Stay Safe and Have Fun
The year 2020 will be remembered as the year COVID 19 took hold in the United States and the world. With all of the information available, it can be kind of overwhelming. You can stay safe and keep busy with fun projects to make this time a little more enjoyable. Let's look at some entertaining activities to consider while spending time at home.
Managing daily life during a pandemic
While staying safe is essential, having fun will help create a much-needed diversion from everything COVID 19. There are many activities you can do in your backyard.
- Treasure hunt
- Backyard camping
- Water fun
- Grow a garden
Putting together a treasure hunt for kids can keep them busy for hours, depending on how elaborate it is. You can gather some items from around the house and hide them in the backyard (on the tree, in a half full can of paint, near kinetic wind sculptures, etc). Let the kids find as many items as they can and offer prizes for those who find the most.
A good, old-fashioned camp out is another fun activity. Pitch a tent, get some sleeping bags and make some s'mores around a campfire. Do some star gazing and teach the kids about astronomy and the constellations. They'll stay entertained and learn at the same time.
Most pools are closed, but you can have your own water fun in the backyard. A plastic pool or running through the sprinkler will keep little ones occupied for hours. For older kids, squirt guns are always a big hit.
Another great idea is starting a garden in the backyard. Growing your own food during a pandemic is healthy and inexpensive. It's also fun and educational! There are a few different options when it comes to urban farming and starting a garden.
Growing a garden using water instead of soil is known as hydroponics. Because soil can contain garden pests, some growers find they have bigger and healthier yields with this type of garden. You also need less room with hydroponics.
This growing method doesn't use soil either. The plants grow while suspended in the air, and the roots are sprayed with a nutrient-rich water solution. Gardeners who favor this method claim more oxygen is delivered to the roots, which stimulates more growth.
This process combines aquaculture, growing fish and other aquatic animals, along with hydroponics. The water from the fish tank is used to feed the plants. The fish waste in the water helps to fertilize the plants, which in turn cleans the water. The clean water then goes back into the fish tank, and the process starts again.
Rules to live by during the pandemic
There are some easy ways to help prevent the spread of COVID 19. Let's take a look at a few of them.
- Use delivery services
- Stay home as much as possible
- Cleaning and disinfecting your home
Having your food delivered or utilizing grocery pick up without leaving your car is very safe. You should also wipe things down as an extra precaution when you bring the items inside.
Putting off leisure travel is also recommended. Instead, visit relatives and friends using Zoom or another app to communicate by video. It will keep everyone safer, and with today's high-quality video platforms, it's actually a lot of fun!
Keeping your home
as clean as possible is also important. Wipe down things such as electronic devices, remote controls, doorknobs, countertops and fixtures with disinfecting cleaners.
So get creative in your backyard and make the best of your family time! You'll be glad you did.