Kids can be a handful during normal times – imagine just how chaotic things will get working from home in the COVID-19 era while your kids are also at home? Here we have rounded up fun activities to keep your kids engaged.
The world is under COVID-19 pandemic throes. Our way of life is being disrupted. And for now, there is no end in sight to this global chaos.
The COVID-19, a disease caused by a new type of virus, is spreading fast across over 150 countries and more than 13, 000 people have died from COVID-19-related complications.
In the wake of this pandemonium, many governments are closing their borders, grounding flights from other countries, shutting down schools and requesting people to stay at home.
We are currently witnessing an unprecedented upheaval of what we used to know at a global scale.
In the same vein, companies are beginning to consider asking their employees to work from home (that is if they haven’t already) until this is over.
While working from home is a move to curb the spread of the virus, it presents a unique challenge for those who have kids at home.
With more than 35 states in the U.S. closing schools that is about 32.5 million pubic school students at home. The story is the same in other countries, Italy is on total national lockdown.
The UK recently closed all public school and the Nigerian’s federal government have directed all educational institutions in the country including primary secondary and universities to close.
This means parents are stuck with their school-age children at home while at the same time, they will try to get some work done.
For most parents, the challenge will be how to productively engage their wards during work hours so, they can focus on office-related responsibilities.
Here are 10 fun activities with product recommendations to help keep your kids engaged while you work from home.
10 Fun Activities Plus Product Recommendations to Keep Your Little Ones Busy As You Work From Your New Home Office.
Create some structure in your day
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned family life upside down. In many homes, both the parents and kids are all at home.
This can be disorientating for the kids and distracting for parents, especially, if you have to work from home during this period.
But, it doesn’t have to be. You can, with planning, make the stay at home lockdown, a positive experience for both you and your kids.
Introduce a bit of structure in your life. Just like, you and kids were used to a certain way of doing things before the Coronavirus sit-at-home, you can strife to add a bit of routine into your day-to-day during the lockdown.
A routine ensures, your kids know what to expect and do at every moment, which can be a ‘lifesaver’ during this time.
The World Economic Forum advises that you create a schedule that includes structured activities, as well as free time to help make children feel secure about all the changes going around them.
Though, it is impossible to recreate your child’s school day routine, aim to build a new routine for doing schoolwork at home.
Use this free stay-at-home planner by Jessica McHale to plan out your day.
Make your own games
While you may want your kids studying and been all serious– the reality is, it’s not going to happen.
You’re going to have a lot of downtime and playtime, you may just as well plan ahead for it.
But, the challenge you are likely going to face is – what fun activities you and your little ones can enjoy together?
It may appear like a simple question, but by the time you spend, day one, day two, three…five, you may find yourself running out of ideas.
That’s why planning ahead, and as much as possible listing as many fun activities as you can think of will be helpful in the long run. Be sure to involve your little ones when brainstorming ideas.
To help you get started, here’s a list of over 100 activities to keep your kids engaged while you work from home. Fun activities
Let’s say you have an urgent work-related task you need to take care of – assigning projects to your kids will afford you the time you need to take care of things on the work front.
Thankfully, there are plenty of kid-friendly projects your children can do while you work.
Science-based projects like this can come in handy.
Or you can keep your kids engaged with creative projects like colouring, DIY projects etc. Check out this nifty project kit.
Work shifts with your partner
For couples, you can decide to split kid-care-time with your partner. One of you will take care of the children while the other works.
And, once your shift is over, the other partner can take over the care of the children.
This way, both you and your partner get a block of time during the day when you can concentrate without distraction.
For this to work, however, one of you will need a flexible work schedule where you can choose a work hour that doesn’t clash with your partner’s.
What next working from home in the COVID-19 era?
While you can make plans and try to create a structured life for your children during these uncertain times, know that it is OK once in a while to allow the kids to watch their favourite TV shows.
The most important thing is helping your kids and family get through this crisis in one piece.
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