With so many schools and business establishments closed due to the widespread threat of the coronavirus, families are urged to stay at home. For kids, this may mean boredom and tantrums along the way.
It could be fun for them on the first few days, but eventually they will feel trapped and a bit cooped up just staying at home. As a parent, you have to make sure that your kids are kept occupied and still learning during this time.
Here are some fun indoor activities that you and your kids can do that are also educational:
Read a Good Book
Even if schools are closed, you can still help your kids with their reading skills. Cuddle up together on the couch or in a blanket and read a good book together.
You can start with some classic children’s books or some book series, such as The Chronicles of Narnia or Series of Unfortunate Events. Take turns reading, and have your child read out loud to keep them interested and focused.
At the end of a chapter, ask them what lessons they learned or what important idea they picked up from the book.
This simple yet fun activity is a great way to enhance their reading and communication skills.
Most kids nowadays spend their time in front of the TV or on computer screens. If you want some valuable family time without screens, try a game night with the whole family.
Board games provide an educational way to keep your child’s brains working even when indoors. Classic favorites like Payday and Monopoly teach kids lessons on financial planning. Games like Hoot Owl Hoot or Count your Chickens encourages teamwork and collaboration over competition.
Whatever game you choose, board games are a great and exciting way to spend time indoors.
Build a Fort
There are so many items you can use to build an indoor fort. Whether you choose to build yours from pillows, furniture, couch cushions, cardboard boxes, or blankets, a fort is an all-time favorite indoor activity for kids that allows them to spark their imagination.
You can also make this activity more fun by having a friendly competition. Whoever creates the highest fort wins a prize.
Learn a Dance Together
Dancing is a great form of exercise as it lets you and your kids improve your motor skills.
Go to YouTube and choose a popular dance craze. Learn it together as a family.
You do not need to be a great dancer or a very flexible one to have a great time doing this activity. That’s not the whole reason for this activity—it is to have fun.
Let your kids teach you the moves and have fun together. If you are a better dancer, teach them.
You can do this activity at least two or three times a week. Not only will you learn dance steps, but you will also burn those calories and for your kids, this is a great way to keep them fit and active.
Play an Active Game
Another way to improve your kids’ motor skills and keep them active is by playing an active game. It could be everyone’s favorite, Simon Says or a game of Twister.
Build an Indoor Obstacle Course
If you have really active kids who like bouncing off the walls every now and then, you can channel that heightened energy by building an obstacle course inside the house. This is a great exercise for your kids, plus it can also help them practice following directions, and develop their large and small motor skills.
Family Movie Time
Fun indoor activities do not have to only be active. Enjoy some cozy time with your kids by watching their favorite movies together. With so many streaming movie channels like Netflix and AppleTV, you will never run out of choices.
Pop some popcorn and hot cocoa and watch from the comforts of your living room. Sometimes, all the kids need is some quiet time with you while enjoying their favorite movie.
Being stuck at home with your kids does not have to be boring and complicated. All that’s needed to have fun is some creativity and a bit of patience.
Let your kids learn more about various exciting and educational activities when school opens again. Contact Creative Learning Academy and give your child the best education he/she deserves.