So, the world is fighting with a deadly disease COVID-19. Well, there’s enough in the news about it, and thus, we need not explain what and how of the same.
Then why we are here? Dive into the content to find out.
Coronavirus (COVID-19), which began as an epidemic and turned to a pandemic in a short span, is now on the verge of an outbreak. People are advised to stay at home as much possible to prevent community spread. The world economy is trembling. Who is responsible, how this problem began, and where this will lead all of us etc., there are numerous such questions. Moreover, there are so many issues to address. But we have a bigger question to answer.
What’s the fault of kids in all these?
In the midst of all, let’s take out some time for the kids and think about what they must be going through.
Anyways they get less free time due to hectic schedule – school, coaching, hobby class, and what not! However, due to the closure of public places, they have ample amount of time. But the irony is that kids can’t even step out of the home and go to parks for fun, leave aside the travel plans.
Well, spending 24 hours at home becomes a tough deal when you are not habitual. And this might impact children negatively. Besides, the time once went, never returns. Therefore, you can’t let it go this way. So, how to keep them happy? And beyond that, how to keep kids occupied during this boring time and allow them to have fun?
Dealing with Social Isolation!
Social distancing might affect children’s mind. Ahh…boredom, loneliness; all this is so irritating. So, as a parent, you are responsible for replacing boredom with fun and enjoyment. And make memories out of this troublesome time. But before anything, the fundamental yet crucial thing you should do is educating the children about Coronavirus and its impact.
Ways to Keep Kids Engaged & Happy During Coronavirus Threat
- Let your child make a detailed routine for self, which is healthy. It will help you understand their priorities.
- Assist them in deciding the activities they should perform, apart from studies. The activities should be a mix of…? Brainstorming, Entertainment, and Learning.
- Teach them to follow the routine without fail. And yes, don’t forget to ensure that your kid’s routine follows “Early to bed, Early to rise” rule.
- Most importantly, keep a check on their gadget-usage time because overuse of gadgets has a negative influence.
According to a report on the telegraph, citing the result of a poll conducted on children’s gadget use, children are spending 23 hours/week using gadgets. You know the shocking part of the story! It is double the time they spend talking with their parents.
Activities – Indoor Games for Children
Keeping this activity can help you find the hidden talent of your child, and yours too. Here, you can give your child a topic. It could be relating to current issues or something in line with real-life situations. Also, you can just give a random word to the kiddo from daily-life and tell him/her to create a story around. Follow the process both ways. Another thing you can do is mutually find out some topics to make chits. Then pick out the chits and you have your topic in your hand. Go ahead. This will help you analyse the thinking and creative ability of your child.
Reading Endurance Challenge
Reading boosts the mental and emotional health of a person. But not everyone loves reading. So, if your child likes reading, then you can straightaway move ahead with a reading challenge, but in case he/she doesn’t, then you need to create a connection before doing any such thing to develop a reading habit, which will help your child in the long run.
Creating best out of waste
You know what it is! Moreover, you must have done this in your childhood! This act helps in understanding the importance of small resources in life and undoubtedly, promotes creativity.
The art of effective utilization of resources
Another in line, we have activities to perform using materials available at home, not necessarily waste but economical. For say, utilising matchsticks to make some art! You can think more of such!
Family Tree Making
If your kid belongs to age-group 3-5, then this activity can be of great help. It lets you introduce your close family members to your kid in a playful way and the hierarchy too.
T-Shirt painting is not new. But doing it using organic colours prepared at home will make it more enjoyable. So, basically, your kid will start by making colours, for which you can use turmeric, beetroot etc.
You are not allowed to go outside. But, you can adore the external beauty from your home as well. Direct your child that way. Spend some time, observing nature from the window. Capture an attractive view. And, if possible, try to bring it on a canvas.
Cooking – An activity worth trying
You can let your kid accompany you in cooking if he/she is above 6-7 years. Teaching is one way. Else, give some items to the kiddo and allow the child to follow you. Well, the latter option is suitable in cases you are cooking something easy like chapati and ice-cream. You can allow your child to make a dough ball for chapati and so on.
Treasure Hunt – Old is Gold
Make your child think out of the box, teach leadership skills and time management also. It will help you in elevating your kid’s IQ level.
That’s all for now. To explore more, you can search for indoor games for children. Better is to be innovative. Come up with your own ideas. And have fun with the family. Enable your child to make most of these holidays and keep the kids energized while building their EQ.