Many parents are still working from home due to COVID restrictions, and with school holidays coming up, parents will be facing the challenge of how to keep their kids entertained while they work.
But this doesn’t mean children need to be stuck in front of the telly or playing video games all day.
Here are some boredom busting ideas on how to keep them occupied while keeping up their education and having some fun at the same time.
COVID-safe holiday camps at home
To help take the pressure off parents and give kids some facetime with their friends, Australian children’s activities company Skills and Thrills is introducing new Home Camps. The service allows parents to ‘host’ a few of their children’s closest friends with holiday camps in the comfort and safety of their home.
The activity providers will visit the home with all their equipment and run the camp, keeping the kids entertained for a full day, so that parents can be working from home without interrption. There are a wide variety of activities available, with everything from coding to chess to robotics to art and science – run by industry-leading providers. The children can take turns going to each other’s homes so that all the parents can take a break.
Write letters to loved ones
It may still not be totally safe (or even possible) to visit our loved ones, particularly when it comes to grandparents. You can keep your kids connected to friends and family they aren’t able to see by encouraging them to write letters. This is a great way for them to channel their creativity, as well as keeping them busy for a couple of hours. You can then take them to the post office and teach them how the postal process works. As a bonus, it will be a nice surprise for friends and family when they receive a letter from your child in the mail.
Get outside, if you can
With winter behind us and the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time for the kids to be running around in the sunshine. To keep them busy for a few hours, create a scavenger hunt, treasure hunt, or an obstacle course in the backyard for the kids to complete. If your children are too young to play outside unsupervised, use the opportunity to take your laptop outside and soak up some Vitamin-D yourself. You can even join them for a game of hide and seek when you’re taking a break to stretch your legs and get some exercise.
Online classes so the kids continue to learn
Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean kids can’t keep learning. For something fun and educational for them to get into, there are now online classes available to be done remotely. Unlike traditional e-learning, the programs are live-streamed with tutors who run each workshop and interact via video and online chat with the kids at home. Activities are all skills-based and engaging, for example, they have a Kitchen Chemistry workshop, where kids follow along to make lava lamps and bubbling volcanoes using ingredients found at home. There is a range of classes from science to coding, to fitness, for kids aged from 5-12 years old, so there’s something for every child. Class sizes are kept small so that the kids have a fully interactive experience.
Assign them ‘work’ to do
Younger kids often love to help around the house when given the chance, and while you’re working it helps them feel important if they also have “work” to do. Give them easy tasks to do such as cleaning their room or dusting (which kids seem to love!). A couple of other personal favourites are folding laundry and getting kids to match the lids to the Tupperware. Even if they don’t do a great job, at least they will be kept busy and happy while they clean.
Are you still working from home? How are you planning to keep the kids busy during the holidays? Tell us in the comments below.