With schools closed over coming weeks, and social distancing in full swing, we’ve put together a few ways to help keep yourself and the little ones occupied during this time. Keeping structure is important, so find ways to integrate these into a daily routine.
Go for a Walk
Mental health is as important as ever. Make sure to keep moving and get fresh air when possible. Irish Trails can help you find a walking trail in your county. You can search by difficulty (including buggy-friendly), length, and whether the trail loops or you’ll have to walk back on yourself.
Stay Active Indoors
If you’re not able to go outdoors, there are plenty of fun ways to stay moving inside. Luckily, YouTube has a great number of free resources for all ages, which you can review and approve for your kids to watch ahead of time.
Make it educational
Science experiments can be exciting for kids. Why not use the opportunity to teach them why hand washing is so important, especially right now? For younger ones, this can be a great way to visualise (while not needing any extra supplies from the shop):
The PERFECT demo for kids as to why soap is SO IMPORTANT and EFFECTIVE from an elementary school teacher, SOUND ON: (h/t u/beep_boop_doot) pic.twitter.com/12m3YWjPub— Lee Trott (@MC372) March 13, 2020
Looking for a distraction for the kids while working from home? Consider substituting TV time for a Ted Talk.
Do Something for Someone else
There are many ways that technology can help bring people together. Why not film a video with a personal message for your local nursing home, and email it to them to watch? Or, FaceTime your grandparents and school friends to keep in touch.
Use the time at home to go through toys, clothes, and home goods to see if there is anything you can donate to help support your community once guidelines have been lifted.
You could also write a letter to your local nurses, doctors, and grocery store employees who are working to help those in need to let them know you’re thinking of them during this time.
Support a Local Business
Get to Know One Another
Right now, it’s important that we all stay connected. Take turns at dinner asking each other silly or serious questions. Which instrument do you think would be the most fun to play? If you could combine two animals, which animals would you pick? What’s one thing you love about everyone at the table? Would you rather have one magical power forever or a different magical power every day? What is your superhero name (or if you’re feeling brave, have them pick one for you!)
Make it a Competition
If all else fails, make the most of kids’ competitive spirits with a makeshift scoreboard. Who can read the most books this week? Pick up the most toys? Get dressed the fastest?
At the end of the day, maintaining a normal bedtime is important to help with routine maintenance, which is important for younger kids. Insight Timer is one free app that has a designated “kids” section broken down between kids and teens. The audio-based app offers free sleep guidance, stories, and courses varying in length. Plus, it can be a great way for adults to unwind and meditate to help keep mental health in check.
Allianz is in no way affiliated with any of these groups. This guidance is for general information purposes only. Allianz accepts no responsibility or liability for any losses that may arise from any reliance upon the information contained in this guidance.