It has become difficult to cope up with the changes brought about in our lives due to the current outbreak all over the world. Moms, dads, and kids residing everywhere have found themselves in a chaotic yet cozy situation due to the unexpected circumstances especially when everyone is supposed to stay at home. The prime concern and a formidable challenge for all parents right now is to minimize their children’s screen time simultaneously incorporating some fun learning activities to avoid learning loss and backslide!
There’s no need to worry about it because we’ve got more than a dozen fun and learn activities for your kids under this stressful situation. You, as a parent, should look at the bright side of staying at home; you get to spend quality time with your children. This quality time is what you have been wishing for years! So now when you have it, just make the most of it, especially because social interaction is so important for the language and cognitive development of children.
But most importantly! Keep a schedule so that your kids are disciplined during the self-isolation and learn the importance and value of time because after all these aren’t their regular vacations. The kids need to be disciplined during the current outbreak! Here’s a sample daily schedule for your children, feel free to change it according to your desires.
Here are plenty of ideas to keep your cabin fever quarantined children busy at home. If you are a stay-at-home parent or working from home currently, these ideas will definitely be helpful in keeping you and your children from getting stir-crazy!
1. Interactive Reading
Start off with reading books interactively with your little ones; it really helps with their language and literacy instructions. Interactively refers to the fact that you discuss various characters in the books and take input from your children alongside encouraging them to explain the pictures and how the characters feel. And most importantly encourage your children to predict the future of the story so that their imagination widens up. Not to forget, ask your children to describe the different objects and their characteristics, this will definitely help increase their vocabulary. You can even look at the website of your local library, they might be hosting some virtual or live stream reading events. In this way your self-quarantine would seem pretty fun for the children.
2. Recall Various Events From Memory or After Seeing Old Photos
Keep your children engaged with you at all times especially during this time of uncertainty which has led to us practicing social distancing! This is the crucial time of their lives where their personality development takes place so each activity/ action that they see imprints their personality. Open up your treasure box of old photos and ask them to recall various events. This activity has proven to be really beneficial for their autobiographical memory and narrative ability.
3. Practical Mathematical Problem Solving
For children who are a bit older and can understand the basic mathematics concepts, you can ask them to practically solve mathematical problems for example: ask your child to go and count the number of windows in the house and they average them with the number of rooms present.
4. Set Up a Treasure Hunt
This is something that definitely excites the children! Hideaway 15-25 items in your home and give clues to your children and ask them to find them all. This will definitely occupy them for hours! And yes, don’t forget to set out some rules at the start because you don’t want kids going crazy in your wardrobe or pantry!
5. Cardboard/ Cushion Fort
As we all have seen through Kim Kardashian’s latest Instagram stories; the kids have driven her crazy due to social distancing and isolation. But what we can learn from her children is that they made a cardboard fort to play in. Cardboard boxes are something that we all have at our homes and they are quite inexpensive so we can risk giving them to our children to play with to calm down their cabin fever. You can even lend some couch cushions and bedsheets to your children to make forts/ tents and play in them for hours and hours! Thanks, Kim Kardashian for this wonderful idea during this self-isolation time.
Oh yes! Beat the heat with extensive swimming sessions. Swimming is an activity which is bound to exhaust all the energy from your little ones. So what are you waiting for? Grab an inflatable swimming pool as per your requirements and let your kids dive into the water and swim for hours. We have also reviewed Top 5 available inflatable pools in the market. https://toyboxadvisor.com/best-idea-for-your-summer-inflatable-swimming-pool-top-5-available-in-the-market-2020/
7. E-visit Tourist Destinations Around the Globe
This is possibly the best time for you to teach your children about the various countries, cities and tourist destinations. Transport yourself and your children to the Louvre, Paris today and Marine Life Park: Sentosa Island, Singapore tomorrow. What’s better than a Quarantined World Tour?
8. Bake Together
Baking has been one activity that always excited children, no matter which age bracket they belong to. May it be cakes, cookies, brownies or anything! Your kids will definitely enjoy the whole experience. Baking really helps the children in developing their sense of measurement through measuring ingredients for their cakes or brownies etc. Spending quality time this sweet is bound to relieve you of all the tension in the air. Once it’s ready your kids will love decorating it up!
9. Make Your Own Slime
All our kids are crazily obsessed with slime and it’s a fact that slime keeps our kids busy for hours and hours. And if you add the making process as well to it then definitely it will consume the entire morning and you can easily work from home while your kids are at it. All they need is white glue, baking soda, water, shaving cream and food coloring. You can give them colorful sparkly glitter and confetti to make their slime even more fun! This is by far the most fun activity for the children and helps in developing their hand-eye coordination.
