8 Tips & Activities for Staying Indoors

8 Tips & Activities for Staying Indoors

March 19, 2020

8 Tips & Activities for Staying Indoors 

 

Due to recent events, lots of parents are at home with their children 24/7. As time passes on, you might find yourself running out of ideas to entertain your kids daily while staying sane inside your house. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or you’re working from home, here are 8 easy tips & activity ideas – your kids will thank us later.

 

1. Enjoy an Indoor Picnic  

Lay down a picnic blanket in your living room, wash some fruit, whip up a few quick sandwiches and enjoy a nice indoor picnic. This is super easy to set up and it can replace any lunch or dinner at your kitchen table.

2. Watch Aquarium Webcams

Most aquariums around the world have closed their doors to the public, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy seeing marine life in real time. Below are some webcam links from the Georgia Aquarium that your little one can enjoy while you’re busy doing something else.  

3. Make a Sensory Bin 

The great thing about sensory bins is that they’re so easy to make and it keeps your kids occupied for a while! Here’s how to do it:

  • You will need a medium to large container (tupperware boxes, shoe boxes, plastic bins, cardboard boxes and baking dishes are all good choices)
  • Choose a sensory bin filler – this could be sand, marbles, shredded paper, macaroni, rice, etc. Just make sure that whatever filler you choose is appropriate to the age of your child and the level of supervision they will have
  • Find tools around the house your little ones can use. This will help them dig through to find the hidden treasures within! We recommend simple things you can find in your kitchen – jars, measuring cups, ladles, scoops, etc. are all great options
  • Fill the bin with little treasures. This could be pretty much ANYTHING you want it to be! Toys, gadgets you have lying around, coins, you name it. Just remember to pick something that doesn’t have any sharp edges – you don’t want any accidents happening

4. Bake   

If you’ve been itching to try out a new recipe, this is your time to shine. Cookies, pies, scones, muffins, YES! You can get your kids to help by measuring out ingredients, mixing them together and decorating after everything is baked and cooled.

5. Make a Cardboard Fort   

I will be the first to admit that I’m guilty of this…I have a ton of cardboard boxes lying around (online shopping is a lifestyle). Now it’s finally time to make use of them. You can easily make a quick cardboard fort (or ship, or castle, or mansion, whatever you fancy) with your kiddos. This can be their secret hideout where they can play to their little hearts’ content.

6. Give a Recess

If your kids aren’t feeling what you have scheduled or if they’ve been doing something for a long time, feel free to give them a recess. Remember that they may not be used to this new daily routine and might just need a quick brain break.

7. Make DIY Playdough

Flour, salt, water, and food coloring/washable paint. That’s all you need. Watch this video for a step-by-step guide on how to make DIY playdough.

8. Solve Puzzles

Classics never fail. Puzzles are an amazing way to keep your kiddos busy and to stimulate their brain at the same time. You can help them by sorting out the pieces by color and picking out the side/corner pieces. 

 

Extra Tip 

Social distancing doesn’t always mean “stay indoors 24/7”. You can go outside, as long as you keep a safe distance from others. 5 minutes of soaking up the sun in your garden or taking a quick walk around the block can do wonders to you and your family’s mood.

Remember – even though it may be hard at times, try to be positive and see the silver lining in every situation. While there are many unknowns, we get the opportunity to create new memories and to strengthen our bonds with our kids. We will all get through this challenging time together.

If you happen to take any pictures or videos of your indoor shenanigans, we would love to see it! Tag us on Instagram or let us know on Facebook

Happy playing!

 

Xoxo,

The Stonz Team

 

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AWARDS & PRESS

AWARDS & PRESS

Stonz as recognized through awards, by the press and as seen in the media.


AWARDS


Stonz products have received numerous awards over the years, having been tested by savvy reviewers and professionals based on value, functionality, quality and product appeal. In addition to the below, Stonz products have been recognized by Creative Child Magazine, Red Tricycle, the National Parenting Center and others. 

 

Stonz Booties are certified by the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association as a product that promotes the development of young feet

Canadian Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Approval

Stonz Booties are certified by the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association as a product that promotes the development of young feet.




Creative Child Magazine Awards

The Stonz Sun Suit was named the 2018 Product of the Year in the Outdoor Play Apparel category, while our Baby Mitts received a 2018 Preferred Choice Award by Creative Child Magazine.


