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Keep Your Kids Occupied During Self-Isolation

March 20, 2020

Schools may be cancelled, but that doesn't mean that all learning has to stop. There is still plenty we can teach our kids in the comfort of our own home, whilst also keeping them occupied, entertained and active during self-isolation.

Coming up with ideas is difficult when you are unsure of how long you will have to entertain your kids for. But, don't worry, we are on hand to give you some super exciting ideas that will nourish your little ones with the knowledge and skills they need.

Take Up Baking Kids baking with parents

Do you and your little ones love to bake but rarely have time? Well, why not designate a day to bake some yummy cakes or cookies for you and your family to feast on later.

Baking not only allows you to spend quality time with your kids, but it also teaches them vital skills - such as how to tell the time, how to measure, and of course, how to bake. If you don't have a long line of family recipes or an instruction book at hand, there are plenty of delicious ideas and guides online. Websites such as the BBC Good Food, Tesco Real Food and Cooking With My Kids have plenty of mouth-watering options!

Although, our personal favourite here at CBC, is a childhood classic...the Rice Krispie Cake! Vital groceries are sparse at the minute, but hopefully you will be able to pull together some milk, dark chocolate, butter, golden syrup, and of course, Rice Krispies to make this traditional treat! Dig out some milk chocolate, sweets, marshmallows or even dried fruit to decorate the tops of your Rice Krispie Cakes - you can thank me later!

Once you have prepared your delicious art work, show your kids what community spirit is all about - by sharing them with those in the neighbourhood who are also self isolating, especially those who are largely at risk. Write a little note and place it next to the cake, and leave it on your neighbours doorstep. This will surely bring a smile to their face!

Learn A LanguageMother and Daughter In Bed

Have you always wanted to learn a language but have never had the time? This could be the perfect time for you to designate a segment of the day where you and your kids sit down and attempt to learn a language. You do not need to leave your house for this or pay over the odds, as there are plenty of helpful resources right at your fingertips.

Duolingo is one of the better online platforms that helps you to learn a new language completely free. Choose from French, Italian, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Japanese and so many more. Even though flights are not currently operating, it is a good idea to choose the language of a place you intend to visit - like Spain.

An hour a day can really bring on your little ones language skills. They can start at a basic level, so they can learn how to say words like boy and girl, and as they get more confident they can progress onto more difficult words. Videos will help with pronunciation and graphics will give your little ones hints and tips. If your kids have been taking a language at school and wants to further their knowledge, they could always start at an intermediate stage.

Yoga With The KidsMother doing Yoga with kid

With being cooped up inside, your little ones will be missing out on that all-important exercise. So, why not encourage the kids to do Yoga with you. If you have never done Yoga before don't worry, there are plenty of videos on YouTube, like Yoga For Kids by Storyhive. These resources will show you and your little ones exactly what to do. You with both feel rejuvenated, fresh and so much healthier!

If you and your little one don't have yoga mats, don't worry, there are plenty of alternatives that you will have in your home somewhere. Towels, woven blankets or carpets can all be used as an alternative to a yoga mat - if you don't have any of these things, just use that good old wooden floor.

Make Cards For The GrandparentsWriting a letter

Being isolated and alone is difficult for anyone, but it is especially difficult for those who are older and vulnerable. Show them that you and your kids are thinking of them by crafting a special little something. Cards, drawings, or even a scrapbook.

Let your kids imagination run wild as they create something to bring a smile to grandma or grandad's face. Have them write a little letter, telling them what they have been up to and how much they are missing them. This will make the elderly and vulnerable feel less lonely, and keep the little ones entertained for hours!