Entertaining children is difficult at the best of times as their attention can be easily lost. But with a few simple changes to your everyday routine at this time, you can help to lift the spirits of everyone in the house whilst keeping your children excited for the day ahead.
Face Time Family Members
During these unprecedented times, it can be difficult for children of all ages to truly understand why they are not allowed out to school or to visit loved ones. As a result, they may become restless and begin to miss family and friends. However, by scheduling regular calls with both family and friends throughout the course of the week, you are ensuring that your child can still spend time talking to their loved ones. This will provide them with a sense of normalcy and lighten their day.
Watch Streaming Services
In addition to face-timing family members, making use of streaming services is a simple way of providing entertainment for your children. With several programs across Now TV, Netflix and Disney + you can enjoy the very best of family time regardless of the mood you are in. This is also a great way to get older children and younger children enjoying time together as there are programs for all age groups. This can be a nightly activity or used as a way to pass the time on the long weekends indoors.
Have An Indoor Picnic
If you are in isolation in a flat or somewhere with a restricted amount of space there is the option of an indoor picnic. You can grab all your favourite treats and a rug and siting the living room for the perfect picnic. This is a new way to enjoy lunch that is ideal for the whole family. This is perfect for the weekend or a rainy weekday and it is an easy way to get everyone involved. This can also be used as a measure to reduce your child’s screen time throughout the day and strengthen relationships between family members.
If you are a family that loves food why not get them involved. Whether you are looking to bake cookies or you want to put together the perfect Sunday dinner, you can all get involved. This is the perfect way to get everyone in the household involved. With classic recipes such as Pizza being perfect for younger and older children, you can really get the creative juices flowing. This can be a fun weekly activity and can also provide your family with life skills that they can carry forward with them through life. Who knows, they may even discover a passion.
Spend Time In the Garden
If you are lucky enough to have a garden, this is the perfect way to make social distancing fun. Make a fire, pitch up a tent or have a barbeque, these are all simple yet effective ways of making saying at home interesting. Additionally, as the weather gets warmer there is also the option to put up the pool or a waterslide. This will provide the kids with all the fun they need when they are not able to head to the park or public swimming pool. Sports in the garden such as running races or football are also a great replacement for the normal park.
Regardless of where you are isolating in the world, there are several ways that you can make the best out of an unusual situation. The key is to just get creative. If you can, see where the day takes you and enjoy time together.