10. Break Out the Board Games/ Playing Cards and Chess
Open up all those games lying in their playroom because there won’t be an any better time than this to play games like:
- Chutes and Ladders
- Candy Land
11. Letter Writing
Take your “social distancing” to an old school level! Encourage your little ones to write letters to their loved ones; grandparents, uncles, aunts, and friends, etc. Yes! You read that right! We are talking about the old fashion snail mail. It is very important to teach your children the conventional ideals of life and this is just the perfect time to teach them when your kids have ample fee hours.
12. Grow Rock Candy In A Glass
This is definitely one of the best scientific experiments! Crystallization process is something that kids enjoy the most so let’s give it a try! The fact that this is an edible activity, your little ones will love the creation process of rock candy at home through a hands-on learning process. All you need are a few kitchen ingredients and tools. Are you ready to transform your kitchen into a Rock Candy Laboratory? The only ingredients that you’ll require are:
- wooden sticks (preferably bamboo skewers)
- flavor enhancements ( vanilla, peppermint etc)
- food color dye
Steps to follow:
- Create a supersaturated sugar solution by mixing four cups of sugar in two cups of boiling water
- Add in your kid’s favorite flavor enhancement
- Cool the solution for 15-20 minutes
- Roll out your wet bamboo sticks in granulated sugar and let them dry completely
- Now add food color into your sugar solution
- Hang your granulated bamboo skewer into the pot with the help of clothespin.
- Place it in a cool and quite place for two weeks so that maximum crystallization process takes place.
Enjoy this rock candy at home with your kids!
This is one activity which interests everyone! No matter what is the age of your child, get them some puzzles and they’ll be busy for hours and hours while enhancing their problem solving skills. Alongside that it would help in boosting your children’s memory. Getting map puzzles would definitely be a great idea as it would teach them basic geography. The best feature about puzzles is that the kids love to play over and over again. You can even setup a puzzle corner at home so that the kids can play with them for days without any interruptions.
14. Create Fact Sheets
You definitely don’t want your children wasting their Corocation while playing around. In order to benefit the most, take a separate notebook and create fact sheets about various animals and places on it daily. Ask your child to pick out an animal every day and then list out its characteristics which they already know. After that they can do some research upon it they can add on the new facts into the sheet. This shall definitely broaden up their knowledge.
15. Arts and Crafts
Art supplies are one thing that children enjoy even more than playing with toys. As art gives them the ability to create whatever they wish for. Your kids can use their imagination to create anything and then color it or paint it. There are innumerable masterpieces that they can easily create using crayons, paints, markers, pencils etc. From creating paper and tape towns to paper plate masks and sock puppets, there are a gazillion options for them!
16. Sticker Books
This one book will really help the kids in a lot of activities, as we all know; kids love stickers! You can even get them the reusable stickers which can be used multiple times just so they don’t run out of supplies under soon!
17. Scientific Experiments
Depending upon your kid’s age there are a number of scientific experiments that they can be engaged in. So let’s bring out the inner scientist in your kid this during this global outbreak! Here’s a list of experiments that your child can perform:
- Lava lamp; use density to build a funky lamp
- Orange fizz; chemical eruption in your mouth
- Volcanic eruption; using baking soda and vinegar
- Home-made play dough
- Elephant toothpaste
- Storm in a glass
- Growing rock candy in glass
18. Disposable Cup Mini Greenhouses
What would be better than to teach gardening to your children? And this is one activity that you will also enjoy the most! Planting a seed, it sprouts and then transforms into a plant! What a magical process it is! A definite sense of accomplishment comes with growing plants plus your child will learn to take care of plants and get closer to nature when they are confined within houses due to the the outbreak.
All you will need is:
- Colored disposable cups
- Seeds (try to choose the ones with short germination period)
- Potting soil
Plant your seeds and put them under the sun and enjoy seeing the miracle of life happen!
19. Check Out Space
Who doesn’t want to be an astronaut? Take this chance to satisfy the little astronaut in your
child by exploring different planets. You can explore the surface of Mars with a digital 360
degree camera. Your kids would love to explore new galaxies and our very own milky way. What a mesmerizing experience it would be to explore our own solar system. We’re sure that your kids would be more than delighted to know what is outside of our planet Earth.
20. Physical Fitness
While our target is to reduce screen time, let’s not forget that we have to keep our kids active as well. So every morning fix some time for their early morning gym session where they will be exercising and stretching just so that their muscles strengthen up. After that if you have a backyard, your kids can go out and run for a while or play football together. In the noon they can go for a cycling session or for skateboarding around neighborhood. Our basic aim is to keep them active throughout the day so that they stay fit.
We can understand that this outbreak and staying at home to protect ourselves and our families can be quite taxing for the parents especially when it comes to entertaining their hyperactive little ones who are always high in energy and jumping around the house like a jelly bean. You need to exhaust their energy before they exhaust you out! We hope that these 20 activities will definitely interest your little ones. Your kids will be engrossed in these activities giving you ample time to work on your official commitments and assignments.