There are many ways to keep children busy and happy at home. Of course, the strategy to adopt depends mainly on the age of the kids, their skills and imagination, as well as their interests. In this respect, young children need toys and games that stimulate their curiosity and imagination.
This is especially true for children between the ages of 1 and 3, whose need for their parents’ attention is still very strong. Children aged 4 and over, who have endless energy, need to be entertained and amused in much more creative ways. For example, playing sports, an instrument of music or even just playing with pets are all excellent ideas for channeling kids’ energy.
Before we dive into some activities you could occupy you kids with, let’s look at some tips you need to consider, when handling your kids at home.
5 tips to keep your kids entertained:
1- Anticipate and explain the schedule of the day to your child:
Set clear points of reference and plan different activities in-between meals, that keep the children engaged and make them more independent. This way, they can project themselves into the future and it helps them to feel busy or like they have a purpose and enjoy their day. To keep it simple create a schedule and introduce it to your kids; first thing in the morning.
Involve your child in it the creation of the schedule by brainstorming with them. Consider their ideas and review them each morning, before finalising the schedule with them. Print this schedule on paper if needed.
Use colours and pictures, especially for younger children and you can even keep a diary to write their schedule for each day of the week. This way they can see it when they grow older and it will make them smile and warm their hearts.
2- Plan activities with a fixed duration:
Children’s attention span is limited, especially for younger children. Multiply small activities.
Here is an order of how long you should keep activities, by age group.
- Before 3 years: 3 to 10 minutes as they get tired easily.
- From 3 to 6 years: between 10 and 30 minutes.
- From 6 to 10 years old: between 30 and 45 minutes.
3- Vary the activities:
It is important to alternate between independent, developmental and family-oriented activities. Variety is the key: creative games, learning, entertainment, reading, crafts, short outings…
4- Let them be bored!
Children develop their imagination; by doing nothing. It is therefore not imperative to keep them busy, all the time… And this is also the easiest part in the schedule : the famous “little break”.
The tips above are very important and will help you better understand how kids react to situations around them. You will be happy to getting more and more familiarised with the way they think and their personality types. You can then choose to guide them be better, smarter, more considerate of others and more strategic.
5- Keep them busy:
Below are 4 best activities to teach and occupy small children at home:
Playing with puppets:
Puppets are among the favourite objects or toys for little children, because they allow them to move from the real world to the imaginary one. Cuddly toys, finger puppets and even amigurumi come in hand when displayed before the eyes of little ones and amaze them.
From 18 months onwards, children can already put a puppet on their hands, but they don’t know how to handle it properly. But they will probably try to imitate their parent. So a great idea would be to have a puppet talk to show and teach the kid new words.
Reading fairy tales to children:
Reading fairy tales to children is beneficial, as well as calming for the little ones and help them to fall asleep quicker. Stories fuel the imagination, develop emotions and are essential for education and improving their vocabulary.
For older children, stories help them to form their own opinions and to distinguish between right and wrong. In addition, fairy tales are fun for both the child and the parent who reads them.
Learning to draw:
There is nothing more interesting than a painting workshop to keep housebound children occupied. Learning to draw and paint is probably one of the favourite activity for kids of all ages.
So get out the crayons, markers, paints and brushes and allow your little painters to let their imagination run wild. Ask them to draw their family, their pet or a self-portrait. Another great idea is to teach them to draw animals from numbers.
As schools were closed due to the lockdown, home schooling is needed to keep children educated. In order to keep their minds alert, it is necessary to find activities that will make the kids question things, think and learn.
First of all, we recommend that you make a schedule for the day. This should include both learning time and rest time. Offer your children interesting topics to explore, which will enrich their knowledge. For example, the following topics are likely to be of great interest: science, geography, animals, the human body, seasons, the universe, spelling, etc.
Don’t forget to offer the children at least one hour of reading a day. By reading, children work on their imagination, grammar and spelling, expand their vocabulary and have a relaxing time. Also, don’t hesitate to take advantage of learning platforms that have decided to offer free access. Check out this article on how to help your kids be smarter and more alert.