Covid-19 has taken the entire world by storm. And the effect is not just at the physical level but also at the mental level. And with not much to do at home, it might seem like time has no end. Yes, other than watching the television and talking to family members, there isn’t a lot one can do. As a result, depression could be a new problem people might have to combat during and post lockdown. Although everyone is mentally vulnerable, the vulnerability of kids is unarguably higher. So, what steps should parents take, so that kids can pass the lockdown time without getting bored, or worse, depressed?
Vipy Agarwal, owner of Sturdy Sports Cricket Store, has these tried and tested ideas
1. A little bit of cooking and baking
Cooking is a life skill we all must learn. Teach your kids some basic cooking or baking, so that they don’t have to starve when you are sick. And don’t worry, cooking is so eventful that boredom will simply flee.
2. Learn a new language
Learning a new language is always fun. It challenges the brain and satisfies the mind when progress is made. And guess what, with a new language in their kitty, your kids will be exposed to a lot of new opportunities when they grow up.
3. It’s playtime!
While it’s important to put your brain to work by training it to learn something, it is also important to offer it the sort of relaxation it needs. And when it comes to relaxation, nothing can beat some unhindered playtime. Yes, your children love to play and keep playing all the time but you joining them could be the spin they are looking for.
4. Spend time in the garden
Gardening is a great mood booster. Spending time out in nature, amid flowers, and fruits, and vegetables, has a therapeutic effect on the mind. If your children have grown weary of the lockdown, then gardening could be the best rejuvenation tool for them. If the kids are 9 years or above, involve them in house cleaning and organising as well.
5. That inevitable art and craft session!
The best thing about making your kids create art and craft is that this activity can help them lose track of time. Also, there are so many art and craft options out there to try out that your kids will never run out of choices.
6. Book reading
Reading is a habit all parents should try to instill in their kids, says Mick from VR Digital. Reading need not always be about acquiring knowledge, but it can also be about having fun. Adventure stories, funny joke compilations, and moral stories- there is simply no dearth of options worth your child’s time.
7. Yoga for well-being
Yoga is not just physical exercise; it is much more than that. It is a way of life. With regular practice of yoga, your kids will gain composure and good health. And during the lockdown period, when a fear of getting infected is constantly eating at us, we need better immunity for kids, which yoga can secure for them.
Hence, these 7 activities are not just to keep your children engaged but also healthy during this monotonous lockdown time. So, what makes you wait? Set a schedule and help your child make time for all of these activities for productivity, health and fun. This is the best you can do for your kids at this time of crisis.