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The world as we know it has changed dramatically. A month or two ago, we could go about our daily lives as normal. Today, it is a different story. All the recommendations are to stay at home, stay safe and stay well. The problem is, what do we do?

This list will give you some ideas about where to start and then it’s limited only to your – and your kids’ – imaginations!

  • Gardening. Even the fussiest eaters will often be more willing to try new foods if they’ve grown them themselves! If you don’t already have a vegetable garden, this could be a good time to build one. There are lots of vegetables that can be grown successfully in pots, if you want to start small. You can also pop them in with other plants and flowers in existing garden beds if you don’t have space to build new ones.
  • Art and craft. Start a box that you can keep adding to, and keep toilet rolls, different sized boxes, corks, plastic bottles and their lids, brown paper, old newspapers, etc. Add tape, glue, paint, safe scissors, brushes, crayons, pencils, and other art materials, and you’ll have a resource that can be used all year round. You can set them up to build things with boxes and other bits and pieces, draw some of the things they’ve been up to, design wrapping paper and greetings cards for future use, or paper mache objects. This is also a great way to recycle waste that would have typically been thrown out anyway!
  • Backyard camping. Build a blanket fort or set up a small tent – make sure there are plenty of pillows and quilts inside so it’s comfy. It’s a place they can go to do quiet things like read a book, or to just lie about and plan the next activity. Perhaps it’s also a spot where you could watch a movie – make popcorn together beforehand. Having a little space outside can give the illusion that they’re not just ‘staying at home’ and stop them from feeling too cooped up.
  • Organise a play/performance. Decide on a movie or a play and get to work. You can build makeshift sets out of furniture and find clothes within your own household that would be a suitable costume. You can even join in and perform the final presentation to a teddy bear audience, or record this on your phone to look back on later down the track for the memories.
  • Enforce DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time. This is a great way to get the kids off their phones and encourage them to keep using their minds. It may also be a good idea to stock up on some educational fun like maths quiz’s to keep their minds active and thinking.
  • Time to declutter. Whilst you’re going to be spending so much time inside, this is a great way to re-evaluate the importance of whatever you’ve been hoarding. Get the kids to do a full tidy up of their old toys or clothes that no longer fit. You could even have the kids redecorate their rooms for a little more fun and excitement! Jump online and find little pieces they may like, which you may be able to have delivered to your house.

Make the most of this time with your family. It can be hard, but with the right attitude and some great ideas, the time will fly by and you’ll have plenty of fun memories to reflect back on.

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. Information in this article is current as at the date of publication.

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