Stonz Scout Winter Boots were awarded the 2018 Product of the Year award for Winter Footwear. 

Baby Maternity Magazine Awards

Stonz Scout Winter Boots were awarded the 2018 Product of the Year award for Winter Footwear. Our Sun Suit also received the 2018 Preferred Choice Award for Sun Protection Apparel, as voted by new moms and moms-to-be.


Stonz Booties were awarded with the PTPA Seal of Approval.

PTPA Seal of Approval

Stonz Booties were awarded with the PTPA Seal of Approval.


Stonz Awards - Mom's Best Award Winner

Mom's Best Award

The Mom's Best Award for Fantastic Products recognizes the best of the best in juvenile products, toys and media as evaluated by moms.


Stonz Baby Booties have been recognized by iParenting as a top baby product.

iParenting Award

Stonz Baby Booties have been recognized by iParenting as a top baby product.

 

PRESS


Here are just some of the latest mentions of Stonz in the media.

 

November 2018

Stonz as featured by Business Insider

‘The Best Kids' Snow Boots You Can Buy’
Featuring our Trek Winter Boots.
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November 2018

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‘Hacks for Those Travelling With Kids’
A segment with Mom blogger Jessica Hall.
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November 2018

Stonz as featured by Business Insider

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Featuring our Baby Mitts as best mittens for babies.
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October 2018

Stonz as featured by Pop Sugar

‘Best Products for Babies and Kids’
Featuring our Toddler Booties.
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February 2018

Stonz was features at Today's Parent - ‘36 Adorable Rain Boots for Kids’

‘36 Adorable Rain Boots for Kids’
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November 2017

Stonz is feature on CTV News clip "Mompreneurs share their top holiday picks for kids."

CTV News Hour Ottawa – ‘Top Pics’

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August 2017

Stonz introduces sun-sational UPF line on Earnshaw's article.

‘Sun Savvy’

Stonz introduces sun-sational UPF line.
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SPOTTED IN STONZ


Some familiar faces spotted in Stonz products!

Molly Sims

Model and actress Molly Sims’ kids are having a blast in their Stonz Rain Boots!

Model and actress Molly Sims’ kids are having a blast in their Stonz Rain Boots!

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin’s little ones are loving their Stonz gear!

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin’s little ones are loving their Stonz gear!


Eva Chen

Eva Chen's adorable son Tao wants to share his Stonz Rain Boots with mom!

Eva Chen's adorable son Tao wants to share his Stonz Rain Boots with mom!


Busy Philipps

Actress Busy Philipps’ daughter is rainy day ready in her Stonz Rain Boots and Liners!

Actress Busy Philipps’ daughter is rainy day ready in her Stonz Rain Boots and Liners!


James Van Der Beek

Actor James Van Der Beek’s daughter Olivia was spotted looking rain ready in her Stonz Rain Boots!

Actor James Van Der Beek’s daughter Olivia was spotted looking rain ready in her Stonz Rain Boots!


Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen, of Parenthood fame, took her daughter for a Fall outing wearing her Polka Dot Booties!

Erika Christensen, of <i>Parenthood </i>fame, took her daughter for a Fall outing wearing her Polka Dot Booties!


Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff dressed her son Luca in his Blue Stonz Rain Boots. We love those smiling faces!

Hilary Duff dressed her son Luca in his Blue Stonz Rain Boots. We love those smiling faces!


Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris took his two little ones out for a stroll in NYC, with his daughter decked out in Stonz natural rubber Rain Boots!
Neil Patrick Harris took his two little ones out for a stroll in NYC, with his daughter decked out in Stonz natural rubber Rain Boots!


Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner's youngest daughter Seraphina was spotted in Stonz Booties in the polka dot brown design. She also has the Stonz polka dot brown fleece hat to match!

Jennifer Garner's youngest daughter Seraphina was spotted in Stonz Booties in the polka dot brown design. She also has the Stonz polka dot brown fleece hat to match!


Halle Berry

Another one of our favorite famous moms, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, was spotted buying a pair of Stonz booties for her daughter Nahla at Circle Craft in Vancouver.

Another one of our favorite famous moms, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, was spotted buying a pair of Stonz booties for her daughter Nahla at Circle Craft in Vancouver.