We’re back for round 3 of ideas to keep the teenagers in your life entertained.
Host a (Household) Dinner Party
With the loss of autonomy that quarantine has brought about, many teenagers will be feeling like they are little kids again, so giving them a task that has a lot of responsibility is the perfect way to show them you consider them to be young adults.
Get them to host a dinner party for your household one weekend. Let them pick a food theme like Greek or Middle Eastern and then plan a menu with a main, side, and dessert so it’s not too overwhelming for them. Depending on their experience in the kitchen you may need to help out a bit or rein them in if they’ve gone too overboard. They can make their desert earlier and decorate the dining area according to the theme, maybe even get their siblings to help with serving. It doesn’t have to be overly fancy, but it will help teach them some valuable skills in the kitchen and time management – most of all though it should be fun and delicious for everyone involved!
Macramé is a form of textile produced using knotting techniques and is fairly simple to do, if time-consuming.
It’s also very Instagram worthy and you can make a range of designs for wall textiles, bags, or even to hold pot plants, and basically all you need is string and patience. Just decide on what you want to make and the internet has a surplus of designs and tutorials to follow.
Make Homemade Beauty Products
Pamper your skin at home.
There are endless beauty products you can make yourself – and they generally tend to be cheaper than buying them, especially when you can make them repeatedly once you have the ingredients. This is a great idea for teens who often have troublesome skin and you can even incorporate it into beauty bar night in. Here’s a recipe for an oatmeal face mask, the soothing ingredients will relieve irritated skin, leaving it smooth, use it 3x a week to reap the benefits.
What you’ll need
Grind 4 tbsp. of rolled oats to a coarse powder to enhance the texture of the mask – the fastest and easiest way to do this is in a blender or food processor and pour into a small bowl.
Measure 1tbsp.of honey and pour over the oats and mix thoroughly. The honey helps to moisturise the skin and has antibacterial properties to treat acne.
Separate the egg whites and the yolk and discard the whites, add the yolk to your oatmeal, and mix to form a paste. Egg yolks are rich in vitamin D, which is an antioxidant that delays the aging process. If you have oily skin add a splash of lemon juice to clean away any excess oil.
Apply the mask to your face and allow it to set for 15 minutes, then rinse it off thoroughly with warm water. Pat your face dry with a towel.
Listen to a Podcast
Podcasts are the perfect portable entertainment.
There’s a podcast for everyone out there and whether she wants to keep up with current events, have a laugh, or learn something she’ll have her pick. It’s the ideal companion for isolation walks or hanging out in a garden. Sarah from the marketing team’s favourite podcast is called The Mystery Show. Unfortunately, there was only one season, and it’s a few years old but the reporter Starlee Kine uncovers listeners minor mysteries which cannot be solved on the internet with search engines alone. It was declared the best new podcast of 2015 by iTunes and it is very funny, interesting, and endearing – well worth a listen.
That’s it for our ‘stuck at home’ series for now – hopefully, we’ll be able to be out and about a bit more freely in the coming weeks or months, but we hope you’ll try out some of our ideas and let us know how they go.
Stay safe everyone!