11 Healthy and Educational Ways to Keep Kids Busy While Cooped Up at Home In Coronavirus Quarantine
There are many activities parents can do with their children at home.
With schools shut down for the next two weeks to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, parents are faced with the task of entertaining their kids and finding activities that they can do while in quarantine and isolation.
Maintaining the social distance during a pandemic, as recommended by experts, can be difficult, especially if you and your kids are used to being out and about. But, it doesn’t have to be a boring time.
Despite so many public facilities shut down, such as libraries and gyms, there are still many fun kids activities that can be facilitated at home.
Here are 11 healthy and educational ways to keep your kids busy while they’re cooped at home.
1. Get outside
With the weather warming up, taking kids outside for a day hike or bike ride is a wonderful way to help them let off some steam and stay active.Being in nature improves the mood, makes you feel relaxed and has a calming effect on the mind.
2. Let kids video chat with their friends
Suggest they play a game like hangman or apples to apples with their friends over video chat.
3. Have them research a topic to present to their siblings or family at the end of the day
Some topics may include what animals live in the outback or what future space travel may look like. They can also pick a country to research and give a presentation on.
This activity teaches your kids how to use online references and also gives them experience making a presentation.
4. Practice mindfulness with your kids
Mindfulness is a form of self-care that will teach your kids to focus their attention and awareness on the present moment.
A simple exercise to try is setting a stopwatch for 5 minutes and just have them be aware of their 5 senses, such as the feel of their hand on the chair, sounds in the room, texture of the couch or their clothes.
Instruct them to be conscious of their own feelings and thoughts without passing judgment, just be, and accept.
5. Watch some movies that uplift the spirit
Here are a few suggestions:
- “Because of Winn Dixie”
- “Akeelah and the Bee”
- “The Waterhorse”
- “Pay it Forward”
- “Mary Poppins
- “The Sound of Music”
6. Use the time to complete cleaning projects around the house
Whether it’s organizing their closet, donating toys they no longer play with, or organizing their schoolwork, make sure they’re doing something productive.
7. Read for pleasure
Kids often don’t have time to read for fun because of homework.
So, let them pick a book of their choosing and enjoy!
8. Create a happiness collage
Have kids find images that they like, as well as inspirational quotes and/or poems, and glue them on a poster board.
They can use images off of the internet or from magazines.
9. Have kids practice gratitude
Ask them to think of what good has come out of their time off from school, such as more time together as a family or learning a new skill.
10. Have kids plan and prepare meals every day
Look up some fun recipes online and have kids prepare a meal with your help from start to finish.
11. Learn a new hobby
Try knitting, painting, diamond painting, and making lanyards. You can look up instructional videos online.
Make the most out of quarantine and isolation by strengthening your bond as a family and when the crisis is over, your kids will come out stronger than ever.
Monica Ramunda is a licensed professional counselor and therapist working with individuals, families, children, and teens.