Date Posted: 02/06/2020
How’s your home situation so far?
The global pandemic has affected everyone’s daily lives and has forced some of us to stay indoors to avoid getting sick. It affected us in ways that disrupted our regular routine and schedules.
We know that as parents, it has also affected our child’s regular schooling schedule and even their activities outside and after school. Since we are all encouraged to stay at home, as parents we have many dilemmas;
How can I keep my child entertained?
Kids are active and always looking to have fun, run around and play. The priority as parents is to allow them to this while keeping them safe. You might be distressed right now struggling to keep your child entertained.
We’ve got you! Here are some fun bonding activities you can do with them while they are at home:
1. Treasure hunt
This might sound challenging, but this will boost your kid’s excitement and energy. You can role-play as pirates and then ask them to find specific items around the house. You will have to prepare some clues, so they know what they are looking for.
To make it even more fun, you can offer a reward or prize for finding all of the hidden treasure.
Alternatively, before giving a clue, provide a simple Math equation. This can help you to stimulate their brain and use what they learned at school.
You can always alternate this strategy with different subjects based on what they learn at school. The significant part is while they are enjoying themselves, they are also learning.
2. Art activities
Kids are very fond of colours and activities using their hands. Art Activities may seem expensive and something that requires a lot of different materials. Don’t worry about a thing, as you might already have enough in your house.
Here’s a sample art activity that you can do.
Crumpled Paper Art Project
What you need:
What to do:
3. Start doing a gratitude practice.
Gratitude is not limited to mature ages. Start it as early as possible. It helps your children to look at life more positively. You can do this during meal times or before tucking them into bed. You can also do this creatively and show them how to make a gratitude card. They can draw on it and write down what they are thankful for in their day. If your child is stuck, you can help them with examples.
4. Spend time with them in the kitchen
This does not need to be complicated. You can teach simple recipes: how to make a sandwich or even a simple dessert. The important thing is that you’ll be able to spend time with them and make them feel useful as well as teaching them some excellent skills for the future.
Cooking together boosts their confidence, and more importantly, this is a chance to bond. Here are some ideas that you can do together:
You can always find other recipes online!
5. Play with your kids
This might seem simple, but it makes a significant impact on a child. You can enjoy watching them put their imaginations into play, as well as joining in with them. This is easily one of the most effective ways of entertaining children. Children often do not get bored playing, and when they run out of imagination, you can implement yours to help build theirs.
Being with your kids all day can be very tiring. They are so dynamic and energetic. But it’s priceless to see them happy. “What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but in exchange, it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” Nicholas Sparks