Trying to keep life “normal” during the lock-down period is very difficult for parents and children.  Our children are our future and we need to take care of their health, safety, fitness and education. First Touch will continue posting tips and ideas to help make it easier to be in lock-down.

Some schools are offering lessons online, review assignments from the school and help your child establish a reasonable pace for completing the work. Bear in mind that you may need to assist your child with turning on devices, typing answers and reading instructions.

When creating a schedule and routine try to remain flexible.  Have consistent bedtimes and get up the same time Monday through Friday.  Structure the day for learning, healthy meals, snacks, free time and physical activities.

Look for ways to make learning fun, have hands-on activities, like painting, drawing, puzzles and making things.  Visit https://happytoddlerplaytime.com/65-toilet-paper-roll-activities-crafts-for-toddlers-preschoolers/.

Independent play can also be used in place of structured learning, encourage children to build a fort from sheets or practice counting by stacking blocks.  Practice handwriting and grammar by writing letters to family member.  Start a journal with your children to document this time and discuss the shared experiences.

Children should stay fit, happy and healthy.  If possible, let your children play in the back garden, kicking a ball or running and playing outdoor games. Use indoor activity breaks by stretching breaks and dance breaks.  For children playing football visit https://www.iol.co.za/sport/soccer/watch-soccer-stars-find-another-use-for-toilet-paper-45196329.  Let your kids use their imagination and invent games that can be played with a toilet paper roll and share on your social media page to get your friends involved in staying fit and healthy.

Most important while in lock-down, everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.

Remember to:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue.
  • Put used tissues straight into the bin.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects such as mobile phones, keys, wallets, keyboards etc.

Stay Home, Stay Safe!

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