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10 THINGS TO OCCUPY THE KIDS IN QUARANTINE/HOLIDAYS - NO SCREEN TIME IN SIGHT!

by Teddy & CO FUNLAND!!! on March 12, 2021

If the thought of being quarantined with your children for days - or weeks - on end sends you into a panic spiral, rest assured you're not alone. Without exception, every parent recently has been thinking the same. What does one do to occupy a high-energy child when you're not supposed to leave the house? Here's a list of 10 ways to keep kids entertained in the event of a quarantine - and yes that’s right... not a screen in sight!

  1. Sticker books - Kids love stickers, and there are lots of sticker book options for kids of all ages. For older kids, opt for something that requires a little more concentration, use stickers as a visual cue in learning. Not only do they help children to develop really important skills such as creativity and fine motor skills but often the high quality sticker books also teach children lots of useful facts, have stories and other activities too. 
  2. Play-Doh - Play-Doh inside the house can be really messy, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Spread out an old sheet or some towels, and set the kids loose. They'll use their imaginations and the colorful modeling compound to come up with lots of baked goods.
  3. Puzzles - Puzzles have the potential to keep kids -and adults- entertained for hours, especially if they're old enough for one of the really complicated 5,000-piece ones. Puzzles help encourage problem-solving skills and boost memory, and they are fun to play over and over again. If you don't want to have to move half-finished puzzles off of the dining room table, set-up a card table to serve as a puzzle station.
  4. Arts & Crafts - Never underestimate the power of markers, crayons, or paints to keep a child busy for long stretches of time. Even if your kid isn't super artistic, providing them with a selection of fresh new art supplies can spark creativity. Teach older kids about famous artists and their various techniques by looking through fine art books or online galleries, and then have them create their own masterpieces. 
  5. Math Workbooks - If you have school-age children, and you don't want the learning to stop just because school is out of session, Math books are a great way for kids to keep up with their numbers and math skills. These aren't like the boring workbooks you remember from your own childhood, they actually make learning fun, and kids actually ask to do them!
  6. Science Kits - Science can be fun, and a great way for kids to learn about how things work. While younger kids will definitely need some help to execute the experiments (or at least read the directions), lots of Science Kits include lots of cool chemistry experiments that kids will love. Some of them even include test tubes, pipettes and lab coats - which are so cool. For younger scientists there are Terrarium Kits etc, where they'll love decorating the jar, planting the seeds, and watching everything grow. 
  7. Fancy Dress - Don't get rid of last year's Halloween costumes too quickly - they're a great thing to dust off for long days trapped inside. Have your kids write their own scripts and then put on a performance. You'll be amazed at the different ways that kids can repurpose costumes to suit their imaginative play. They can even get more creative and make costumes out of bin liners, empty toilet rolls or whatever they can find around the house!
  8. Cooking - It’s not only a good activity for long days spent at home, but it's also a great opportunity to teach kids about science and math. Get them their very own baking set, and stock up on ingredients for their favorite recipes so that they can do some kitchen experimenting and whip up some delicious creations. 
  9. Building Toys - Toys that kids can use to build structures usually provide quite a few hours of fun. Kids of lots of different ages can find creative ways to play with any building material you have at home. While it may seem like these are just fun toys to pass the time, they're actually teaching kids important lessons about engineering and spatial perception.
  10. Books - There's nothing better than getting lost in a great book. Make sure you and your kids have plenty of reading material on hand, as there are many options for kids from toddler (board books) to age 10 (chapter books).  Books help kids develop basic language skills and profoundly expand their vocabularies - much more than any other media. Books are interactive; they demand that kids think and they expand our universe beyond time and place and inspire our own original thoughts. Books develop critical thinking skills.
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