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The world is an interesting place right now, with COVID-19 forcing many families indoors, into social distancing and self isolation. While it can be easy to look at these situations with dread or frustration, that doesn’t really help much. Instead, it helps to look at the positives of these situations, and for many folks, that means more time as a family! Family time these days can often consist of relaxing in front of the TV after a long day of everyone pursuing their personal endeavours: work, school, soccer practice, music lessons, etc. But, with most activities and work on hold for now, here’s a couple different family activities you can enjoy during self isolation that don’t involve a screen.
Arts and Crafts
Since most schools are closed, it’s important to keep your young ones stimulated and learning. One of the best ways to keep young minds active and engaged is getting them doing creative things. For younger kids, a great way to go is by making homemade playdough! Best of all, you likely won’t even need to leave your home for ingredients since most of them are just usually hanging around your cupboard. Playdough is great for families since everyone can express their creative side, regardless of their age. Physical touch and sensory is so important for developing brains so this is a great fun activity for the whole family. If you have older kids that don’t like playdough, consider just baking something together! It’s like arts and crafts, but almost more fun since you get to eat your creations after.
If you have an outdoor space or garden, now is the perfect time to get out there and get started on your spring cleaning! Some kids may scoff at the idea of gardening or physical work, but once they get their hands dirty and breathe in the fresh air, they’ll learn to love it! It’s important to make things like gardening fun, so involve them in deciding what vegetables or fruits to grow. Gardening is also great at a time like this as you can reuse your food waste like coffee grounds and banana peels, which then will be repurposed into delicious vegetables and fruits! A great way to keep kids excited about the garden is to let them have their own plot to look after, putting responsibility into their hands, and giving them choice and control. Let them play with dirt, bugs and keep it fun because it is fun!
Video games have penetrated our lives to the point that they’re on our phones, with us everywhere we go. But just like video games have evolved over the years, board games have too. Board games like Sorry, Clue and Monopoly may be what you think of when you hear the word board game (bored game, more like it). These days however, the board game industry is booming and there are hundreds of expertly designed board games for a variety of ages and interests, that we’re confident you’ll find one the whole family will enjoy. Party games like Telestration, Codenames and Catchphrase are just a couple examples of fun games with the family. If you’ve got older kids, try something like Catan or Wingspan. If things get too competitive, a cooperative game like Hanabi or Pandemic might be more up your alley, and in the case of Pandemic, potentially education.Follow me on social media for more!
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