With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest challenges that parents face is finding meaningful activities that can keep their kids engaged.
Having to stay indoors tends to limit the types of activities that kids can enjoy. Keeping the children occupied while also productive is important, not only for the children’s learning but also for the parents themselves, who are compelled to work from home, with meetings to attend and deadlines to meet.
The Importance of Routine
Families need to have a daily or even weekly timetable of activities, to establish a routine that everyone can commit to and understand. That way, both parents and children can plan their day and know when it’s work time and when it’s playtime.
While the schedule may be fixed, it’s also important to have a variety of activities scheduled so kids don’t get bored easily. They can try anything from games to physical exercise, and even chores! Also, wherever possible, kids should be able to somehow interact with other kids, if only through a virtual space. Online learning is a fantastic way to do this.
Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained
WeTeachMe lists a wide variety of online learning activities that children can participate in outside of school, from workshops on creativity to kiddie Zumba sessions and music appreciation classes (where parents can also participate!). These are a great way to pick up new skills and equally important, to connect with their peers.
For aspiring artists, there are online workshops where they can learn the style of Masters like Vincent Van Gogh and Henri Matisse, or more contemporary designers like Yayoi Kusama. They can spend hours creating their own beaded mosaic or cardboard dinos.
For budding writers, we live stream classes where they can create their own fantasy world and imagine wild adventures in the comfort of their homes. For future master chefs, it’s never too early to learn their way around the kitchen and whip up dishes the entire family can enjoy.
These are unusual times and kids especially might be struggling with physical distancing and its psychological impacts. Keeping them occupied with creative work not only reduces the feelings of self-isolation; it is also a great way to arm them with renewed confidence and special skills to bring back to the classroom, as we gradually return to normal.
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