What a crazy time we find ourselves in, right Mums? We can’t go to work (except the few superheroes amongst us in the Health and other Essential Services, we salute you!) and the kids can’t go to school, and so we find ourselves stuck indoors together all day and night for the next 3 weeks.
We know how stressed you must be, especially if you are still working from home during this time, and we know how desperate we all will become to keep our children occupied in the long days ahead, so we have put together a quick no-fuss list of home activities to help you in this strange time.
In “Part 1” we have included our favourite free resources for online learning, as well as activities that will keep the kids curious, creative and far from bored!
1. Listen to Stories with Audible
This site has an enormous library of audiobooks, radio and TV programs, and audio versions of magazines and newspapers. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, they have opened their library by making all stories free to stream on desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. To access their incredible collection of stories go here.
2. Learn for Free with Vodacom e-School
Free for all customers, Vodacom’s e-school is a collection of video lessons, homework questions and interactive quizzes developed by expert teachers for grades R-12. Best of all? Vodacom customers don’t pay for data or content when using Vodacom e-school.
3. Get Curious with The Kids Should See This
This is a wonderful collection of the coolest videos to spark your child’s interest in a vast number of topics. There is something here for kids of all ages and will keep them occupied for hours as they explore the site and find new interesting things to learn about!
4. Put the Screens Away with Kidscoop
These printed activity packets are totally free and guaranteed to keep the kids entertained for a few hours while still exercising their brains and learning new things – without looking at a screen!
5. Pick a Boredom Buster Suggestion from TVO Kids
This list of cool and clever ideas is long enough to last the whole lockdown period! With suggestions like “choreograph a dance” to “help your parents with a chore” there is a wide range of boredom-busting activities to choose from! Print them out or choose them from the site every time, it’s totally up to you. Find them here.
6. Spark Creativity with these 50 Easy Indoor Activities for Kids
This is truly the ultimate list of indoor activities! They are cheap and easy to set up with household materials you might already have on hand. And even better than that – many of these are great ways to recycle and reuse packaging and materials from home. Perhaps go through the list and pick out the ones that you think your kids will love based on their age, their interests and what materials you have at home, and then get them to pick one that they want to do each day. You can get the full list here.
7. Get Baking Together with our Sugar Cookie Recipe
Baking is a fun activity to do together, and with our recipe for the best-ever sugar cookies you can get everyone involved in some way. Make shapes, spell out words, make them a bit fancier with a few extra ingredients – whatever you like!
We hope this Part 1 of boredom-busting activities helps to get your kids excited about learning, being creative and spending time together as a family during this lockdown period! Look out for Part 2 coming soon.
Written by: Tish Stekhoven