If children are allowed free development and given occupation to correspond with their unfolding minds their natural goodness will shine forth.
– Maria Montessori
So, here is a list of 15 activities that will keep kids productively occupied this Coronavirus lockdown:
1. Stand-up Comedy
Stand up comedy is an upcoming profession. How about your kids trying their hands on it? And you never know, your kid may become the funniest stand-up comedian of all time. 😛
Let kids make their own jokes and perform live in front of you. All you need to do is get some popcorns or chips to munch on!
Shake a leg. Play any song of your kids’ choice and dance.
Also, dancing is a great exercise for the body.
Tip: You can perform some famous signature dance steps to make it a more fun activity.
Allow kids to draw on the walls. That way, you can pass time by cleaning it. 😀
Just joking! 😀
Let kids unleash the M F Hussain in them. Also, this activity might help in giving their creativity a boost.
4. Magic Trick
Let kids practice magic tricks. There are ample of videos available online that teach easy and safe yet amazing magic tricks. This activity would help enhance their curiosity and imagination.
For those who give the excuse of a busy schedule, this is the best time to exercise. 😛
You can do floor exercises, Zumba or yoga. Again, there are a variety of videos available online. Make sure you watch them to perform the exercises the right way.
Try to make it a daily activity and put it into practice even after the lockdown ends.
6. Sports Commentary
Though IPL and other major leagues have been postponed, your kids can still indulge themselves in doing sports commentary. Ask them to come up with witty punchlines and humorous one liners to make it more interesting.
“What’s for breakfast?”
“What’s for lunch?”
“what’s for dinner?”
If you have no answers to these questions asked every day by your kids and your spouse, then it’s time to make them cook meals for you.
We know you are already loving this idea and it would be the first activity you’d be starting with!
But, has the picture of an untidy kitchen already come to your mind? Or are you thinking, “what if my kid hurts himself/herself? Then, firstly, cleaning the kitchen would be a good way to pass time. 😛 Again, just joking! And secondly, do not let kids use the gas, knives/any sharp object or spicy stuff like chilies.
Children can solve quizzes and riddles online. But, apart from that, they can also make their own compilation of quizzes and riddles which they can then share with their friends using digital mediums and ask them to crack.
This way they are not just learning but also educating their friends which is AMAZING!!
9. Story telling
Kids love listening to stories. But, now it’s their time to tell you one….two 😀 ….three 😀 …..or any number of stories. 😀
That way, they’ll read more and more stories, learn new words and develop good story telling abilities too.
10. Science Experiment
Is your child missing his/her school laboratory?
It’s ok. He/She can still perform cool science experiments at home. 😀
Make sure they are performed under your guidance. As precautionary measures, avoid use of electricity, chemicals, knives and anything that is dangerous to use.
11. News Anchoring
So, “in other news”, in addition to watching the Coronavirus news every day, how about making your kids act like a news anchor and hear them out. Let them pick any topic of their choice. This would develop great communications skills in them and also keep them updated with the current affairs.
12. Tongue Twisters
Imagine the fun time you would have listening to your kids say tongue twisters! 😀
And if you think saying tongue twisters isn’t a productive activity and that it can’t teach kids anything, then allow us to tell you that, there are a lot of benefits in store, like improving pronunciation skills, improving fluency, improving accents, improving diction and much more.
This is the literal “Fun + Learning” activity for your kids.
13. Record a Special Message for BFF
Video calling, messaging and talking on phones is good. But how about your kid recording a video for his/her best friend, telling them how much they are missing them or conveying any other message?
This activity would also result in creating a great memory for them and their friends to cherish when they grow up into adults.
Is your home 24*7 noisy? And does the credit for this go to your kids? Then let’s get them to make some more noise!
But one which makes a positive contribution to their overall development, of course.
Let kids use various household items to produce music of their own. Again, avoid sharp objects or anything which might cause injury.
15. Discuss post Lockdown Plans
Ask kids to make a list of activities they want to do once the lockdown ends. You can also ask them to picturize the activity against the name of the activity. Let them make it as colorful as possible.
So, let kids try as many activities as they want because this is the best time for them to discover their hidden talents. You never know, one of these activities may also become their career choice. Though it’s too, too early to decide, there are many other skills that they’ll develop in the process.
Best of luck!