During the lockdown, without to ability to take your children to leisure venues such as museums and pools, and unable to visit friends or family, it can be hard to keep your children engaged and active. Bellow, is a compiled list of family-friendly activities to help keep your children happy and healthy over lockdown.
Board games can be fun for all the family. Just as long as no one gets too competitive! Depending on the game, it can be a great way to improve your child’s deductive reasoning skills as well as a way to have quality time together as a family. Perhaps choose one evening a week to spend together playing. A good routine can also help add some more sense to your child’s understanding of lockdown.
A number of fun age-appropriate board games include:
- Agricola (Family Edition)
- Ticket to Ride
Now whilst we are probably spending too much time looking at our screens during the lockdown, we can choose which screens we look at and for what reason. Whilst other video games on other consoles require little more than the movement of your fingers, games made for the Wii console are often made with movement in mind. Created specifically for children and families, having fun whilst fighting off aliens or playing against one another in a virtual game of tennis can be a great bonding experience for the entire family.
Some active Wii games include:
- Wii sports
- Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games
- Just Dance
During the lockdown, plenty of us has had quiz nights over zoom with our friends or co-workers. So why not have one with your family? A regular quiz night can be a great way to increase your child’s and your own general knowledge whilst learning together as a team. There are plenty of age-appropriate quizzes online. You can even gradually increase the difficulty. Just make sure you get the correct level answers! Another great way to increase your child’s engagement is to have them be the ones making the quizzes for you and other family members to answer. And every so often you could have a quiz dedicated to their favorite subject, TV show, or recent fascination.
Teaching your children how to cook can not only be engaging, it can also teach your child vital skills that they will need later in life. There are plenty of simple and child-friendly recipes online as well as in family-oriented cookbooks to take inspiration from. Cooking is also far more physical than people realize and can also be a great way to improve motor skills in young children.
With Spring nearly upon us, it is time to get our green fingers ready! Growing your own plants, especially fruit and vegetables, can be a great way to teach children responsibility as well as the importance of eating healthily. It is also a very physical task and as such is a great way to keep the whole family active as lockdown continues.