Home-Based Activities to Do With Kids
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the renewed restrictions, we cannot take our children out to the park or to their friend’s house to play. We cannot invite friends over because we have to maintain social distancing. Some countries are still under lockdown, which means that our children are home throughout the day. The kids have online classes that keep them busy, but they have a lot of free time because they are at home. Below is a list of some of the things we can do with our children that will keep them busy and at the same time enjoy the activities.
We should try and engage our children when preparing meals for the family. This is the best time to indulge in mathematics activities because they get to know different measurements, recognize different shapes, improve their estimating skills, and make comparisons. In short, it will be a practical learning experience for the kids, and we can all have a good time as well as a great meal. I always ask my kids to help in kitchen activities such as measuring and counting using cups and spoons. Kids can also count and estimate how many utensils will be needed when laying out the table for lunch or dinner. Let us teach the kids different shapes and colors using our cutlery.
These days, we give our children mobile phones or video games to keep them busy. Many children are not interested in reading books. We should always read out texts more often for our children if we want them to develop a reading culture. We can read out different stories and explain to them words they do not understand. Make it more fun by giving them a small quiz at the end of a chapter or reading session to monitor if the kids have understood what has been taught to them. Encourage the kids to tell us a story daily and use different creativity.
There are many board games that we can play with our children. These include snakes and ladders, checkers, chess, and Monopoly, which is an exciting game for children. This game teaches the kids how to manage money, which estate is worth investing in, and paying bills and fines. Moreover, these games keep us occupied, and we have a great time with the family.
With the development of so many sites such as Genealogy Bank, it is now easier than ever to look up your family history. Kids love to discover if they are descended from royalty or if there is anyone famous in their tree. You can combine this activity with creating a physical family tree as part of a craft project. Other activities like this might include looking up your last name origin or even searching through Newspaper archives for fun stories about your relatives.
Many children these days do not like to play outside. Most kids are interested in playing on mobile phones or video games. This isn’t good for a child in the growing stage of life. We should try getting tricycles for kids and teach them how to ride, play different games such as hop-scotch, or even consider treasure hunt games. We should also play other sports such as badminton or football with the kids. If we have a small inflatable swimming pool, we can teach them to swim. These activities keep the brain active, and by the end of the day, the kids are tired and will definitely have a good night’s sleep.
Arts and crafts can be exciting and so much fun. Let us encourage our children to draw, color and paint. The pictures do not need to be perfect, and with time we will notice an improvement. We should let the kids paint and color freely and teach them to do it in one direction so that the crafts work looks neat. Trust me; this can be therapeutic for children and adults. We can also make different crafts with the children. We should always encourage the kids for a well-done job through gifts and appreciation when work is done neatly.
We have many items at home that we do not use. Make use of them by creating something new. YouTube has many videos that show us how to re-use clutter. For example, we can make coasters out of old CDs, or make a small garden using plastic bottles, among many more activities.
These activities will keep our children active and limit their time watching TV or playing games on mobile phones. They will help the kids learn and grow in different ways, and it is also a great way to have a good family time.