Entertaining your kids at home

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As we all face the next few months having to stay at home, there will be a lot of parents wondering how they’re going to keep their children entertained. To help, we’ve put some ideas together.

A note for parents working from home: We know it’s difficult juggling work duties and caring for children, so please go easy on yourself with regard to expectations. Our psychologists have shared their advice for managing anxiety and stress during the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). You can also find some helpful tips for working from home here.

Get moving

We recommend including movement/exercise in your routine as much as possible. Being confined to your home and backyard can make it harder, but give the following ideas a go:

  • Have a dance party
  • Create an obstacle course
  • Play games like Musical Statues
  • Jump on the trampoline (if you have one)
  • Do body weight exercises, such as squats, push-ups, lunges, planks… get inventive!

There are also some great resources on YouTube such as the Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel or The Body Coach’s “PE with Joe” YouTube series.

Boy jumping on trampoline

Get crafty

Bring out the paper, pencils, paints, crayons and textas! Most kids absolutely love being creative though painting or drawing. Busy Toddler has provided some tips for painting with toddlers.

If you feel like making something specific, this video by Oriental Cuisine has some really good, simple ideas. Pinterest also has what feel like endless ideas for things to make.

Could you do with 40 indoor activity ideas for toddlers? Busy Toddler has you covered with this article about indoor activities.

Roll out the play dough

Play dough is always a winner with kids (and adults!). Did you know it’s also great for working on fine motor skills and vocabulary and language? If you don’t have any, it’s easy and cheap to make your own. Download our favourite play dough recipe – plus some play dough therapy tips!

Read with your kids

This is a more relaxing activity for all involved and comes with the bonus of helping to boost your kids’ vocabulary. Reading is so important and sitting down to read a book together provides a great opportunity to slow things down and forget about the world outside.

Audiobooks can also be a good option. Audible has thousands of audiobooks for kids and offers a 30 day free trial.

Let them get on with it

Don’t feel like you need to entertain your kids all day – let them enjoy independent play as well! Whether alone or with siblings, it’s good for a child’s development and gives you a break!
Read about the benefits of imaginative play here.

Boy plays with Mr Potato Head toy

boy blowing bubbles
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