With the advent of Covid-19, millions of kids and parents have been stuck at home because of the lockdown protocols, which also shut down daycares for a while. Children have a lot of energy and need to be stimulated intellectually and have fun to grow up properly. The activities listed below can be easily done at home and will make your children forget that they are stuck at home but will also give you an hour or two to work on yourself while their new activity occupies them.
This is one of the activities that most children will love. After all, what kid doesn’t want to get dirty and play with paints? Who knows, maybe the next Picasso is living under your roof and just needs this to explore his talent. Painting is educational and can teach your kids patience, distract them, and make them forget that they are stuck inside. Be careful, though, because you’ll most likely end up with more than a few paint spills but will keep your wards happy. You can even paint with them to show them the beauty of art or hang their art on the fridge or the wall to show your appreciation for their craft. This might open future avenues and your child might consider being an artist in the future thanks to this activity.
This one is a bit of a challenging task for a five-year-old, but it’s never too early to start learning. Start with picture books or kids’ comics; you might want to start reading the books to them and then let them read them on their own. This helps their phonetic and linguistic abilities, by seeing words or phrases that they don’t know it will make them want to learn more. This activity may take time to work properly and might need a hands-on approach. Reading to them not only develops their cognitive ability but also helps them their ability to retain things. If you read to them daily from an early age, it develops their acquisition skill and makes them have a better grasp of their native tongue. A study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that one out of three kids that enter kindergarten do so without the skills they need to read or write. Introducing your children to reading at an early age develops their imagination and gives them a boost in the educational system.
Believe it or not but watching television can raise the cognitive ability of a child. Now we are not telling you to leave your children in front of the TV all day long. Instead, you should put an educational and recreational video or show on for them to watch. The TV should not act as a babysitter but rather as a helper that assists in developing your child’s curiosity. It is the perfect activity to distract and entertain your children, especially during these trying times. It will make them happy and give you some peace of mind. Put a Disney movie like Mulan, Brave, or Moana on and let them enjoy the magic of the big screen. From time to time, watch the film with them to show them that you are interested in their favorite movie. You may run the risk of watching Frozen fifty times and have “Let It Go” stuck in your head, but at least it makes kids happy. The sad and happy moments in the films teach them how to deal with emotions and interact with others in a friendly and understanding manner.
These activities can be used to make your children forget that they are stuck within the four walls of your home and will make them learn a new skill at the same time. Sound off in the comments below if you found any of these activities interesting and if you’ll try them with your kids.