These are challenging times. Times when it is our responsibility to keep each other safe by staying at home and exercising caution. Of course, staying shut-in for weeks on end can be a challenging affair, especially for those of us with hypercharged kids at home. One only has to take a look at all the coronavirus themed memes going around the internet to sympathise with stressed mothers. But it’s often in these testing times that the best of human ingenuity and creativity shine. Just because we’re confined to our homes, doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun. And it definitely doesn’t mean that you have to go out of your way to keep your kids engaged.
Here are a few smart ways to keep your children engaged productively during the coronaviruslockdown:
Make chores a family affair
Cooking and cleaning don’t necessarily have to be drab and boring household chores. You could distribute your chores and make it a hands-on experience for the whole family to spend some quality time during the lockdown. This is especially true when it comes to cooking. It’s also a great time to get some spring cleaning done. It is spring after all!
Just because you can’t step out because of a lockdown, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a staycation at home. Build a tent or a blanket fort and snuggle up with your kids to exchange some stories. The best part about camping indoors is that you don’t have to lose wi-fi connectivity!
Keep your children busy with home tuitions
This is a great opportunity for your child to learn something new. Just because school is not in session, doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Home tuitions are a great way to keep the learning process going. Online learning platforms like BYJU’S have made their entire library free to access and have even initiated free live classes where students can learn with a remote home tutor. Students can log in to the live classes at the stipulated time and emulate the classroom environment at home.
Try out a few DIY activities
Don’t let the coronavirus stifle your flair for creativity! This is a great time to get the family together and try out some DIY activities that you’ve never tried before. Maybe an evening of origami could lead to a thousand paper crane chandelier. You could even repurpose some of the trash from your spring cleaning to make some junk art. For more DIY ideas, check out the Learning Tree Blog by BYJU’S-The Learning App.
Bring out the boardgames
In this videogame friendly generation, board games have become a rarity. This is a good time to pull out your old board games and get your children to indulge in some old-school entertainment. Board games can be a great way for the entire family to spend time together and brighten up the mood during the lockdown. If you don’t have board games at home, even a deck of playing cards could open up a world of endless group-based games.
In today’s times, when everyone is adjusted to an on-the-go lifestyle, the coronaviruslockdown could make it a harrowing experience to stay at home. But as we adjust to our new routines, remember that there’s always the choice to make the best of the situation. All it needs is a little outside-the-box thinking.
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