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6 Fun Family Activities to Keep You Entertained

Discover great activity ideas to entertain your children and bring your family together during this season.

family activities for covid-19

As the world locks down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, families are suddenly spending an unprecedented amount of time inside the four walls of their homes. If you need a hand preventing the kids from bouncing off those very same walls, we’ve got you covered!

Here are six ideas aimed at not only entertaining your children but bringing your family together as you learn about different cultures—and have a whole lot of fun doing so.

1. Make a meal from your sponsored child’s country

How to make noodles

Get creative in the kitchen with Rose's recipe for Filipino Noodles.

Grab the kids and discover another culture in a hands-on, delicious way, by preparing a meal together! Pick a recipe from the country the child you sponsor lives and you can tell them about your culinary experience in your next letter. A quick Google search will reveal hundreds of recipes to choose from. Why not try making one of these iconic traditional meals?

  • Peanut Stew—a delicious west African dish often served with maize.
  • Mandazi— Rwandan pancakes that are quite similar to doughnuts in texture.
  • Pancit noodles—discover how to make Pancit Bihon or Filipino Noodles with this step by step guide by Compassion graduate, Rose.
  • Pupusas—the stuffed flatbread is El Salvador’s national dish.
  • Nasi Goreng—literally meaning ‘fried rice’, this is a popular dish in Southeast Asia.
  • Matooke—boiled and mashed plantains are a staple in Uganda.
  • Lugaw—this rice porridge with chicken is a favorite breakfast for Filipino children.
  • Empanadas—turnovers stuffed with delicious fillings are common in South and Central America.

2. Watch this fun video

children with cameras in Colombia

Children in northern Colombia were given video cameras to document their day.

Have you ever wondered what the child you sponsor experiences at their Compassion project? Experience it for yourself—through their eyes. We gave children at a project in Colombia video cameras so they could record their day and share it with you.

Watch the children as they learn, play, eat and pray.

3. Play a game from another country

Tumbang Preso Philippines

In the Philippines, Anthony and his friends enjoy a game of Tumbang Preso.

Call the children over because it’s time for PE class—Philippines style. Tumbang Preso is a popular game played across the country, requiring only an empty can, bottle or milk carton, and flip flops.

These are the rules:

  • One player is ‘it’ and guards the can, while the others stay behind a line.
  • The objective is for players to knock the can over with their shoe, and for 'It' to turn the can upright before trying to tag one of the children.
  • If It can tag a child before they retrieve the shoe and make it back to safety behind the line, they become the new It.
  • If a player is unable to retrieve their shoe, others can ‘save’ them by hitting the can with their shoe.

4. Take a family photo

family photo in Thailand

In Brazil, 14-year-old Ana Maria has eight brothers and sisters.

Take advantage of everyone in the family being in the same place at once by snapping a few pics! Not only will grandparents love them, so will the child you sponsor!

If you're looking for inspiration, check out these fascinating family portraits from around the world

5. Read an inspiring story together

first trip to the seaside

Ryany visited the sea for the first time in Brazil.

Trying times call for heartwarming stories and this one is bound to bring you joy.

Compassion’s church partners in Brazil asked children what they wanted to experience for the first time—and then made those longed-for dreams a reality for 11 children.

Despite living close to the ocean, poverty meant Ryany’s family could never afford to make the journey. When her dream became reality, it was a day she will never forget.

“I hardly slept, thinking about what it would be like to see the sea for the first time!” she said. “It’s much bigger and more beautiful than I imagined.”

Read the full story here>

6. Pray and worship together

praying for your children

“I’m convinced that one of the most powerful forces on earth is the prayer of a child.” —Wess Stafford

This season is a great opportunity to spend time praying with your family. Together, why not write a list of the things you’re grateful for. Then write anything you’re concerned about. As a family, commit these things to God by praying about them.

You can also find useful prayer resources to help guide you in praying for the Coronavirus situation on our prayer pages. And if you're looking for family worship songs, we can recommend this great live stream worship for kids every Sunday at 3pm from one of our Ambassadors, Shell Perris. 

Plus be encouraged—Compassion staff around the world are keeping your family uplifted in prayer, too. We’re all in this together.

WORDS : Compassion International

PHOTOS : Compassion International



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