The challenge of being in quarantine with children is to keep the little ones entertained without just surrendering to television and mobile phones! To help moms and dads in this mission, especially those who are working in the home office model, we have gathered valuable tips that unite creativity and encourage do-it-yourself actions.
Quarantine with children: how to entertain the children?
To contain the advance of the new coronavirus, governments had to suspend classes, causing many families to adapt their routine to keep children entertained inside.
At the same time, the papal authorities have the hard task of clarifying that, despite the time off, this is not a common holiday period. Most of the family members also start working remotely, bringing up the question: how to use creativity to keep the kids busy during this time?
Keeping time to sleep, wake up and have lunch are ways to contribute with the little ones in this process. It is important to have a cycle of studies, in shorter shifts than those at school. While challenging, this time is also an opportunity to have fun and strengthen the bonds between parents and children. See tips according to age:
Babies up to 1 year
Until the first year, baby loves colors, textures, sounds and shapes. As he is developing all five senses, the most interesting games for him involve biteers, nannies, rattles and mobiles. At times when the little one is not sleeping, try it:
- Put it on a cuddly carpet with stuffed animals around it;
- Play with the little one in front of the mirror;
- Sing little songs, teach how to clap and dance.
Babies up to 2 years old
Now the baby walks alone and starts to have more balance and motor coordination. At this stage, you can:
- Offer a plush ball and play with the baby;
- Present toy musical instruments;
- Propose a crayon drawing for the first scribbles;
- Present with Lego type assembly parts (suitable for age);
- Do puppet theater, finger puppets and storytelling in a hut or tent. They will love it!
Children from 2 years
From that age on, the phase of the imagination begins to emerge! Children love to run, jump, spin and play freely. If the family does not have a space at home for these activities, they can always improvise. We have gathered several ideas that can be adapted for all ages. Check them out:
- Yellow at home: this game develops spatial notions, balance, muscle strength and lots of fun! To adapt your activity at home, check out our exclusive carpets!
- Encourage study in a playful way: magazines and children’s books are materials that develop learning and the habit of reading;
- Prepare recipes with the myrtle helpers: with the little ones, choose the delicacies you like the most and let the little one put his hand in the dough (literally!). Who knows in this activity you might not find a mini master cuca?
- Educational memory game: print historical monuments of the world and spread the figures. When you find the two pictures the same, encourage the little one to guess where it is and take the opportunity to talk about the culture, food and capital of the country;
- Put the organization into practice: Stimulating the kids in household chores is also a way of entertainment and still develops a sense of responsibility regarding the commitment to keep the house clean and tidy;
- Do it yourself: here is worth toys made of scrap or cardboard. They are simple activities using materials that are easily at hand, such as scissors, paper, toothpicks, pens, phosphorus boxes and toilet paper rolls. Besides being exciting, the task also teaches about reusing materials that would go to waste;
- Family moment: how about a popcorn movie session at home? Take the opportunity to listen to the music that the family likes the most and, who knows, turn the room into a dance floor!
- Fantasy/theater party in the room: each day could be a topic! In this game, you can ask the little one to dress up as you like and imitate his favorite character;
- Treasure hunt: hide an object in some corner of the house and give clues for the child to find. It will be super fun!
- Traditional jokes: Mime, statue, puzzle, board games and game of the seven errors (you can swap objects around and ask what’s wrong) are classics that never go out of style;
- Make slimeShe’s the new fever among the kids! This soft mass, which resembles a jelly, encourages the child’s motor and cognitive development, besides having a calming effect when handling. To produce at home, just consult some of the tutorials on the Internet;
- For the end of the day: when the kids have showered, how about a no-brainer? Look up a word in the dictionary and ask the little ones to guess the meaning. A lot of laughter can come from trying to figure out what words like “obsessive,” “strange,” “igneous” and so on mean.
Do you do any different activities with your child? Tell us about it!
Remember that home isolation, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is essential to control the Coronavirus pandemic (VOCID-19). Therefore, staying at home is an attitude of love and protection! Soon, everything will be fine!
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