Raising healthy, happy and sharp kids amid a global pandemic
As schools have announced an early spring break and kids are off from school, parents are facing an everyday crisis on how to keep their kid stimulated and busy. The fear of outdoors is alarmingly increasing by the day. With homeschooling and e-learning making the news, parents are themselves exploring ways to keep abreast of the new developments. There is added pressure on parents to look out for engaging activities for kids that will not only keep them busy, but also enhance and develop their skills.
It is evident that entertaining kids all day during the weekends is so much more different that having them home for another bonus 5 days. It’s time for parents to carefully consider the types of activities they do with their children and how they allow play with other kids, without alarming their children in the process. In this blog, we will cover activities that parents can consider to spend quality time with their kids given the additional time away from school.
Maintain a Routine
Do what schools do best. Maintain a routine. Kids work very well with a routine. Rather than being anxious about what next, kids now know what is scheduled for the day. Work out a blue print and watch how the day falls in place. If you need help, just follow what the schools follow. Breakfast, snack, lunch.
Kids learn when they play. Dedicated child-led play is huge for kids. Allow them time to imagine, create, build and invent. This accounts for some serious learning. Also, play stimulates the imagination and encourages creativity.
Kids enjoy structured play. They also love it when their parents are involved. Tips to parents: these activities do not need to be complicated or take hours to set up. This makes it an amazing way to reconnect with school and polish their skills while quietly entertaining them. You could consider one or all of the below:
- Card games are great for challenging young minds and can keep you busy for hours and hours together. Grab a box of cards and let the games begin. UNO, SET®, Rummy along with other card games teach patience and good sportsmanship to kids.
- Board Games are very crucial for the mental and social development in kids. In the long run, the skills of decision making, social interaction, and critical thinking that kids achieve are vital for your kid’s “real world” survival. Twister, Scrabble, Monopoly, Chess, Chinese Checkers, Chutes and Ladders etc. are games that can be played between kids of all age groups.
- Solving crosswords and puzzles is also an interesting way to keep your kids occupied. It’s a good way to improve their vocabulary and mental health while you get some time out for yourself.
Inculcate reading habits
Beyond keeping the kids healthy and safe, reading interactively with children is very beneficial for language and literacy instruction. With the recent developments of being at home all day is a great chance to increase and inculcate this habit. BookTrust is a great resource to find recommended reading lists for children of different ages.
Eat Healthy to Increase Immunity
With tough times outside, it is very important for kids to eat well indoors. Healthy meals are essential to boost a kid’s natural defenses. Build up your children’s immune systems with nutrient-dense foods. Certain foods have the exact nutrients that can help your kids’ immune systems be as strong as possible, so when they are exposed to the inevitable germs, they are ready to fight.
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