Staying at home to avoid the virus and preventing it from spreading can be a big challenge for our kids. Here is a list of advice and activities you can do to keep the kiddos engaged.
Journaling. The benefits of writing and journaling are endless. A journal can be a non-judgmental companion and create a safe place to share thoughts, feelings, secrets, and ideas. Many therapists recommend journaling as a means of dealing with challenging times and traumatic experiences.
Gardening. Did you know gardening for kids is often overlooked? Gardening can be used to teach math, biology, and healthy eating habits. Allowing your child to grow simple plants in the backyard or in the kitchen can give way to curiosity and provide a kid an opportunity to contribute to a family meal.
Sewing Kits. Sewing is a valuable life skill and builds confidence. Studies suggest that handwork allows kids to fully engage, fine-tune motor skills, and develop manual dexterity. The array of choices seems endless. Everything from sewing kits, pillow kits, yarn kits, and latch hook kids can be found at your local fabric store or online.
Video Chat. Ask your kids if they want to make a call with their friends through video chats or in Social Media. You can try asking the other kids’ parents if their kids are available for a call so they can stay in touch.
Legos Anyone! Legos can foster a wide range of skills, including problem-solving and help develop non-verbal intelligence. Also, who doesn’t love a lego war!
Reading. There are so many benefits that come from reading. Reading helps develop vocabulary, gives way to handling complex ideas, and can help improve test scores. The twist here is to have your kid read a lot to you and encourage them while doing so. Reading will improve confidence and give you true insight into your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
Top Chef. If you have multiple kids, this may be a great way to engage in a little friendly competition. Who can make the best pizza or the best sandwich? Start by placing topping options in bowls and setting them out on the table at each station. Then, set a timer and let the kids know you will be the Master Taster with their help, of course.
One on One Time. With everything going on in the world, it can be hard to really understand how the little ones are handling it all. It is always good to check-in a relaxing environment and let the kiddo lead the conversation. An excellent ice breaker is “ How are you feeling inside today?” Push for more than one-word responses to keep the conversation going.
Lastly, keeping your kids busy during a pandemic can be nothing less than a full-time job. However, Best in Class Maid is here to help. Book with us when you need a little me time to relax. We have you covered!