Many modern-day parents are constantly juggling with the old problem of keeping their young ones occupied.
It is often due to a long summer break or extended snow days that the kids feel bored. Other times, unforeseen conditions such as an outbreak of the pandemic situation or medical emergency can also make children miss school for days much beyond what parents could anticipate.
In either case, staying indoors can be equally challenging for your kids. When the school work is all done and watching television gets boring, here is a list of fun activities that are simple, yet fun, and require no special arrangements. Here is what you can try.
1. Explore Live Webcams and Virtual Tours
Fancy a zoo or a museum visit, but cannot go out? Luckily, modern technology has made it possible to enjoy these places from the comfort of your couch.
Live streaming videos from historian places and tourist attractions are so much fun to watch and learn from. Glide through a digital tour of the international museum across Paris and France or watch live webcams to observe an animal closely.
Your kids can enjoy live shows from Cincinnati zoo on their web-page on Facebook. You can sign up for a book reading session. There are so many virtual tantalizing new experiences of learning and enjoyment that can keep your children busy and happy for hours.
2. Indulge in some Cooking Together Time
Inviting your child to the kitchen can be an exhilarating experience for both you and your child. Get them to engage all their senses by asking them to smell the ingredients and feel the texture of everything you make.
A child enjoys the simple tasks of mixing cake batter and tearing cabbage and lettuce. Let them swirl the water in the sink as they help you rinse the vegetables. Observing you while you mix a drink or cook can look like a science experiment where food changes color and its form.
The entire cooking journey with your kids can be a fun, engaging, and beautiful sensory experience for both of you.
3. Teach Them the Art of Journaling
Journaling is a great habit that lets children pen down every day whereabout and often thoughts and emotions. Writing journals is a fun way to improve writing skills and learn the art of comprehension. It also develops emotional intelligence among kids.
Writing down their daily routine, thoughts, and feelings gives them ample opportunity to recognize and address their emotions well. You can encourage your kids to make their journals unique and expressive.
Ask them to write an opinion piece on a book or a movie they recently saw. Likewise, they can journal and interview their family members and make this experience an interactive activity. You can suggest them to express their thoughts through doodles or pictures, and challenge them to become more creative.
4. Host Family Events
Who does not like to have a party night with family and friends?
While it may not be possible to gather all the friends and family in one place, why not host a dance party on a group chat server and invite multiple friends to join in. You can also tune into virtual dance parties hosted online and let your children have a blast in the comforts of your living room.
Create an atmosphere with dancing lights. For an upbeat music tune into the Facebook dance party from DJ Mel from Texas. His kid’s friendly party is extremely fun, where thousands of children tune every week.
5. Indulge in Some Old-school Activities
Gen z and alpha kids are growing and learning a lot from the constantly evolving technology. So, naturally, keeping their mind stimulated and engaged might seem challenging to parents.
However, contrary to the common belief, children sometimes enjoy simple games better than hi-tech technology. Playing traditional board games brings proximity among the family members, and it is something that children cherish. Teach them how to play chess or team up for a classic game of monopoly.
Playing these games can help your children learn not only interpersonal skills but also develop group skills. These games are perfect if you are looking to limit their screen time as well. While your kids have fun with their activities, you can enjoy a sip of your dusse and enjoy after some long working hours.
Aside from being fun and engaging, these activities can also enhance motor and cognitive skills in your children.
Taking part in an event or accomplishing a task can give them a sense of fulfillment that musters up their self-confidence.
The young minds need constant stimulation and challenges to stay happy. Actively engaging in these indoor activities can make time fly, and your kids won’t miss going out.