In this time when a large part of the schools are closed, and we are all serving quarantine at home, we fear that our children will not take well having to be locked up for a long time, without being able to see their friends and their teachers. The best way for them to calmly take the quarantine period is to do activities that keep them, not only active but also busy and happy to be with us. That is why today we bring the following fun activities that will help us keep our children entertained.
The costume box
This is a fairly traditional way of spending time having fun with our little one. In case we have several children they will also be able to play them all. We will look for a medium cardboard box, or failing that a basket. Inside we are going to put old wigs, nightgowns, hats, sunglasses, and any other accessories that we consider useful for role-playing games. The good thing about this game is that we are going to have to use our imagination, as well as our children, and we will create a story in which we will interpret. They can imagine that they are doctors, lawyers, cats or dogs. In this way, we will stimulate coexistence at home, as well as we will see how quickly time will pass us.
Guess and find
This typical game will help our children in cognitive and logical development through questions, and best of all, we don’t need many things to be able to play with them. We have to choose any object that we have in the house and hide it in some non-showy area of our home. From that moment on, our children will have to find them while asking you questions like “Is it close to the kitchen?” Once they are right, we will try changing roles, and thus they will feel an essential part of the activity. Another versatility is that so many people can play this at the same time, and the more people involved, the more fun it all is.
A little architect
Let’s look in our home for shoeboxes, clothespins, ice cream sticks and pieces of cloth. We will give this to our son to develop his first architectural project. We will let the child, through his imagination, paint, cut and paste the materials we give him. We can also look for cardboard and modeling clay, with which you can decorate the finishing touches of your great masterpiece. Once finished we will congratulate our son on the work he did. This beautiful way of sharing with them will light up your brain to shape new challenges in the future, as well as feeling that the good things you do know that you will always have our support and support.
In the event that we have children from the age of 8 onwards, we can adapt their knowledge needs to games that involve a little more logical understanding, such as chess. With this, we do not mean that we are going to form chess tournament champions, but we do help in the intellectual and social development of our little ones. Among the tips we can offer to teach this game, we first have to make them familiar with the materials, that is, the board and each of the pieces, what name does it have. At first, we want to go slowly, since we should not overwhelm the child with so much information, so we must take into account that this may take a few days so that he can internalize each idea that we give him. After learning the rules of the game, We can teach you how each piece moves. Let us remember to be patient before this type of games, and above all so that our son does not feel frustrated.
Teach how to make candles
It is one of the easiest and most fun activities that we are going to be able to achieve with our children. All we need are colored wax blocks and highlights. In the same way, we look for a mold where to place the wax. Many of us may have done this when we were in school. In case we do not remember, on YouTube we will be able to get a good number of videos that will better advise us on making candles. In this way, not only the child will learn, but also us.
We can take advantage of the quarantine to remove a little the artist that has inside our son (and also a little us). And what better way than making collages. The safest thing is that we have magazines kept all over the house, or the occasional newspaper can also help us. In the same way, we look for cardboard, and in case we do not have at home we can use white sheets. Let’s cut with our son the images that we want to collect. In this way, we will teach you how to maintain the manual tasks required to cut and paste day by day. Once finished we can keep a nice memory of these days together with them.
There are hundreds of children’s books that can help us in which recipes are the best for our children. Ideally, always look for the one with the most images that appeal to children. If our son has a favorite animated character, we can look for a children’s recipe book for his character. This way you will be attracted to start experiments in the kitchen. Remember to always be close to them, and help them in cutting ingredients, so they do not have to use any sharp objects that could harm them. With this activity you can teach our son a new habit, and who knows, in a few months he can be helping us prepare the meal of the day. In case we see that our child likes to repeat the activity,
Let’s do origami
Also known as origami, it is one of the activities for children that we will need the least resources since with a simple sheet of paper we can enter a world of boats, frogs and many other more figurines that our child may like. It has been shown that this activity brings multiple benefits for our children and for us, especially in emotional and cognitive development. By making origami we will enhance your creative capacity. An exercise that will teach us as parents to be patient and fight anxiety, if we have it. In case you do not know where to start, on YouTube we will be able to get an infinite number of videos that will tell us how to make each figure we want.
Let’s make a fort
A plan that even we ourselves will enjoy to the fullest. Many times, when we were children, we dreamed of making our room an impenetrable fort. As if it were a castle, and we its reign. It is an infallible plan for when our boys have to spend a lot of time at home. We will need large sheets, pillows, chairs and cushions that we have on hand. In the same way, we can give you the utensils and that they build their fort themselves. This will give them a space of comfort and self-realization for having done it alone. In addition, they will have space where they can imagine hundreds of stories far from the quarantine.
Being able to train our children through games and activities will always be an added value in these moments of intrigue and pandemic around the world. In truth, what we seek with all these activities is to keep our children away from any thoughts of anxiety and sadness at what we are experiencing. That is why all these activities will be a great relief for them who will be able to know new things, and for us who will spread out in their world.