Families across the country are being encouraged to socially distance and limit contact with others.
Rest assured you can help build a fun environment which will contribute towards positive and meaningful memories for your family. Here are some ideas...
The thought of entertaining children with restrictions could send you into a spiral of panic and despair, but don’t worry, you’re not the only ones! Parents across the UK will be looking for ways to keep their young ones entertained during these uncertain times.
Spend some quality time in the kitchen
There are loads of simple recipes you can try out with kids, get them in on the action and let them help with mealtimes. Not only will this keep them entertained, but also help towards learning to cook for themselves in the future. Bake some cupcakes or cookies? At the same time, they’ll be learning math skills like measuring and timing.
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With the cold and dark weather what's better than a family movie night under the covers? Take turns choosing a film to watch on different nights of the week. Include some snacks and drinks, you’ll have your very own cinema! Have a discussion at the end of the movie, ask your kids what they think the lesson is behind the film. This will help them think critically about what they were watching.
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Arts and crafts
Putting paints and pens in front of children can keep them amused for hours on end. Set up an arts and crafts station at a table, supply them with all the essentials and watch their creativity flow! If you can get your hands on an old cardboard box you'd be surprised what they could turn it into - a shop, a spaceship, a pirate ship - the list is endless!
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Learning and education
Just because the kids are away from the school environment, that doesn’t mean they can’t be learning. Set up your own timetable so you can focus on different subjects each day, Maths, English, Science, etc. There are plenty of resources online for extra help! Maybe find a science experiment to do, you’ll be able to use objects and ingredients you may already have at home. It might be best to move this away from the home office though, it could get messy!
Growing plants is great fun and even better for the environment. Kids will love watching plants grow as they get bigger and flowers in front of their eyes. You could even start your own herb and vegetable patch, that way they can eat them once they’ve grown. Don’t hesitate to let them get their hands dirty!
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There are so many games you can choose from to play with your kids. Everyone owns at least one board game, wipe the dust off and get them out on the table for some quality time. If board games aren’t your thing you can always get imaginative and organise a treasure hunt around the house. You can hide sweets or small toys for them to find.
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It’s really important we keep our kids healthy and active throughout this period, whether this is indoors or outdoors - we need to keep them moving. We’ve recently seen online fitness coaches step up and host daily PE sessions so we can get physical in our own living rooms. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, take advantage of it when the suns and the weather is dry. Try setting up your own circuit course for the family and harness your inner Joe Wicks.
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Whatever age your children are, we hope this has given you some inspiration to keep them entertained during these uncertain times. Here at Fluid, we’re always happy to help!