Saturday, April 25, 2020

5 Indoor Activities to Keep Your Child Busy During the Pandemic



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Since the schools shut down, are you finding it hard to find different activities to do with your child? Nowadays, kids act like they bored easier than when we were younger. Thanks to technology being so fast-paced, it keeps us looking for more engagement all day with it. Either it's going on Social Media, gaming, texting, and watching movies or news. So I have been trying to limit their time during the day by doing other activities with them, even if it's only an hour. Here are some activities to try out with your family and enjoy some family time. 


Scavenger Hunt 


There are so many ways you can play this game with your kids. All you need is a sheet of paper and write either colors or items in it, that you must find in the home. It can be about ten to twenty items, depending on their attention span. Think of some rules like no running, cheating, and work as a team or have a competition to see who finds it all. Also, include a reward once the last item found. It can be anything you want it to be.


Have a Dance Party 


Create a playlist of all you and your family's favorite music. Put some snacks and drinks out and start having a party with them. You can also take pictures to have it as memories.


Make an Indoor Camp

Set up a tent in the living room using sheets or blankets and use chairs to hold it up. Involve your child in creating it. You can all take turns and tell each other stories.


Game of Charades



You don't need any items. No talking allowed. One person acts the thing or things out, and the other person guesses it. Set up teams if there is more than one kid.

Board Games

If you have any games, bring them out or play a different one each night with your child.



   
If you have any tips to share, please comment down below 😊








Friday, April 17, 2020

How to Help Your Kids Cope During the Pandemic?



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During this pandemic, we all had to change our lifestyles, including our children. How are your kids coping? It's understandable if your child is having a rough time. So many changes occurred so fast if you think about it. I was talking with my oldest yesterday, to see how he was feeling, and he asked how long will this last. Unfortunately, I don't have an answer to that question; I told him. It bothered me to see how all this has affected him and having to do his classes online, not being able to see his friends. I had to relearn new skills for dealing with my children during this time. Here are some tips I have found to be helpful and want to share with others.


Talk with your child

Set some time aside to talk with your child daily. It can be at any time during the day. Listen to him or her express any feelings that may bother them. Offer any advice if needed or be sympathetic to their needs.


Practice Social Distancing

Your child may want to see their friends or have their friends come to the house. Explain to him or her, that for now, we have to practice social distance. Offer him or her other alternatives to seeing their friends. If your child is old enough to use social media and has been using it already, then encourage its use. If they aren't, then there are other ways, either phone calls or install an app called Messenger Kids. It's through Facebook, and it gives you complete parental controls. Don't worry, your child will not have a profile on Facebook.


Encourage the use of a Journal

Offer your child a notebook to write their daily thoughts and feelings. It's a great way to help him or her express themselves when they aren't able to.



Please share any tips you may have in the comments 😊




Saturday, April 4, 2020

Virtual Field Trip Ideas During Self Isolation With Your Family




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The pandemic has hit many parts of the world and has caused people to change their lives around. It has been difficult for us all, especially having to stay home and only go out when it's necessary. Have you been looking for different things to do with your family? Some Museums, National Parks, Zoos, Aquariums to watch from home. You can watch any of these on desktop or mobile devices. I found these to be helpful for my family and hope the same for you and your family. There are many options to choose from, so grab some snacks and have fun.


Museums



-The Louvre

It is a museum in Paris, France. They are offering free online tours to view four of their popular exhibits. One named the Egyptian Antiquities.


-Smithsonian National Museum of National History

You can take a tour online of their few selected exhibits from the past, present, and future. It's in Washington, D.C.


-NASA


They are showing several choices of tours that you can take either on desktop, mobile, and tablets. You can even download their apps on almost any device.


-Google Arts and Culture 

It is a website that offers a listing of over 2000 museums and galleries from all over the world. They also offer a downloadable app.



Zoos



-Atlanta Zoo

A zoo in Atlanta, Georgia, shows a live panda cam. It also has a free app called Wildverse which is a virtual reality zoo that comes to you.


-San Diego Zoo

It's in San Diego, California, and has live cams, videos, games, and activities for kids.



Aquariums



-National Aquarium

In Baltimore, Maryland is offering several types of tours you can see and activities.



-Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey, California, is showing their animals on live cam.





Please share any tips you may have down in the comments 😊


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