Bored in the House
Updated: Jun 19, 2021
I think it is safe to say that 2020 is the year where every person's screen time went up. Children and adults both used Zoom for hours a day. When the work day/school day was over, most of us didn't know what to do with ourselves since everything was closed. As a result, we binged-watched Netflix and scrolled through social media.
When I needed a break from my phone, the following activities/games kept me occupied. Below is my top 10 list of non-electronic quarantine activities. All of the pictures were taken from games' website.
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The best game of quarantine and maybe all time is Hunt a Killer. My mom got our family the Class of '98 Box Set.
The objective of the game is to find out who the murderer is. In the Class of '98 version, there are six different boxes. Each box comes with a letter from a private investigator with tools to help solve the crime. The tools include witness statements, maps, yearbooks, an online database, and more.
Paint by numbers was a great quarantine activity that reminded me of my childhood.
A few years ago, my mom gave me this book. I used it every once in a while but during quarantine I colored almost every night to relieve stress. If you do not want to buy a full coloring book, Alex Fleming puts free pages on his Facebook page.
4. Bad People
A "dictator" picks up a white card and reads it out loud. Next, the "dictator" silently picks someone in the group that they think the card applies to. After, every other person tries to guess who the "dictator" chose. The objective of the game is to guess the same person as the "dictator."
Examples of white cards:
- Most likely to become a vegetarian because their partner wanted them to?
- Most likely to create a fake social media account to spy on someone?
- Most likely to get a tattoo they will later regret?
- Most likely to enter as a contestant on The Bachelor/The Bachelorette?
**Fun to play with siblings. Not fun to play with parents.**
Tenzi is another game my mom bought for the family during the Covid-19 lockdown. Every player is given 10 dice. The first player to get all dice to land on the same number yells Tenzi.
I would highly recommend buying the 77 Ways to Play Tenzi pack to learn different variations of the game.
Each player goes around the room reading a card. After each card is read, everyone in the group chooses someone that the card belongs to. The person to get the most cards at the ends loses.
One night during quarantine, Kat, Elise, and I finished the whole box set.
Examples of the cards:
- Was all about Abercrombie
- Pregames pregaming
- Shamelessly Snapchats
- Makes Facebook status someone's name while searching for them
Although I hate puzzles, I found myself wanting to do them in the beginning of quarantine. To be completely honest, I worked on this one for about an hour, got bored, and Elise finished it on her own. Thanks Elise!
If you and your family are looking for a game that utilizes strategy, Blokus is for you. In the game, you use the pieces to build the largest territory possible and block your opponents from getting their pieces down.
At the beginning of Covid-19, Kat, Elise, and I decided to order friendship bracelet string. We thought it was a good idea to make a new anklet every day in quarantine. Once I had 24 anklets on at one time I decided to stop putting them on my ankle and started giving them to my family.
While playing Taboo, you get your team to guess the word you are describing, without saying any of the words on the list.
Although the directions say you need at least four people to play, my sister and I would modify the game and play together when we were bored.