At a time when the country is under lockdown and physical movement is barred, it’s important to keep children’s bodies moving and brains active.
With parks, libraries, gardens, and playgrounds closed, especially in April, when schools close for summer holidays, the early shut down due to the pandemic, has ensured that kids have nowhere to go, not even in their neighborhood.
It’s important o find new ways to keep children occupied as it will help take pressure away from parents and help children learn something new.
Countless forms of activities can be done at home with basic items. Here are four that you can do at home.
Now is the time to impart your child some basic life skills and what better way to start than baking. Almost all homes today have microwaves or OTG. If you don’t have any of these, then you can use a pressure cooker. Check online for a quick 3 or 5 ingredient cake recipe and have your child bake some nice cakes. Provision stores are open. Go buy the necessary baking ingredients. Check online for cookie recipes. Everything you need to know about baking is available online. Cooking or baking activities will keep your child occupied as they learn new skills. Since it’s summer, you can try your hand at making fruit pulp icecreams or even milk and dry fruits kulfis. You don’t need special molds for these, just bowls should be enough.
- Watch skies together
It’s summertime and skies are clear now. Pick up your binoculars and watch the sky. It’s fun especially in the night to watch star formation. Check online for how to see stars and zodiac signs formation. Watch the skies in the day to see clouds. It’s fun to watch cloud formation.
- Origami and papercraft
Origami and papercraft are some of the most interesting and creative activities children can do. Go online and show your child to make some interesting designs and crafts from newspapers. You may need some newspapers, scissors, rulers, and a glue stick. There are many other craft projects you can do from the comfort of your home. You can also make some paper snowflakes, stars, and flowers and use them to decorate your child’s room. All these activities videos are available online.
- Clean closets and drawers
Now, this one activity that children will love to do. Ask them to clean their toy closet or your shoe drawer. You can also help them remove and put clothes back in the drawer or clean the closet that you always wanted to clean but were unable to do due to lack of time. make this into a game. Whoever organizes the drawer fastest can get to sleep late of gets to eat favorite meal.
- Sunbathe outside the home
As most of us are zoned in and have very limited options to get out, we are missing on our daily dose of Vitamin D. Get out of your home early morning and soak your body in the sun to make your body capable of fighting diseases.
Teach your children to iron their clothes. This is an important life skill that will be of use when they grow up.
Summer holidays are usually the time when children spend their days playing. However, with restrictions in place and with chances of social distancing rules remaining in place beyond April 14, children must spend their time learning some important life skills.