Well, we surely all know by now how the pandemic of 2020, named COVID-19, changed the way we live and the way businesses are handled. It brought along many side effects both negative and positive. For me, I chose to look at the positives: more time with the family, being able to finally tend to our garden, fixing furnitures and rearranging the house, and cleaning those corners or rooms that have long stored unused dusty stuff.
Of course the kids enjoyed it too. Having mum and dad at home all day was like a dream holiday for them. Until the quarantine period stretched and stretched and stretched.
Four months now, and we are still staying at home full time. It easily became boring for the children. To ease that boredom, we would come up with activities that will bring fun, learning and most importantly break the monotony from time to time. I will be sharing the things we’ve tried so far. Keep reading! You may find one or two activities you’d like to try with your kids! Or parents.
Lockdown Activity 1: Face Painting
These times have refueled not only mum’s creativity but also dad’s!
Lockdown Activity 2: Making DIY Animal Puppets
The kids did not just have a great time playing with their dog puppets, they had loads of fun making them.
Lockdown Activity 3: Dress up and have a photo session
We might not be able to travel anytime soon but the lockdown can’t stop the girls in putting on their favorite travel attires. It was a fun way to reminisce our last autumn trip to Seoul, Korea. Oh, how we miss traveling.
Lockdown Activity 4: Cook your own favorite snacks.
Today we tried the waffle maker which mum got in exchange with N95 and Pitta masks from a barter community. Our usual pancakes and hotdogs turned to waffle hotdogs! Yum!
Lockdown Activity 5: Repurpose old items into something that would spark joy
Who would have thought the girls’ old pairs of socks would make such cute kitty plushies?
Lockdown Activity 6: Transform your living room into a home cinema.
Having fresh popcorn, relaxing on DIY recliners set up by the big sister and watching one of mum’s favorite childhood film for the second time makes the best family movie night experience.
Lockdown Activity 7: Set up a study area and play pretend school.
Pretend school is a win-win for us parents and our kids. The big sis just loves being the little teacher and the lil sis, who hasn’t been to any formal school yet, gets to practice how it is to be in school.
Lockdown Activity 8: Grow your own monggo sprouts.
This is a fun way of indulging the kids in an experiment on plants while they help us in growing our own food.
Lockdown Activity 9: Step outside and go on an educational field trip (may it be just at your backyard)
The kids picked up some leaves and made fun art by tracing the leaves with crayons. We also sang action songs before we ate our snacks.
Lockdown Activity 10: Transform an area at home into an indoor playground.
The kids were missing going to Kidzoona (an indoor playground) so…we built Kiddie Town at home. Our customers were very pleased.
Lockdown Activity 11: Have the kids wear their Halloween costumes for a day.
The kids get to relive the fun without the trick or treating part, of course. And while they still fit into their costumes, you can redo this on random days.
Lockdown Activity 12: Create a beach day right at home
A sand box, some beach toys and our picnic under the sun. Might be missing the sea in the picture but it was just like spending an afternoon at the beach.
Lockdown Activity 13: Play charades with your kids.
Charades is a simple activity the whole family can play to ease boredom. It helps our kids pay attention, practice a bit of acting and most importantly, have fun less the noise.
Let me know which one’s your favorite. Have a nice and non-boring weekend ahead!