Things to do with kids when you’re Staying At Home

Circuit Breaker can be a different time for parents, especially for those who have multiple children in the household or who are also trying to balance working from home. With the midterm school holidays happening, children can become restless being indoors with not much to do. When children get bored, it’s common for them to get up to mischief, creating their own fun which can cause a massive distraction for parents who are trying to look after them while working from home. Here are some suggestions from Storefriendly on activities that can keep your kids entertained and their minds stimulated.

Indoor Treasure Hunt

kids playing in blanket fort

A treasure hunt is a brilliant way to keep your kids entertained as it stimulates their mind while keeping their bodies physically active. To do this, you will need items to hide around the house, a prize and paper to make a fun treasure hunt list.

Ideas for this could be anything from hiding family photos, drawings, toys or even random items you can source from around the house. Since you can’t go out to shop for treasure hunt prizes, think of activities your kids would love to do when the circuit breaker period is over and create a voucher that they can ‘redeem’ later on. This could be anything from a day trip to Singapore’s Marine Life Park, Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark or even the promise of a new pet or something they have been asking for.

Arts and Crafts

kid drawing

Arts and crafts is a great activity to keep kids entertained while being educational and boosting creativity. These activities use brainpower and help develop healthy negotiation skills when sharing equipment and art tools with siblings.

If your kids have had enough of drawing or painting on paper, make it a little more interesting by trying it on a different medium. There are lots of household items that you can turn into crafts: you can paint flower pots, make little creatures out of old egg cartons, paper mache animals or perhaps even upcycling their old pillowcases with fabric paint.

Gardening

child watering plant

Teach your kids about nature by creating a small herb garden or planting some vegetables and flowers. It’s a fun activity for all ages and will provide something interesting for them to do every day as they water and check on the plants. It’s also a good way to teach your kids about responsibilities.

If you don’t have a balcony or a garden at home, you can seed smaller plants such as herbs and keep them on your windowsill where they get some light. Should you not have access to seeds during this period, look at vegetable and fruit leftovers you can regrow such as green onions, carrots, pineapples and celery. They are relatively simple, and you can reap the rewards in the long run.

To make gardening more exciting, let your kids decorate their plant pots or containers and ask them to take photos of their plants every day so that they document the progress. Another idea is to give your kids ‘mystery’ seeds so they must grow their plants to find out what they are. This adds an element of excitement and anticipation for curious ones.

Exercise

exercising with children

One of the best ways to ensure your kids don’t run amuck indoors is to make sure they are well exercised. Most kids can’t sit still for too long and need to run around and be active. With tighter rules on going outdoors for recreational activities, have your kids some at home and do some physical activities. Not all children will be up for sitting down and doing yoga or a home workout with mum and dad, however, exercise can easily be disguised as a fun game. Here are some ideas that will keep your children active without damaging the household:

-Balloon volleyball

-Musical chairs or musical statues

-Watch a learn a YouTube kids dance choreography

-Play Wii Fit

-Create an indoor obstacle course

-DIY hallway bowling

-Indoor hopscotch

-Skipping

There are plenty of ways to keep your kids entertained during this stay at home and midterm holiday break. Make good use of the space at home. Staying at home doesn’t need to be stressful if you get a little creative and put some thought into pre-planning.