The Lowdown on Daily Kids Lockdown Activities
School may be out but with the entire family on lockdown, you may need some help keeping your kids entertained. Instead of having your kids being bored all day everyday, here are some activities to encourage family-time, learning and creativity.
An Activity a day Keeps the Boredom Away
Fight off boredom with daily activities. Ideally, try to maintain a daily schedule to maintain a bit of normality and help the day move along. Planning a daily activity gives your children something to look forward to each day. Including age-appropriate chores will also help keep the house relatively tidy.
You can find daily activities on the HOMEMAKERS Facebook Page.
Our daily activity themes are:
Make it Monday (Arts and Crafts)
Get your paint and craft supplies out for activities like painting,collage artworks and classic arts and crafts. This is a good day to upcycle things around the house like making animals from empty toilet rolls.
Tasty Tuesday (Homemade Treats)
You don’t need to be a pro-chef to teach your kids about making simple treats. Ideas include fruit kebabs, ice lollies, no bake bites and fun flapjacks.
Winning Wednesday (A Weekly Cash Prize Competition)
We’ve got three competitions running until mid April where your kids could win their share of R1000 cash! The competitions include building houses from lego or blocks, colouring and drawing and designing a home in minecraft. You can download the colouring in pages here.
Thoughtful Thursday (Experiments and Outdoor Activities)
A little borax, vinegar and bicarb go a long way in developing an interest for science. From homemade crystals, slime and volcanos to having a scavenger hunt and enjoying sensory play with homemade gloop, Thursdays are all about adventurous learning.
Fun Friday (Developing Fine Motor Skills)
Keep feet and hands moving with activities that encourage fine motor skill development. Activities include hopscotch, sticker lines and shapes, cutting practice and target kicking.
Wonderful Weekends (Extra Activities and Ideas)
You may not be entirely sure what day it is during lockdown but weekends are a great time to reserve for family activities like board games, puzzle building, dress up diners and family concerts.
Just because school is out doesn’t mean a little learning can’t happen. There are a range of online learning resources to keep your kids brain active during lockdown. Keep it fun and let them learn about something they enjoy. Here are some websites to have a look at:
Go on a Virtual Tour
Your holiday plans may be postponed but thanks to Google Arts and Culture you can explore museums, art galleries, theatres, tourist destinations, sports grounds and even space from your couch. Most of the tours use Google street view to let you navigate your dream destination but some special features include 360 degree videos and interactive images to help you really feel immersed.
Staying at home during lockdown helps keep your family and others safe. As unusual as it might be, it’s an opportunity to spend quality time together and connect in new and interesting ways.