As parents, we sometimes struggle to keep our children entertained in normal circumstances. During the current situation, it can be even more challenging thinking of ways to keep them amused and having to manage this together with school and work commitments can be difficult.
So here are a few suggestions to keep your children both entertained and learning – while having a bit of fun!
Write a postcard to a friend or relative about something they have done, read, watched or baked.
Play a board game like ‘Guess Who’ or ‘Connect 4’ which can support logical and reasoning skills. On a wet day, dust off the Monopoly and see who gets Park Lane!
Keep a diary or get creative using a scrapbook recording events, writing, drawing and collecting items that can be glued in such as pictures from magazines, photos or wrappers.
Take a virtual tour of a gallery, museum or zoo. From the Museum of Modern Art in New York to our very own Natural History Museum there are some great virtual tours for children.
Get creative through painting, drawing, photography, crafting, sewing, cooking or baking. Expression through creativity can really help with wellbeing.
Make the most of the great outdoors – it’s free! Go on a mini beast hunt identifying insects or set up a treasure hunt (while safely social distancing).
Plant some seeds – beans, lettuce – even try an apple pip. See how they grow – you might have something tasty to eat later in the year.
Make a family tree – talk to your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and make a chart of how they are related. You could add dates of birth, pictures etc. Find out about your grandparents’ parents too, if you can.
At the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity, we specialise in providing expert support to dyslexic children and their families. We offer 1:1 personalised tuition sessions tailored to your child's needs which are now available as fully interactive video chats. This can include anything from basic literacy skills and improving general organisation to revision techniques. To find out more email [email protected]