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How to keep your kids busy during lockdown

We’re currently in such a unique situation.

Moms, I know times are tough right now and part of that is kids staying home from school. Do you find yourself :

  1. Feeling overwhelmed
  2. Confused how to keep cooped-up kids fed and occupied
  3. Feeling exhausted
  4. Fielding complaints from bored kids
  5. all of the above?

Don’t worry, you are not alone.

Let me start off by appreciating you for how far you’ve come! You’re handling the house, cleaning it, feeding your family, taking care of the kids’ school work, keeping them busy, doing your job.. it’s a lot but you’re killing it! 

In frame : Anshu and Ruhani Dhawan

To help you out, I’ve made a list of 8 different activities that will keep your kids engaged while you’re busy. They are : 

1) Build a fort: It’s an open secret that your kids aren’t going anywhere else for a while and we both know how quickly they get bored of doing the same thing at the same place. So, make things exciting, tap into your child’s imagination and let them create the ultimate fort for reading, hiding, or simply relaxing. 

2) Involve the grandparents: Nothing better than grandma and grandpa telling stories. Not only does it increase the bond between your children and their grandparents, but it also helps them learn the art of storytelling, teaches them valuable lessons, and instills morals in them. Thanks to modern technology, this is possible even if their grandparents don’t live in the same house.

 

3) Colour on the wall: Yes, you read that right. This idea is a slightly crazy, but the kids love it! When you feel sure enough, stick a bunch A3 size papers a little low on the wall, give your kid colour pencils (do not give them sketch pens or crayons) and watch them have fun! Kids who are bored of colouring books and want something different will love this idea!

 

4) Play Dress up: Try on multiple outfits from your closet, mix and match, they don’t have to be perfect, but you’ll have a lot of fun! It works as a great activity that helps your kids in decision making. They realise what they like and what they don’t like. It also teaches them to be more independent.
Fun Fact: this activity is also great for when you want to bond with your kids and have a mini photoshoot.

 

5) Evening snacks and TV: All that running and talking and playing.. your kids are going to need a burst of energy to refuel. Every evening, set aside time for them to watch TV and eat some nutritious snacks. I recommend these Peanut Butter cookies that are loaded with oats and nuts, instead of excessive maida and sugar. Your kids’ tummy will thank you.

6) Challenge them to prepare a skit: As a child, I would gather all my family members in the evening, perform a dance that I had been working on in the day, and they would reward me with applause, food, and warm hugs. It’s still my favourite memory.
With this activity, you’ll be encouraging your kids to find their interests – acting, dancing, singing, magic, anything they like!

 

7) Escape to Wonderland: Storybooks are an immediate rescue. Hand your child a storybook and watch them get lost in it.
I know, I know..not all kids like reading books! There’s a bunch of visual storytelling apps like Bed Time Stories, and Fairy Tales, that solve that problem.

8) Make your own wonderland: Now this is something I wish I had in my childhood. There are some great apps like Story Dice, Pictello, and Little Bird Tales, that allow your child to create their own stories. They allow you to add sound, colour, and expression to your stories. How fun!

To sum it up 

A unique situation demands creative solutions. I hope that this list of activities helps you in some way. Take it easy, and keep it cool. You’re doing great!

If you like this article and want to feature your own, or suggest a new topic, type in the comments below.
Show some love : Follow @opensecretsnacks on Instagram. 

We’re currently in such a unique situation.

Moms, I know times are tough right now and part of that is kids staying home from school. Do you find yourself :

  1. Feeling overwhelmed
  2. Confused how to keep cooped-up kids fed and occupied
  3. Feeling exhausted
  4. Fielding complaints from bored kids
  5. all of the above?

Don’t worry, you are not alone.

Let me start off by appreciating you for how far you’ve come! You’re handling the house, cleaning it, feeding your family, taking care of the kids’ school work, keeping them busy, doing your job.. it’s a lot but you’re killing it! 

In frame : Anshu and Ruhani Dhawan

To help you out, I’ve made a list of 8 different activities that will keep your kids engaged while you’re busy. They are : 

1) Build a fort: It’s an open secret that your kids aren’t going anywhere else for a while and we both know how quickly they get bored of doing the same thing at the same place. So, make things exciting, tap into your child’s imagination and let them create the ultimate fort for reading, hiding, or simply relaxing. 

2) Involve the grandparents: Nothing better than grandma and grandpa telling stories. Not only does it increase the bond between your children and their grandparents, but it also helps them learn the art of storytelling, teaches them valuable lessons, and instills morals in them. Thanks to modern technology, this is possible even if their grandparents don’t live in the same house.

 

3) Colour on the wall: Yes, you read that right. This idea is a slightly crazy but the kids love it! When you feel sure enough, stick a bunch A3 size papers a little low on the wall, give your kid colour pencils (do not give them sketch pens or crayons) and watch them have fun! Kids who are bored of colouring books and want something different will love this idea!

 

4) Play Dress up: Try on multiple outfits from your closet, mix and match, they don’t have to be perfect, but you’ll have a lot of fun! It works as a great activity that helps your kids in decision making, they realise what they like and what they don’t like. It also teaches them to be more independent.
Fun Fact : this activity is also perfect for when you want to bond with your kids and have a mini photoshoot.

 

5) Evening snacks and TV: All that running and talking and playing.. your kids are going to need a burst of energy to refuel. Every evening, set aside time for them to watch TV and eat some nutritious snacks. I recommend these Peanut Butter cookies that are loaded with oats and nuts, instead of excessive maida and sugar. Your kids’ tummy will thank you.

6) Challenge them to prepare a skit: As a child, I would gather all my family members in the evening, perform a dance that I had been working on in the day, and they would reward me with applause, food, and warm hugs. It’s still my favorite memory.
With this activity, you’ll be encouraging your kids to find their interests – acting, dancing, singing, magic, anything they like!

 

7) Escape to Wonderland: Story books are an immediate rescue. Hand your child a story book and watch them get lost in it.
I know, I know..not all kids like reading books! There’s a bunch of visual storytelling apps like Bed Time Stories, and Fairy Tales, that solve that problem.

8) Make your own wonderland: Now this is something I wish I had in my childhood. There are some great apps like Story Dice, Pictello, and Little Bird Tales, that allow your child to create their own stories. They allow you to add sound, colour, and expression to your stories. How fun!

To sum it up 

A unique situation demands creative solutions. I hope that this list of activities helps you in some way. Take it easy, and keep it cool. You’re doing great!

 

If you like this article and want to feature your own, or suggest a new topic, type in the comments below.
Show some love : Follow @opensecretsnacks on Instagram. 

Comments

  • Samridhi Bhansali

    Superb article.

    August 8, 2020
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