2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has wrought havoc with our day to day lives, causing all sorts of changes that many of us are still having to learn to get used to. Some of us are now permanently working for home, or at least working from home for the foreseeable future. Many of us are struggling with money. Many of us have health fears or concerns. Perhaps the hardest change to get used to? Following government guidelines that have put in place to slow the spread of the virus that mean we are unable to socialise on a face to face basis with others or really do all too much outside of our own homes. This, of course, is all pretty difficult. So, it can be easy to overlook how much this pandemic may have impacted our little ones’ lives too. Sure, they don’t have to worry about bringing money in and paying the bills. But their lives have changed too. They may no longer be able to go to their clubs and extracurricular activities. They might not be able to play with their friends. Put simply, they may just be a little bored. So, to help keep them occupied in a safe manner, here are a few suggestions of things to do!
Arts and Crafts
Most kids love arts and crafts. Whether that’s learning how to knit, cutting up paper pieces and making their own mosaics, creating sculptures with playdoh, clay or plaster of paris, or anything else. So, why not have a few arts and crafts days where they can let their creative sides loose and really express themselves? If you’re feeling particularly brave, and are ready for a particularly tough clean up job, you could even get the glitter and glue out!
Many kids love baking too. There are plenty of simple recipes out there, or even prepacked and prepared baking kits for kids. Of course, you’ll have to make sure to closely supervise your kids while they’re in the kitchen and should definitely take care of anything to do with the oven yourself. But all in all, it will be a whole lot of fun! You may even want to take care of the baking yourself and let the kids take care of the fun part – the decorating.
If your little ones like stories, make sure to have some sort of storytime each day. Take out half an hour to an hour and read some of their favourite stories to them. Put on voices for different characters and make it excited. Alternatively, if you need to work or undertake other chores and tasks, and want to keep them occupied while you’re doing this, check out audio books for kids.
Now is a great time for your kids to learn a new language. Try out learning apps and learn with them along the way!
These, of course, are just a few suggestions. There are countless fun activities you can try out with your kids from the comfort of your own home! Hopefully, these will just help to get the ball rolling!