Keeping Kids at Home During COVID-19 has Never Been This Easy!

Life is full of surprises – and that’s not a line unheard of. But little did we expect that a country of 1.3 billion people will be put under a strict lockdown due to the novel coronavirus. It may seem like a vacation to some, but moms are in a deep fix. A lockdown means no help with household chores, husbands at home and with schools shut kids are at home too. Now a workload of that caliber is sure to rattle anyone. Yes, while the men in the family have finally stepped up to help with the household chores, it is the kids that are finding it hard to keep themselves busy.

Come to think of it, for how long can we contain their free spirit within the walls of the house? So, I thought, along with some believable yet honest excuses of why they can’t step out, we could all do some activities at home. These activities are easy to execute and can keep the little ones engaged and happy! Read on for more.

 

How to prevent kids from going out of the house?

The kids miss their tea parties and cricket matches with their friends. They miss the engaging fun they have with their buddies – at school, at playdates and at the park. Simply demanding them to stay indoors doesn’t always work. So, how does one tackle it?

For me, the truth, and absolute truth has always worked the best. One can add a little Monster or an Evil Queen angle to the narration but an honest explanation goes a long way.

I was open about the current crisis and told my 6 years old twin boys about the novel coronavirus. What a pandemic means and how dangerous it can be if one does not take precautionary measures. I also explained to them that washing their hands often and staying indoors are the two main mechanisms to fight COVID-19

In fact, the current lockdown has been a humbling experience where they have learned at a young age that nothing is in our control and we can also be happy with less. We are no longer buying toys online at the drop of a hat or ordering pizzas & refusing to eat a wholesome home-cooked meal. In fact, being honest and open with them has helped them to understand to use our resources wisely, eat healthy nutritious food without any fuss.

 

How to Have Fun Indoors?

Here are some of the activities that we’ve enjoyed doing at home. One thing I’d like to reiterate here is that one parent will have to be involved in the playtime. Expecting little ones to always keep themselves continuously busy without supervision is a bit too much of an expectation. Also, it’s a great excuse to break our routine & spend quality time with the kids!

1. Role Play

Some days they are my beauticians, sometimes they are doctors and sometimes they are my tea party hosts. Role-playing is one of the most fun, innovative and interactive methods of engaging kids. We can hand them some of our old makeup and brushes and become their muse. Just think about any role under the sun and we can bring it to life with our children. This activity boosts the imagination power of our little ones.

2. Scavenger Hunt or Treasure Hunt

Create a surprise treasure and leave hints around the house. Let them know where to start and how one clue will lead to another. See them enjoy and go nuts with excitement as they figure out each clue. One can also convert this into a hot and cold game, wherein they are trying to find an object and they ask us if they are ‘hot’ or ‘cold’. If they are close to the object say ‘hot’ and vice versa with cold. Throw in some “very very very hot” and “ohh, frozen cold” to turn up the excitement frenzy. Also, treasure hunt as an activity helps to make kids think more analytically.

3. Obstacle Training course

This one works WONDERS for a super active child. Build an obstacle course with all items we have in the house. A short stool, a trampoline, a bucket, a small stair, balls, water bottle, large tubs, just anything we can make them jump over, crawl under or slide by. Note timings to see how soon they finish each round and look at their happy tired faces when they are done. They can play dress-up (superman costume maybe!) while doing this as an added incentive! The activity is highly engaging and is a great alternative to ensure kids move around. This helps with their metabolism remaining perfect.

Cute little boy playing with tunnel at home
4. Cook

Hand them a blunt knife or a butter knife and teach them to cut. Help them learn to neatly spread butter or other spreads on bread, make simple sandwiches, give them sifting jobs, egg breaking and other such simple tasks. Beware of this one – it can make the place quite messy or the cake may turn out so good they would want to make one every day! But, no matter what, the activity of cooking teaches our kids to focus and develop a sense of self-independence.

5. Water-Water!

Give them some buckets or tubs, throw in some toys and let them be in the bathroom and take a long bath. A fun time bath that includes splashing water, singing & storytelling with their toys will easily occupy them for about an hour and that means some decent ME-Time for us! However, please note that this activity is for kids who can take care of themselves in the bathroom and this should be done cautiously without wasting any water.

6. Palm Printing

This slamming the chart paper with coloured palms is just too much of fun. Give them some paint and a chart paper. Then allow them to spill colour on their hand and slap the chart paper. We might want to encourage them to create a thoughtful pattern with their palm prints. However, if someone is as poor at art as I am, this simple task is fun enough! At the end, you may have an awful piece of art, but there will tons of giggling. You can extend the game by identifying figures in the outcome.

