Smartworking is back or rather it never left. After a year we are still here. How to entertain the little ones?
It was March 2020 when it all started. Schools have begun to close and use DAD (distance learning) while parents have begun to split up with smartworking, which is actually full rather than smart. If before you worked 8 hours a day, now you never leave calls and meetings, even when maybe you are preparing lunch.
But how to entertain children at home? Here are some activities for the little ones to do.
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This activity is a great classic. The decanting is always liked by everyone, young and old. They can be made with many materials, even if the little ones prefer water, with any container and anywhere in the house. Green light therefore to flours, legumes, cereals, pasta of different cuts. Spread a huge cloth on the ground, give them the necessary tools and with this activity they will remain busy for at least an hour. Don’t worry about what the house will look like. You will think about it later!
From 12 months to 3 years
It is possible to introduce the game of decanting Montessori from 12 months. Here, in fact, the child has already acquired a sufficient mastery of movement to try his hand at this fascinating game. The different degrees of difficulty make the decanting suitable up to 3 years of age of child.
Kneading helps manipulation and gives life to the imagination with many shapes to be created. While you are having a coffee, prepare it in a few minutes.
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of water
Mix everything until you get a soft, neutral colored ball. You can also use food coloring to make different loaves. Green light then to the molds! This way children can kickstart their creativity. At the end you only have to cook the sculptures at 50 ° -60 ° until they dry and let them cool.
From 2 years old
Already from the age of 2, children love to knead and are able to model simple shapes. There salt dough, then, because it is made with natural and non-toxic ingredients, it is absolutely perfect for the little ones.
Whether it’s the classic Lego or Duplo for the little ones or the Kapla, this game remains the most popular among all children and all ages. With the constructions it will spend a lot of time. And if there are also the characters, he will be able to come up with wonderful stories!
From 6 months
Constructions are perfect at any age. They will be soft and bigger for newborns, then they will move on to wood or Duplo, then Lego which is divided according to the age of the child.
Art projects can keep some children busy for hours. However, if this is to be a standalone activity, the kids should be able to do most of the setup and cleaning on their own. So make it as simple as possible. Online tutorials are also available for free to learn how to draw or paint. It will be even easier to organize your time. When the child has finished his work, you can organize an art exhibition at home!
From 12 months
Children love to color from an early age. Buy washable markers, tempera, pastels and everything you need for an art studio!
Baby bath for all toys!
Ask your child to take the car to the car wash! Make an assembly line with soap and sponges and a drying rack and ask to wash each car one at a time. Do the same with all the toys that dry quickly and also with the dishes and all the accessories in the kitchen of the little one of the house. He will have a lot of fun!
From 2 years old
Using water is a favorite game for any age. Bathing cars, dolls and kitchen items will be fun and time consuming.
Create an obstacle course
You have to keep the little ones moving! Create an obstacle course in your living room that has several checkpoints all along the way. Try using painter’s tape on the floor and then the pillows to create obstacles. Use the sofa, the rug, several pieces of fabric or pillows to create the islands. It will be a fun way to stay fit.
From 3 years old
Children can be real ninjas with obstacle courses depending on their age. They will also be able to level up depending on the difficulty!
Camping in the house
Create a tent or den and fill it with more items for a camping trip. Let your kids feel comfortable with pillows and blankets, prepare healthy snacks, turn off the lights and give their flashlights to create shadow animals. They can also make binoculars to keep an eye on bears and read some animal picture books.
From 2 years old
Who doesn’t like to go on an adventure and imagine themselves in the woods or in the forest looking for some hidden animal? Little explorers grow up!
Wash the windows
While you may have streaks once you’re done with this activity, now is no time to worry about these things! Give your child a spray bottle of water and a rag and put him outside in the garden to clean the windows (only the ones he can reach comfortably. He can always carry on with the rest of the house! Cleaning, for the little ones, is a real treat. fun.
From 2 years old
Children love to feel useful. How often do they ask you to help you with housework. Here is their time!