Parenting

5 Family-Friendly Activities To Keep Your Kids Engaged and Active

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

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:

  • Cluedo
  • Agricola (Family Edition)
  • Ticket to Ride

Wii

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

Quizzes

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.

Cooking

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.

Gardening

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.

How to Properly Baby Proof your Home

In the months waiting for your baby’s arrival, it can be easy to forget about the importance of baby proofing your home, this results in a rush job when you realize the dangers that may be present within your house. There are many things that can be done to reduce the risk of accidents and help bring peace of mind for your babies safety. As your child gets older they are only going to get more mobile and curious so you should try and make sure everything is covered as soon as you can. Below are a few helpful hints in regards to areas of the home you should take the time to make safe in preparation for your baby’s arrival.

 

Corner Guards

The amount of hard corners within any home is very surprising, every piece of furniture, every kitchen work surface, every table, and every door features a hard corner that poses a risk for a small child. In order to combat this danger, you should go out and buy corner covers to reduce the risk of a serious accident. As your baby gets older and starts trying to crawl and walk it is likely that they are going to fall over, without baby proofing the doors and furniture in your home you are seriously increasing the risk of your baby getting injured.

 

Baby Gates

Baby gates are an essential item in the task to baby proof your home, as your baby gets more mobile you are going to want to limit them to an area of the house so that they can safely learn and explore without the risk of them getting somewhere they shouldn’t be and more importantly somewhere that they could hurt themselves. The stairs are another part of the home that will need a baby gate as your child could be seriously injured if they were to wander upstairs and fall, this is something that could easily be avoided if you go out and buy a few gates prior to your baby’s arrival. Baby gates come in a range of sizes with extra-wide-baby-gates available to fit the larger spaces in your home.

 

Plug Sockets

Covering the plug sockets is one that parents often forget when they come to baby-proof their home, I don’t know what it is about babies and plug sockets but they seem mesmerized with the concept and love to play with the switches. This is obviously a big safety risk and electronics should not be accessible by your children. In order to combat this issue, you can buy plastic plug-in covers to be used when the plugs are not in use. You should do your best to deter your children away from the plug sockets either by using covers, moving furniture, or teaching them the dangers of messing around with electricity.

 

Cleaning Products

A final item to consider when it comes to baby-proofing your home is the storage of household cleaning products and chemicals, these are obviously very dangerous and should be kept out of the reach of children. A great way to ensure your child is safe from household chemicals would be to ensure that everything related to cleaning is kept in one space of the house, that way you can keep track of where everything is and reduce the risk of an incident. Washing up products and laundry detergents should be kept in a high cupboard out of reach from little hands, you should also keep your products in their original packaging as many of them come with a childproof container so that you have another precaution in place for your baby’s safety.