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The global health pandemic has had the majority of the public locked inside their homes. Unfortunately, staying at home for long periods can get stressful, and if you have kids, your children can get stressed as well. However, the best thing you can do to overcome the collective stress, loneliness, and anxiety in your home is to have fun activities with your children.
These activities won’t just elicit joy in your children, but it will also keep their hands and mind busy. Here are some mum hacks and the best activities you can do at home with your kids during a lockdown:
Do Some Arts & Crafts
Get crafty with the kids and bring out any art materials you may have at home. You don’t have to run to the stores to get some items for your arts and crafts with the kids—anything will do. Look around the house and find things that you can use. This way, the crafts will be more creative. Doing arts and crafts with the kids can also help hone their fine motor skills, allowing them to learn new things instead of being stagnant inside.
Play With Play Dough
Did you know that playing with play dough is not only fun but calming as well? We all need a source of calmness in these times, especially when we're all stuck inside our homes. Playdough can keep you and your children’s hands busy and at the same time, bring out their creativity.
Plan Out a Scavenger Hunt
Have a scavenger hunt at home by hiding things and making your children look for them. It could be anything—from toys, essential items in the house, and the like. Set up some clues or even draw a map to help your children find what they need to lead them to the treasure box. As a parent, preparing for a scavenger hunt at home will keep you busy and take your mind off of things.
Have an Obstacle Course
It’s time to get those bodies moving! A fun way to do this is to build an obstacle course at home. Even if you don’t have a yard, you can still make this happen. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and some well-placed pieces of furniture and you’re good to go. Have your kids help you set up the obstacle course as well, as it’ll be great exercise and tons of fun.
Bake Some Delicious Desserts
Create baking projects with your children. Ask them what they want to bake and look up some simple recipes online, especially if your pantry isn’t fully stocked with baking items. Baking together is a great bonding experience, and it will keep you and your children busy.
Decorate the Driveway
Get outside and make the driveway pretty with the kids. Take out some coloured chalk and have fun decorating the driveway. You can even do a hopscotch course while you’re at it! Additionally, simply being outside your home can do you and your children some good. Why not do it while the sun is high up in the sky so that everyone can get that much-needed vitamin D?
Perform a Science Experiment
If your kids are into science, now is the perfect time to create a makeshift lab at home. There are a lot of simple science experiments that you can find online—you can even do the timeless classic, the baking soda-and-vinegar volcano! It’ll be a fun activity and a great learning source for your children.
While we’re locked inside our homes waiting for the pandemic to pass, make use of your precious time at home with your children by doing these fun activities that don’t just encourage learning, but provide you with a fulfilling family bonding experience.
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