Trying to avoid the coronavirus? Here’s how to have some fun with the kiddos while you’re stuck indoors.
We don’t know about you, but ever since the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified the coronavirus as a pandemic, and the Ministry of Health raised its risk assessment to DORSCON Orange, we’ve been racking our brains for more indoor activities to do with the kids. And though we could always go to a museum or to the library, in times like these, we’d much rather stay at home and avoid the crowds. So, here’s the ultimate guide to keeping the kids occupied during the pandemic, and, as a bonus and maintain your sanity. Have fun!
1. Make your own slime
We’ll admit, we’ve never quite understood why our little ones enjoy playing with slime. But what we do love about it is that it stimulates the senses, is super easy to make and doesn’t bust a hole in our wallets. If you’re looking to DIY your own batch, peep the instructions in our article here.
And, if you’re looking for more DIY sensory play ideas, we’ve got a whole bunch of them! Guaranteed fun for hours on end.
2. Keep them ‘appy with these tablet and phone apps
A show of hands if you’ve ever said you were going to be that parent who limits your kid’s screen time. Yeah, you can bet we’ve said that too. Plus, it’s not like we’re letting them play Minecraft or Angry Birds all day…
There are, surprisingly, plenty of tablet and phone applications that will not only keep the young ‘uns entertained, but are educational, too. We’ve got a couple of suggestions that are perfect for toddlers when they’re getting squirmy. We love Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann, where a host of 21 animals animations’ll respond to your swipes. Great for animal lovers!
Psst, you can even download apps that teach the tots how to code like a pro. The possibilities are endless!
3. Write a letter to a pen pal
Want to teach the kids about other cultures in the world? Well, there’s a great way to do so: pen pals! Not only does it broaden their world, but it can also help the littlies improve their penmanship, build lifelong friendships and helps develop their social and language skills. You could get the ball rolling by contacting other parents, or by contacting one of several organisations who could connect your tyke to a friend abroad.
4. Cook something up in the kitchen with the kids
Kill two birds with one stone! Entertain the kiddos and feed them at the same time by teaching them a skill or two in the kitchen by making some delish bites. You could get them to help you make this super easy spaghetti sauce, these scrumptious chicken and carrot nuggets or some banana and chocolate muffins – mmmmm nomz!
Psst, if it’s really hot out, make some popsicles! Fingers crossed the kids are patient enough to wait for their frozen treat…
5. When in doubt, turn on the telly
Television isn’t our preferred choice of activity for the kids, but desperate times call for desperate measures! Our guilty pleasure? Watching tv! Thankfully there are educational tv shows for kids of all ages. The little ones can learn about patterns and numbers while the older kids can learn more about planet Earth and history. Edutainment at its finest, we think!
Looking for other options? You could also scour the Internet and YouTube for informational videos for the tykes. From learning about deep-sea animals and space to getting your craft on with five-minute crafts and Sesame Street, finding something to do will be a breeze. Alternatively, you could always cuddle on the couch, make some microwavable butter popcorn and pop on a flick! Our pick? Feel good and hilarious movies like Jumanji, Honey! I Shrunk the Kids or The Sound of Music. The kiddies will be singing do-re-mi for weeks to come…
6. Band together and play a board game
Board games are, perhaps, one of the best family-friendly activities to do as a family. It provides hours of good fun and entertainment, and teaches the kids how to be part of a team, too (well, sometimes). And there are plenty of options you could choose from: there’s the reliable murder-mystery Cluedo, the nerve-wracking game of Jenga or attempting to eradicate diseases in Pandemic (too real?). Our go-to? Uno – because nothing’s as fun as being crowned the Ultimate Uno Champion. Whichever you pick, we’re sure you’ll have great fun!
7. Pick one of these sofa-bulous activities to do
Some days, parenting all day is just way too much – it truly takes a village to raise a child! Feeling the strain and just need some mum time to yourself while the kids are busy working on an activity? Here are some suggestions: you could help the kids build a fort where they can chill in, let them play on their own or even work on a puzzle! Or, you could let them work on their artistic abilities by drawing you as you pose for them. We recommend following in the footsteps of this parent (who recently went viral with this ingenious idea). All you need to do is “pose” in a sleeping position and take a well-deserved nap while the kids work away…
8. Find a nook and read a book
We love reading! And it’s a hobby we hope to pass on to the littlies, too. And, there are plenty of books that are great for kids – we’re still obsessed with the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (and you can always pop on the movies after you’re done with the series!), any book by Roald Dahl or classics like Charlotte’s Web.
9. When in doubt, craft it out
The best thing about crafting is letting your creativity flow, and constructing projects out of anything you can find at home. Bonus points for recycling old materials like magazines, toilet rolls, plastic bottles and cardboard boxes. Plus, there are so many types of crafts you can work on with the kids – the possibilities are truly endless. Start with one of these projects, or revisit an old favourite. Happy crafting!
10. Do some colouring
Don’t have a colouring book on standby? No problem – you can easily download and print free sheets from websites like Super Colouring. Want to change things up a little? Get the kids to finger paint instead!
11. Play dress-up with clothes from your donation pile
Take a page out of Marie Kondo’s book and decide if your clothes spark joy to you. Once you’re done with that, let the kids rummage through and play dress-up – they’ll love channelling their inner fashionistas.
12. Achieve inner zen with some yoga
Set aside some time to stretch it out and meditate with some yoga. If you’re looking for some poses you can do with the tykes, YouTube is a treasure trove! Breathe, and relax all your worries about the coronavirus away.
Whatever activity you choose to do, just always remember to wash your hands and sanitise!