As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, it looks like we’re about to embark on another month of at-home activities. I know it can be hard to keep finding ways to keep your kids entertained—especially now that it’s summer break! If you’re looking for new and creative activities to do with your kids from home, here are a few suggestions:

Set up “Friend FaceTime” dates. Once your kids start hitting the middle school age, spending time with their friends becomes increasingly important. Luckily, we live in an age where you can see your friends from a distance! Set up times where your kids can hop on FaceTime to talk to the people who matter to them. It’s even better if you can give them some private space to chat!

Plant a garden. Whether you have a backyard, a small porch, or even just a windowsill, you can start your own mini garden! Put your kids in charge of planting vegetables, herbs, flowers—whatever they want to grow. This website has tons of information on how to get started!

Make your own science experiment. Science camp may have been cancelled this summer, but that doesn’t mean your kids can’t work on some experiments! You can find daily science activities on this website if you’re looking for experiments beyond the typical egg drops and exploding volcanoes.

Host a read-a-thon. I know, I know—you’ve probably heard enough from me that your kids should be using this at-home time to read. But have you tried making reading a competition? Whether you play reading bingo, or compete for how many pages your family members can read in a week, turning reading into a game can make it fun for the whole family! You can even try getting your kids’ friends involved in the fun too.