With the world lock-down and kids at home, they need to be kept busy and entertained, especially the toddlers and young kids. Don’t fret, at First Touch we are working on ideas to help come up with a few activities that are sure to keep them busy. Our aim is to try and prevent kids and adults to become couch potatoes in front of screens all day. We have put together a few simple ideas to keep kids busy during the day.
Charades gets all moving and thinking at the same time, plus it adds some healthy competition. Start by dividing the family into two teams, each team writes down words, places, movies and other objects on pieces of paper and fold them up. Place the papers in a container and have a volunteer from each team select a word and act it out in front of their team. The team will then try guess what the word is, each correct guess will earn a team one point and the team with the most points win. Think of a reward for the winning team or maybe the loosing team can do the dishes for the night.
Another cool thing to make is slimy, gooey mixture that kids enjoy playing with. I am sure many of us have made it during our grade-school science class. To make ooblek, mix a cup of corn-starch with a half cup of water. Mix well with your hands until the mixture forms a ball when picked up, if the mixture is too watery to form a ball, add more corn-starch and if too thick add more water. For an extra twist add a few drops of food colouring to the water before putting it into the corn-starch.
Another great idea is to bring out our kid’s creative sides, start reading your kids favourite book, when you get to an important part of the story, stop reading and challenge one of your kids to create their own plot. As soon as one kid runs out of ideas, have him/her pass the story onto the next child, keep going until all of you make a completely new story.
For some competitive sport collect 10 empty plastic bottles and set them up in a triangle pattern, like bowling pins, use a small rubber ball to use as the bowling ball and your kids take turns at knocking down the pins. The winner gets to choose what’s for dinner!
Jazz it up, music is a great stress reliever, play some music load enough for everyone to hear and have your kids dance around the house, stop the music periodically and whenever the music stops, they must freeze in place. If you catch someone moving, he/she is eliminated from the game, keep dancing until one person is left or if you have a small family, keep dancing until one person has a designated number of wins. This is a great way to release energy and hopefully sleep well at night.
Most important regular hand washing with soap and water is critically important, also the use of hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available. Here is a recipe to make your own sanitizer:
What you will need:
- ¾ cup of Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol (99%)
- ¼ cup of Aloe Vera Gel (this will help keep your hands smooth)
- Optional – 10 drops of essential oil such as lavender oil or you can use lemon juice instead.
- Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout.
- Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
- Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use and label it “Hand Sanitizer”.
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