Turn Quarantine into “Explorantine!”: Keeping Kids Busy While Sheltering in Place
With so many families at home, a lot of parents are struggling with how to keep their kids occupied during the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re one of them, you’ll love these creative ways to help keep them mentally fit, physically active, super creative…and out of your hair (sometimes).
A Daily Schedule and Their Own Space
First and foremost, it’s absolutely vital to ensure that your kids stick to a schedule (as best they can) while they’re sheltering in place with you. Many children are now completing school assignments from home, which can help them maintain a schedule—at least for part of the day.
If your little one only has a few assignments or an hour or two of class, keep reading for other ways to keep them learning throughout the day. If your child is a bit older and doing schoolwork for a good portion of the day, it’s important to ensure that they have time to relax to be refreshed for the next school day.
In either case, to help them get the most from homeschooling, make sure they have a quiet place where they can work.
Kids can learn a lot outside of school hours and still have a blast! Try these three offline activities for laughs and awes.
1. Explore the Great (or Small) Outdoors
There are many creatures who may live in or visit your backyard (or even the potted plants on your patio). A field guide to insects, birds, and plants can provide a way for kids to learn about how these species survive and produce offspring, which can ignite a lifelong appreciation of the natural world around them.
2. Whip Up Some Fun in the Kitchen
Baking and cooking are activities that many parents did with their own parents as a child. Not only do baking and cooking produce delicious results (yum), but it also allows family members to bond. In addition, baking teaches children about how their favorite foods are made. (Plus, don’t tell the kids, but this can be turned into a lesson about measuring, too…shh!)
3. Find Harmony in Music
Now that everyone’s at home, there’s no better time to start a family band, right? Grab your pots, pans, and empty boxes—if you name it, you might be able to play it! Almost anything in the home can be used as or turned into an instrument. Choose some fun songs that everyone likes, practice them daily, and then hold a concert for loved ones online.
There’s a lot more to the internet than social media and online games—even if your mini-me doesn’t agree…yet. Get your kids connected to these three mindful activities online.
1. Check Out “Critter Cams”
To continue their nature education, there are many places you can “visit” that can teach them even more. There is a “critter cam” for just about every species you can think of. Check out the ones from the Houston Zoo. Encourage your kids to ask questions about the animals, and then get them to find the answers online for a zooper good time.
2. Set Up Virtual Play Dates
If your kids are like most, they probably miss spending quality time with their friends. So why not arrange no-contact play dates? These can be a great way to keep friends connected—while you enjoy some downtime.
3. Explore the World One Virtual Tour at a Time
Thanks to the internet, your little ones can travel around the world without ever leaving home. So feel free to visit The Louvre in France, the Boston Children’s Museum, or even the Great Wall of China! You can also learn just about everything under the sun with no-cost online courses and individual lessons, from the likes of Scholastic, National Geographic Kids, and Duolingo.
Stay Healthy and Have Fun
Staying at home with your family can be a rich and rewarding experience. (Yes, it can also be a bit overwhelming, especially during quarantine.)
To help keep your family members’ immune system in tiptop shape, consider Cold-Fix and Cold-Fix for Children. The active ingredients in these homeopathic remedies have been helping families prevent and reduce cold and flu symptoms for nearly 20 years.