, many people got very sick [and some of them died], and many of them stayed in their houses because they didn’t want to get sick, just like we're doing now.

How do you think people remember that, if we weren’t there? 


Some books tell the story of what happened before, so that people can remember it later. Do we have any books like that?

Another way that people remember things that happened is in a museum. Have we ever been to a museum together?  What was it like? 


→ If you have a baby book, look through that, explaining how it’s like a mini-museum. Otherwise, look through pictures on your phone and tell the stories of what happened in each picture.

Activity: Coronavirus Museum/Book

Mode: Art

Time: 30 min each

Has this ever happened before?

25. Coronavirus Museum

What You Need

Art your kid has made since being stuck inside (flat or 3D)

Tape or tacks

Empty boxes

Paper and pens to make display descriptions (optional)

How To Play

1. Where is our museum going to be? Your bedroom? The hallway?


2.  Let’s collect all the art that you’ve made since we’ve been stuck inside.  Let’s put it all in one big pile in the space where our museum will be!  


3. Now let’s collect the display materials. 


4. Museums have all kinds of displays.  Pictures that are flat usually go on the wall, and things that are bigger go in display boxes.

5. How should we group your art?  By color? By when you made it? Or by what you used to make it? (use imagination here)

6. Ok, let’s make our museum!  Stick the pictures on the wall.  Turn the boxes on their sides to display other artifacts, like your crown, your mask, your cape, your sock puppets, and maybe the plant you’ve been growing.  If you want to get really fancy you could adjust lighting to illuminate the art.

7.  Optional: Most museums have labels or descriptions of their art. How many pieces of art do we have in our museum?  Which one do we want people to see first? [Have child use small pieces of paper to write a number for each piece of art]   


8. Offer tours of your coronavirus museum via video calls.

9. When it's time to take your museum down, take a video of your kid giving a tour of it, and then proceed to the Coronavirus Book activity below.

We use books and museums to remember things that happened before. This museum will help us remember and share all the things we made while we were stuck inside.

Grown-up: imagine you’re at a gallery opening, take a step back and cock your head as you say something very sophisticated (We're sure your kid will appreciate it). Perhaps, you should have a martini in hand.

Parental guidance: Can you put art on a kid-eye level so the smaller members of your household can more easily see it?

Has this ever happened before?

26. Coronavirus Book

What You Need

Manila envelope or two pieces of cardboard for your cover

Your kid's flat art (5-20 sheets)

Stapler or glue, hole-punch and string

How To Play

Make and decorate the cover of your book


1. Either fold a big piece of paper or find a manila folder that’s going to hold all the art

2. Practice letters: give the cover a title, put your name on it, draw the cover illustration

Fill the cover with art


3. Now select the drawings you want to include in your book


4. Do they all fit? Lay them in an order between the cover like pages in a book

Bind the book together


5. Once you have laid all of your pages between the covers, you have to stick them all together

  • Staple or glue all of the pages together like a pamphlet

  • Or put 3  holes in the pages and tie them together with little pieces of string

We use books and museums to remember things that happened before. This book will help us remember and share all the things we made while we were stuck inside.

Grown-ups, A good exercise to work on your counting. How many books will you have to make if this thing goes on much longer? We’ll all be drowning in drawings!

Parental guidance: You can use this opportunity to weed out some drawings from your ever-growing collection 


But I still don't get it!

But why did this happen?


What will happen if we go outside?


Are we going to be okay? Is ___ going to be okay?


When can we go outside again?


When can I go back to school?


Is the coronavirus ever going to leave us alone?

Activity: TBD

Mode: TBD

Time: TBD

But... I still don't get it!

27. TBD




Proceed to your preferred distraction or the next activity

What You Need



Another snack?

How To Play

That's all for now!

Keep repeating these activities until you’re allowed to go back outside! Any great inspiration for new activities or questions we haven’t answered, please send them our way on Instagram @whyareweallstuckinside or to whyareweallstuckinside@gmail.com! Tag us in your photos and share our kit with your friends.

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