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Top 10 Ways To Engage Your Kids During Lockdown

by Dr. Shanthi Thomas

Top 10 Ways To Engage Your Kids During Lockdown

Children are naturally restless, and drive parents nuts when they have nothing to do. Here we suggest 10 top ways to engage your kids during lockdown time. Each of these activities needs parents to spend a little, but rest assured that it is money well-spent.

1. Bake

Baking is fun for kids of any age as they get to mess with the flour and feel important handling the oven. You can bake cookies, cakes, pies and so on, on any budget. Even though you need to shell out some money to buy the supplies, the results are truly worth it. One item per day should be the target as far as baking is concerned, ideally for brunch.

2. Cook a meal for dinner

It will be a great experience to actually cook dinner for the family, a new one each day. A lot of time will be taken up on browsing and looking for suitable recipes, and getting the supplies necessary. Still more time will be taken up in the preparation of the meal. With all the kids pitching in, this can be a great family bonding experience.

2. Have a picnic

Grab a sheet, get some chips and drinks. You are ready for a picnic ideally outside the house in the yard, or even in the living room if you are living in an apartment and do not have a yard to speak of. Picnics are incredibly attractive to children who feel that it is an adventurous diversion in an otherwise dull and boring time. Get some music going, and you have a full-blown picnic.

3. Get a pet

The benefits of having a pet for children are many. A pet draws out the innate sweetness and caring nature of a child, and taking care of the pet teaches children responsibility. A pet can be a great companion to play with, to alleviate the loneliness of lockdown.

4. Join online contests

There are many online contests in various areas such as short story writing, painting and so on. Many are free, and reward the winners with handsome prizes. A simple google search will reveal contests for children of all ages. It is a great educational way to spend this free time.

4. Plan and organize each day

You may find it surprising, but planning and organizing your days itself is a very fruitful exercise to do with your little ones. Each day, about 30 minutes can be spent planning out the next day, actually writing down what can be done at different times, and finding time for the different activities that one would like to do, such as baking, playing with a pet etc.

5. Do some spring cleaning or organizing

Cleaning and tidying up is definitely a boring chore for most of us, and definitely for children. The key to making it attractive is to limit the time spent on tidying up and cleaning to 15 minutes. You can even set an alarm to let you know when you can stop cleaning. It becomes an attractive chore when the whole family does it in a time-bound manner.

6. Draw and paint

Get a small-sized canvas, easel, brushes and paint. Hardly anyone can refuse an invitation to draw and paint when there is a ready canvas and paint beckoning. An even more attractive prospect is to have the whole family painting one large picture, taking turns to draw and paint.

7.  Learn how to edit videos

With mobile phones becoming ubiquitous, even a kid can take videos, but editing a video takes skill. The lockdown time is perfect for learning video editing, because the results are quite impressive. There are many video editing applications available which are easy to use.

8. Do science experiments

Simple science experiments can be done at home by kids under the supervision of adults. Science experiments provide the perfect mix of education and entertainment at a low cost.

9. Start an indoor mini-garden or terrarium

A terrarium is incredibly satisfying for those who miss greenery and nature. A terrarium is a mini-garden that you can create in a glass container, using plants that can grow indoors. Detailed instructions on how to create a terrarium are available online easily.

10. Basket ball

Of all the games, why do we suggest basketball? Precisely because unlike football, volleyball or even cricket, basketball is a very precise game with the players having high control over the ball, so that it will not go out of control and break your window. Also, all it needs is a basketball hoop and a little space to bounce the ball around.

Hobbies to Keep Children Occupied During the Lock-down

With Coronavirus bringing the entire country to a state of total panic, the Government has already declared a lock-down from March 23rd, the same was extended for another two weeks, till May 3rd. With this declaration, it has almost become clear that all schools and colleges will be shut down for an extended period of time. Most parents would be wondering how they can keep their children engaged for this long period. Due to the lock-down, a lot of summer activities like camps, swimming, craft and art activities will also be shut for quite a long time. This is enough to make even the most patient parents be tested to their limits as their children would be forced to stay indoors where most parents might also be working from home. One would naturally wonder how they can keep children engaged during the lock-down when they are too busy.  Children are often free-spirited and like to go outdoors and interact with their peers. It is rare to find children who prefer staying indoors. It is always a good idea to find a few good hobbies to stay engaged. Here are some activities and hobbies that will keep children occupied during the lock-down.

Hobbies that garner interest

Yoga practicing girl child
  • Teach them yoga: This might not seem too effective as it involves getting your little one to stay still for a period of time. But once it gets their curiosity, this is one of the most effective hobbies to keep their interest piqued. One of the easiest and probably healthiest activities you can do with your kids is yoga. The age-old practice is effective for improving overall health and keep their energy levels balanced. Once they start practicing yoga, then it is a guaranteed method of keeping them active, while keeping them indoors.
Cooking children
  • Teach them cooking: Children are famous for being picky eaters. It’s a miracle to get them to eat anything remotely healthy. Given a chance they would surely prefer living on chocolates and snacks. Naturally, it’s surprising to know that cooking is one of those hobbies that children can become interested in. After all, even the most famous chefs of our time would have been interested in cooking at some point of time in their youth. This lock-down period is perfect to teach your little children to make some simple recipes. Start out by getting them involved in mixing ingredients. Older children can be asked to involve themselves in chopping ingredients together as they would know to have care around a knife and other sharp objects. Then they can gradually start preparing simple dishes with your supervision. Who knows, what starts out as one of those lock-down hobbies could be the spark for something new for your little one.
  • Teach them a new language: This lock-down is a brilliant time to get your children to learn something new. Being multi-lingual is a great skill to have, so why not teach them a couple of new languages. If you are unable to do so on your own, you can always get help from self-learning kits or download tutorials from credible websites. If you have free time on your hands, even you could learn a language. While learning a language might not count as a hobby, it is a good skill to have.
Art and Craft work of Children
  • Get them involved in arts and crafts: Children love to make messes, so why not redirect the mess in a different direction? Get your children involved in interesting hobbies like origami, clay-modeling, finger painting or other crafts. This can get the more active children engaged for enough time.
  • Involve them in literary activities: If your child prefers the company of a good book, then it’s a blessing because this is one of those hobbies that can keep your child engaged. If they’re not too fond of books, well, this is a good time to get them involved. A good story series like Harry Potter or mysteries can get children who are not too fond of reading involved easily. If your child is older and loves writing, encourage them to keep a collection of their works. Maybe you can have them published some time as well.

Hobbies to keep your children occupied

Hobbies are effective in encouraging self-sufficiency and is a new skill for your child. Make good use of the lock-down period to keep your child occupied and interested in a new skill. This can be effective for them in the long run.