As Coronavirus or COVID 19 is spreading rapidly all over the world, most of the countries have closed public places and public gatherings in an attempt to prevent the spreading of the virus. In addition, COVID 19 has caused educational disruption and governments all over the world have closed educational institutions, schools, colleges, and universities and have kept students isolated in their homes to prevent the transmission of this infectious disease.
In most countries, quarantine is announced for 3 weeks or a month, but it will be extended until the public health is achieved completely. According to UNESCO monitoring, over 150 countries have implemented nationwide closures, impacting more than half of the world’s student population. Several other countries have implemented localized school closures and, should these closures become nationwide, in fact this way millions of additional learners will experience education disruption. What can be the solution?
What can parents do in this situation to keep their children on their toes?
Indeed, this is a good time for everyone to give time to their family and Parents can provide immediate support to their children by the following 10 best indoor activities to minimize education disruption and keep their children entertained.
10 Best Activities For Kids in Coronavirus Quarantine
1. Exercise Early in The Morning
Exercise in the early morning is very beneficial in children for a wide variety of reasons. It helps to reduce overweight and obesity increases strength in muscles and bones and can even improve concentration in studying. Moreover, exercise is a vital component of any child’s development and laying the foundations for a healthy life. Hence, parents should exercises daily with their children and keep them physically and mentally active.
2. Teach Children at Home
Parents can be good teachers. Obviously parents are the best teachers for their children because they wish their children a success and open their minds to a wide range of possibilities and know all sorts of things that make children smarter and wiser. While parents are in quarantine with their children, they can teach them the following aspects:
- Review school subjects to keep them in touch with their studies.
- Teach kids to play well with others.
- Teach kids to apologize when they are wrong
- Show them how to be kind with everyone
- Teach kids to remain positive and focus more on the brighter side of life.
- Show them how to protect the environment and care for animals.
- Teach kids to brush, floss and keep neat.
- Show them how to love unconditionally.
- Teach kids, general knowledge.
3. Read Children Story Books
The more you read the more they will learn. Your children will love stories that can bring out encouragement and laughter, entertainment and joy when sometimes there is sadness or when they feel bored. Read good stories to your children and they will listen and can imagine in their mind what is taking place as the story goes along. Moreover, stories develop children’s imagination and will open their minds to think and it takes them to the world they have not seen or witnessed. Read your children good stories and keep them in the learning environment.
4. Watch Movie Together
Besides children’s stories, children’s movies also can be an excellent tool for educating them. Movies can be very useful to show children different cultures, to teach them history, accustom them to fundamental values and show them these all in a simple and entertaining way. You can turn the family room into your own personal theater. Find a movie that your children and the whole family will like, settle in and enjoy the show.
5. Play Different Games
Playing a game is not only for fun, but it’s a stress buster and it is an activity that can keep us healthy and active. When your kids are tired of studying for long, games can be their rescue which they want to play eagerly. Following is a list of indoor games that will keep your children happy and active.
- Keep the Balloon Up
Blow up 3 balloons and tell your kids to keep the balloon in the air from touching the floor, and get the party started.
- Balloon Stomp
For this game, you need balloons, string, scissors and painters tape. In this game, kids chase each other around the room trying to pop up the balloons tied around each other’s ankles.
- Sock Wars
Make two teams create some sock balls from pairs of socks, and then each team creates its fort! Blankets, pillows, chairs, and couches are all fair game. Once you have built your elaborate fort, make sure all breakables are cleared away and start throwing!
- Play in The Garden or Backyard
If your backyard or garden is a good place for playing some sort of physical games like football, basketball or tennis table, then try to play these physical games with your children in order to keep them entertain and physically active.
- Card Games
Cards games are good for challenging your minds and creating hours of indoor fun. Get a box of cards and play card games like Go Fish, crazy eights, war, old maid and etc..
Other indoor games:
- Pencil and Paper
- Magical Mam
- Board and Family Games
6. Coloring and Drawing
You have to go for this because this one is the student’s favorite and they like coloring and drawing. Moreover, drawing not only provides the basis for other activities like painting, sculpture, and printmaking but also provides a direct link with reading, writing, and mathematics. All you need is color pencils and a sheet of paper also you can download and print some shapes from the internet and give it to your children to draw or color it.
7. Dance Party
Students get bored at home in isolation, but music can lighten the mood and turn the situation into a dance party. Plan a musical game and dance party with your children at your home and dance out to their favorite tunes that will keep them socialize. The music will keep them active meanwhile the games will keep them busy in isolation days and eventually you will have fund and memorable parties.
8. Making Dinner Together
Eat good and feel good! While you and your children are at home this is the best time to teach your kids about eating healthy foods. Get your children into the kitchen and prepare healthy meals together. Indeed, cooking is an important life skill that teaches children about nutrition and food safety. You should encourage your child’s interests and excitement in healthy foods by teaching them how to cook safely and healthy foods.
9. Teach Children About Technology
Nowadays technology is everywhere. It plays an important role in how we live, work, play and most importantly learn. In addition, if the technology is used correctly, mobile devices and the applications they support will help prepare children for their future careers and also gives children the opportunity to enhance the interaction with their classmates and instructors by encouraging collaboration.
10. Learning Something New Everyday
While you are in isolation, this is a good time for you to learn something new every day and teach something to your family members and children and have a good time together. Remember, being a human we have to put ourselves into never stop learning position. Learning to share and taking care of each other to hope for a better tomorrow and a better world.
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