 

The simple things in life give us much joy& these games remind us just that. As moms, family will always be our top priority. Though all moms are superwomen, it is possible and quite common to feel anxious and overwhelmed at these times. But with the right preparation, every hurdle is just another bump on the road. We can learn from these and move ahead –  kyunki agar taiyaari sahi ho, toh jeet pakki hai ! In association with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance.

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About the Author: mummasaurus

Wife to one, Mom to two and a friend to a hundred. Good, bad, awesome and horrible, all in one! Been through depression myself, I value the power of Entertainment and HUmor in our everyday life. That is why i choose to write about lighter, fun topics more than all the difficulties I went through! I'm Crazy Mom of Twin Boys, my TWINADOES - Chirag and Chitransh ...! Together we learn new things and explore new meltdown points of each other... I don't look for friends anymore, for I have personally given birth to my monster partners of Crime!!! A trained Counseling Psychologist by qualification, I am now a Quirky SAHM and a Creative Content Writer, whose world revolves around an awesome husband and 2 ruckus makers.

31 Comments

  1. Yes these r anxious time but a little preparation from from our end will certainly help tide us over things soon.

  2. My nephew in Mumbai is getting bored these days. He has started helping his mom in washing vessels and surprising them by solving puzzles super quick way. I’m sharing these with his mom today 🙂 Read the post just in time.

  3. Keeping kids engaged is always a challenge and more so in these times. Keeping kids couped up indoors is a herculean task. Need to continuously innnovate and involve them in various activities like those you have suggested.

  4. These are some nice tips to keep kids at home at this pandemic situation. Helpful post for parents.

  5. I loved all the ideas to keep them kiddos entertained during this pandemic within four walls; and im sure with these many options they will forget the situation they are in. Role play is my favourite.

  6. In my neighbourhood, parents are facing tough times keeping kids inside. As you said truth and absolute truth is the only way. Here we are adding the angle of police in our society as they have knocked the gate of society twice.

  7. These are some great tips for moms with small kids. I liked all the tips you shared. My girls are big now so we are cooking a lot together.

  8. Kids have shown immense levels of maturity and resilience during this period. Lovely activities you have listed here to keep them engaged.

  9. Yes keeping kids inside for long time is really challenging and you had shared really great options to keep kids creatively engaged. Cooking with kids is always so much fun and I m having a great time while doing this with my girls.

  10. You are right. How long can we keep the spirits high in the four walls. Today only I was thinking that kids have acted so maturely and have shown a great sense of responsibility which need a great appreciation. We do a lot of baking, board games and painting together. Infact recently I tried painting with Bhindi with my 3.5 year old and he loved it.

  11. Keeping kids occupied during this lockdown with no school and no friends to meet nor going outside to play these are the wonderful tips prisha thank you for sharing…

  12. Kids have had it the toughest when it comes to understanding the Lockdown. However, your fun and easy to follow tips should make staying in an enjoyable experience for them. Palm printing sounds like loads of masti.

  13. I was getting rather bored of playing Ludo and watching cartoons !This article has given me so many fresh ideas because it really is tough to keep the little ones happy and safe at home .

  14. Keeping kids busy in this pandemic times is herculean task for sure. Our favorite activity is pretend play were in one of the family members is the birthday boy or girl and we keep celebrating birthday parties. Another one is playing with water where in I fill the tub with water give them toys, sprinklers, bubble making guns. They have a gala time in this scorching summer.

  15. Kids have now come to terms with the situation. We’re trying to make the most of this by playing board games, cooking, exercising and even cleaning up together. There are many ways to keep them busy.

  16. Thank you for sharing this post as it’s really helpful for keeping kids engage in this time of lock down. My daughter definitely loves to you come with me in kitchen and spend some time

  17. These are such all such fun ideas to keep the kids occupied. My favorite ones were obstacle course training, cooking and palm painting 🙂

  18. We did palm printing a few days back and the kiddo enjoyed it to the core. Even it was refreshing to play with colors as adults. I would set him an obstacle course next.

  19. Of all the activities listed, the pretend play is played most in my home. Just yesterday I played step mom of Cindrella, the whole beauty of pretend play is each family member gets involved and have their say and that gets funny too at times.

  20. My nephew is enjoying activities, household chores, learning new things while he is at home. Not only this he found interest in religious activities too.

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