With the outbreak of Covid 19, the world has come to a standstill. Everyone is striving to remain healthy and put their time to constructive use during this Covid 19 quarantine lockouts across the world. With your preschoolers away from school, have you been wondering how to keep them engaged? Filling their days with smiles, ensuring they are healthy and imparting knowledge are your responsibilities.
For starters, ensure that they have a routine in place even during these days. Timely meals, study time, playtime and family time shouldn’t be compromised on. Make the most of this phase by spending some quality time with your tiny tot. If you’ve been running out of ideas, this blog lists out a series of indoor activities to entertain kids.
1. Copy Me
This one is pretty enthralling for kids. To play this you can simply instruct your child to imitate all that you do. Throw in bending exercises, stretches or perhaps you could even perform a simple dance routine. It’s essential that your child is getting that daily dose of physical activity. Because it bolsters their self-esteem, strengthens their muscles and heightens their concentration level. You could also notch-up the fun quotient by turning around the activity. You could ask your preschooler to perform gimmicks which you can imitate. This is sure to make him/her feel all important. All in all, this game guarantees at least an hour of unlimited fun.
2. Make greeting cards
Staying indoors during this time of Covid 19 quarantine or for that matter any time of isolation, your preschooler might be missing friends and extended family members. Here’s how can help him/her cope with this emotion. Bring in that unused stash of stationery and all the craft essentials. Urge your little one to test their creativity and put together greeting cards for their loved ones. It helps a child tap into his/her imagination and express love in their own unique ways.
3. Toy Wash
Which kid doesn’t enjoy splashing around some water? Observing those colorful soap bubbles is sure to bring a smile on their faces. Hence, how about getting your little one to tidy up their stack of toys.
Set up two tubs of water, one soapy and one normal. Provide him/her with toothbrushes and sponges to clean their toys. Apart from entertaining, it teaches him/her to practice cleanliness and hygiene.
Wouldn’t you want your preschooler to brush up on all that they’ve learned? You can turn revision into a fun game. For eg., you could ask your preschooler to find a blue object, any item that starts with the letter S or anything that’s round in shape. This act of your child placing the object, and gleefully running and presenting it to you is something that you are going to fondly remember. Can you think of a more pleasurable way of getting that bit of studies done?
5. Read to your child
The most wonderful activity you can do is prop open a storybook and read to your child. It piques their imagination and instills positivity in them. Apart from that, it has a calming effect on the child’s mind. It works its magic and helps a parent develop a loving relationship with their child. Make sure to narrate the story in an animated way to captivate a child’s attention. Stories offer a child hope, courage, and strength.
6. Rhyme Time
Preschoolers eagerly await rhyme time in school. Why should this exercise be eliminated from the schedule? Set aside a chunk of time to recite nursery rhymes. To make the activity all the more enjoyable you can recite nursery rhymes and accompany it with actions. These are a few of the most common action rhyme songs:
7. Help out in the kitchen
A toddler loves nothing more than feeling self-important. To make your child experience that feeling, you can urge him/her to help out in the kitchen while you busy yourself preparing a meal. It can be a task as simple as pouring flour into the mixing dish or handing out vegetables. Your little one’s enthusiasm is sure to leave you pleasantly surprised.
8. A game of dress-up
A kid’s imagination is limitless. You can catch a glimpse of it in a game of dress-up. Give him/her access to a couple of items from your wardrobe. And let your little one fashion it in a way he/she deems suitable. Who knows? Your child could be a Fashionista in the making.
In these challenging times, you have to be a pillar of strength and a source of happiness in your child’s life. Be happy, practice gratitude and maintain peace and harmony.